Hours Today: Closed

GAAC Is Temporarily Closed

11/13/20 Update

As of today, the Glen Arbor Arts Center building will be closed until December 4 due to increased positive cases of COVID-19, MIOSHA workplace recommendations, and area school closings. We can’t see you in person for a couple of weeks, but all our offerings including our Small works exhibit can be viewed and purchased online. Staff is still available during normal business hours by phone or email if you need to contact GAAC.

Please stop by on your outside walk to view our Light up Glen Arbor holiday trees that will be shining brightly with donated community ornaments starting on December 5th.

We wish you a safe and healthy holiday season and will work remotely to continue offering quality creative programming online or outside for the period.

Warmest regards,

Sarah Kime
Executive Director

5/14/20 Update

Dear Friends,

After careful monitoring of the COVID-19 pandemic and consultation with public health experts, our board of directors, arts leaders, and many others, we have decided to hold virtual programs and classes for the remainder of the year. We will continue to monitor the pandemic and once it is safe to get together in person, again, we will offer in-person programs We take this action with the safety and well-being of our community as our highest priority.

The following events are canceled:

  • The 2020 Manitou Music series, including the Dune Climb Concert in July.
  • The Artist-in-Residence program.
  • Adult and youth in-person classes, workshops and camps, we will offer virtual art classes, modified pottery studio and art camp in a box instead.
  • All in-person gallery programming. Virtual exhibitions, presentations, and lectures will be available on our website, youtube channel, social media beginning May 15.
  • The Plein Air Weekend scheduled for the 1st weekend in August is canceled; however, a one-day Virtual Plein Air paint out auction instead. All artists involved will be issued a refund and invited to participate in our virtual Plein Air.

Details on these events and the rest of our virtual schedule will be available by the end of May.

We would like to thank all of our members, artists, donors, and the sponsors for our Plein Air Weekend, Manitou Music Series, Dune Climb Concert for their continued support as the Glen Arbor Art Center navigate through these difficult times.

If you had planned to take classes, see a performance, or attend an event at the GAAC this year, please consider turning those dollars into a gift to the Glen Arbor Art Center today. Your generosity will support the Glen Arbor Art Center through these unprecedented and unexpected times and provide much-needed funding that will allow us to continue offering a wide range of creative experiences for the community.

We are excited to have our first virtual Plein Air, online programming, and our first outdoor gallery exhibit, featuring five paintings by local artist Mark Mehaffey and sponsored by Barb and George Cochran. It has been installed on our building’s exterior for your viewing pleasure.  Thank you for your support of the Glen Arbor Arts Center and our programs. We look forward to gathering with you to share art and musical performances as soon as it is safe to do so.

Best Regards,

Sarah Kime
Executive Director

4/9/20 Update

As our state continues efforts to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has extended the Stay Home, Stay Safe order through April 30. To support this effort, and comply with the order, Glen Arbor Arts Center will extend the closure of its building and cancelling its programming through April 30.

3/26/20 Update

In keeping with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-21, the GAAC has closed its building for an indefinite time. Our foremost goal and mission is to protect our community from the spread of COVID-19. Suspending the GAAC’s business is something that, at the same time, we do with heavy hearts, but knowing that everyone must do their part to get through these uncertain times. Like many of you, our staff is working from home – working to find outlets to connect, entertain, or maybe even distract us for a moment. We will be creating virtual exhibits, recommending articles, creating at-home art projects inspired by artworks in our galleries, and giving you the resources you need to connect with art while sequestered away in your homes.

As a nonprofit, our members and visitors are what keep us going. Your support through online memberships and donations will be the only source of revenue during this closure. If you can give, we ask that you consider a donation.

Thank you and stay safe,
Sarah Kime
Executive Director

3/19/20 Update

Dear Members and Friends of Glen Arbor Art Center,

On Monday, March 16, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a temporary order that closes theaters, bars, and casinos, and limits restaurants to carry-out and delivery orders. In response to Governor Whitmer’s declaration of a state of emergency for Michigan, and advisories from the Centers for Disease Control & World Health Organization, we have decided that all Glen Arbor Arts Center classes, programming and gallery are suspended until April 6.

Effective immediately, our office hours are Monday thru Friday, 9am to 3pm and our building will be closed to the public . Our staff can be reached by phone at 231/334-6112. All in-person meetings are suspended and rescheduled for after April 6.

IN THE MEANTIME: The GAAC will follow CDC and Michigan Department of Health and Human services regarding cancellations and closures and will keep you informed of any changes that occur via email and through regular postings on our website and social media.

Thank you for your goodwill and understanding. In this uncertain moment, I have every confidence in our community’s ability to pull together with kindness, care and concern for the common good. During this challenging time, we hope you can find solace and comfort through some creative activity. We hope to see you soon!

Sarah Kime
Executive Director


Dear Members and Friends of Glen Arbor Art Center,

Glen Arbor Art Center shares our nation’s concern of the outbreak and spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and are especially cognizant of the incidents that have been recently reported in Michigan. We want to ensure that everyone is mindful of the prevention measures necessary to help minimize the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

In an effort to protect the safety and well-being of our visitors, staff and members, Glen Arbor Art Center is strengthening its daily cleaning routine as well as disinfecting surfaces and door handles of studios and entrances.  Glen Arbor Art Center is asking our friends and members to follow these nationally recommended prevention measures:

  • Please stay at home if you are not feeling well.
  • Wash/scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your face until you have washed your hands.
  • Keep a distance of at least six feet from other people when at work or in public.
  • All events of 100 people or more are postponed, cancelled, or moved online until May 15.
  • Visitors traveling from areas that the CDC finds have “widespread sustained (ongoing) transmission” of Covid-19 cannot visit the Arts Center until they have successfully completed 14 days of self-quarantine.

Glen Arbor Art Center will follow CDC and Michigan Department of Health and Human services regarding cancellations and closures and will keep you informed of any changes that occur via email and through regular postings on our website and social media.

Please accept my gratitude in advance for your goodwill and understanding. In this uncertain moment, I have every confidence in our community’s ability to pull together with kindness, care and concern for the common good.


Sarah Kime
Executive Director

Art Classes and more

Whether you want to discover your inner artist or are a trained professional, we have something for you. Expand your knowledge, experiment with new ideas, and explore new media.

GAAC offers diverse and exciting classes for all skill levels. Some are taught in the center of Glen Arbor, tucked away in our wooded location. Others are taught in the beautiful pastoral setting of Thoreson Farm, located in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Our instructors have impressive credentials and extensive teaching experiences. We have a generous scholarship program for persons who qualify; please inquire.

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