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Tickets can also be purchased at 210 Water Street in the Arts District on the evening of the event. The Loft Hop is sponsored by United Federal Credit Union.
In 1998, when the New Territory Arts Association was born, there was a tiny handful of courageous souls who started a new downtown community by carving out and living in Benton Harbor lofts. Today that community has grown beyond our imagination. Join us as we celebrate loft life in the Benton Harbor Arts District with our Solstice Loft Hop (in conjunction with our Art Hop) wherein we expose bricks and other myths!
The Loft Hop is your opportunity to get an exclusive look at the unique living spaces in downtown Benton Harbor, Michigan. Visitors will likely be surprised by the level of comfort and luxury that the historic downtown buildings provide to their current residents.
“It is our goal to further breakdown the myths that once persisted about downtown Benton Harbor. The organizations that participate during the Art Hops are a testament to the revival of creativity and entrepreneurial spirit that exists … by coupling the Art Hop with the Loft Hop we are demonstrating a further depth to the spirit of positive change. Benton Harbor is a place to enjoy a meal, play a round of golf, shop, take a class and LIVE!” Joshua Nowicki, NTAA Board Member.
The NTAA’s “Solstice” Art Hop, also from 6 pm – 10 pm, is a journey of discovery throughout the Benton Harbor Arts District’s galleries, studios, bars and eateries. A few highlights include:
Water Street Glassworks: Check out the Metals Exhibition in the Dorris Akers Gallery and wander next door for some summer-inspired gelato flavors. – After you’ve been inspired by the art in the gallery, create a piece of glass art of your own at the Glass Sampler! You can sample two very different ways of working with glass, for a small fee, by trying one or both activities. – Before you leave, visit the Glass Sidewalk Sale, where you will find something for everyone.
210 Art Space: Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy a group exhibition, snacks, see the artists studios.
ARS Gallery: The current exhibit at the gallery features the abstract paintings of, and an installation by, local emerging artist Josh Mason. In addition to Josh’s work, ARS Gallery will be featuring art and decorative objects from Custom Imports of New Buffalo, MI that where hand selected from Tahiti and Thailand. Photos by previous exhibiting artist Joshua Nowicki are also available in the gallery.
3 Pillars Gallery: Presenting visual artist, George Spica and the photography of Joe Rondone.
Citadel Dance & Music Center: Michael Johnson will be playing a portable PVC drum he designed and built himself – inspired by The Blue Man Group.
Brammall Supply: Hosting “Saranac Flats” who will be unveiling some of the details of their residential lofts currently under construction on Main Street.
The Livery Microbrewery: Hosting the fabulous works of Chantelle Allen on their balcony.
Murfee’s Boutique: High fashion and elegant styles for women of all sizes.
Flotsam and Jetsam: Art and Oddities: A great new addition to the art hop; be sure to visit and enjoy a wine and bites at this studio gallery located on the Benton Harbor ship canal featuring eclectic art and antiques.
Wall Street Studios: Another great new addition to the art hop; join the studios located on West Wall Street for the premier of three new arts-based spaces with a collective grand opening.
ArtAffects: R Evolution – An olde world bazaar of local artists, merchants and more. Artists young and old working on a communal painting inspired by the tribal beat and kinetic energy of drummers, musicians and dancers.
The NTAA invites the public fall in love with the creativity and unique offerings of the Benton Harbor Arts District.
Artoberfest is a celebration of local music, art, food, beer and wine. We bring it all together for a great community event that has a little bit of something for everyone. Most importantly, it serves as NTAA’s major annual fundraiser.
As an all volunteer, nonprofit organization, NTAA depends on your generous support to continue our misson: creating a vital Benton Harbor Arts District through community outreach and advocacy of the arts.
Tell your neighbors. Tell your friends. Artoberfest is on its way. Come say hi, enjoy the scene, and help support NTAA!