Oliver Art Center, 70+ years of inspiration

The Oliver Art Center has been a revered arts and cultural cornerstone in Benzie County for over 70 years. During all seasons of the year, the Center is home to inspiring art exhibitions, classes and workshops for adults and youth. Families are invited to come to the Center for daily activities including visual arts, performing arts, culinary arts, literary arts, and more. Oliver Art Center also hosts free public events and theatrical productions. Their gift shop, Mary’s Gift Gallery, is a treasured place with handmade jewelry, pottery, original prints and paintings, and other unique gifts created by Michigan artists.

Programs in Summer 2021 include the popular OAC’s Little Free Art Galleries. In the tradition of Little Free Libraries, these galleries (three in total) are located in downtown Frankfort and host a variety of mini art masterpieces that are free to pick up. “The response by both contributing artists and the local community has been incredible,” says Mercedes Michalowski, Executive Director of OAC. “The philosophy is ‘have art, leave art; need art, take art’ – we want to make art accessible to everyone and at any time.” The “Small Works, Big Impact” project includes 200 6” x 6” canvases created by people from all ages and abilities to raise awareness and accessibility of art for all.

The lovely modern Oliver Art Center is located at the mouth of the Betsie Bay in Frankfort in the restored former U.S. Coast Guard Station along the channel. A visit to this historic site is one you will never forget.

For more information about Oliver Art Center’s virtual tours, many classes, events, and kids activities visit oliverart.org, Facebook.com/OliverArtCenter, or call (231) 352-4151.


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Featured image courtesy of: Oliver Art Center