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mosaic by patricia terpstra
water color painting by jill everest fonner
wood carving by bette hartig
painting by cheryl gould
young girl reading
ballet dancers
fish sculpture by bill barr
visitors viewing art exhibit
water color painting by jill everest fonner
visitors at art attack 2013
print by cheryl gould
adult art students in class
girls enjoying time at artworks
summer camp students
painting by linda maneke
young dancer
artwork by linda maneke
ferris students art night
mosaic by patricia terpstra
summer mosaic camp
mosaic camp students
the journey by julie tilmann
pocket park mosaic project  in big rapids
art work by Julie tilmann
child enjoying a good book
intimate theater actors
tree frog enjoying the sun

Exhibit your artwork at The Painted Turtle

Painted TurtleIf you are a Michigan-based artist, we want to hear from you!
The Painted Turtle is a gift shop located in historic downtown Big Rapids. We are housed within the Artworks building and feature art and gifts by more than 70 artists. The holiday season is our busiest time of year, and our customers are always looking for something fresh, new, and fun.

The Painted Turtle is interested in all mediums and we accept new exhibiting artists year-round. Continue reading

The Music Man – Musical Comedy – 1962

Music Man posterArtworks and River Days 2014 Present The Music Man
Sunday, August 31st, at 8:30 PM
The Big Rapids Band Shell or in the case of rain at the Big Rapids Public Safety Building.

Come join us in River City, Iowa one hundred years ago as Confidence man Harold Hill arrives, planning to scam the locals by offering to equip and train a boy’s marching band (and then skip town before fulfilling his promises). His plans go awry when he falls for Marian the Librarian. Sit back and enjoy the perfect summer family musical, crammed with such great songs as “(Ya Got) Trouble” and “Seventy-Six Trombones”.
Rated G – 151 minutes
No Charge … Donations Welcome

Novel Tea Series – The Goldfinch

The GoldfinchRead the book, then come join our book discussion at 3:00pm, Thursday, Sept 18, 2014.

A boy child, orphaned and abandoned, is taken in by a wealthy family who can’t meet his emotional needs, especially his longing for his mother. We see Theo grow up and become obsessed with longing, alienation and obsession. ”The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt is a novel of shocking narrative energy and power.”

Register online at EventBrite or at the Painted Turtle, 106 N. Michigan, Big Rapids.

Midsummer Night’s Dream

In July, Artworks and Blue Lake presented a performance of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream performed by German students. Their host families loved posing with these young actors. What a marvelous night.
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Michigan Humanities Council Grant

michigan humanities council logoArtworks was awarded a grant by the Michigan Humanities Council to show “The Way We Worked,” a traveling exhibit created by the Smithsonian Institution. “The Way We Worked” uses materials from the National Archives to show the history of work from about 1855 to 1990. We will supplement the exhibit with objects from our local work history. The exhibit starts October 4, 2014, and continues through the end of November, 2014.

MCACA Operational Support Grant

Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs logoArtworks was awarded a $14,000 operational support grant by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). This grant will help pay our daily costs of operations in 2014, such as staff salaries and utilities. The funds that otherwise have paid these expenses can be redirected to program or building enhancements. Watch our website for news!