When you think of Michigan you picture beautiful forests, great lakes, and big cities, but you should be thinking about the Michigan fine art scene! West Michigan has been a thriving home for the thought-provoking art galleries that you might associate with New York City or Los Angeles. Read this blog for our five favorite art galleries in West Michigan we feel merit a visit on your next vacation.
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5 Art Galleries in West Michigan that You Have to Visit
Krasl Art Center
For art lovers, the Krasl Art Center is a must-stop while in West Michigan. Found in St. Joseph, the Art Center has been inspiring locals through the appreciation of arts since 1979. The center is the permanent home of 41 sculptures and hosts public galleries, art-making studios, and rotating exhibits. You should plan on stopping here first so that you do not miss all the Krasl Art Center has to offer!
Art Cats Gallery
There is a very unique art gallery nestled in the West Michigan beach town of Muskegon. Art Cats Gallery has been creating uplifting pieces for over 30 years thanks to owner/founder Louise Hopson. The artwork is not entirely focused on cats, but on elements such as joy, romance, environment, and empowerment. When you buy from Art Cats Gallery you will also be “shopping for a cause” as the gallery often donates to support local initiatives such as Family Promise of the Lakeshore and The Penguin Project of Muskegon.
Lake Effect Gallery
Holland, MI is known for its beautiful recreation of the old world, but it is also home to the original artwork of Lake Effect Gallery. A piece of the Holland community since 2001, Lake Effect Gallery takes its inspiration from its surroundings to create memorable art across oil, watercolor, acrylic, and mixed media canvases.
Sleeping Bear Gallery
A block away from the historic Empire Clipper Building, Sleeping Bear Gallery is a home for the art that provokes and inspires.Home to live music and art shows, Sleeping Bear Gallery is a great place to stop in when you are visiting the shores of Lake Michigan near Traverse City.
Blue Coast Artists
Tucked between South Haven and Saugatuck, Michigan is Blue Coasts Artists. A six person art gallery collective, you can visit each member’s studio for beautiful pieces that draw inspiration from their idyllic surroundings.
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