The principal’s office is home to the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail. One gymnasium hosts a photography studio, the second will soon be a theater. The cafeteria contains 45 artists selling one-of-a-kind creations. Classrooms are filled with painters, photographers, and other local businesses that focus on art, music, culture, classes, and activities. Needless to say, Norris Elementary is no longer an ordinary elementary school! It’s an extraordinary building filled with like-minded creatives all under one roof, now called Leelanau Studios.
Leelanau Studios at the Grand Traverse Regional Arts Campus is located on the corner of M22 and Cherry Bend Road just north of Traverse City. Opened in June 2015, each classroom has been repurposed into a studio. While some studios are open daily, others hold unplanned hours. But visitors are encouraged to check out Leelanau Studios at any time. Plus, on monthly Friday night open houses, all studios are open and wine samples are available.
We spoke with Lorri Hathaway, executive director of the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail, and John Williams of John Robert Williams Photography to discover the atmosphere of this must-visit Traverse City destination in this MyNorth Media video.
Explore the individual artists and businesses at Leelanau Studios:
Studio 1: Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail, Representing 26 Wineries
Studio 2: Ken Scott Photography
Studio 3: Royce Deans Art Studio, Artist & Instructor
Studio 4: New Moon Yoga, Mari Von Walthausen
Studio 4: Street Ballroom Co-Creative Dance, Savannah Burke
Studio 8: Parallel 45 Theatre
Studio 8A: Handcrafted in Michigan Glass Etching, Chad MacManus
Studio 8B: Studios Boutique & Consignment
Studio 11: Stephanie Schlatter Artist
Studio 13: Savannah Burke Abstract Artist
Studio 13: Mark Bonanni Oil Painter
Studio 14: Lily Mann Dormitzer, Multi-Dimentional Artist
Studio 15: Jesse Jason Oil & Acrylic Painter
Studio 19: Rick & Lynne Church, Vocal Classes, RNL Voice Studios
Studio 20: The Northern Michigan Table Tennis Club
Studio 21: Personal Fitness Training, Jeremy Wells
Studio 22: Art of Wellness & Weight Loss PLCC, Yuan Shellby
Studio 24: Peggy Johnson, Pianist & Instructor
Studio 25: John Robert Williams Photography
The Leelanau Studios community center is located at 10781 E. Cherry Bend Road.
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