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Oliver Art Center is making it easy to explore local, Northern Michigan art. Learn more about these little art galleries and their purpose as Frankfort’s newest community program.

One of Oliver Art Center’s newest community programs, Little Free Galleries, was inspired by an article in the Seattle Times about an artist who established a gallery much like the well-known Little Free Libraries, explains Executive Director Mercedes Michalowski.

“The program will function much like the Little Free Libraries with the idea of: need art, take art; have art, leave art,” Mercedes says. “We hope folks will enjoy the free exchange of art objects that will include paintings, fiber work, ceramic sculptures and much more. While there is no requirement to leave art if you take it, we hope that people will just enjoy the art and idea itself. And if folks don’t have art to give, but want to give back, OAC is accepting donations in order to maintain the galleries.”

Three galleries are now open in Frankfort, located outside of Benzie Shores District Library, Century 21 Northland and Oliver Art Center. Benzie Shores District Library is hoping to also expand its gallery’s offerings to books and art supplies. If you have any questions, please contact Mercedes at [email protected] or by calling 231.352.4151.

Find this article and more in the June 2021 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine; or subscribe and get Traverse delivered to your door each month.