From the annual Michigan Legacy Art Park event in Thompsonville to Northport Art Association’s first fundraiser in Northport, here are two Northern Michigan galas you can’t miss this August.

Legacy Gala 2021 Honoring Artist Lois Teicher

Friday, August 6 // Michigan Legacy Art Park

At its annual gala at Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville, Michigan Legacy Art Park will present Detroit artist Lois Teicher with the 2021 Legacy Award. Teicher is one of Detroit’s most prolific and groundbreaking artists and has lived and worked in the city her entire life. She’s well known for her large-scale steel sculptures, including “Curved Form with Rectangle and Space” (2000), installed in Detroit’s Hudson Art Park near The Scarab Club; “Bonnet” (1999), permanently installed in the Michigan Legacy Art Park; “Bag” (2011) in Kansas City, Missouri; “Functional Reference #1” (1993) at The Dennos Museum in Traverse City and “Paper Airplane Series” in Bishop Airport, Flint.

The Legacy Gala will feature a video tribute to Teicher, who is expected to be in attendance, a silent auction, cocktail hour, sparkling wine reception, locally-sourced dinner and live music. General admission tickets cost $100 per person and are available at

The gala is the signature fundraiser for Michigan Legacy Art Park, a nonprofit located on a 30-acre preserve boasting a collection of more than 50 works of art and 30 poetry stones. The nonprofit’s mission is to inspire lives through creative public programs that connect art, nature and history.

Starry Night Gala

Wednesday, August 11 // The Ridge at Verterra

The Northport Art Association’s first annual fundraiser will be held at The Ridge at Verterra, a Northport venue with sweeping views of Grand Traverse Bay and Lake Michigan. The evening will include auction items, a strolling dinner, libations, music and dancing under the stars. Delectable bites will be prepared by an all-female team of area chefs, including Kim Ryan, winner of season 16 of “Hell’s Kitchen,” Stephanie Wiitala of S2S in Traverse City and more.

This donor event is championing the new pottery studio at the Village Arts Building, home of the Northport Arts Association. Tickets cost $125 per person and are available at

Photo(s) by Lydia Mejia