Looking Back at the ArtCenter Traverse City
2010-2013 Archived Content

For a number of years this was the website for the ArtCenterTraverse City, a non-profit art organization dedicated to serving as educator, presenter, and leader to enhance and enliven the arts in the Grand Traverse region and surrounding communities since 1951.

In 2015, Crooked Tree Arts Center merged with ArtCenter Traverse City, thus establishing a second location – Crooked Tree Arts Center-Traverse City. With its two locations, Crooked Tree is now able to serve not only residents in Charlevoix and Emmet counties, but also the counties of Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau. With locations in both the historic Gaslight District of downtown Petoskey and the Central Neighborhood District of downtown Traverse City, Crooked Tree Arts Center has set roots in two cultural and creative communities, providing artistically rich programming for all interested in the arts.
For more information go to their website at: www.crookedtree.org/

When the Artcenter Traverse City's domain registration expired, the site disappeared from the WWW. The domain was bought several times by diffferent folks who used it for a variety of ventures that had nothing to do with the Artcenter Traverse City.
The most recent owners of the artcentertraversecity.com have chosen to return it to its original content for a nostalgic look back.
Content is from the site's 2010-2013 archived pages as well as from other outside sources.


Artcenter Traverse City: bringing art to the community and the community to art.

Crooked Tree merges with ArtCenter Traverse City

Babette Stenuis Stolz | Oct 3, 2014 | www.petoskeynews.com/

Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey

PETOSKEY — A merger between Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey and ArtCenter Traverse City will increase the level of art programming the Petoskey area has enjoyed since the founding of Crooked Tree more than 40 years ago.

Crooked Tree and ArtCenter have been mulling this venture for several months, and Thursday made it official by announcing the agreement to merge their two organizations.

Liz Ahrens, executive director of the Crooked Tree Arts Center for the past 10 years, sees the merger as a step toward fulfilling the arts center's 2015/2019 strategic plan.

"We have consistently heard suggestions for another location for Crooked Tree," Ahrens said. "The merger of Crooked Tree and ArtCenter will expand what we currently provide the community."

Ahrens will remain at the helm of the new organization, serving as executive director of both locations.

ArtCenter has a membership of around 300, while Crooked Tree's membership is more than 3,000. The merger will provide greater art programming in both Petoskey and Traverse City.

"We will be focusing on the visual arts and education in Traverse City," Ahrens said.

Ahrens gave an example of how programming can be expanded with the addition of a second location in Traverse City.

“Crooked Tree will now be able to fund even greater national art instructors because of the opportunity to offer classes three days a week in Petoskey and another three days a week in Traverse City.”

She said oftentimes the fees for these high caliber artists was simply too high. This merger opens many new opportunities for the new arts organization.

“We use the analogy of one college with two campuses,” remarked Crooked Tree Arts Center Board President, Bill Millar.

“Now that the boards have agreed to combine our efforts, a transition team will quickly develop the plan for the organizations to merge," Millar continued.

ArtCenter President Paul LaPorte said, "This is a significant combination in the ever-changing arts and nonprofit landscape. It is important for both communities and all of Northern Michigan."

ArtCenter is an arts organization currently without a building. Ahrens said ArtCenter has been working on acquiring a home so now that the merger is official Crooked Tree will speed up this process.

ArtCenter has an office in Williamsburg and offers classes at various locations around Traverse City. It is known for its Outdoor Art Fair which takes place every July on the grounds of Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City.

The new organization will be led by Tony Ryner of Harbor Springs, who will assume his role as Crooked Tree Arts Center board president at the organization's annual meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 14. Millar has served as Crooked Tree's president for the past two years, and Ryner has been serving as the organization's vice president.

The board of directors of the new arts organization will be a combination of the current members in both communities. The membership of each organization will be merged so they will have the benefit of two arts centers for classes, workshops, exhibits and special events.

The transition plan will be announced in the next few weeks and Ahrens said, "nothing will change right now, but things will change as we move forward."

She said the 12 Crooked Tree staff will remain the same, but staff will be added to the Traverse City location. ArtCenter currently has one paid staff member.

ArtCenter Traverse City was founded in 1951 and Crooked Tree Arts Center was established in 1971. The merger of these organizations will provide two locations for program delivery. The name Crooked Tree Arts Center will not change, but the scope of offerings in both communities will increase.

For more information, contact Ahrens at (231) 347-4337 or visit www.crookedtree.org.



About Artcenter Traverse City

Artcenter Traverse City is a non-profit art organization offering a full spectrum of educational workshops and programs throughout the year. Featuring its premier summer workshops, a nationally-recognized series of classes that draws top-name artists and instructors to the Traverse City; a variety of weekly classes with local artist instructors; artist critique nights; a lecture series; monthly gallery exhibitions; and community events open to creative people of all levels.

The mission of Artcenter Traverse City is to:

  • Serve the creation, understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts in the Grand Traverse region.
  • Educate by providing high-quality, affordable educational programs to all ages.
  • Present through an ongoing series of changing exhibitions, displaying high quality, challenging art and design by artists practicing in diverse media.
  • Lead in collaboration among various organizations who seek to develop and build a strong arts culture in the Grand Traverse region.
  • Enhance and Enliven the quality of life and economy in our region.

Artcenter Traverse City Member Benefits

  • Discount on Artcenter classes, workshops, lectures
  • Reduced entry fees for Artcenter juried competitions
  • Open studio space
  • A place to meet fellow artists and art supporters expanding personal networks and sharing a vibrant exchange of ideas
  • Increased exposure through a highly visible community organization
  • Invitation to all Artcenter openings, special events and artist opportunities
  • Monthly electronic or paper Artcenter newsletter
  • Free usage of professional-quality mat cutter
  • Free usage of digital projector
  • Discount at various local businesses
  • Borrowing privileges from the Artcenter library



Artcenter Traverse City

AUGUST 19, 2013 By CLAIRE MOORE  |  www.awesomemitten.com

Artcenter Traverse City, a 501c3 educational and charitable non-profit membership organization, has been a prominent facet of Northern Michigan’s artistic community since the 1950s. Artcenter Traverse City (ATC) supports the arts through collaboration with area artists, galleries, and Northwestern Michigan College.

Over the course of the past year, Artcenter TC has played a major part in a multitude of festivals, exhibits, and programs, including Art Rapids! in Elk Rapids, the Suttons Bay Art Festival, the Traverse City Wine & Art Festival, and the ATC Outdoor Art Fair on NMC’s campus. Classes and workshops offered by ATC not only educate and inspire experienced and new artists, but present them with invaluable business information, like how to market themselves and their work. August classes consist of “Freedom of Abstraction” and “Encaustic Collage.” ATC even presents scholarships to up-and-coming artists in order to assist them in furthering their educations in the arts.

One might assume that an arts center without an actual center per se may encounter some difficulties along its path of bringing culture to the masses. While it is true Artcenter Traverse City does not currently have a permanent place of residence, the fluidity of location and constant change of scenery allows for a certain creativity not often inspired by local art classes. At the moment, Artcenter TC utilizes college classrooms, gallery spaces and festivals to provide artists and art-appreciators with a space to display and educate. Although the ATC gallery is technically located in Williamsburg, ATC is looking to take up residence at Barns Park on the historic Grand Traverse Commons grounds.

Memberships with Artcenter Traverse City range from $30 (student/senior) to $1000 (Master of the Arts) and benefits include supporting the visual arts in the Grand Traverse community, discounted classes, workshops, lectures, and competitions, and the opportunity to meet and network with fellow artists, gallery owners, and outstanding members of society, as well as access to members-only meetings.

The ATC Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be contacted via their website. Follow ATC on Twitter and Facebook for updates and special announcements.

Artcenter Traverse City: bringing art to the community and the community to art.


Looking Back at 2011-2012



tuesday, april 24, 2012

May Exhibit at the City Opera House

Visit the City Opera House for a beautiful exhibit, featuring local artists and Artcenter members Cherie Correll, Flora Ricca Hoffman, and Duncan Sprattmoran!

The exhibit will run May 1 - 30, 2012, in the second floor lobby.


friday, march 09, 2012

Art and the Garden

June 8 – July 6, 2012

Two local organizations, Artcenter Traverse City and the Botanical Garden Society of Northwest Michigan, are collaborating to present Art and the Garden, a celebration of art and the beauty of the garden.

Art and the Garden
June 8 - July 6, 2012

Artcenter Traverse City and the Botanical Garden Society of Northwest Michigan invite artists to celebrate art in the unique setting and context of the community educational garden in Traverse City, Michigan.  The theme for the show is a liberal interpretation of art and the garden.

Art and the Garden is almost without boundaries.  An artist can present art based on generic garden themes or those specific to the site of the new botanic garden on the property of the old State Hospital in Traverse City, now part of the Historic Barns Park project.

Capture the essence of “garden” as we honor and appreciate life.  Be inspired by the concepts, species, colors, designs, patterns, sounds, and smells of the garden.  Feel free to present images based on flora, landscape, garden creatures, garden features, equipment, or architecture.  Artists will use this opportunity to “get their hands in the dirt” and present their winning entry.


June 2 – June 3          Delivery of work to 630 Mercato, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day
June 8                         Reception and awards presentation, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.,
                                    with awards at 7 p.m.
June 8 – July 6           Exhibition of “Art and the Garden”
July 7 – July 8             Pick up of accepted works, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day*

*Works not picked up by 4 p.m. on July 8 will be treated as unrestricted gifts to Artcenter Traverse City, unless a prior arrangement has been made.  No agents may pick up an artist’s work without the written consent of the artist.


friday, march 02, 2012

K-12 Student Art Show

April 15-  April 29
City Opera House, Traverse City MI

Artcenter supports student artists and area art teachers.  Join us at the City Opera House in downtown Traverse City to enjoy artwork from students in the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District (TBAISD) which includes five counties.  Students, parents, friends, and the community are invited to the opening reception on Sun., April 15 from 1-3 p.m.  The show can be viewed during regular COH hours.  Come help us celebrate student art!


monday, august 22, 2011

The Art of the Nude

Fine art photography by Geoffrey Vail Brown
August 22 - September 25, 2011

Artist Reception Friday, September 16, 6 - 9 p.m.

This beautiful display showcases selected works from the following collections: Beauty in Ruin - The Asylum Nudes; Asylum Hybrids; Figure Studies of the Sleeping Bear Dunes; Rhythm Series; The Lost City; and Dryad Series.



wednesday, june 01, 20111

K - 12 Student Art Exhibit

May 4 - 27, 2011

Artcenter Traverse City is proud to announce its 4th annual K – 12 Student Art Exhibit, May 4 – 27, 2011.  The exhibition will showcase outstanding artworks in a variety of media, created by regional students.

Join us for an opening reception on Friday, May 6 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Artcenter Traverse City.  The reception is open to the public, free of charge.  Light refreshments will be served.


2013 Spark Your Creativity

Explore your inner artist at Artcenter Traverse City
Classes make a great gift--give the gift of an art class for your loved one today!

Supply lists will be sent upon registration.

2013 Winter Schedule

Valentine's Day Creative Cards with Lisa Perrine Brown
Saturday, February 2,10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$65 non-member, $45 Artcenter member, + $12 lunch fee (if desired)
Location: History Center Of Traverse City
  Create a bouquet of imaginative and beautiful cards for Valentine's Day.  All levels welcome to make cards & envelopes for your friends, neighbors, and that special someone, while learning the art of cut paper and collage.  Draw, paint, or stamp your heart out to create unique sweetheart valentines.  Breathe new life into the discarded magazines, fabric, old books & old photos.  Explore as you rework everyday materials into new cherished post-able art with soul.

The Art of Making Handmade Book Structures with Linda Gardiner
April 13 - 14, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Saturday) & 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Sunday)
$115 non-member, $95 Artcenter member, + $25 materials fee
Location: History Center Of Traverse City
  Learn some of the endless possibilities of the book structure in this two day class. We will cover several sewing techniques; from a simple pamphlet book that can be used to create your own cards, to making book covers, creating a text block, accordion and “meander” folds, and books with and without spines. There will be many examples of traditional and nontraditional “artist books” to inspire you.

Urban Plein Air in Traverse City with Lisa Perrine Brown
Saturdays, April 27 - May 11 (rain date May 18), 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
$185 non-member, $165 Artcenter member
Location: History Center Of Traverse City
  As spring unfolds and the cherry trees begin to blossom, we will be utilizing various locations in Traverse City as our classroom.  This urban plein air (in the open air) class will spotlight on how to sketch historical architecture, people & vehicles in motion, and natural objects in their settings.  The instructor will work one-on-one with students, allowing individuals to concentrate on a specific area of interest, such as the figure, architecture, perspective, and/or a combination of elements.  All focuses, styles and skill levels will be supported.  A demonstration will be given for a variety of materials and subject matter.  Students are free to choose any medium they wish.  Each session will end with an informal critique.

Plein Aire Painting - Capturing the Essence with Margo Burian
May 16 - 18, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$210 non-member, $190 Artcenter member

  The creative possibilities are endless when the great outdoors is your inspiration!  This three-day plein aire workshop is designed for beginning to intermediate oil painters who are looking to gain practical experience in the field and expand their visual musculature.  Topics covered will include setting up a "mobile studio," the art of observation, and capturing the essence.  Practical exercises, supported by onsite demos, will help the student quickly identify strong compositions for painting, as well as learn to make confident decisions regarding color and form.


2013 Summer Schedule

Glorious Papers with Jacqueline Sullivan
June 8 - 9, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$205 non-member, $185 Artcenter member

  In this class, we will explore the use of color and effects on paper to create a variety of designs.  These designs can be used in painting, bookbinding, collage, altered books, and more!  We will work with different types of papers - mulberry, tissue, watercolor paper, and brown wrapping paper.  We will add surface additions, such as molding paste, powders, metallic and pearlized paint.  We will also work with resists, stamps, and acrylic paints.  Students in this class receive a wealth of techniques for decorating papers.  At the end of class, students will learn to make a simple pamphlet-type sketchbook using some of their "glorious papers" as covers and end papers.

The Art of Journaling LECTURE withHelen Kleczynski/images
June 14,7:00 p.m.
$15 non-student, free to Helen's workshop participants

  This lecture includes tips on materials, page layout, and sketching techniques for creating a sketchbook of your travels.


The Art of Journaling WORKSHOP with Helen Kleczynski/images
June 15 - 16, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$240 non-member, $220 Artcenter member

  Learn how to create a sketchbook journal of your travels, whether you are going to an exotic location or just down the street.  We will work outdoors in the Traverse City area.  If it rains, we will find an indoor site.  During each session, you will watch a demonstration and create your own sketch, with guidance from the instructor.  You are welcome to work in whatever medium you feel comfortable with, but the demonstrations will be done in watercolor.  This class will help you improve your drawing and observation skills, and will help you to capture the essence of the place.  All levels of students are welcome.

Developing Color Energy with Ken Hosmer/images
June 24 - 27, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$350 non-member, $330 Artcenter member
  In this workshop, Ken reveals 'color secrets' and design ideas each day.  He offers guidelines which encourage you to creatively interpret painting subjects.  Painting demonstrations emphasize free-flowing watercolor and convey a variety of subjects, including landscape, flowers, human figures, or animals.
Ken has a special gift for teaching.  He clearly explains his artistic method as he paints, organizes ideas into simple terms, and offers plenty of personal help and encouragement.  This makes the class ideal for beginnig and advanced students.  A typical day includes presentation of new ideas and demonstration in the morning with class work time and individual help in the afternoon.  The workshop ends with an uplifting and informative critique session.

Landscapes: Plein Air in Pastel with Susan Ogilvie/images
July 22 - 26, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$515 non-member, $495 Artcenter member
  This is a comprehensive workshop that will focus on the fundamentals of painting plein air, and working in the field with pastels.  Through daily demos, Susan will discuss composition, shape and value masses, and developing dynamic color relationships.  "We'll  be painting the soul of the subject, not the details!"  This class will consist of mostly outdoor work (weather permitting).

Paper Paintings Collage with Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson/images
August 8 - 11, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$360 non-member, $340 Artcenter member
  This is an intense workshop in which students are taught a unique figurative collage technique.  Students will explore hand painting their own collage papers with a variety of techniques and collage application.  Emphasis will be on developing form using light and shadow, just like in traditional painting techniques.  No prior collage experience is necessary.  Some painting would be helpful, but not imperative.

Getting Fresh - Color Mixing with Kimberly Santini/images
August 8 - 11, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$310 non-member, $290 Artcenter member
  Creator of the acclaimed "Painting a Dog a Day" daily painting project, Kimberly Kelly Santini's paintings earn honors when exhibited and are eagerly collected among a client base prizing spontaneous color and bright personalities.  This workshop will introduce color theory, focus on the benefits of working a limited palette to create extraordinary color, and include specific techniques to help students loosen up their brushwork and incorporate lively color choices in their compositions.  Presentations will involve demonstrations as well as challenging exercises, including working both from life and photographs.  The ideal student will be comfortable with their tools, have a basic understanding of color mixing (i.e., red + yellow = orange), and a competent grasp of drawing.

Art Marketing 101 - Brand Yourself with Kimberly Santini/images
August 9, time TBA
  Michigan artist Kimberly Kelly Santini discusses branding and marketing, using techniques specific to her own studio practices.  Santini is a painter who has built the popular "Paint a Dog a Day," a daily painting challenge she initated in 2006, into a successful business model.  She will talk about how creatives can structure the business side of their operation, and share various tools and practices that will help identify customers, brand work, and  use the internet (website, email blasts, blogging, social media, etc.) to grow business.

Bold Brush Plein Air with Bonnie Paruch/images
August 13 - 16, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$360 non-member, $340 Artcenter member
  This workshop is about learning how to see and to paint landscape paintings with punch!  Students will develop the skills needed to paint the effects of light on color and value.  Participants will practice painting their subject in three values, an approach that simplifies the mystery of good composition.  Confident understanding of the main idea of each painting will allow students to practice bold brushwork and free personal expression.  Bonnie will guide you to see the "Big Picture" en plein air.  Students will paint two small studies on location every day.  These little gems will be inspired by beautiful sties carefully selected by the instructor.  On the last day of the workshop, one of these small studies will be worked up in a larger format in the studio.  Daily demonstrations, chalk talks, and gentle group critiques will enliven a relaxed and informative workshop.  You'll leave the workshop with all of the tools necessary to help you express your vision of the landscape.
Students of all abilities are welcome.  Each participant should come prepared to paint outdoors on location (weather permitting) in addition to studio work.  A portable plein air easle is required.

Freedom of Abstraction with Joe DiGiulio/images
August 23 - 25, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$310 non-member, $290 Artcenter Member
  Experience the freedom of expression using the four basic elements of abstraction: Line, Shape, Color, and Texture.  Joe will give you tips and techniques for expressing yourself in a non-representational style of painting that will surely rid your inhibitions about putting paint to canvas.  Joe's approach will get the new artist freed up to start expressing themselves right away and will help to loosen up the established artist to take the next step towards artistic development.  Tap into your inner source of creativity, allowing the intuitive you to flourish in this three-day painting free-for-all.

Encaustic Collage with Sharon DiGiulio/images
August 23 - 25, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$310 non-member, $290 Artcenter member
  This workshop is very experimental.  If you are a collage artist or love encaustics (or a little of both), or if you are completely new to this game of encaustic and collage, come on out and have some fun!  This class is all about trying some new techniques, trying a new medium, and just meeting others that have the same zest for art.  We will be working with paper and panels, encaustic medium, paints and heat guns.  We will carve, transfer, dip, and layer paint while working with a variety of papers and collage items.
Bring your photos, Xerox copies, collage parts and pieces, old paintings, etc.  We will make new art out of found objects and give them new life through encaustic!  Units for heating the encaustic medium and paints will be provided.


2012 Explore your inner artist at Artcenter Traverse City

Classes make a great gift--give the gift of an art class for your loved one today!



  • Youth - Acrylic
  • Adult - Drawing
  • Adult - Watercolor
  • Adult - Oil
  • Adult - Photography
  • Adult - Creative Journaling
  • Adult - Open Studio



Wet Paint - Acrylic Painting for Kids (Ages 6 - 11)
Instructor, Carrie Craig Murphy
Saturdays, April 16 - May 21, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Cost: $99 for non-members, $85 for Artcenter members
  Learn how to plan a painting.  Gain more experience mixing colors: vivid, neutral, and saturated.  We continue to practice excellent brush handling so that the viewer sees the hand of the artist in the painting.  Possible subjects include 2 days of abstracts and 4 days of playful subjects (Pomeranian Dog, Southwest Landscape, Spring Flowers, and a Toy Airplane with a Cast Shadow).
Most materials are included.  Students should supply their own roll of paper towels and one tube of Basics acrylic paint in white, cobalt blue hue, or bright green.  Please remember to wear art clothes, as the paint many not come out of fabric.




I Can Teach Anyone How to Draw Instructor, Chick Powers
Wednesdays, May 4 - June 8, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $180 for non-members, $160 for Artcenter members
  For beginners, or for those needing a refresher, this class will include graphite pencil and pen & ink techniques, while stressing elements of composition and value.  Materials: Graphite pencil set, kneaded eraser, and a 14" x 16" drawing pad.


Intermediate / Advanced Watercolor Instructor, Charles Murphy
Tuesdays, April 12 - May 17, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $295 for non-members, $275 for Artcenter members
  A class for painters who have worked in watercolor as a beginner but now seek to expand their painting vocabulary and enhance their skills.  Focus will be placed on composition, color schemes, special techniques and refinement of personal style.  Drawing skills will be considered foundational.  Previous intermediates are welcomed and will be challenged.

Watercolor for All Levels Instructor, Mike Hyrman
Tuesdays, April 12 - May 17, 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $245 for non-members, $225 for Artcenter members
  Have you been stuck in an artistic rut?  By using many demonstrations and one-on-one specific instruction, Mike will address every step of your painting.  Mike specializes in portraits, but any subject matter is welcome.  Bring your own reference photos or work with Mike's, or he can provide you with a complete painting project and a template.  This is a fun class where you'll learn a lot and find the courage to work past the difficult moments in paintings.  Beginners and advanced students are welcome.


Portrait Painting Demonstration and Workshop Instructor, Eleonora Hayes
Monday, May 30, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. (demo) and 12:00 - 3:30 p.m. (workshop)
Cost: $50 for non-members, $30 for Artcenter members demo only
          $80 for non-members, $60 for Artcenter members whole day
  Eleonora will demonstrate how to start and finish a portrait.  In this workshop, she will also discuss proportion and show how to paint a natural flesh color.  Bring a photograph or small mirror.  She will also provide pratice and one-on-one instruction.

Oil Painting for All Levels Instructor, Eleonora Hayes
Wednesdays, April 20 - May 18, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Cost: $210 for non-members, $190 for Artcenter members
  This class presents different concepts of design, composition, and mixing paint.  Students will work with different subject matter, such as still life, landscape, portrait and human figure in a variety of settings.  Eleonora will give individual instruction and group demonstrations.  Students may bring a project they want to work on and she will guide them through.  Some drawing skills are required.



Nature Photography: Drops of Light and Wildflowers Instructor, Charles St. Charles
Thursday - Saturday, May 5 - 7, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. (Thur. & Fri.) and 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Sat.)
Cost: $170 for non-members, $150 for Artcenter members
  In this workshop, Charles will explain how to make photographs by shooting the world inside of dew and rain drops.  In the field, students will be photographing wildflowers, which will take place at the location of "Trillions of Trilliums."  If you've ever wondered how the dew drop photography is done, or if you would like to have the experience of being completely surrounded by a carpet of wildflowers, then this workshop is for you!



The Art of Journaling Instructor, Helen Kleczynski
Friday - Sunday, May 27 - 29, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) and 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. (Sun.)
Cost: $220 for non-members, $200 for Artcenter members
  Learn how to create a sketchbook journal of your travels, whether you are going to an exotic location or just down the street.  Friday morning we will meet indoors to discuss tips for journaling, page layout and painting techniques, and then we will paint outdoors in the Traverse City area.  During each painting session, you will watch a demonstration and create your own sketch, with guidance from the instructor.  You are welcome to work in whatever medium you feel comfortable with, but the demonstrations will be done in watercolor.  This class will improve your drawing and observational skills to capture the essence of the place.



Night Owls Life Drawing Host, Nancy Frankland
Wednesdays, beginning April 13 and happening every other week through June 8, 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Cost: $10 per session, to cover model and facility costs
  This is a no-stress, instructor-free session that welcomes all levels and media.  We generally have Baroque Chamber music playing.  If enough artists show up each session, it will remain drop-in.

Evening Open Studio Host, Louise Ihm
Wednesdays, beginning April 6 and happening every other week through June 1, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Cost: $5 per session, to cover facility costs
  Artists are invited to bring paintings or drawings to work on and enjoy time meeting and learning from one another.



Acrylic Painting for Everyone Instructor, Kathye Begala
June 3 - 5, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: $300.00    

  This is a workshop with an abundance of information, where we will focus on still life and floral design.  Demonstrations as well as personal attention will be given.  Both bottled and tube acrylics are welcomed, as we will be discussing each type.  Canvas boards will be provided to paint on as well as patterns and photos to paint from.  Bring a willingness to learn and a smile!

A Closer Look at Northern Michigan Instructor, Mike Hyrman
June 16 - 18, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: $300.00

  Have you been stuck in an artistic rut?  By using many demonstrations and one-on-one specific instruction, award-winning artist Mike Hyrman will address every step of your painting while using Northern Michigan themes.  This is a fun class where you will learn a lot and find the courage to work past the difficult moments in paintings.  Use Mike's photos, bring your own, or use a project template provided by Mike.  If you can, bring your laptop computer.  Beginners and advanced students are welcome.
An optional kayak float on a beautiful, local lake will be coordinated after class one night.  Rental fees apply.

True Colors
Instructor, Charles Murphy
June 20 - 22, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: $325.00

  This workshop is about understanding the colors you have chosen to inhabit your palette.  Learn to maximize the impact that these personal choices in color can make in your watercolor paintings, and discover crucial color behavior that few watercolor instructors can or will share with their students.  Bring a new life to your painting style in this workshop!

Painting in Charcoal: Portraits
Instructor, Virgil Stephens
June 23 - 25, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: $375.00
  This three-day workshop is intended to increase an artist's ability to take their artwork to a higher level of realism, regardless of their current level of art education.  Students will learn how to capture personality with reflective light, skin tones, and techniques with brushes, charcoal and other tools.
Virgil offers a materials pack for $25, which includes all supplies.

Rubber Stamping, Mixed Media, Creative Collage & iPad Techniques Instructor, Sherrill Kahn
June 23 - 26, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: $375.00  or  $100 per day
  Rubber Stamping Techniques: using various techniques, including layering, using stamp pads, making your own stamp pad, using paint on the stamps, and much more.
Mixed Media Techniques: including resist techniques, rubbings, layering with paints, colored pencils, oil pastels, and other media.
Creative Collage: including creating exciting collage papers, layering paint, paper and other elements into a collage, building textures on the collage surface, and finishing the creative piece.
Creative iPad Techniques: this class will explore many of the wonderful and creative drawing, painting and photo programs on the iPad.  We will do drawings and paintings, and create gorgeous photos with double exposures and photo filters.

The Language of Landscape Instructor, Cheri Dunnigan
June 27 - July 1, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: $475.00
  In this workshop, you will be introduced to several approaches to painting the landscape in pastel, with an emphasis on design principles, laws of perception, and color theory in order to develop a "visual vocabulary" with which you will be able to more effectively and confidently create the illusion of space within the picture plane.  We will address problems and properties that are specfic to pastel and exand our ability to layer and develop rich and vibrant complex color.

Marine Landscape Painting Instructor, Charles Gruppe
July 11 - 13, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: $300.00
  Beginners to advanced students can complete a new, controlled, impressionistic painting every day during this three-day workshop.  Charles shares his unique techniques in which he uses a palette knife and brush in a rapid, wet-on-wet approach with tonal colors.  The results are quick and exciting.  A combination of clean color and a sense of detail produce a wonderfully loose painting in either oils or acrylics.  There are demonstrations of techniques each day as well as individual assistance for each student.

Light, Color and the Landscape in Oil and Pastel Instructor, Sharon Griffes Tarr
July 14 - 16, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: $285.00
  This workshop will concentrate on helping artists develop simplicity in their work at several essential levels.  Topics will include strengthening compositional design elements, including techniques for identifying and organizing essential subject matter in the out-fo-doors.  Additionally, we will emphasize the benefits of plein air techniques and fundamentals of landscape painting.  Students should have a working level of proficiency in their medium of choice and plan on at least two paintings per day on location.

Create Today with Wild Abandon Instructor, Robert Burridge
July 17 - 19, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: $375.00
  Imagine painting with no brushes!  This wild workshop is about jumping off the cliff and creating artwork no one has ever seen you do.  Finger painting, stick painting and collage - plus anything goes from there!  This is not your normal painting workshop...it is about creating art the way you have always wanted.  Be prepared for "way too much fun" on canvas and watercolor paper.  Color and design will be taught, along with the principles of making contemporary art.

Abstract Acrylic Painting and Collage Instructor, Robert Burridge
July 20 - 22, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: $375.00
  Creative tearing and paint splashing starts off this all-new "Loosen Up Workshop."  You will learn to beging a new fresh body of work with your own artistic voice and point of view.  Robert will help you paint the way you have always wanted to paint with daily warmup painting sketches, brief painting and lecture demos, constructive critiques, and plenty of time to work on personal projects.  Come prepared to paint your stuff!

East Meets West Instructor, Lian Quan Zhen
July 25 - 29, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: $450.00
  This beautiful watercolor and Chinese painting workshop is split into two segments.  In the two-day Chinese painting session, students learn how to use the Chinese brushes, ink and colors, as well as the theory of Asian art, and using the techniques to paint two styles of Chinese paintings.
During the three-day watercolor painting session, students learn basic techniques, such as compositions and coloring, including Lian's own "Color Pouring and Blending."  There are short demonstrations each day, with student practice time and critiques.  Plan to bring home your finished paintings!

Chaos to Order Instructor, Kathleen Conover
August 1 - 3, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: $325.00
  Design and composition: the evasive elements that elevate a painting from ordinary to award-winning will be the main focus of this water media workshop.  Whether you are a representational painter or abstract, a beginner or advanced, strengthening your design skills will help you to create dynamic work that exhibits confidence and skill.

Plein Air Landscape in Oils Instructor, Karen Blackwood
August 4 - 6, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: $350.00

  This workshop is designed for the beginning to intermediate artist who wishes to further develop their skills in landscape painting.  Basics of oil paint will be reviewed for thse new to the medium, although previous knowledge of drawing is expected.  Demonstrations will be given as needed - attention and critiques will be given on a personal basis, allowing artists to progress at their own pace.  This will be a limited palette workshop, although personal palettes are welcomed if you are already comfortable with your own colors.

Color Color Color Instructor, Joseph Fettingis
August 9 - 12, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: $375.00
  This workshop will be devoted to three things: how to control moisture in three levels; how to work with strong vivid colors; and how to avoid mud in your paintings.  We will also discuss how to work with the positive and negative areas of your paintings to create balance, unity and movement.

Watercolor Rhythms Instructor, Janet Rogers
August 15 - 19, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: $450.00

  Fresh flowers in the studio will be the inspiration for the beginning of this dynamic workshop, progressing to the portrait and figure.  Through a series of fun painting exercises, students will develop a more loose and natural approach, giving them an opportunity to be more spontaneous and expressive in their paintings.  Janet will demonstrate her intuitive approach throughout the workshop and will work individually with each student.  Goals will be to "see" in new ways and bring life and interpretation into your work.
New this year, students may split their time between Janet's workshop and Steve's workshop.  Contact Artcenter for details if you are interested in "Someofeachie."

Painting Light and Color in Watercolor Instructor, Steve Rogers
August 15 - 19, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: $450.00
is workshop, students will learn about light and color and the way watercolor behaves, dealing with dark values, painting reflections, and much more.  The goal of this workshop is to encourage each artist to advance their own vision and to improve the skills necessary to communicate that in their painting.  Steve will give mini demos, and students will have plenty of painting time with persoanl help available every day.
New this year, students may split their time between Steve's workshop and Janet's workshop.  Contact Artcenter for details if you are interested in "Someofeachie."

Plein Air Landscape Painting in Pastel Kevin Beck
August 22 - 25, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: $385.00

  This intensive workshop is designed for the participant who wants to learn the fundamentals of painting the landscape directly from nature.  Kevin will help you to "see" as an artist.  Both studio and plein air demonstrations will help you to: simplify the process of working on location; learn to create interesting compositions; and recognize and interpret values.  There will also be a demonstration aimed at improving your use of photography as a painting reference.

Fun with Plein Air Painting Instructor, Barrett Edwards
August 29 - 31, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: $350.00

  What could be better than enjoying the sunshine and sounds of nature while learning to really see the creative possibilities that surround you every day!  In addition to daily demos, Barrett works individually with each student, guiding improvement in composition, color harmony, effective shadows, values and temperatures.  This workshop is for anyone who wishes to take their painting skills to a higher level.



Support the Art Center

Share your strengths - Volunteer Opportunities for Participation

Committee Membership, administrative, gallery greeter, party host, outreach -poster distribution, viral networking, maintenance, cleaning   

Communications Sponsor: cost $22,000

Includes: design and printing of general brochure, summer workshop series brochure and poster and Art Craft Trails Map.

Sponsor Ceramic Studio: estimated cost $17,000

Includes: production/wedging tables, kiln, shelves and supports, potters wheels, kiln vent, pug mill, stools, drying shelves, buckets
As the Ceramic Studio Sponsor you will receive:
  • A plaque bearing your name at the studio entrance
  • Lifetime Artcenter Membership
  • Name recognition on the website

Sponsor Lecture: $1,000 each

As an underwriter of the event you will receive:
  • Name recognition on event invitation
  •  Name recognition in outreach and public relations
  • Website recognition 
  • Name recognition in gallery for the duration of the event

Sponsor Gallery Shows: $2,500 each

As an underwriter of the event you will receive:
  • Name recognition on event invitation
  • Name recognition in outreach and public relations
  • Website recognition for the duration of the event
  • Name recognition in gallery for the duration of the event

Sponsor Summer Educational Series: $15,000

 As an underwriter for the summer series you will receive:
  • Name recognition on event invitation
  • Name recognition in outreach and public relations
  • Website recognition for the calendar year
  • Name recognition in regional and national paid advertising

Artcenter Traverse City Scholarship Fund

The Scholarship fund is designated to assist budding artists, who might otherwise not be able to afford classes to pursue their arts education. Your generosity will make that happen. 

Provide Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment

Task lighting, gallery benches, soft furniture, conference table and chairs, coat racks, artist lockers, room dividing draperies, artist and instructor stools , landscape materials for sculpture garden, signage, new entry canopy, digital projector , entertainment/sound system.
Your support of Artcenter Traverse City contributes to stregthening arts and culture in the community. Artcenter Traverse City is a 501 c (3) non-profit organization. 
If you are interested in any of the listed giving opportunities or would like to support Artcenter in another way please call 231.941.9488 today.
Thank you for your support.