Arts Council Workshops, Classes, and Special Events

Fused Glass Pendant Class with Heidi Finley

Join in the unique learning experience of fused glass with artist and instructor Heidi Reichenbach Finley. Heidi is a professional fine artist and art instructor with a BFA from Eastern Michigan University and a MA in Studio Art from the University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne, IN.

Heidi is experienced in teaching art of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels.
No special clothing or shoes, and no cutting of glass is needed as we will work from precut and scrap pieces.

Each participant will make up to two (2) pendant necklaces that range in size from one inch square to about one and three-quarters. You can make the sailboat or chose size, colors and design of your choice. Either way Heidi will provide clear instructions at each step.

This fun and relaxed class will run close to an hour and a half and will be held at the Mackinaw Woman’s Clubhouse, 310 E. Jamet Mackinaw City on Thursday June 6th at 6pm.

The pendants will need to be fired in Heidi’s kiln and the bails attached. The finished project will be available in a week and arrangements will be made for pick up at the woman’s club or for a fee mailed to your home.

Cost for members $55 and non-members $65. To sign up for this class, please call 231-412-2787.

Weave a tiny tapestry with Jasmine

from “Howl at the Loom”

Students will learn to warp a frame loom, use weaving techniques and how to finish a piece.  We will discuss color combos, types of yarn and fiber and how to use them in weaving.  All tools and supplies will be provided and students take home their finished tapestries.  This is a great workshop for beginner weavers or those interested in new techniques.
Recommended for all adults and children ages 10 and over.

All supplies are provided but optional items that you might choose to bring include scissors, yarn, fiber, bead or accessories of your own to include into your weaving.

This workshop is Saturday June 15th at 11:00am at Mackinaw City Woman’s club 310 E. Jamet Mackinaw City.
Supplies are $15 per participant.  Class fee is $30 for members, $45 for non-members and $20 for students.

Class is limited to 12 so sign up early to secure your spot.
Call 231-412-2787 to sign up.



Classy Clematis

Watercolor Instruction with Megan Swoyer

  Megan will be returning to Mackinaw City by popular demand to demonstrate her watercolor talents with a beautiful, bold Clematis image. 

We’ll mix up beautiful colors of purples and blues — and use wet-into-wet techniques — to create this flowy watercolor.
Supplies are included! All you have to do is show up and bring your adventurous spirit as we delve into the world of relaxing watercolor painting. You may bring your own pallet or paper if desired. 
Meet us August 29th for a 6:00pm class at the Mackinaw City Woman’s Clubhouse on 310 E. Jamet st. in Mackinaw City.  Class is limited to 20 students.  Cost is $40 for members and $55 for non-members.  To sign up call 231-412-2787.




Open Art/Craft Sessions with Seniors

Mackinaw City Area Arts Council is partnering with Wawatam Senior Center to offer Open Art Sessions on Tuesdays from 3:00 to 4:30pm at the Lion’s club building at 205 Cedar St. Mackinaw City. The Lion’s club is home to the senior center and anyone is welcome to attend, you do not have to be a member.

The arts council will have a dedicated craft coach each week with supplies and a project to complete. Senior center members will have full access to paint and craft supplies provided by the center, free of charge. For non members the arts council will provide an art kit for a small fee if you wish to participate in the project or bring your art supplies or any craft item you are working on and join us. Bring a friend or make new ones. You might even want to stay for dinner.


Mackinaw City Area Arts Council  “The Kindness Rock project ” is now live at Maritime Park down on the waterfront at Huron avenue and Depeyster st. We hope you bring your painted rocks and share your creativity with our community.  Please take a picture of your rock(s) and share with us when placing in the garden.  You can view ideas for painting and materials to use at the link below for… The Kindness Rocks Project.  This activity provides great social distancing with hours of creativity and is a great pursuit for both children and adults.







In partnership with Mackinaw City Historical Society and Heritage Village we present Art in the Woods Trail.  If you are interested in sharing your creativity with the community please contact MaryAnn Moore.  Information listed below.