Spooky Garden Decorating Contest: The GTACG is hosting seven other local nonprofits for an in-person & virtual Spooky Garden Decorating Contest now through midnight on Halloween. Take a stroll through the Walk-Through Garden, find your favorite & vote online at https://tinyurl.com/ydxypmv4 for only $1 per vote. Plus, the top pick will receive a $100 grand prize.
Baskets of Bounty Holiday Donation Drive for Area Seniors: The Grand Traverse County Commission on Aging is seeking: paper towels, Kleenex, toilet paper, flushable wipes, lip balm (Chapstick), Band-Aids, shampoo/conditioner combo, body lotion, body wash, toothpaste, toothbrushes, liquid hand soap, dish soap, laundry detergent (smaller containers), assorted puzzle books (new), hand sanitizer & wipes, & cat & dog treats. Donations are tax deductible. Please make checks payable to: Grand Traverse County Commission on Aging. Cash donations ...
Call for Entries for 10th Annual Young Playwrights Festival: Regional high school students are invited to submit an original one-act play. Finalists are paired with national theater mentors, win $100 & see their play performed on the City Opera House stage. Deadline is Dec. 11.
Explore East Bay: Runs Sept. 7 - Nov. 1. This new, free, eight-week outdoor walking program invites you to explore eight featured parks in East Bay Township & improve your physical health. Participants will record their daily steps & walking minutes. Each week the program will feature one park in East Bay as part of a weekly photo contest. Sign up.
Hybrid Virtual Farmland 5K & Free for All Bike: Challenge yourself on the original course anytime from Dec. 4-6 & still get your finisher medal & event souvenir. A classic, European style turf grass course awaits you with optional knee high barriers including straw bales, fallen logs, wood fence & stone fence. Traverse over grass or snow & ice, wooded dirt trails, & farmland running terrain. Register by Dec. 3.
Michigan Legacy Art Park 25th Anniversary Online Auction: Featuring northern Michigan artists & original artworks, apparel, gift certificates & more. Runs through Oct. 25, 7pm. This fundraising event will benefit Michigan Legacy Art Park.
Zombie Run (Virtual): During the month of Oct., participants can run or walk a 5K anywhere & at any time. All registered participants will receive a ZR gaiter & a commemorative 2020 race bib. Gaiters & race bibs will be available for pick up at Right Brain Brewery in Oct. All event proceeds support TART Trails.
"30 Bigs in 30 Days": Big Brothers Big Sisters (Bigs) is looking for 30 volunteer mentors during Oct. The need for men & women ages 16-86 is great as Bigs continues to see an increase in children who would greatly benefit from a mentor. Volunteer mentors are needed in all five counties in northwestern MI: Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, Kalkaska & Grand Traverse, & who come from all walks of life & ...
"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.
Northern MI Artists Invited to Submit Work for New Wing of Hospital: McLaren Northern Michigan is on schedule to open a new wing on the Petoskey campus next summer, 2021 and is looking for art. Artists can submit their pieces of art through Oct. 26. Many mediums will be considered, and artwork will be chosen based on its therapeutic properties. Join a virtual information session for artists on Oct. 7 at 7pm. Visit the web site for more ...
Online Exhibit Opportunity for Young Artists: Artists, ages 8 - 18, are invited to submit their artwork for inclusion in the online exhibition based on the theme of “community": "Kids on Community." Young artists are asked to tell what community means to them. Artwork in all media is eligible. Email your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org by Fri., Nov. 6. Include the student’s name, age & hometown in your email. “Kids on Community” will be ...
Open Call for Art: "Tree of Art": Create anything to help decorate a white tree with white lights. It does not need to be related to the holidays. Deadline is Nov. 10. The show will run Nov. 23 - Jan. 1. See web site for more details.
Raising Funds for Homeless Pets: From Oct. 16 - Nov. 15, Pets Naturally, S. Airport Rd., TC will sell copies of "River Love – The True Story of a Wayward Sheltie, a Woman, and a Magical Place Called Rivershire" by local author Tricia Frey for $20, half of which will be donated to Cherryland Humane Society. Pets Naturally will also include a $5 coupon for added value.
"Power Tools Exhibit" & "Art in a Time of Coronavirus | A Postcard Response": Sept 11 - Nov. 5. Power Tools is a multifaceted, juried exhibition built on the belief that the arts provide us with powerful tools of expression. The work of 17 artists will be exhibited. Art In A Time Of Coronavirus is an exhibition of 97 hand-built postcards [4” x 6”] that present the maker’s personal response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Postcards were created from paper, polymer ...
"Time with Eagles": A collection of images by Charlevoix photographer Bill Dietrich. Half of his images were taken in Charlevoix, while others were taken in the Pacific Northwest in Skagit Valley on the Skagit River where he attended an eagle photography workshop in Seattle & La Conner, Washington. Runs Sept. 18 - Oct. 31.
All Media Open Call to Michigan Artists: Submit to: re | ART: reject, reflect, refine, remark, a juried fine arts exhibit. Artists are invited to comment visually on the many shifts taking place in our current experience, as change opens a path to rethink, revisit, reunite, recharge, reevaluate, redefine, etc. Juror will award cash prizes. Deadline for entry is Jan. 10 at noon.
Annual All Media Juried Exhibition: Runs Sept. 18 - Oct. 23. This year's juror is Eden Ünlüata - Foley, MFA, MA, associate professor of visual arts at West Shore Community College. Eden Ünlüata - Foley's process involves deciding what themes are present in the submitted work, & then deciding which theme each work most associates with & best exemplifies. A total of 105 works were submitted for jurying. From those works, ...
Call & Response: This exhibit recognizes the many ways works of art can spark conversation, action & aid in the processing of ideas, feelings, experiences & events. Original work in a variety of media will be on display. Runs Sept. 21 - Dec. 18.
Mathias J. Alten: An American Artist at the Turn of the Century: The German-born American Impressionist Mathias Joseph Alten, often referred to as the Dean of Michigan painters, is regarded as one of the most celebrated regionalist artists to have worked in the United States. Runs through Jan. 31. Open Sun. through Thurs., 11am-4pm.
Michigan Modern: An Architectural Legacy: This exhibit celebrates Michigan’s modern architectural design history from 1928-2012. It is comprised of over 50 photographs by James Haefner primarily for the State Historic Preservation Office as part of their Michigan Modern Project, & featured in the book by State Historic Preservation Officer Brian Conway, titled "Michigan Modern: An Architectural Legacy." Runs through Jan. 31. Open Sun. through Thurs., 11am-4pm.
Scooby Doo-Wop: A Live Drive-In Mystery Adventure: Presented by Mashup Rock & Roll Musical. The Scooby Doo-Wop Gang have come to northern MI to investigate a mysterious ghost spooking Old Town. They need your help to solve the clues & find out who is behind this haunting, all from the comfort of your own Mystery Machine. For this in-person theatre experience, you & your carload will be contacted by the gang via your smart ...
The Collective Impulse: New Work by Ruth Bardenstein, Jean Buescher Bartlett & Susan Moran: These three artists met in Ann Arbor &, over time, have nurtured both personal & creative connections. They regularly share & critique one another’s work & together visit gallery & museum exhibitions.
Frankfort Film Festival: Oct. 15-18. Seating capacity limited to 25%. Masks required. Today features "The Painter and the Thief" at noon; "Lucky Grandma" at 2:30pm; "Spaceship Earth" at 4:30pm; & "Bad Education" at 7pm.
Traverse Area Camera Club Competition Show 2020: Each spring the Traverse Area Camera Club hosts a photography competition for club members. Photographs are peer-reviewed at novice, intermediate, advanced & master levels. This exhibition highlights 2020's award-winning works in each level.
Historic Empire Walking Tours: The history of this Up North town goes back to the lumber days of 1884 & there are still remnants to see from that time. Hear about early settlers, how Empire got its name & more. Group is limited to six people. Meet in Empire at the southwest corner of M-22 & Front St. by the old school house. Wear comfortable shoes & bring water.
National Writers Series: An Evening with Christopher Haugh & Jordan Blashek: Two friends — a Democrat & a Republican — take a road trip across America & talk politics. Haugh & Blashek will talk about politics rationally & in real-time as they discuss the making of their new book, "Union: A Democrat, a Republican, and a Search for Common Ground." Guest host is Neal Rubin, a columnist for The Detroit News & writer for the syndicated comic strip Gil Thorp. Held on Zoom. Register.