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January 2020

Starts: January 2 Ends: April 22

Exhibit: In Between Black & White

Leelanau County artist Mary O’Neill works In Between Black & White, a small exhibition of new works created from fused, recycled plastic…

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Starts: January 10 Ends: April 16

Exhibit: Color

Color. Everybody wants some during a Northern Michigan winter, when short, light days suggest a seasonal monochromatic palette.

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April 2020

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Reception: Who Owns the Water?

Due to the corona virus, this event has been cancelled.

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Sunday, April 19, 2020

Gallery Event: Fresh Water Poetry Throwdown

Due to the corona virus, this event has been postponed. Please check again in the future for a rescheduled date and time.

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May 2020

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Manitou Winds

Due to the corona virus, this concert has been postponed. Please check again in the future for a rescheduled date and time.

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Starts: May 4 Ends: May 28

Student Exhibit: Who Owns The Water?

Water is our common heritage. In Northern Michigan, we live on a peninsula surround on three sides by Great Lakes – freshwater jewels that support all human and non-human life.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Lecture: A Short History of Color in Painting

Art educator Linda Young traces how artists have used color — from the luscious pigments used by 16th century Renaissance artists to the color-drenched canvasses of the 1960s…

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Starts: May 15 Ends: July 16

Exhibit: New Views: Birdlandia

Birds offer symbolic ways for us to describe our inner and outer lives, home, relationships, the state of the ecology, and more. Birds are some of the most accessible creatures to watch and study.

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Saturday, May 23, 2020

Gallery Talk: Wings of Wonder Rebecca Lessard

Wings of Wonder [WoW] founder Rebecca Lessard talks about the Leelanau County raptor rehabilitation sanctuary she created in the 1990s.

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June 2020

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Gallery Talk: Katharine Crawford Robey

Author Katherine Crawford Robey feathers her nest with a new book about birds, Birds that Fill the Sky: The True Adventures of John James Audubon and His Dog.

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Saturday, June 20, 2020

Gallery Talk: Saving Birds Thru Habitat

Habitat loss and degradation are the primary threats to healthy bird populations. The Glen Arbor Arts Center digs into this challenge with Kay Charter…

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July 2020

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

NMC Concert Band

Manitou Music kicks off another season of outdoor concerts on Wednesday, July 1. The NMC Concert Band performs at the Old School House lawn. Bring a lawn chair.

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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Gallery Talk: Birds of the Sleeping Bear Dunes

The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is home to 280 bird species because of the many and varying habitats. Two park biologists visit the Glen Arbor Arts Center…

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Igor and the Red Elvises
Sunday, July 12, 2020

Dune Climb Concert: Igor and the Red Elvises

Igor and the Red Elvises bring Siberian surf rock to the annual Manitou Music Dune Climb Concert.

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Sunday, July 19, 2020

The Crane Wives

The Crane Wives do a musical fly-through to the Manitou Music Lake Street Studio Stage. This four-person indie folk group is a familiar presence at Manitou Music.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Laurel Premo

Laurel Premo brings Americana to the Manitou Music stage. Premo is known for her rhythmically deep and rapt delivery of roots music on fiddle, banjo, guitar, and vocals.

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Starts: July 24 Ends: August 27

Exhibit: Members Create

An annual tradition returns! The GAAC Members Create exhibition is a showcase of members’ talent. The exhibition is open to current GAAC members.

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Sunday, July 26, 2020

Blair Miller

Blair Miller is a enigmatic blues artist with a tendency to melt faces with his guitar licks.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

One For The Foxes

One For The Foxes, a Celtic folk group, presents a rousing blend of Irish and American folk music at the Manitou Music Lake Street Studio Stage.

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

2020 Plein Air Weekend: Thursday Sundowner

The Sundowner, an evening painting event, gets the Plein Air Weekend started on Thursday, July 30. The public is welcome to watch the artists in action.

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Friday, July 31, 2020

2020 Plein Air Weekend: Friday Quick Draw

On Friday, July 31, artists paint during the Quick Draw. The public is welcome to watch the artists in action.

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August 2020

Saturday, August 1, 2020

2020 Plein Air Weekend: Saturday Paint Out

The weekend’s culminating event, the Paint Out Sale on Saturday, August 1, features work by artists who registered early to be included in this all-day painting event.

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Sunday, August 2, 2020

Good Morning Bedlam

Good Morning Bedlam brings haunting waltzes, whistling, jazz scatting, and the euphoria of violin melodies to the Manitou Music Lake Street Studio Stage.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Heron Valley

Heron Valley makes it Manitou Music debut on the Leelanau School Lawn. A five-piece Celtic group, Heron Valley is an energy fueled, traditional band from Scotland.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Summer Singers

The Summer Singers, an all-volunteer group of 50 voices, puts a period on Manitou Music 2020 with a closing concert of songs about home and places.

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September 2020

Starts: September 11 Ends: November 5

Exhibit: Power Tools

A multifaceted exhibition built on the belief that the arts provide us with powerful tools of expression: power tools.

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Sunday, September 20, 2020

Lecture: The Power of Art in 28 1/2 Minutes

Studio artist Hank Feeley returns with another lecture in his recurring series “Art in 28 ½ Minutes.” This time, Feeley takes with a look at “The Power of Art,”

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Sunday, September 27, 2020

Gallery Talk: How Art Transforms Community: Three Approaches

Three Northern Michigan groups have pressed the arts into the service of creating better communities. A conversational discussion of the role of the arts and community building…

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October 2020

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Lecture: Creative Resistance — Political Art + Craftivism

Politics – past and present – provide ample fodder for creative inspiration.  Sarah Bearup-Neal, Glen Arbor Arts Center gallery manager, surveys some of these powerful examples…

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Sunday, October 18, 2020

Gallery Talk: The Power of Theater

Parallel 45 Theatre of Traverse City produces cutting-edge interpretations of classic plays, giving familiar stories new life – and fresh relevance. A conversational discussion with two of Parallel 45’s key players about how theater is especially suited to examine a wide range of issues. Guests Erin Anderson Whiting, Parallel 45 Executive director, and Artistic Director […]

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November 2020

Starts: November 13 Ends: December 17

Exhibit: Small Works

The GAAC celebrates the holidays with an exhibition of original art. This holiday show features 2D + 3D work that’s 12” square or smaller, all priced at $150 or less.

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