2012-06-23 / News

Galleries Open Their Doors for Market Street Art Walk


Maeve Croghan of Maeve’s Art describes where she painted some of her artwork to Joyce Kesterson and Cindy Magness of Jackson. Some galleries asked local artists to talk to visitors about their work. Many of the galleries hope to participate regularly through the summer. Maeve Croghan of Maeve’s Art describes where she painted some of her artwork to Joyce Kesterson and Cindy Magness of Jackson. Some galleries asked local artists to talk to visitors about their work. Many of the galleries hope to participate regularly through the summer. The works of Mackinac Island Artists were on display Friday, June 15, for anyone walking on Market Street, with many galleries staying open until at least 8 p.m. and artists mingling with the visitors. The Market Street Art Walk was the first of the season, and more are scheduled every other Friday throughout the summer.

Galleries participating include Maeve’s Art, Lilacs and Lace, Mackinac’s Little Gallery, and Artisic Mackinac Gallery and Studio.

This is the second year for the Market Street Art Walk.

Barb Humphrey of Lilacs and Lace said the open houses along Market Street are a great idea. She invited Mary Lou Peters, a local artist from Mackinaw City, to come visit with customers and set out lemonade and a plate of fresh fruit for visitors.

People love to meet with the artists, Mrs. Humphrey said.

“I think it’s good for the Island, letting people know what’s going on in the evening.”

Maeve Croghan of Maeve’s Art told stories about the art in her gallery, sharing her process and inspiration with visitors.

“It was great. We had a lot of people visit us,” said Becki Barnwell of Mackinac’s Little Gallery, “and Gale Hayton was here as an artist to answer questions and talk about her work. I was here to talk about my work. It was very successful.”

Noel Skiba and Steven Blair at Artistic Mackinac Gallery and Studio set up an outdoor gallery of photographs and oil paintings. Mr. Blair said most people who stopped by were new visitors, attracted to the art displayed on the yard by their gallery.

“I think both of us looked at what we have as presentation,” said Mr. Blair. “We wanted to invite people for an overall view of the possibilities at our gallery. We just wanted to try to set it up to be pleasing and inviting, just to let everyone know we’re here.”

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