Crooked Tree Arts Center, with two locations in Petoskey and Traverse City, has lots going on in March. To help you plan a jam-packed month of art, we talked with CTAC’s Alex Dailey and Megan Kelto about upcoming Crooked Tree Arts Center events for the entire family.

Which three events stand out to you, whether it’s because they’re new events, featuring well-known artists or groups, or have another unique quality?

1. Irish band, Téada presents: reAwakening, a Performing Arts Series concert co-sponsored by Blissfest Music Organization, which takes place on March 5 in Petoskey. Téada will present an evening of Irish culture, history, music, food, and drink, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.

2. Wildhearted, the upcoming exhibit in Traverse City which showcases work of young artists who focus on the Northern Michigan environment.

3. CTAC’s class offerings which, during March, include a variety of culinary classes, a floral workshop with BLOOM Floral Design, Stop Motion Animation, and Advanced Watercolor, among others.

Farmers markets are more often associated with summer than winter, however, the CTAC Artisans & Farmers Market in Petoskey is in full swing. What does the market bring to the Petoskey community?

“The CTAC Artisans & Farmers Market is a meeting place, a common ground for community members and friends. The weekly event fosters a strong sense of community as CTAC, the Petoskey District Library, Blissfest, and local farmers and artisans come together to promote the creativity and hard work of Petoskey. With live music, fresh food, and a family-friendly setting, the market provides a communal space and also serves as a nice introduction to the Petoskey area for those who are visiting or new in town.

“Having a market during the off-season does seem strange initially, but with an abundance of hoop house produce, baked goods, preserves, honey, and handmade gifts, it makes complete sense for Crooked Tree Arts Center to provide a space for such camaraderie and the shop local, shop small mentality that thrives in the Northern Michigan area.”

Coloring books for adults are becoming very popular. What are some of the benefits of coloring, and how has Color Club TC been doing?

“Coloring books are a fun, low­-pressure way for adults to rediscover their artistic side and play with color and pattern. Coloring books for adults feature more intricate patterns and designs, high-­quality paper, and are available in a wide variety of themes. It’s a very relaxing thing to do and is little bit meditative. We have been hosting Color Club since September, on Wednesdays during lunch. We typically have 8­-10 colorers each week, and people are welcome to bring their own supplies or use ours. It’s been fun to see how easily conversation flows when we’re all engaged in coloring.”

What can people expect at the “Wildhearted” exhibition, and when will they be able to view it?

“Wildhearted is going to be a unique experience. The show is lead and curated by Dani Knoph and Courtney Michalik, who developed the theme and recruited the artists ­who are all creative professionals between the ages of 20­-40. It’s a contemporary exhibition that explores the themes of natural wonder, adventure, and appreciation for Northern Michigan’s environment. The show includes installation, mixed media, sculpture, painting, graphic design, video, and photography. Wildhearted will run March 15 through May 14 in our Traverse City location. Crooked Tree Arts Center members are invited to an opening reception on March 15 from 7:00­ to 9:00 p.m., where we’ll have food, libations, and live music by Oh Brother, Big Sister. Otherwise, the gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Saturday.”

Is there anything you’d like to add?

“Additionally, both locations are gearing up for the summer months. The 2016 Summer Workshops series has been published and is open for registration. Nationally recognized, award-winning instructors will be teaching a variety of classes for beginners, intermediate, and advanced artists. Workshops in watercolor, oil, pastels, textiles, photography, and acrylic are on the docket, and they’re filling up fast!”

View the Crooked Tree Art Center event calendar. 

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Photo(s) by Dani Knoph