2020 Watershed Challenge: Celebrate the clean, healthy water our region boasts by participating in the 2020 Watershed Challenge: Grand Traverse Bay Your Way. This virtual challenge encourages people to get outside & bike, swim, run, paddle, or hike. Participants are challenged to collectively exceed the goal of 2,020 miles completed. Registration opens June 25 at 7am & the event runs from July 25 - August 22.
Virtual Pint-Sized Paint Out for Kids: August 8-16. A part of the Paint Grand Traverse event, that lets kids get in on the plein air painting fun. Artists can capture their favorite scenery (or even their own backyards!) & submit pictures of their paintings to the online gallery. Six cash prizes will be awarded to artists ages 0-15. Gouache Art Kits will be available for purchase for $20 from Crooked Tree in ...
Clean Waters Challenge: Aug. 8-15. After 15 years, the annual Bear River Cleanup is taking on a new form as a region-wide family cleanup event. With members of your family (or small groups that follow government social distancing guidelines), clean a reserved stretch of beach or river & collect as much trash as possible. Take photos during the cleanup, use the tags provided by the Watershed Council, & be ...
NuEnergy's First Annual Virtual 5K Color Tour: Run any time between Aug. 29 - Sept. 8. Proceeds benefit the T.A.C.K.L.E. Fund of the Otsego Community Foundation. "Together Against Cancer, Kept Local Everyday." Must register by Aug. 22.
Onekama Days: Aug. 6-10. Today includes fireworks, a car show, Lions Arts & Crafts Show, Lions Pancake Breakfast, Slow Pitch Softball Game, "Pig Out" for OCS Students, Lions 5K Run & 1 Mile Walk & more.
Open Call for Submissions: "Citizen's Coping": Artists of all mediums are invited to examine how the last four years have changed them personally (or not), & express how the actions of this administration has affected them. NEW: Examine the effects of COVID-19 as well. Deadline to apply & enter submission is: 9/5/2020. Show Opens: 10/9/2020.
Wine, Water & Wheels!: This Black Star Farms Outdoor Adventure Package will provide a day of biking & sightseeing through Leelanau County, & one's choice of paddle activity on Suttons Bay. Visit Black Star Farms online for details.
Paint Grand Traverse 2020: Presented by Crooked Tree Arts Center, TC. Aug. 8-9: Artists paint en plein air in downtown TC & Old Mission Peninsula. Aug. 10-16: Shop artwork safely from your PC or mobile device. Aug. 17 - Sept. 12: In-person exhibit & sale in the gallery.
Outside Isn't Canceled! Grand Traverse Kids' Bike Library: To keep elementary-aged students pedaling by making sure they always have a bike that fits, no matter their family’s resources. See what's available online, schedule an appointment to pick up your bike from the Wheelhouse, & then ride it until it doesn't fit anymore.
"Don't Miss the Boat": Presented by the Harbor Springs Area Historical Society. This exhibit highlights the historic ferries of Little Traverse Bay & features original watercolors & giclees by local artist William Talmadge Hall. Runs through the summer of 2021. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 11am-3pm.
33rd Annual Wish-A-Mile Bicycle Tour - Now Virtual: Participate any time now through Aug. 16. Help make transformational wishes come true for Michigan children battling critical illnesses. The largest fundraising event for Make-A-Wish Michigan. Register for the WAM 300 or WAM 50. 810-522-6510.
6th Annual Haiku Contest: Send in your original haiki by Aug. 15. You can enter as many as you'd like. Email submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org or drop off at Landmark Books in The Village, TC.
Art in a Time of Coronavirus - A Postcard Response: Call-for-entry. Exhibit runs Sept. 11 – Nov. 5. This an exhibition of postcards created in response to the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic. Postcards will be installed in the GAAC’s Lobby Gallery, & exhibited in tandem with the Power Tools exhibition in the main gallery. The submission deadline is Aug. 12.
Ellie Harold's 'Birds Fly In': A team representing the U.S., Mexico, Germany & the U.K. have collaborated to create the art, music & poetry featured in the avian-themed installation created in response to migration issues at the U.S. southern border. This exhibit comprises 16 of Ellie’s large format oil paintings displayed on both sides of a Refuge Structure designed by local architect Wilfried Schley. Runs Aug. 7 - Sept. 11. Hours: ...
Free Virtual Online Art Classes: Starting June 29, kids can log into Google Classroom & join Meg Louwsma, OAC’s art instructor, for lessons on historic periods of art & artists, face to face teaching & assistance, how-to videos of several art projects & a story time segment with Kaitlin from Benzie Shores District Library. Each class will last 1 week & will conclude with an online exhibition of student work. Classes ...
Manitou Music Poster Competition: The Glen Arbor Arts Center is accepting submissions of original paintings for its 2021 Manitou Music poster competition. The deadline for on-line submissions is Sept. 17. Open to all current GAAC members.
Oliver Art Center's No Gala Gala: Featuring an online auction & drone powered golf ball drop. Purchase a golf ball online or over the phone for the Drone Drop for $25. Prizes for the balls closest to the hole & the ball farthest from the hole include: $1,000 cash prize, new MacBook Air, iPad Pro, & Air Pods Pro. Balls on sale through Aug. 15. You can also bid for an Up ...
Power Tools - A Juried Exhibition: Seeking submissions for this exhibit through Aug. 12. The exhibit runs Sept. 11 – Nov. 5 & is built on the belief that the visual arts provide powerful tools of expression.
Richard Stocker Exhibit: "Bright Spot":: Hosted by the Leelanau Community Cultural Center at The Old Art Building, Leland. This out of doors exhibit will be on display on the building & from the trees, allowing the art to interact with the changing light & wind. It is an extension of Hospital Art for Kids, a non-profit organization Richard began in 2000 after losing his son to cancer. It portrays that we ...
6FT APART ART: Pop-Up Exhibition + Artist Demos #2: Watch studio artists demonstrating how they work & create – part of the GAAC’s 6ft Apart Art series. Participating artists: Margo Burian, John Huston & Joan Richmond.
Members Create: Annual exhibition showcasing members’ talents. Runs July 24 – Aug. 27. On display: 25 works in both 2D & 3D. The online version of the exhibition is available for viewing beginning July 24. Open Mon. – Fri., 11am–2 pm; & Sat. & Sun., 11am – 2pm.
Norte Clubhouse's Community Bike Shop is Now Free to All: Summer hours: Mon. through Fri., 12-6pm. Located at the GT County Civic Center’s southern entrance, TC. Scheduling an appointment is helpful: 231-883-2404.
40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World: Runs through Aug. 16. Featuring the photography of Howard G. Buffett & 40 photographs that document the world hunger crisis as part of a global awareness campaign. Check web site for days & hours.
Ergo Sum: A Crow a Day: Runs through Aug. 16. On Aug. 1, 2014 artist Karen Bondarchuk set out to mark the passing time that her mother – diagnosed with dementia in 2010 – no longer could. For 365 days, she produced a crow a day on a hand-cut, hand-gessoed panel, remembering her mother as she once was & grieving her loss. See web site for days & times.
Pulped Under Pressure: Runs through Aug. 16. With traditional hand papermaking at its core, this exhibition underscores important contemporary issues steeped in history & craft. See web site for days & hours. The July 15 virtual chat features Melissa Potter & Reni Gower at 10:30am; July 22 features Marilyn Propp at 10:30am.
An Evening with Bluegrass Artist Dan Tyminski: Held at 5pm & 8:30pm. Tyminski’s voice famously accompanies George Clooney's performance of the Stanley Brother's Classic song, "I'm A Man of Constant Sorrow," in the film, 'Oh Brother, Where Art Thou.' He is also known for his vocal collaboration with Swedish DJ Avicii on the song "Hey, Brother."