Glen Arbor Arts Center hosts Coffee with the Authors

From staff reports

Coffee With The Authors is a live, conversational interview with local and regional authors about the craft and process of writing at the Glen Arbor Arts Center (GAAC). On May 18 Brittany Cavallaro, the author of seven Young Adult [YA] novels, explains this stand-alone genre, and how she approaches it. Sarah Bearup-Neal, GAAC gallery manager, leads the conversation, which begins at 11 am.

Cavallaro is a creative writing instructor at the Interlochen Arts Academy, her alma mater [her New York Times bestselling Charlotte Holmes series is set in a boarding school]. YA fiction is geared to readers ages 12 to 18 years, but it tackles mature themes and subjects the sets it apart from traditional middle school literature. Cavallaro is also the author of three volumes of poetry, and frequently collaborates with other writers.

Coffee With The Authors is offered without charge. The program is supported by the Cottage Book Shop and the Glen Lake Community Library. The GAAC is located at 6031 S. Lake St. in Glen Arbor. For more information visit


Falconberry exhibits native plants canvases

Leelanau County artist Dana Falconberry exhibits Native Plants, a group of painted and stitched canvases, in the GAAC lobby gallery. This small show runs until Aug. 29.

Falconberry, a musician, printmaker, and painter and more. has been, in the last few years, creating textile works that combine hand-painted imagery with machine chain stitch embroidery. The stitchery is done with an industrial machine — a machine that is more often used in the service of commercial fashion to create densely stitched surfaces and imagery, than it is used in studio art applications. In her GAAC’s Lobby Gallery exhibit, Falconberry uses this hybrid method of creation to continue her exploration and interpretation of native plants local to Northern Michigan.

Native Plants, and a recorded interview with Falconberry, may also be viewed online at


Outdoor Gallery exhibit features Margo Burian

Leelanau County artist Margo Burian’s collages have been chosen for display in the Glen Arbor Arts Center’s 2024-25 Outdoor Gallery exhibition, an annual, invitational exhibit.

Burian’s collages are rooted in the idea of Ordinary Magic, or delight. They were reproduced on five, 5-foot-square, weather-resistant aluminum panels created by Image 360 of Traverse City. The panels are installed on the GAAC’s south and west exteriors walls.

Burian is a well-known painter of atmospheric land- and waterscapes, and historic farmsteads. The desire to communicate ideas in other media and materials isn’t new to her. “I’m drawn to collage because of its versatility and within that versatility; the opportunity to explore ideas and materiality,” Burian said. “More than 400 sheets of paper were used to create specific palettes for each image. ”

The GAAC’s Outdoor Gallery competition began in 2020. The gallery is a venue for the exhibition of visual art, and features the original work of a single artist. More information about the Margo Burian installation can be found at