Arts and Culture

Gaze at locally crafted art by walking through one of our galleries, take a stroll through time at one of our museums, or take a class to make your own art. The galleries are free to tour and are always changing so you can always expect a new experience each time you visit. See what locals are creating based off of their inspiration living in the U.P. If you want more than art, plan your trip around seeing some live music at one of our many events. We have some of the best venues for catching a live show! 

Art

AdHocWORKshop

Visit this museum of work created by found material artist, Ritch Branstrom. His Rapid River location is covered from floor to ceiling with stunning pieces of art that he has created over the years. Most of his pieces are inspired by a single found item that resembles something else. There are large scale outdoor pieces that he has created throughout Delta County. Take a peak into the gallery through the windows or contact him on Facebook to arrange a commission art piece. To get the full feel of his art, you need to see them in person.

Bay College

The local college has three different galleries to view art created by students and locals. 

The Besse Center South Gallery

is located at the entrance to the Learning Resource Center. This gallery houses the college’s permanent art collection, as well as exhibits of local and national artists. Each semester a student exhibit features a wide variety of drawing, painting, ceramics, photography and mixed media. 

The Hartwig Art Gallery

opened in January, 2000, in conjunction with the new art wing, which houses the college’s art studios for ceramics, painting, and drawing. Gallery shows feature the best artists from the upper Midwest region, and change throughout the year. 

The Bay College West Gallery

is located in the Upper Commons. For more information contact Email Kristine Granger or call 906-217-4252.

Bonifas Fine Arts Center

The Bonifas Fine Arts Center is a regional center that focuses on art, music, theater and art learning in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. They are located close to downtown Escanaba inside, what used to be, a church. You can take fun classes here, catch live music, or just take a free stroll through the art gallery. There are always new exhibits on display from all ages and abilities. 

East Ludington Gallery

Whether your taste is eccentric or functional, the East Ludington Gallery of Upper Michigan will surely have a piece to enhance the beauty of your home, office, or cabin. The East Ludington Gallery is in a large historic building in downtown Escanaba. With many large rooms throughout the establishment, it displays a large amount of art. You will truly enjoy walking through the facility and meeting some of our Working Artists. Our Upper Peninsula Artists offer the collector works of creativity in both small or large scale, but always immense in quality and value.

Ten Mile Creek Forge & Gift Shop

Located in Bark River, this art gallery has an outstanding array of beautiful art and unusual items. You will be amazed by this wonderful collection of artwork, mostly created by residents of the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Visitors can sometimes see George at work in his forge! These demonstrations are free of charge. George also demonstrates his blacksmith techniques at many events throughout the year. He heads up the U. P. Steam and Gas Engine Antique Village Blacksmith Shop located on the State Fairgrounds at Escanaba.

Village Artisans of Garden

This quaint art gallery lets you take a peak into the lives of locals living in rural places. In 1983, a group of people interested in promoting arts and crafts in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan purchased a 100-year-old building to serve as a center for meeting and to display artwork created by those living in and around the village of Garden. In 1985, Village Artisans of Garden opened the Garden Gallery. 

Music

Bonifas Fine Arts Center

The Bonifas Fine Arts Center is a regional center that focuses on art, music, theater and art learning in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. They are located close to downtown Escanaba inside, what used to be, a church. You can take fun classes here, catch live music, or just take a free stroll through the art gallery. There are always new exhibits on display from all ages and abilities. 

Fayette Historic State Park

This abandoned smelting community has some beautiful architecture with a gorgeous limestone bluff in the background. They host live music here a couple times a year along with other seasonal events. Listen or dance to music as it echos through this amazing State Park. 

Ludington Park Band Shell

These open air concerts are one of the dreamiest scenes during the summer time. The band shell lets music ring far and near for those wanting to just listen or take part in some dancing. It’s hard to miss any live music here because you’re sure to see it as you drive past during your Ludington Park drive. 

Nahma Inn/ General Store

Open year-round, the Inn is a great place for those looking to unwind and relax in the quaint town of Nahma, MI. The town is situated on Lake Michigan’s Big Bay de Noc and is a playground for a variety of recreation activities. The General Store has live music multiple times throughout the year. It is rigged with top-notch audio equipment and is decorated with antiques of all kinds.

Northern Sun Winery

Relax with some scenic views of vineyards and a perfect charcuterie plate paired with wine grown on site. They hold a couple of live music events each year to help local non-profits raise funds. Lush green vines frame every view you have and the spirits are always high.

Terrace Bay

Rock out with plenty of room to dance! The huge ballroom is a great place to catch one of their live music events. If you are traveling to the area for music, you can hunker down at the Terrace Bay with a cozy room after watching music all night. 

U.P. State Fairgrounds

Travel to see some of your favorite bands on the big stage. One of the best nights to watch music from the grand stand is during the U.P. State Fair, the most attended event in the Upper Peninsula. This is a great music venue for those hoping to sit with a great view or shake a leg on the main floor. Check our events page for more information on upcoming music events.

Upper Hand Brewery

With a couple different locations on-site to host live music, you get a to tour the brewing facility while listening to fresh tunes. They host many music events each year, along with other non-music related events. Their tap room makes you feel like you’re truly up north in someones cabin or cottage. 

Museums

Delta County Historical Society

The Delta County Historical Society was founded in 1948. The primary objective of this newly formed non-profit organization was to collect local historical materials, preserve them, and present this information to the citizens of Delta County to make them more fully aware of the area’s rich past. Much has changed since 1948, but what has remained constant is the society’s objective to preserve the history of Delta County and to awaken and encourage that interest from its residents. Today the Delta County Historical Society is proud to operate its museum, archives and Sand Point Lighthouse for locals and visitors alike. Through these sites, we hope to continue to collect, preserve and educate Delta County’s history for generations to come. After all, appreciation of our past plays a significant role in shaping our future.

Upper Peninsula Veterans Museum

This will be the first time that a space will be dedicated to recounting stories of veterans from across the entire Upper Peninsula. For nearly two centuries, U.P. men and women have served our nation. They have made sacrifices to ensure our freedom and have shaped communities throughout the U.P. This museum will help visitors understand the military experience. It will tell stories of uncommon valor displayed by U.P. soldiers. And through artifacts, honors, letters home, diaries and other materials, will help us all remember and understand the enduring contribution of our veterans.

Webster Marble Inventing the Outdoors Museum

With all the outdoor adventure and excitement there is to experience in the Upper Peninsula, visitors have found you need a trusted blade to help forge a path, start a fire, or protect from danger. There are so many practical uses for a great knife and you will find some of the best right here in Delta County! The roots of this industry can be  traced to when Webster Marble began his career as a timber cruiser and surveyor. He arrived in Gladstone, Michigan around the same time as the town was founded in 1887. Five years later, he developed his first invention – a folding pocket axe, because of his experience in the forest as a surveyor, he realized the dangers of an axe with an open blade to the woodsmen who carried them.

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