Art for sale at the Northern Michigan Artists Market.
There are galleries galore in downtown Petoskey for all types of art enthusiasts - whether you're a know-it-all or just know what you like. Find maps and gallery listings at the Petoskey Chamber of Commerce (401 E. Mitchell St., 231-347-4150, petoskey.com). Here are a few highlights of what you'll find:
Crooked Tree Arts Center (461 E. Mitchell St., 231-347-4337, crookedtree.org) is housed in an ornate, Victorian-style building originally built in 1890 as the Petoskey United Methodist Church. Part gallery, part educational center and part concert hall, Crooked Tree has been a hub for art and culture since 1971. The opportunities for enrichment are endless - step inside the 260-seat theater to catch a live jazz performance, sign up for a class in silk painting, stained glass, paper batik or ballet, or simply come to browse the ever-changing exhibitions. Like what you see? The in-house Art Tree Sales Gallery allows you to peruse and purchase pieces like felted wool hats, stoneware vases and intricate beaded jewelry.
Just down the block, duck into Northern Michigan Artists Market (445 E. Mitchell St., 231-487-0000, nmam.us). Founded in 2003 by six local artists, the gallery has grown to include paintings, pottery, textiles, glass and other works by nearly 100 talented Michiganders. Many of the pieces are inspired by the North's native beauty - Petoskey stone pendants, watercolor paintings of trillium, even mixed-media sculptures depicting Michigan's loveliest waterways.
Now it's on to the Gaslight Gallery (200 Howard St., 231-348-5079, gaslightgallery.net) for a smorgasbord of work by local and national artists - the whimsical sculptures of Todd Warner, Kevin Barton's oil paintings, and glass by Alan Swan.
Then, for edible art, head over to Chandler's (215 1/2 Howard St., 231-347-2981), beneath Symon's General Store. This charming brick dinner nook's creative dishes - ranging from sushi to sumptuous sautéed veal medallions - are almost too pretty to eat. Almost.
Emily Bingham is assistant editor at Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine.
Note: This article was first published in April 2007 and was updated for the web February 2008.