The last weekend of April promises extravagant exhibitions of art in all its forms, from April 29 to May 1, while the Art attack 2022 in port country sprinkles creativity and style throughout the region. The Art Attack Launch Party kicks off the three-day event on Thursday, April 28 at The Acorn Theater in Three Oaks, with the reception at 5:30 p.m. and the screening of the film “Rothko: Pictures Must Be Miraculous” at 7 p.m. Product of ticket sales will benefit Art Attack.
New Buffalo, Lakeside, Three Oaks, Union Pier, Harbert and Sawyer will all be hotspots for multiple exhibits and interactive art features, live music, murals, edible art, pop- up, contests galore, and more.
Sawyer’s “Walk and View” sculpture park features textile works in artist Janis Kanter’s studio, as well as an immersive nature walk through the sculpture park and thirteen-acre prairie. Sweet Pea Studio will feature uniquely painted furniture and tasty treats.
Three Oaks stores like Alapash Mercantile, Vintage Goods, Three Oaks Area Museum and Three Oaks Township Library will each offer something different. Art demonstrations, tours, fundraisers and art raffles can be found at almost any store on Elm Street, including Arbor 3 Arts, Drier’s Meat Market, Judy Ferrara Gallery and A Drawing Room Gallery . The culinary arts are represented at Froehlich’s Kitchen & Pantry and Journeyman Distillery, while P&E Bottle Shop features artist Kim Pruitt, and Poppy Hill Vintage features live cartoons.
New Buffalo showcases Native art in multiple mediums at the Pokagon Fund Art Gallery on Buffalo Street, and Brewster’s Italian Cafe will feature artwork by Brewster alumni. Create your own art (then devour it) at Twisted Frozen Yogurt on Whittaker Street and step inside the hidden gem to see an exhibition by local artist Tara Dodge. Customs Imports hosts the first annual pallet art contest in New Buffalo, and participants can vote for their favorite pallets throughout the weekend. The pallets will remain in place all summer long, adding color and a bit of intrigue to downtown New Buffalo.
Union Pier’s art galleries, such as Piece-By-Piece, Suzanne Koenigsberg Studio and Local Color Gallery will be buzzing with exhibits of different mediums like fiber, photography and paint, and Covert Ceramics will host live demonstrations wheel throwing techniques. . Accessories, decorations and paintings can also be purchased at several stores along Red Arrow Highway, from The Plum Tree, Designer Cottagescapes and Stone’s Throw Interiors on Townline Road.
Pop-up shows will be scattered throughout the region from April 29 to May 1: at Harbert at the WithInn artist pop-up studio, at Lakeside at Lake Interiors and the Lakeside Inn, and at Goods and Heroes in Three Oaks. Since celebrating small business is an art in itself, stop by the Garden Grove Inn at Union Pier to visit Sears Kit’s century-old home as the weekend marks the one-year anniversary of its conversion to a bed & breakfast.
Harbor Country is proud to support local artists and small businesses every day of the year, but this gigantic event helps spread the news of what our region has to offer. Refreshments and libations will be plentiful during Art Attack, and conversation among friends and neighbors, old and new, will fill your weekend. For the full list of participating venues, artist receptions and exhibition times, please visit harbourcountry.org.
By Jocelyne Tuszynski, MOTM Contributor