2017-04-13 / Local News

Work starts at art center


GROUND WAS broken last week on expansion/renovation of the Glen Arbor Art Association’s building on Lake Street in Glen Arbor. GROUND WAS broken last week on expansion/renovation of the Glen Arbor Art Association’s building on Lake Street in Glen Arbor. Work began last week on a longplanned addition and renovation to the Glen Arbor Art Association (GAAA) building in Glen Arbor.

Crews broke ground April 5 marking the beginning of a construction project that will continue through the summer into the fall.

“We don’t expect it to be done until sometime this fall … October or November,” said Peg McCarty, GAAA director. “We’re in pretty good shape. Most of our Manitou Music Festival concerts will as usual be held at different locations and our Plein Air Paint Out events will be at the township hall.”

The addition includes new gallery, lecture and performance space and new offices. The existing building will be renovated to provide a dedicated classroom, a meeting room and a second bathroom facility that complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act.


COOLEY CONTRACTING has the bid for the Glen Arbor Art Association’s $700,000 plus expansion/renovation project. COOLEY CONTRACTING has the bid for the Glen Arbor Art Association’s $700,000 plus expansion/renovation project. The association has raised $711,000 for the expansion/renovation project that necessitated the purchase of a lot adjacent to its site on Lake Street. It will also help cover expenses of improvements to the drive used by the association.

GAAA’s Reader’s Theater performances have been held at the Glen Lake Community Reformed Church.

“They’ve been so gracious to allow us to use their space,” McCarty said.

The summer children’s art program will be pared back to pottery and will be held along with adult pottery classes at the Thoreson farm in the Port Oneida Rural Historic District.

“We’re very excited about the new and various ways we’ll be able to use our new space,” McCarty said. “It’s opening new doors for us.”

Additional donations are being accepted by the art association.

Further information is available by calling 334-6112.

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