El Sueño Americano: Images of the confiscated possessions of migrants seeking the American dream

el sueno americano

This October, Saugatuck Center for the Arts will host an exhibition of thought-provoking photographs titled “El Sueño Americano”—or “The American Dream”—by photographer Tom Kiefer.  You can attend the exhibition’s opening reception on October 25, 2018. The images will remain on view through December 22, 2018. Learn all about the exhibition below.

El Sueno Americano
El Sueno Americano
El Sueno Americano
Images: Tom Kiefer

Tom Kiefer’s “El Sueño Americano” comes to Saugatuck Center for the Arts

Separating an object from its context can obscure its meaning, eliminating any sense of certainty you might have had about it. In its place sprout questions like “Whose was this?” and “How was this used?” and “What is it doing here?” The decontextualized object takes on a life of its own, becoming a kind of ghost of its former owner, replete with mystery.

This is the feeling Tom Kiefer’s series of more than 100 photographs titled “El Sueño Americano” inspires. The photos will be on view at Saugatuck Center for the Arts from October 25-December 22, 2018 in what will be Kiefer’s first major solo exhibition.

“I saw Tom’s work at Art Prize last year,” said Whitney Valentine, the education and exhibitions manager at Saugatuck Center for the Arts. “With our Growing Young Artists program still at the forefront of my mind, I was incredibly moved by his images and knew that our West Michigan community would benefit greatly from seeing his works.”

She reached out to Kiefer and secured this October’s exhibition featuring new work. In the time that has passed since, the exhibition has received a flurry of national attention.

“While the aesthetics of the images alone are striking, the work reminds us of the game-changer that is context. The stories behind these objects, especially the mysteries, are what give the work its real power,” Valentine said.

The extraordinary ordinary

The objects within Kiefer’s photographs once belonged to migrants caught illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. When Border Patrol officials apprehend undocumented migrants, they confiscate “nonessential” possessions and discard them. Kiefer worked as a janitor for a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol facility in Arizona for 12 years, and it was during this time that he began collecting these items from the trash. At first, he sought packaged food to donate to a local food pantry. But the more he dug, the more items he discovered, and the more questions he had. He began to collect and photograph the objects, and “El Sueño Americano” was born.

“Tom’s images remind us how extraordinary ordinary items can be,” Valentine said.

Stuffed animals soiled in the spots where children once held them. Plastic water jugs insulated by torn clothing. Toothbrushes, shoelaces, and rosaries—all labeled “potentially lethal” by Border Patrol. These are the objects in Kiefer’s bright photos.

The images’ effect on viewers can be destabilizing. Curator Tori Pelz said the exhibition reminds her of a variously attributed quote on the role of art, which is to “comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.”

“I think the best art wakes us, calls us to attention, and offers a new perspective on the familiar,” Pelz said. “Tom’s photos possess both a commanding visual presence and a powerful human message.”

Immigration is a divisive political topic. Tom’s work, Valentine said, brings a necessary element of humanity back into the discussion.

“The photographs of the migrant’s personal objects remind us that at the heart of this issue is people—children who treasure their teddy bears, people trying to feed themselves and their families, and those who can’t imagine taking a trip without brushing their teeth,” Valentine said.

Experience “El Sueño Americano” and meet the artist

October 25 marks the exhibition’s opening. It kicks off with “Tacos, Tequila, and Tom”—a themed party featuring the alliterative trio in its title. One $15 VIP ticket gets you two tacos, a tequila-based cocktail (or another drink of your choice), and a guided tour of the exhibition with Kiefer and Pelz. This portion of the opening reception takes place from 5-6 p.m. If you are unable to make it at that time, you can still enjoy tacos, cocktails, and mingling with the artist during the public portion of the reception from 6:30-8 p.m.

“This is Tom’s first major solo exhibition, but since we’ve announced it, he’s received a dizzying amount of national press, and this exhibition is now booked for the next two years,” Pelz said. “In short, he’s kind of a big deal. And he’s eager to speak to what this work means to him, personally.”

“Mercury in Retrograde” premieres in Michigan at Saugatuck Center for the Arts

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Saugatuck Center for the Arts is hosting the Michigan premiere of Michael Glover Smith’s film “Mercury in Retrograde.” Filmed in Saugatuck and Fennville, “Mercury in Retrograde” tells the story of three Chicago couples at various stages in their relationships who convene for a weekend in a West Michigan cabin in the woods. On Friday, September 21, head to Saugatuck Center for the Arts and watch as the characters play disc golf, swim in Lake Michigan, and explore our region’s one-of-a-kind landscape.

Mercury in Retrograde: An exploration of relationships and communication between men and women

“Mercury in Retrograde” explores the way men and women communicate, and miscommunicate, with one another. The film’s three couples each occupy the space between falling in and out of love. Throughout the weekend vacation, tensions arise, secrets are revealed, and the characters explore new territory within their relationships. The film has been lauded as a compelling depiction of modern love, and Saugatuck’s unique landscape provides a beautiful backdrop.

See the Michigan Premiere of Mercury in Retrograde

Tickets for the premiere, which takes place September 21, 2018 at 7 p.m., are $13 for adults and $7 for students with ID. Director Michael Glover Smith and actor/producer Shane Simmons will be present after the screening for questions and discussion.

Purchase a VIP Preview Party ticket to catch previews of the film on the night before the premiere. The party will take place in the cottage where Mercury in Retrograde was filmed and will feature a cash bar with craft drinks and food provided by The Kirby. Director Michael Glover Smith and actor/producer Shane Simmons will be in attendance to answer all your questions about what filming in Saugatuck was like. Ticket cost includes one complimentary drink, fresh plates from The Kirby, and a reserved ticket for Friday’s 7 p.m. premiere screening of the film at Saugatuck Center for the Arts.

Explore your inner artist with summer art activities in Saugatuck

summer art activities in Saugatuck

Saugatuck is known for its rich history as an artist’s retreat. For more than a century, artists have escaped to this lakeshore haven to create and derive inspiration from its natural beauty. Today, opportunities to experience the artistic side of Saugatuck abound. This summer, tap into your creativity. Here are 3 summer art activities in Saugatuck to help you explore your inner artist.

3 summer art activities in Saugatuck 

Image: Annie Fisher, Ox-Bow School of Art

1. Attend one of Ox-Bow School of Art’s “Art on the Meadow” workshops.

Saugatuck’s history as an artist’s colony converges with the founding of Ox-Bow School of Art in 1910. Each summer, the school hosts short-term workshops taught by local artists for people of all ages and skill levels in a program called “Art on the Meadow.” Learn do do things like landscape painting, metal working, writing, watercolor and more. Make art with the school that started it all. Find which workshop you want to attend.

2. Take part in a summer camp or workshop at Saugatuck Center for the Arts.

Saugatuck Center for the Arts hosts a variety of art programming throughout the entire year here in Saugatuck. Exhibitions, films, performances and more grace the walls and stage at this venue, providing our community entertainment and thought provoking art. They also host summer camps and workshops for people of all ages. Summer camps like Toddler Tuesdays offer young children an environment to experience unbridled creativity. Their adult programs range from explorations of the natural world around us to focusing on a particular craft.

Toddler Tuesdays at Saugatuck Center for the Arts.

3. Craft with your family at Express Yourself Art Barn.

This barn-turned-art-studio is a family friendly spot to try your hand at a variety of different arts and crafts. Try your hand at jewelry making, pottery, painting and more. You’ll come away with an artifact of your creativity, which you can have shipped to your home if you need. This family friendly activity is also budget friendly, the average customer spends $20 between studio and project fees.

 

Great art in Saugatuck you can’t miss this May

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Summer’s closing in on us. You can feel the buzz in the air here in Saugatuck. We’re shaking off that brief winter relapse and gearing up for gorgeous season on the Art Coast.  A Saugatuck summer wouldn’t be complete without experiencing some of the beautiful and thought-provoking artwork available in galleries throughout the area. There are already a number of great events and exhibitions lined up throughout the entire month of May. Check them out below and kick off your summer with a month full of art in Saugatuck.

Kick off a summer full of art in Saugatuck this May

May 1-26

Moving through the Unimaginable

Daily, Free

This Saugatuck Center for the Arts exhibition is an effort to explore the process of healing. It celebrates community members who have fought through unimaginable hardships while cultivating hope, grace and charity in their lives. Featuring portraiture, sculpture, installation, community outreach, and viewer participation, this exhibition is on view at Saugatuck Center for the Arts through May 26.

May 5

Douglas Art on Center

6 p.m., Free

This monthly event is a collaboration between seven local galleries to display art in the area. Stroll down Center St. to see works from Button Gallery, Water Street Gallery, LaFontsee Galleries, Mixed Media Gallery, LebenArt Gallery, Mr. Miller’s Art Emporium and The Palette.

Button Gallery Opening Reception Debut

6 p.m., Free

Visit Button Gallery’s opening reception to see work from artists new to the gallery, including Michele Gort, Machelle Knochenhauer, Adriano Farinella and Dana Tindell.

May 12

Saugatuck Douglas Antique and Artisan Market

Beery Field, 9 a.m.-4 pm., $2 admission

Shop antiques and crafts at the third annual Saugatuck Douglas Antique and Artisan Market. This event will be held rain or shine, and admission supports different local charities.

Artz & Gardenz Studio Tour

10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Free

Five professional artists and one lavender farm open their doors for the second annual Mother’s Day Studio Tour hosted by Artz & Gardenz. This event is a relaxing opportunity to take in local art and spend time with your mom.

May 18

Chris Stoffel Overvoorde Opening

Armstrong DeGraaf International Fine Arts Gallery, 4 p.m., Free

This opening will feature artist Chris Stoffel Overvoorde’s biblical woodcuts. Born in the Netherlands, Overvoorde was trained as a metal worker and diesel mechanic before  came to the United States in 1957. He studied art at Kendall School of Design and University of Michigan. He teaches painting, printmaking, graphics, photography, drawing and the history of Dutch art.

Film: The Untold Story of Armistead Maupin

Saugatuck Center for the Arts, 7 p.m., $5 Members/$7 Non-Members.

This documentary celebrates one of the world’s most beloved storytellers and the creator of Tales of the City. The likes of Neil Gaiman, Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis, Sir Ian McKellen and Amy Tan help their friend Maupin tell his incredible story in this film, which you can catch at Saugatuck Center for the Arts.

May 26

Ruth Crowe Studio Sale 

Water Street Gallery, 12 p.m., Free

Artist Ruth Crowe is featured in this sale at Water Street Gallery. Crowe’s work is described as “encaustic creations use dream like vintage images and other materials to enhance the depth and translucent qualities layered under the wax.” See them for yourself and talk with the artist herself during this event.

Let’s Jump In

LaFontsee Galleries, 5-8 p.m., Free

Celebrate the beginning of summer with the opening of LaFontsee Galleries’ first group show of the season.

Featured Image: ByDuncan.com

 

7 art events you can’t miss in Saugatuck

Get creative in Saugatuck this August

Saugatuck is a source of artistic inspiration all year round, but this month promises some extra fun activities. Whether you’re interested in creating with your family, watching artists at work, or purchasing artwork for your home, you’ll find plenty of art events in August.

Here’s just a sample of some of the great art-related events happening this month.

Toddler Tuesday at Saugatuck Center for the Arts

Every Tuesday, Saugatuck Center for the Arts hosts a themed creative session designed especially for little ones. Each 1.5-hour session includes story, yoga, music, and a healthy snack for just $20, or you can get a pass for all six in August for $100.

Aug. 12 – August Second Saturday at J. Petter Galleries

Enjoy art, wine, and music at this group art show. This one will feature nine different artists working in diverse media, including quilts, photography, pastels, and more. Take it all in with a glass of French wine and the indie jazz guitar stylings of John Otto.

Aug. 17 – Farm to Studio: SummerHouse Lavender Farm

This workshop offers a stress-free connection with nature, learning how lavender is planted, harvested, and used. Geared towards kids ages 6-14, attendees will get to explore the farm and gardens, sketch and paint the scenery, and create lavender-inspired items.

Aug. 17 – Thursday Night Market with Ox-Bow School of Art at Virtue Cider

Students from Ox-Bow School of Art are taking over the Virtue Cider farm. See what they’ve created, purchase local produce and goods, and enjoy reggae funk music at this event.

Aug. 18-20 – Michigan Fiber Festival

This annual celebration of natural fiber arts is one of the largest in the Midwest. If you avidly knit, crochet, weave, or you just appreciate a good sweater, you’ll find lots to love at this festival. Sign up for workshops to learn one of the myriad ways to work with fiber, purchase handmade pieces, and see the animals behind the yarn. This event is sure to be a fun activity for family and friends.

Aug. 19 – Graphic • Lines • Color at Roan & Black

Attend the opening of Roan & Black Contemporary Gallery’s latest exhibition: “Graphic • Lines • Color.” The event promises bold artwork as well as great shopping, music, and refreshments.

Aug. 19 – Plein Air Affair at Water Street Gallery

Artists will be scattered throughout the area painting scenes in the forest, on the beach, and in town. Keep your eyes peeled for artists at work, and then catch their finished works available for purchase at Water Street Gallery from 6-8 p.m. This is your chance to own a one-of-a-kind, barely dry depiction of a Saugatuck landscape.

Art and history intersect at Ox-Bow School of Art

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Saugatuck: An artist’s haven for more than a century

The Ox-Bow School of Art has a rich history deeply tied to that of the town of Saugatuck. Its founding in 1910 converged with the decline of major industry in the Saugatuck area. The school took root on the cusp of the town’s reinvention into a Midwestern resort community.

The history of Ox-Bow

Saugatuck became what it is today—a haven for art and leisure—in part as a result of what Frederick Fursman and Walter Marshall Clute started at Ox-Bow.

The story began when Fursman and Clute visited Saugatuck one summer and fell in love with its natural beauty. They started teaching summer painting classes on the Bandle Farm on the east bank of the Kalamazoo River. From there, the concept gained momentum.

Eventually the school moved into the Riverside Hotel, whose business had dwindled when the Kalamazoo River Channel was diverted to flow directly into Lake Michigan, cutting off the hotel from potential patrons. The hotel became lodging for artists instead of traders, and Saugatuck became a refuge for those fleeing the industrialized urban environment of Chicago.

Ox-Bow today

Image: Annie Fisher, Ox-Bow School of Art

Ox-Bow School of Art remains in the old Riverside Hotel today, and artists of all skill levels can partake in credit or noncredit courses throughout the year. The school prides itself on being a “protected place where creative processes break down, reform, and mature.”

Over a century of history as a place where artists can hone and nurture their craft has drawn many into Ox-Bow’s doors. The school boasts plenty of well known alumni, including Nick Cave, Angela Dufresne, Jim Henson and Jerry Saltz.

Check out Ox-Bow for yourself

From courses to residencies and fellowships, there are many ways to engage with art education at Ox-Bow. Take a look at the summer courses being offered now, courses to look forward to this winter, or this year’s visiting artists. Come stay in Saugatuck and experience the history for yourself! Book your Saugatuck getaway around an Ox-Bow course and get all the benefits of a Saugatuck vacation plus the opportunity to hone your craft or learn a new one.

Last image by Annie Fisher, Ox-Bow School of Art

What is There to Discover at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts?

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When it comes to art, the people of Saugatuck know a thing or two. After all, Saugatuck-Douglas is the “Art Coast of Michigan,” and you don’t have to walk far at all before you find one of the town’s many art galleries. The Saugatuck Center for the Arts is the best place in town to experience everything art-related, from theatre to music to painting exhibits. If you want to put a finger on the pulse of Saugatuck’s thriving art community, then a trip to the Saugatuck Center for the Arts is in order. Here’s what you’ll discover!

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The Saugatuck Center for the Arts

Performances

The Center is home to excellent theatre and music performances! From July 21 to August 6 “Fully Committed” is on stage. Then, from August 18 to September 3, “It Shoulda Been You” is sure to draw an audience. On October 14, “An Evening With Paula Cole” will entice your ears. Then, on November 5, familiar face, Jeff Daniels with the Ben Daniels Band are a musical treat. A full list of shows and concerts can be found on the center’s website.

Exhibits

It’s not all about the performing arts here! Art exhibitions of varying disciplines are on display at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts. A wide variety of mediums and methods make the Saugatuck Center for the Arts an ideal spot for vacationers to get to know the soul of Saugatuck.

Education and Events

In addition to exhibits and live performances, the Center also hosts exciting events! Whether it’s the Creativity Revealed events, or the educational Toddler Tuesday (featuring painting, yoga, and snacks), there’s an event here for everyone. The center also hosts theatre camps,

Every Friday from late May until September 29, the Center will host a Farmers Market! Don’t miss out on the best local produce, goods, and more. The Farmers Market will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine.

Visiting

The Saugatuck Center for the Arts is located at 400 Culver Street, Saugatuck, MI 49453. The Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

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This Is Why Your Kids Will Love Express Yourself Art Barn

The appreciation and creation of art aren’t restricted to adults. Sometimes, the most memorable artwork is created by the youngest among us. At Express Yourself Art Barn, children and adults alike have the freedom and tools to create whatever they want. That’s part of the beauty of art, right? The next time your kids (or you!) feel the need to create, head to Fennville, MI and enjoy an afternoon of artistic freedom.

Vacation activities like the Express Yourself Art Barn are an excellent way to engage in the culturally rich landscape of the Saugatuck area. And there’s more to discover. Here at Lakeshore Lodging, we have firsthand knowledge of our area. So, you can trust our expertise when we say, “You should try this!”

Express Yourself Art Barn

The Express Yourself Art Barn is exactly what it sounds like! Most farm structures as old as this 19th-century building are often used for events like weddings, storage, or simply as a landmark. However, this barn has found new life as an art studio. The owner, Carole, was a frequent visitor of Saugatuck, eventually moving to the area and purchasing the barn. What was once home to animals and an orchard is now a welcoming environment centered around fun and creativity!

For over a decade, people of all ages have been coming to the art barn to craft, create, and construct artwork from a variety of mediums. Kids will love the exciting options they have, whether that’s creating necklaces and bracelets, or trying out the pottery wheel. Materials to work with include wood, glass, ceramics, and silk, according to the website. Whatever you create, you’ll get to take home, too! It’s the perfect way to let your children discover new art forms, develop their sense of creativity, and have fun. Parents can join, too! Spending an afternoon crafting a new piece of art is a great way to bond.

A trip to the art barn is budget-friendly, and the average customer spends $20 between studio and project fees. You can contact Carole by calling (269) 857-5566. The Express Yourself Art Barn is located at 6459 – 130th Ave, Fennville, MI 49408.

Enjoy the Art Coast of Michigan!

If you love art, then Saugatuck and the surrounding area is for you. The town’s thriving art community is home to numerous art galleries and studios! Of course, you can’t experience art in Saugatuck without a trip to the Saugatuck Center for the Arts. Exhibitions, live music and theatre, art programs for kids, and more are all in store here. Make an art tour of the area by visiting the art barn, the Saugatuck Center for the Arts, and any of the great local galleries.

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Your Guide to the Best Saugatuck MI Art Galleries

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Art abounds in the Saugatuck community. In fact, art galleries and local artists are integral to the town’s identity. Home to the annual Ox-Bow School of Arts Artist-in-Residence program, this small Lake Michigan town puts a big emphasis on art and  culture. Saugatuck art galleries feature contemporary African art, fine art, and even a gallery that houses a wine bar! Whether you’re an artist looking for inspiration or simply looking for a tasteful addition to your home decor, you’ll want to visit these art galleries.

Your Guide to the Best Saugatuck Art Galleries

Amazwi Contemporary Art

Looking for a piece that will expand your current collection’s horizons? Head to Amazwi Contemporary Art, where you can shop the finest contemporary African art in the area. Paintings, sculptures and more are for sale representing the best of contemporary African artists.

Armstrong-De Graaf International Fine Art

The collection of artwork on display at Armstrong-De Graaf International Fine Art is a display of dozens of artists from different walks of life, both national and international. The gallery houses stone and glass sculptures, portraits, photography, and much more. Visit Armstrong-De Graaf online for a full list of current pieces and artists.

Blue Coast Artists

Blue Coast Artists is a collection of 12 different studios just south of Saugatuck. With locations in Fennville, Glenn, and South Haven, visitors can see each artist at work, watching them craft pottery, jewelry, glass, and much more. Each studio is special, including Fernwood 1891, which features a coffee shop. Check out the Blue Coast Artists’ website to learn more.

LaFonstee Galleries

With two locations in Michigan, LaFontsee Galleries displays some of the most beautiful artwork in the state. Visit the Douglas location and enjoy the impressive collection of 2D, 3D, and fine art print pieces, ranging from oil paintings to metal works. They also offer framing, consultation, restorations and other art services.

Good Goods

At Good Goods, you’ll find anything and everything art from fine art and ceramics to furniture and jewelry, all handmade, from artists all over the country. Many of the products are made in Michigan, allowing you to not to only purchase quality goods but support local artists as well.

J Petter Galleries

What pairs best with intriguing art? A great glass of wine. Out of all of Saugatuck’s art galleries, J Petter Galleries are guaranteed to be the most delicious. Visit the wine bar and choose from their great selection, then stroll the galleries and enjoy an even better display of fine art.

Roan & Black Contemporary Gallery

Roan & Black is one of the most diverse Saugatuck art galleries, and the artwork on display is bound to draw you in. Visit the sculpture garden or the indoor gallery, and take in the beauty of pieces from artists hailing across the country and around the globe. Head to Roan & Black’s website for more information.

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Combining inviting small town appeal with the beauty of Lake Michigan, Saugatuck, Michigan is the perfect vacation spot on Michigan’s western coast. Great local dining, art galleries and outdoor activities make Saugatuck appealing for everyone, and Lakeshore Lodging is your source for the area’s best vacation rentals. Whether you’re looking for a quiet spot in town, or a large, lakefront house, Lakeshore Lodging has a wide selection of properties that will match your criteria. Learn more.

What You Need to See at Mason Street Warehouse This Year

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Saugatuck might be small, but its entertainment value is anything but that! If you want to experience the best theatre entertainment in town, head to Saugatuck Center for the Performing Arts and catch a Mason Street Warehouse production. “An Uptown Theatre in Downtown Saugatuck” isn’t just a catchphrase, it’s exactly what you get at Mason Street Warehouse.

The Mason Street Warehouse 2016 Season

Million Dollar Quartet” June 24 – July 10

Once upon time, four of the greatest names in music history converged at Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee and recorded a jam session the world hasn’t forgotten. “Million Dollar Quartet” is a lighthearted take on the night that Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins recorded audible history. Listen and laugh as Mason Street Warehouse performs the hit songs these men are known for.

Murder for Two” July 22 – August 7

No, it’s not the worst dinner reservations you could make, instead, it’s a side-splitting murder mystery musical! According to the show’s website, the cast consists of over a dozen characters, but only two actors, both of whom play the piano, while one plays the detective, and the other portrays all of the murder suspects. Sounds crazy, right? Beat the summer heat with this show!

The Great American Trailer Park” August 12 – 18

“The Great American Trailer park” might sound like a contradictory statement, but Mason Street Warehouse will have you thinking otherwise. As stated on the theatre’s website, this is the most requested musical that Mason Street Warehouse has performed, and one that you don’t want to miss. It’s a hilarious take on Florida trailer park drama, but it’s only showing for one week, so get your tickets today!

Mason Street Warehouse Auditions, Past Performances and More

You have to live in Saugatuck to be a part of the fun at Mason Street Warehouse! Auditions for the 2016 season were held not only in Saugatuck, but in Oakland University, University of Michigan, Kalamazoo, New York City, Chicago as well. Keep an eye on the auditions webpage for more information.

Going back to 2003, Mason Street Warehouse has been performing great shows like “Our Sinatra,” “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “Chicago,” “The 39 Steps,” and many more! The 2016 season is shaping up to be another great year, and you can get your tickets on the Saugatuck Center for the Arts website.

Saugatuck Center for the Arts

Mason Street Warehouse is part of the Saugatuck Center for the Arts, a center dedicated to the town’s lively art community. See art exhibits, Mason Street Warehouse productions, musical performances, or stop by for classes, film screenings, and much more. Learn more about the Saugatuck Center for the Arts at their website, or connect with the center on Facebook. The Saugatuck Center for the Arts is located at 400 Culver Street, Saugatuck, MI 49453.

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