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Northern Michigan Vacations: What better place to get artistic inspiration than from the stunning landscapes up north? From gorgeous prints to oil paintings and stone jewelry to intricate metalwork, artists from Northern Michigan produce remarkable work. Explore the galleries in Traverse City to get a taste of the local, yet nationally respected, art scene.
This mixed-media gallery and boutique shines the spotlight on one-of-a-kind studio jewelry, but also offers an eclectic variety of other works by artists from all 50 states. Themes here include antiquity, mystery, contemporary/abstract, upcycled pieces and found art. Of special note is Gallery Fifty’s collection of coveted Fordite and Leland Blue Stone jewelry; the former is a swirling “gem” resulting from hardened automotive paint from Ford’s River Rouge factory near Detroit; the latter is slag with a pretty blue hue leftover from Northern Michigan historic iron ore smelters. 800 COTTAGEVIEW DR., SUITE 50, TRAVERSE CITY, 231.932.0775, GALLERYFIFTY.COM.
Take a look at an interview with Gallery Fifty owner, Christie Minervini.
A fine art gallery attached to Old Mission Tavern on Old Mission Peninsula, focusing on original works by more than 75 local and regional artists. Don’t overlook the adjacent sculpture studio, featuring work by Verna Bartnick, owner of the tavern and gallery. If you’re planning an event, ask about renting the banquet room in the middle of the gallery—a gorgeous spot to host any sort of reception. 17015 CENTER RD., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.223.4142, OLDMISSIONTAVERN.COM.
Showcasing classic American artistry with an eye toward Michigan-related pieces, including prints by the legendary local artist Gwen Frostic and gorgeous wooden relief maps of Michigan lakes. 224 E. FRONT ST., 231.933.0297.
This hip space in TC’s Little Bohemia neighborhood serves as a contemporary gallery and studio space for local artists. Featuring fiber arts, ceramics, furniture, works on paper and canvas, in addition to original jewelry by owner Kim Bazemore. 124 N. MAPLE ST., 231.620.0458, TRAVERSE CITY, COGSCREEKGALLERY.COM.
Landscape artists share a space in downtown Traverse City. Walk in, be inspired. 102 S Union St., 231.933.1194.
A studio and gallery is home to artist Kristen Jongen’s lively, whimsical prints, each a signature blend of mixed media and inspiring poetry. You’ll also find works by other area artists, plus workshops and community gatherings. Hours vary; call ahead. 144 HALL ST., SUITE 107, TRAVERSE CITY, 231.932.7363, MYSOULSOUP.COM.