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Northern Michigan Vacations: Not just white walls and paintings. An old schoolhouse, restored Victorian, outdoor sculpture garden- the backdrops to Northern Michigan art in every media. Take stock of fantastic art, as well as where it is housed, at these notable Elk Rapids and Charlevoix art galleries.
Bier Gallery and Pottery Studio
From its restored red-and-white schoolhouse, Bier Gallery represents a finely curated collection of more than 60 artists developed during 30 years. Includes the pottery and clay sculpture of owners Ray and Tami Bier. 17959 Ferry Rd., Charlevoix, 231.547.2288, biergallery.com.
Todd Warner Gallery
The acclaimed artist aptly calls himself a master of sophisticated whimsy, and his work delivers on the claim. Discover a playful menagerie of animals and people, represented in sculpture and other media. 405 Bridge St., Charlevoix, 231.675.0596, toddwarnerstudios.com.
Renowned for its expansive collection of glass artwork, this 20-year-old gallery also presents a large and eclectic mix of accomplished artists practicing in a full range of media. 128 River St., Elk Rapids, 231.264.6660, mullalys128.com.
Twisted Fish Gallery
The gallery’s captivating sculpture garden beckons just off the highway; inside find an imaginative collection curated from top quality artists, most from Northern Michigan. 10443 S. Bayshore Drive, (just south of Elk Rapids off US 31), 231.264.0123, twistedfishgallery.com.
Focused largely on more representational art, this lovely collection presented inside a beautifully restored Victorian home makes for a worthy and evocative stop. 914 US 31 S., Elk Rapids, 231.264.9149, stonehedgegallery.com.
Blue Heron Gallery
Presenting artist/owner Dan Reszka’s work along with dozens of artists working in oils, pottery, photography, jewelry and other media. 131 Ames St., Elk Rapids (1/4 mile east of US 31), 231.264.9210, blueherongallery-er.com.
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