Don’t miss the opportunity to browse the unique art galleries of Petoskey, Harbor Spring and Boyne City . The artists themselves own a lot of the galleries, so make it a point to strike up a conversation to get an idea of their sources of inspiration and the techniques that go into their work!
Three Pines Studio:
An eclectic gallery focusing on work by local artists in all mediums: mixed media, paintings, ceramics, fiber arts, traditional Native American quill boxes and totem poles, and much more. Don’t miss the display of gorgeous glass pumpkins displayed at Three Pines Studio each fall as part of Great Lakes Glass Pumpkin Patch Day. 5959 W. Levering, Cross Village, 231.526.9447, threepinesstudio.com.
Becky Thatcher Designs:
Exquisite jewelry inspired by the Lake Michigan landscape, often starring locally acquired stones—Petoskey stones, beach stones, fossils. 117 W. Main St., Harbor Springs, 231.526.9336, beckythatcherdesigns.com.
Original jewelry featuring natural, earthy aquamarine and turquoise alongside other gems to mirror the rich blues of water and sky. Housed in Harbor Springs’ historic train depot. 111 W. Bay St., Harbor Springs, 734.255.8805, belleaquatic.com.
Husband-and-wife artists Harry and Kathleen Boyer run this working studio and gallery, featuring Harry’s signature glass pieces and Kathleen’s original paintings. 207 State St., Harbor Springs, 231.526.6359.
Tvedten Fine Art:
Showcasing owner/artist Margaret Tvedten’s striking oil, pastel and watercolor paintings, alongside works by more than a dozen other artists. 284 E. Third, 231.526.2299, Harbor Springs, tvedtenfineart.com.
Pierre Bittar Gallery:
Renowned French Impressionist artist Pierre Bittar showcases his luminous paintings of Michigan and European landscapes. 188 E. Main, Harbor Springs, 231.526.6750, pierrebittar.com.
By the Bay Nautical Fine Art Gallery:
Fine art with a nautical theme, including paintings, relief maps, model ships, weather instruments, and more. 172 E. Main, Harbor Springs, 231.526.3964, bythebay.com.
Owner/artist Trisha Witty’s original oil paintings of inspiring landscapes—including her native Northern Michigan—are full of light, color and emotion. 236 E. Main St., Harbor Springs, 231.526.1112, wittyart.com.
Art Cats Gallery:
This new addition to the Petoskey arts scene is both a showroom for artist/owner Louise Hopson’s fanciful clay pieces, plus a gallery with works from more than 40 artisans. 308 Howard St., Petoskey, 231.622.8626, artcatsgallery.com.
Stafford’s Gallery of Art and History:
Tucked behind the Perry Hotel’s rose garden, this cool warehouse is home to a variety of fine art by Michigan artists, plus antiques and regional historic photos. 410 Rose, Petoskey, 231.347.0142, staffords.com.
Northern Michigan Artists Market:
Representing some of the best creative work from Traverse City and points north. 445 E. Mitchell, Petoskey, 231.487.0000, nmam.us.
This gallery above a home and garden shop features paintings, furniture, and other pieces by local artists, with a focus on regional scenery. If you’ve ever wanted to commission a painting of your summer home, this is the place to ask. 409 E. Lake, Petoskey, 231.622.4105, ciaobellashop.com.
Find rustic furniture, pottery, Petoskey stone art, jewelry, musical instruments and other eclectic pieces at this gallery and live music venue. 217 S. Lake, Boyne City, 231.582.2588, freshwaterartgallery.com.
Sweet Grass Framing & Gallery:
This custom frame shop is also home to paintings, photography, stained glass, and other pieces of original art. 114 E. Main, Boyne City, 231.582.2620, sweetgrassframing.com.
Boyne Arts Collective:
A gallery hosting seasonal exhibits, workshops, and other community events, the BAC is the hub of Boyne’s artistic community. Open May 1. 210 S. Lake, Boyne City, boynearts.org.