Ann Arbor fiber artist Susan Moran will use her Glen Arbor Arts Center residency to begin a body of work “specifically inspired” by Leelanau County. Using photographs and sketches of mosses, fungi, and rock surfaces, Moran plans to create a series of hand-dyed, printed and stitched textile collages. She will talk about her project during a public presentation on Sept. 22 at noon, at the Glen Arbor Arts Center. The presentation is free. Click here to learn more about this and other upcoming GAAC events.

Massachusetts artist Ian Kennelly will use his Glen Arbor Arts Center residency to “further his observations” of the ephemeral space that exists where water, land and sky meet. Kennelly will talk about his project during a free public presentation on Friday, Aug. 25, at noon, at the GAAC, which also bids farewell to summer with a Front Porch Concert on Aug. 25 from 5-7 pm. The Arts Center also hosts Sarah Shoemaker for a Coffee With the Authors event on Aug. 26, a A guided walk-and-talk of “In Translation” on Sept. 2, and a screening of the film “Plague Phase” on Sept. 7.

Novelist Sarah Shoemaker of Northport has been an educator, university research librarian, world traveler, wife, mother, and grandmother. She recently spoke with the Sun about her most recent books, Children of the Catastrophe (2022) and Mr. Rochester (2017). Shoemaker will appear at the Glen Arbor Arts Center on Saturday, Aug. 26, at 11 a.m. for “Coffee With the Authors.” Other events this fall can be found on her website,

The Glen Arbor Arts Center (previously called the Glen Arbor Art Association) celebrates 40 years in 2023. We republished this excerpt from the Arts Center’s website that recounts the organization’s history, beginning with its founders, Becky Thatcher, Ananda and Ben Bricker, Midge Obata, Suzanne Wilson, Richard and Barbara Sander, and Barbara Siepker.

Percussionist Lori Fithian brings her collection of hand drums and percussion instruments to the Manitou Music series on Saturday, August 19, from 1-3 pm at the Glen Arbor Arts Center. Then on Aug. 26 at 11 am, the GAAC continues Coffee With the Authors, a live, conversational interview with local and regional authors about the writing craft and process. Next up is novelist and “Children of the Catastrophe” author Sarah Shoemaker in a conversation about historical fiction. Sarah Bearup-Neal, GAAC gallery manager, leads the discussion.

The Glen Arbor Arts Center’s Coffee With the Authors is a live, conversational interview with local and regional authors about the writing craft and process. This series continues Sunday, July 30, at 1 p.m. with poet Holly Wren Spaulding in a conversation about keeping and banning words. Spaulding, a northern Michigan native now living in southern Maine, published her third book of poems, Familiars, in 2020, as a response to the 2015 deletion of words by the Oxford Junior Dictionary (OJD). The OJD’s deleted words list includes names of flora and fauna, in order to make room for newer words from the world of technology, such as “chatroom” and “bullet point.” Familiars is full of poems about “trees, flowers, magic, touch, memory, erasure, power, and [Spaulding’s] grief over the changing climate.” In her July 30 conversation, Spaulding will talk about the power of words, choosing them with care, and the ways in which she works to keep language vital through her writing. The Glen Arbor Sun interviewed Spaulding prior to her upcoming coffee date at the Arts Center.

The Glen Arbor Arts Center is keeping the lights on a little longer this summer. Late Night Fridays continues Friday, July 28 with an evening viewing of the Members Create exhibit, and demonstrations by Members Create exhibitors Michele Aucello, Mercedes Bowyer, Barbara Greenwood, Jessica Kovan, and Mark Mehaffey. Then painters from across Michigan and the Midwest will converge on Glen Arbor August 4 and 5 for the Glen Arbor Arts Center’s 14th Plein Air Weekend.

The Traverse City Dance Project returns as part of the Glen Arbor Arts Center’s (GAAC) 2023 Manitou Music lineup. The performance is July 29 at 7 pm at Nash Road Red Barn, located at 9805 Nash Road near Maple City. Sponsored by the GAAC and Interlochen Public Radio, and hosted by Pine Street Studios, the Traverse City Dance Project’s performance will feature original choreography, live music, and professional dancers from around the country.

To enhance its presence and augment its own legacy, the Glen Arbor Arts Center has developed a new program, Late Night Fridays (LNF). Designed to facilitate further creative engagement with the community, the GAAC Main Gallery will be open to the public every Friday from 5 to 8 p.m., June 9 through Aug. 25. Additionally, LNF includes four events this summer: two opening receptions for art exhibitions and two Front Porch Concerts. “We’re keeping the lights on a little longer on Friday nights this summer during Light Night Fridays,” shared Sarah Bearup-Neal, GAAC gallery manager.

The Glen Arbor Arts Center is keeping the lights on a little longer this summer on Friday nights. Late Night Fridays continues June 16 with a front porch concert featuring the PULSE Saxophone Quartet from 7-8 pm. This unique chamber ensemble is the GAAC’s 2023 Musicians-in-Residence, part of the Manitou Music Series.