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Ontonagon Artist Collective

Past Events

Here's where we show off all of our recent events. See more by visiting our gallery! 

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The 2023 Great Gingerbread Contest

December 2023

The theme this year is Harbor Town-Ontonagon Past and Present. Contestants can choose any medium of Gingerbread House, but all materials must be edible, non-perishable, see entry form for details. Houses can be made from scratch or a kit. Contestants are encouraged to use their imagination to produce a House that is unique and creative.


In the interest of building community, there is only a group category this year. We are excited to announce that so far, the OAS high school art class, the New Beginnings Group and the senior citizens sponsored by the Community Action Agency will be taking part this year. Home bakers or professional bakers are encouraged to work with a group of their choice (family, friends, neighbors, classmates, or social groups) in crafting a creation that just might end up being a gift or centerpiece for a holiday table.

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Alcohol Ink Painting

September 2023

Artist Julie Meyers- from Chassell Michigan demonstrates, then instructs students in the nuances of working with a medium they may have not tried before, alcohol inks. Each student will practice with smaller pieces until they feel  comfortable and then create a larger piece which they will take home. Julie will also gift each students with two note cards that she has designed. 

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Arts Day Camp

August 2023

Artists ages 8-14 will got their creativity flowing with a variety of arts and crafts projects inspired by summer and the great outdoors. This day camp was a collaboration between Kaleidoscope and Ontonagon Artist Collective.

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Creative Scarecrow Building

September 2022

Joining in the fun for the Fall Festival! Adults and children came together to make (and stuff!) the most amazing scarecrow characters ever created! 

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Plein Air Painting & Luncheon

September 2023

The event was conceived by Kate Globensky, it was lead by Mary Jo Ernst and executed by the OAC board members. We were honored to have Ken Reif, artist in residence @ the Porkies paint with us! He donated his painting to be sold for a donation to OAC. Contact us for more details! Special thanks to OCHS for their assistance and all the participants who attended. The lighthouse was such a beautiful venue to hold this event! We were blessed with beautiful weather and a great time together!

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Wine Glass Etching

August 2023

Let's get together and have some fun! 

We'll bring the materials you need to create one of 3 different glass etchings and fun charms and beads for a one of a kind wine glass charm.

Which design you prefer for your glass?

Lake Life, Mama Bear, or U.P. North.

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Art in the Park

June 2023

The Ontonagon Artist Collective is hosted “Art in the Park” at JK Paul Park.  

This event featured a Plein Air demonstration by Mary Jo Ernst.  Mary Jo is an artist who believes simple is the best approach to learning how to sketch or paint. Experiencing painting and drawing in the landscape. We’re quite pleased she’s chosen us! 

In recognition of International Music Day, OAC provided a variety of instruments for the audience to try, guitars, ukulele, zithers, bucket drums, bodhrans and that’s not all!  

A drum and percussion workshop was led by Eric Hopper, Director of the Ontonagon Theater of Performing Arts. OAC Board member Natisha Jorae shared several art mediums; jewelry making, bracelet beading, and a poetry writing class. Local resident Carol led a cross stitch demonstration.

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Chalk Art!

September 2022

The public was invited to grab some chalk and beautify River Street in Ontonagon! This fun and artsy event  brought all types of creative minds together, and the results were spectacular. 

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2023 Labor Day Festival ~ Maxwell Days

September 2023

What a great day of community and art! Did you join us for chalk art? Did you see the finished 10’x14’ murals by our Michigan Tech crew? Thank you Stacy, Sam, Charlotte and Paige you ladies did a fabulous job!

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Native American Art Wokshop

August 2023

Explore Ojibwa culture and traditions with Dick Mindykowski, of the Lac Courte Oreilles tribe.

Each student will create a personalized walking stick in two sessions, morning and afternoon; Dick will also have turtle rattles, medicine bags and other art for sale.

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The 2022 Great Gingerbread Contest

December 2022

To help celebrate Home Town Christmas in Ontonagon, OAC invited the town businesses to participate in a gingerbread house contest. All the entries were very creative, and we had a great turnout. Gitche Gumee Landing for the win!

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