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MARQUETTE – The art scene in the Marquette community is already vibrant but now it’s becoming even more welcoming to artists and art lovers.
The current annual exhibit at the Marquette Arts and Culture Center — located in the lower lever of the Peter White Public Library — shows the work of high school students from around Marquette County. In the Deo Gallery, the 7th Annual High School Art Show that highlights the artistic talent of high school students from around Marquette County will continue through May 31.
Local artists of all ages and skill levels can attend the free weekly Open Studio at the center: just bring your art supplies to work, learn, and create. The Open Studio began when four women started to regularly rent out the studio for a social and creative space to come together. It’s open every Wednesday 1 to 4 p.m.
Julie Benda, Interdisciplinary Artist at Marquette Arts and Culture Center. “I image that this space is a welcoming space, it’s connected to the library, which is already a public space, and it’s an accessible one. It’s something that the public and other artists can come to and feel comfortable entering.”
As Benda spoke with Local 3, she was carving leaves on a bench that, when completely, will be displayed in the library.
The Marquette Arts and Culture Center hopes the weekly Open Studio event will bring artists of all kinds to come socalize, and learn from others.
In addition to providing gallery and workshop space, it averages 263 visitors per day and provides services to more than 300 local artists and organizations.
The Arts and Culture division was organized in 1992 and relocated to the renovated Peter White Public Library in 2000. In addition to being a regional center of arts and culture activities, it provides the following services and programs:
- art exhibitions,
- community art projects,
- performance events,
- meeting spaces for arts organizations,
- an arts calendar, and
- coordination of national and local heritage festivals.
Find out more about MACC here.
The MACC’s Creative Community Series is a year-round slate of workshops, demonstrations, lectures, and other events put on by local creatives and arts and culture organizations. The MACC invites those interested in hosting an arts and culture event to utilize our studio space and resources, offered at low- to no-cost thanks to the support of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts..