Annual Non-juried Art Exhibit at Mackinaw City Winterfest

The theme for the Mackinaw City Arts Council (MCAAC) Winterfest Art Show is Meet……Mackinaw.  The MCCAC art Exhibit “Meet…..Mackinaw” exhibit will highlight art reflecting the northern lower peninsula of Michigan.  Submitted art can be framed paintings of the various medium, fabric art, quilting, sculptures, paper mache’, wood carving, rock painting, metal work, leather work, jewelry, weaving, calligraphy, photography, block printing, etc.   Space could be a problem if you choose to enter something the size of a horse! You can submit more than one item.  All exhibitors must be members of MCAAC. Learn more about becoming a member – click here.  For updates on entering the Winterfest Art Exhibit please visit the MCAAC Winterfest Art Exhibit Page – click here.

The Winterfest Exhibit will open with an artists reception from 3:00pm to 5:00pm at Mackinaw Clothing and Sportswear. The art will be on display through Sunday at 4:00pm.

All exhibited artwork must be the artists’ own work and have been created in the last five years. Think about how your art reflects why we love living at the Top of the Mitt.

Please do not hesitate to contact MaryAnn Moore, the Winterfest Art Exhibit Chairman for more information  by calling 734-934-0170.

Win a Mackinac Bridge Tower Tour!

Is a Photo Op from the Top of the Mackinac Bridge On Your Bucket List?

The Mackinaw City Area Arts Council (MCAAC) was chosen by the Mackinac Bridge Authority as one of 25 charities to receive two tickets to the Top of the Mackinac Bridge! We are now selling raffle tickets for our Bridge Tower Tour Fundraiser. Is touring the Mackinac Bridge on your Bucket List? Then help support the MCAAC by purchasing a raffle ticket that could well win you this fabulous tour of the Mackinac Bridge with a tower view and a terrific view of Mackinaw City, St. Ignace and beyond in the Straits Area between Northern and Lower Michigan.

To buy your charitible donation Mackinac Bridge Tower Tour Raffle Tickets visit our Bridge Raffle Page – click here.

Arts Council & Historical Society Seeking Intern

MCAAC & MAHA Paid Internship Posting

Mackinaw City Area Arts Council and the Mackinaw Area Historical Society Seeking Intern

INTRODUCTION: This paid internship, running from May to October of 2017, is a shared project between the Mackinaw Area Historical Society (MAHS) and the Mackinaw City Area Arts Council (MCAAC), assisting volunteers that provide services to these two community organizations. The individual selected will report to an intern supervisor from MCAAC and MAHS. Following are descriptions of the two non-profits and the scope of the internship as it applies to both groups. MAHS: In partnership with the Village of Mackinaw City, the Mackinaw Area Historical Society, a 501(c)3, has developed an architectural museum reflecting life in the Straits of Mackinac area between 1880 and 1917. This time period represents unparalleled changes in settlement, housing, transportation, communications and health care in the era between two wars that altered the United States and the world, the American Civil War (War between the States) and the First World War. Currently the Village consists of nine buildings that are either original, relocated structures or reconstructed examples. Heritage Village is a Mackinaw City village park which is open daily with guided, docent tours on Friday – Mondays 1:00 – 5:00 PM, from Memorial day to Labor Day. Visit our website at for more information.


  1. Intern Position Description – click here.
  2. Application for Intern Position – click here.

Mackinac Bridge Featured in Beeswax Lip Balm Label

Fundraiser for MCAAC

Lmackinac bridge crowtree photography - imageori Axtel of Crowtree Photography and member of the Mackinaw City Area Artss Council (MCAAC), took a beautiful night time photo of the Mackinac Bridge.  A lip balm label has been created featuring this image. The photograph will also soon be on display at the Cultural Center in the MCAAC Art Gallery. There will also be a painting in the Gallery that was inspired by this photo from Artist and MCAAC Board member, Sheree Lincoln from the BrassWind Gallery in Indian River, Michigan. The lip balm is an all natural beeswax and cocoa butter lip balm made by retired Food Scientist Richard Lincoln of BrassWind Landing in Indian River. It will be available for sale at the MCAAC Cultural Center for $3.00 as a fundraiser for our Arts Council.  It can also be purchases at The TeePee Campground owned by MCAAC  Board Member, Jo Cooley.

Fine Art Prints will be available from the Photographer and Artist. You can email Lori Axtel at email hidden; JavaScript is required . Email Sheree Lincoln at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

The original painting by Sheree Lincoln has been donated to the Crooked Tree Fine Arts Center for their D’Art Fundraiser July 14th. For more info visit their website:



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New Summer Concert Series!

Bay View Music at Mackinaw Crossings

The Mackinaw City Area Arts council and Mackinaw Crossings are pleased to announce a special afternoon outdoor concert series that begins this Sunday July 3 ! The concerts will begin at 1pm and will be about one hour in length. Collegiate musicians of the Bay View Music Festival in Petoskey will provide weekly entertainment. These talented musicians from all over the world come to study and perform at Bay View for several weeks during the summer. The music they will perform will vary in style each week. The concerts are free! We encourage you to bring a blanket or lawn chairs to place on the lawn. Beverages and food will be available at several locations in Mackinaw Crossings. It is a perfect opportunity to have a picnic on the lawn and enjoy top notch entertainment. There are also benches and some tables available around the stage area or you can just stroll around and enjoy the summer day filled with music!

The schedule of Bay View performers is as follows:

July 3- Cody Bradley, Piano + Singers
July 10- Andrew Rene, Piano + Singers
July 17- Woodwind Quintet 2a
July 24- String Quartet 2a
July 31- Woodwind Quintet 2b
Aug. 7- String Quartet 2b

This is a rare opportunity to see these talented young musicians perform outside of Petoskey. The performances will take place on stage at Mackinaw Crossings. Please help us spread the word and give these talented musicians a warm welcome to Mackinaw City!

We hope to see you all there!

Grand Opening in MCAAC New Location

Mackinaw City Area Arts Council Grand Opening

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the opening reception to celebrate our recent move to our new space at Mackinaw Crossings. For a second year the Wehr Family has generously provided us with a retail space to be the cultural center for the Mackinaw City Area Arts Council. Please join us from 5pm to 8pm on Saturday, May 21, 2016.

Call for Artists for Seven Teachings Project


The Mackinaw City Area Arts Council, The Mackinaw Area Historical Society, and Mackinaw Crossings are coordinating a community project based on the teachings of The Seven Grandfathers.

Among the Anishinaabe people, the Teachings of the Seven Grandfathers, also known simply as either the Seven Teachings or Seven Grandfathers, are a set of precepts on human conduct towards others. Originally from Edward Benton-Banai’s writing, The Mishomis Book, these are an example of traditional concepts which are still used today. The principles are Love, Wisdom, Respect, Courage (Bravery), Truth, Humility and Honesty. Each principle is assigned a direction/color, animal and plant.

We are planning to paint boulders to represent each of the teachings. Each boulder will be prepped and primed and ready for artists to add the detail. There will be one separate rock for each principle.

Each artist will be assigned a principle and given the characteristics to be depicted. Artists may organize a team to help them paint the design on the boulder. The boulders will be painted at Mackinaw Crossings so that the community can observe the process and production. Paints will be supplied. Once they are completed, they will be sealed to preserve the work. These artistic renditions will be moved Heritage Village to become a part of the Native American display.

Prospective artists are asked to call for details and then submit a sketch of the proposed design.

Painting will take place from June through August.
Please Call Gerry Lou Kania at 231-627-7243


Volunteer With Mackinaw City Area Arts Council

CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS: The Mackinaw City Area Arts Council needs you!
The owner, Jim Wehr, has once again made it possible for the Mackinaw City Area Arts Council and The Mackinaw Area Historical Society to operate a Cultural Center at Mackinaw Crossings this summer. There will be a variety of art shows, art demonstrations, workshops, community projects, children’s activities, paint and pours and concerts throughout the summer. We hope to have the center open from 4-6 daily beginning May 21. There will be additional hours when special events are planned. We are seeking volunteer Docents to make this happen! A shift would be from 4-8pm. You may sign up for any number of shifts throughout the summer. Artists could open the center and use the center to work on projects. One need not be an artist to be a docent. The responsibilities would be to open the center, greet visitors, pass out literature for MCAAC and MAHS, and encourage the visitors to sign our guest book.

A docent training will take place from 3-4 pm on Saturday May 21.
If you are willing to volunteer, please contact Gerry Lou Kania at 231-627-7243.