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Ten years in

September 13, 2018

Ludington Area Center for the Arts Celebrates 10th anniversary

It started out as an idea — a plan to make a permanent home for the Ludington Arts Council in the old United Methodist Church building at 107 S. Harrison St. in Ludington.

It was a challenge that seemed almost insurmountable to the group of art enthusiasts involved. But with grit, determination and help from countless community members, the deal went through and in September 2008 the Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA) was born.

This weekend marks 10 years since the nonprofit organization first set out on its mission to “engage, inspire and strengthen our community through arts advocacy,” and over the past decade it has served as a hub for local art, writing, literature, music, photography, performing arts and more.

LACA is celebrating the occasion Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. with a 10th anniversary open house that will feature tours of the facility, interactions with exhibitors and artists in residence and the unveiling of some new additions to further the mission that started a decade ago.

Executive Director Kate Krieger-Watkins said the open house presents an opportunity for more people in the community to come and experience what the arts center has to offer, and she hopes all curious residents and visitors will do so.

“I really encourage people to come check it out,” she said. “We always have something going on.”

During the open house, LACA will host a rare collection of Ossawald Crumb paintings by Robert Stearns, on loan from Bob and Emily Gable of Epworth Heights.

“We have a very rare Ossawald Crumb exhibit. The Gable family has this series of paintings that has rarely been seen (and) they let us take it out of their cottage and bring it to the arts center,” Krieger-Watkins said. “If you’re from Mason County, you know the folklore of Ossawald Crumb. So for these people to give us out this stuff on loan is pretty incredible to see. For them to trust us to go and get those and bring them in is pretty awesome.”

The paintings will be displayed in LACA’s performance hall during the open house before being packed up with great care and returned to the Gables.

The day will also feature tours of the arts center’s rooms and galleries, giving visitors an appreciation for how much the center has changed in the past 10 years.

“It will give people kind of an overview of how the arts center started and where it is today,” Krieger-Watkins said. “A lot more things are going on than when we first opened ... with so many board members, volunteers and community members who have really shown interest in growing the art center and getting people through the door.

See The Scene in Thursday’s Ludington Daily News print and e-Editions for the full story

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