Traverse City Arts: Take a mini-gallery tour at City Opera House! Charles Richter’s touching, entertaining, and sense stimulating art can be seen on display at City Opera House in Traverse City until October 26th, Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  One look at Richter’s work and viewers see the abstract way he plays with color, design, light, shadows, texture, and the magical qualities of paint itself.

Growing up in Midland, MI, Richter spent many hours as a young boy with his grandmother, whose “found object” art taught him how to see objects in more than one way.  He spent four years in the Navy sailing through the Caribbean, Mediterranean, and the North Atlantic before returning to Michigan to earn his BFA and eventually moving to Traverse City in 1980.

Richter’s art has been presented in Michigan galleries, art fairs and juried shows, and has hung in many collections throughout the United States and Europe. He won “Best of Show” at the Flint Art Museum, Saginaw Art Museum, and at the Midland Art Fair, and Dennos Museum’s juried show gave him honorable mention.

“My paintings become a journey for me, inspired on many levels and often become abstract, surreal environments” – Charles Richter

Upcoming Artists:

November:  Blackbird Arts

December: The Other People – Photographer: Alan Newton

Each month, City Opera House puts a different artist on display.  They are selected by committee and are displayed at no charge. Interested artists should contact the Box Office for an application and details.  231.941.8082

The City Opera House Heritage Association is proud to partner with Michigan State University’s renowned Wharton Center for Performing Arts. City Opera House is a non-profit destination attraction for quality arts and cultural entertainment, educational programming, and public and private events in the heart of the region, downtown Traverse City. Information at

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