Paint Grand Traverse: Free Painting Demos: Paint Grand Traverse is a week-long plein air painting festival & competition featuring artists from across the country. Watch live as they paint their way around the bays & shorelines; through the vineyards & orchards; & around the historic villages & vibrant downtowns. The event will take place August 12-18. Visit paintgrandtraverse.com to discover where to find artists each day.
"Impressions Small Works Showcase": Presented by the American Impressionist Society. Nearly 200 original paintings from artists across the nation will be on display for this showcase. Runs through Aug. CTAC will host a four-day Impressionist plein air paint out in the Petoskey area on June 5–8, which will culminate with a “wet paint sale” & opening reception from 5-8pm on Sat., June 8. There will also be live painting demonstrations ...
"Small Works, Big Impact: Community College Project": Over 100 community members, ages 3 to 80+ created work for this exhibition. It is a fundraiser & as the work sells, it is taken off the wall. Runs through Aug. 16.
32nd Annual Rubber Ducky Festival: Aug. 12-18. Featuring the Bay Area Big Band, Community Paddle Event, Commission on Aging Picnic & Car Show, Duck & Glow 5k Run/Walk & 1 Mile Kiddie Dash, Grass River’s “Riverfest & Auction,” Dominic Fortuna, Corn Hole Tournament, Rubber Ducky Parade & Race, Woodstock 2, Short’s Glacial Hills Challenge XC, & much more.
Dragonflies!: Benzie Audubon Club members & friends will meet leader Carl Freeman at the intersection of Fowler & Rayle roads in Almira Township & drive to local ponds in the Pear Lake Natural Area to look for dragonflies.
The Magic Thursday Artists Summer Show & Sale: Runs July 1 - Aug. 31. Enjoy over 100 works of original art in oil, pastel, acrylic & watercolor. Hours are weekdays from 10am-5pm. The opening reception is on July 10 from 5-7pm. A special feature this year is “Art Takes Flight," a nod to the beauty of birds in northern MI.
"Sea to Sky" : Solo show of MI artist Edward Duff. Featuring recognizable scenes of the region & beyond. An opening reception will be held tonight from 5-8pm. Show runs during gallery hours through Sept. 1.
Capitol Women: Pioneering Women at Work Under the Dome: Presented by Michigan State Capitol Historian & Curator Valerie Marvin. Optional lunch served at noon for a $3 suggested donation for 60+; $5 all others. Register: 922-2080.
"Minglings: The Migration": Featuring internationally recognized fiber artist Gerhardt Knodel. Inspired by a 17th century Ming dynasty textile fragment that traveled in its day from China to Portugal. Runs June 9 - Sept. 8. Open daily 10am-5pm & Sundays from 1-5pm.
Michigan Mayhem: A Book Talk with Author Tom Carr: Stories of murder, robbery & mayhem through the ages in the Great Lakes state. Carr will discuss his second book, "MI BAD: Robbers, Cutthroats and Thieves in Michigan’s Past and Present."
Bellaire Community Paddle: Grab your paddleboard, kayak or paddle craft of choice & join Paddle Antrim for an evening paddle on Bellaire's Intermediate River as a lead up to Bellaire’s Rubber Ducky Festival & Race.
HERE:SAY Storytelling, "Showtime!" : A lineup of scheduled local performers will tell stories about moments in their lives when it was time to play the music, light the lights, raise the curtain & get things started.