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The Arts

Richard & Jane Manoogian Mackinac Island Art Museum
Summer residents and art collectors Richard and Jane Manoogian have generously donated the capital needed to resort the Indian Dormitory as an art museum dedicated to showing the works of art not seen before from the collection of the Mackinac State Historic Parks’ collection. Focused around fine and decorative arts inspired by Mackinac Island through the ages from Native American baskets to present-day paintings of the island by residents, Mackinac Island’s newest cultural attraction is a three-level art museum first built by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft as a tribute payment buidling for the local Indian tribes back in the first have of the 1800’s. Educational programming will also bring the museum into the current century by offering artist workshops and exhibitions of those living, working and creating works inspired by Mackinac Island today.

Visual Arts
We have many artists living, working and exhibiting on Mackinac Island and their work can be seen in the galleries and many gift shops on the island. The majority of art galleries on located on Historic Market Street.

Island Art Galleries
Galleries include Maeve’s Arts, Mackinac Art Gallery, Victorian Summer Gallery and Oil Paintings by Marlee at Grand Hotel. It is best to check our events calendar for exhibitions throughout the season.

Online Art Galleries
Robert Jerstrom and Nancy May have lived and photographed Mackinac Island for decades and their site is a testament to their love of photography and Mackinac Island. Island botanical artist  Becki Barnwell has a lovely online gallery showcasing her paintings, prints and cards.  Watercolor Landscape artist and author Mary Lou Peters showcases her work online and in many shops on Mackinac Island. Music festival photographer and Island resident Kate Levy shows her provacative work online and on the festival website.

Painting Workshops
There are many painting workshops on the Island and Murray Hotel hosts several throughout the season. Grand Hotel is home to many arts and crafts getaways and in the past have offered quilting, rug hooking and more. Lake View Hotel is home to a photography workshop in the fall. Lastly, the Mackinac Arts Council hosts Drop in and Draw Workshops at the Richard and Jane Manoogian Art Museum.