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2022 Manitou Music Poster Competition

The Glen Arbor Arts Center is accepting submissions of original paintings for its 2022 Manitou Music poster competition. The deadline for on-line submissions is September 16, 2021. This call-for-submissions is open to all current GAAC members. There is no application fee.

Each year, the GAAC selects an original painting for this limited edition poster. It is sold through the GAAC and at selected shops and art galleries in Leelanau County. To see the work of previous poster winners, go to GlenArborArt.org Shop page.

Read the application criteria and apply here.

Outdoor Gallery Auction

All five panels from the Glen Arbor Arts Center’s inaugural Outdoor Gallery exhibition are now available for acquisition. The GAAC is holding an online auction April 28-30, 2021. The 5-foot square artworks are reproductions of original, acrylic paintings by Empire artist Mark Mehaffey, winner of the 2020 Outdoor Gallery competition.

The panels are lightweight aluminum finished with a weather-resistant coating. They now hang on the GAAC’s exterior walls, and may be viewed at any time. Proceeds from the auction benefit the GAAC’s Outdoor Gallery project.


Buy-It-Now: This option guarantees that you will own the artwork. The Buy-It-Now price is $900/panel.
Bid: Bidding begins at $600/panel minimum.

But There’s More

Mark Mehaffey has donated the framed, original painting of Bright Day. It measures 18.5″ square [framed]. The opening minimum bid is $300. The Buy-it-Now price is $450.

Take A Look

You can get nose-to-nose with the Outdoor Gallery panels anytime of the day or night. They’re always on view. The framed version of Bright Day has been temporarily located to the GAAC classroom. Come by anytime during regular business hours to look at it.

The GAAC is open Monday – Saturday, 11 am – 2 pm. The GAAC will be on hiatus for exhibition change-over March 26 – April 1.

What Happens Next

The second annual Outdoor Gallery competition deadline was February 25. Mark Mehaffey will jury the applications, and select the next winner. We’ll be announcing the 2021-2022 winner in late April. Installation of five new panels takes place in May. More details will be found on the GAAC website, GAAC Facebook page, and in future email newsletters.

Read about the history of the GAAC’s Outdoor Gallery project here.

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Creativity Q+A Video with Joan Richmond

Traverse City artist Joan Richmond responded to the COVID shutdown in her Northern Michigan town by going to work in her studio. She created 60 collages, a selection of these abstract, color-and-line composition are exhibited at the Glen Arbor Arts Center. Paper + Scissors + Glue = New Collages, an exhibition of 12 new works, is on display in the GAAC Lobby Gallery January 15 – April 22, 2021. Joan Richmond discusses how she creates a collage, what materials and tools she uses in a short video interview with GAAC Gallery Manager Sarah Bearup-Neal.

Free Membership For Healthcare Workers & Therapists

To express appreciation for the frontline heroes and therapists caring for us all during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Glen Arbor Arts Center will be giving free, one-year individual memberships to healthcare workers. The offer is now available and valid through the end of the year.

The GAAC believes in the restorative power of art and that creativity can lift our spirits and support our well-being. COVID-19 has had an impact upon all of us, but particularly the healthcare workers and therapists who have been on the front lines caring for our entire community. We want to support them during this stressful time. To activate the free membership, healthcare workers can contact GAAC to sign up.

Creativity Q+A Video with Paul Stebelton: Author of Writer’s Block

The Glen Arbor Arts Center presents an interview with Paul Stebelton. Traverse City poet and proprietor of Landmark Books, a bookstore, and Landmark Press, talks about his 2018 chapbook “Writer’s Block.”

The COVID pandemic has left more than one person unable to figure out if they’re coming or going, if they’re here or there. As a result, they’re stuck and their creative work has been impacted. Gallery Manager Sarah Bearup-Neal is in conversation with practicing artists about their encounters with creative block.

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