It’s easy to get in the holiday spirit during the Holly Hop on Dec. 9 in the arts district of Benton Harbor, Mich. Hosted by The New Territory Arts Association (NTAA), this 5 to 9 p.m. event features nearly a dozen art, music, dance, and restaurant venues. “Strolling between the galleries and shops, meeting up with family and friends, sipping hot chocolate – it’s a feel-good holiday experience,” said Ken Ankli, NTAA president.
Must-see Holly Hop stops include:
The Benton Harbor Public Library, 213 E. Wall St., which will draw art hoppers with a wide selection of handcrafted gifts during its Holiday Bazaar. Local artisans will greet gift seekers at booths offering food, jewelry, ornaments, pottery and original paintings.
Water Street Glassworks, 140 Water St., which will host its annual holiday sale. It will fill its showroom with one-of-a-kind glass art, ornaments and holiday decorations. Artists also will do demonstrations throughout the evening and the Metal Works Studio will be open to visitors. Other enticements include plates of sweets and cups of hot chocolate, choco-wine (a delicious combination of red wine and hot chocolate) and hot chocolate laced with peppermint schnapps.
The Citadel Dance Center, 91 Hinkley St., will present its Dance, Music & Dessert Night with treats and special performances at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Admission: $5.
Family Fotos at the OutCenter, 132 Water St., will celebrate the diversity and importance of family during the holidays. Photographs will feature families from the community.
The Sweet Bar by Mason Jar, 138 Water St., will let art hoppers discover something to give and something to get at its Jewelry Trunk Show. This pop-up gallery space will showcase handcrafted jewelry made of glass, metal, enamel, precious metal, clay and more! Paintings by Scott Elliott and little bird paintings and peg doll stocking stuffers by Saugatuck artists Olive and Lucy Alexander also will be available. The Sweet Bar is a popular warming station with a selection of artisan coffees, sodas, seasonal gelato and pastries.
ARS Gallery, Arts & Culture Center, 147 Fifth St., will highlight the work of local “I Am the Greatest” teen artists. Each painted, 3-ft. wood sculpture is a reflection on their thoughts and feelings about adversity. A limited edition of full size, “I Am the Greatest” (IATG) sculptures honoring the late-Muhammed Ali will also be on sale to benefit the new IATG Legacy Project.
The Livery, 190 Fifth St., will feature local fiber artist Cara Garnett’s “Ebb & Flow.” This piece recently appeared at ArtPrize, an international art completion held annually in Grand Rapids, Mich. Garnett co-owns and works from nearby Pair Studio.
The Livery also will enthrall music enthusiasts with The Go Rounds’ 9 p.m. high-energy performance. Free to the public, this progressive recording unit out of Kalamazoo, Mich. is fueled by its diverse lineup and collaborative spirit. The band’s music is described as beauty meeting fury with influences from soul, baroque folk, art rock, country and classic rock ‘n’ roll.
3 Pillars Music, 198 Water St., is a treasure trove for art hoppers wanting gifts for the audiophiles on their lists. This shop carries one of the best selections of musical instruments, amps, turntables and thousands of classic rock CDs and vinyl LPs, 45s and 78s.
The Collective Yoga Studio, 226 Territorial Rd., will encourage guests to live healthier in 2017 with its yoga demonstrations.
And North Pier Brewing Company, 670 N. Shore Dr., will stay open until 11 p.m. making it a great place to close out the tour and meet up with other art hoppers. It will offer selections from its rotating list of hand-crafted beers and Belgian-inspired and yeast-forward ales.
All ages can enjoy a fun twist on fall color tours in Southwest Michigan when they attend the Fall Harvest Art Hop on Oct. 21 in the arts district of downtown Benton Harbor, Mich. Hosted by The New Territory Arts Association (NTAA), this rain-or-shine event from 5 to 9 p.m. features more than a dozen colorful venues to take in art, music, dance, children’s activities, wine, beer and food.
Participating sites include:
3 Pillars Music, 198 Water St. This store features one of the area’s best selections of musical instruments, amps, turntables and thousands of classic rock CDs and vinyl LPs, 45s and 78s. All evening it will offer special prices, sips and bites.
6 Degrees Resale Store, 205 W. Main St. It will host its first sidewalk sale and community block party starting at 5 p.m. Teaming up with its neighbors Ravitron and Emergency Shelter Services, 6 Degrees will help kick off the United Way of Southwest Michigan campaign. Family activities will include a chili cook-off, bounce house, live music, karaoke, walking tacos and great deals on merchandise (the store will round up all sales to the nearest dollar and donate the extra change to United Way). A suggested donation of $3 at the door will also benefit the campaign.
ARS Gallery, Arts & Culture Center, 147 Fifth St. Art Hoppers are invited to a book signing by John Wilson, the renaissance man behind the world-renowned Chicago Art Exposition. Art enthusiasts can also see the gallery’s recently opened “Welcome to Hundoland” art exhibit featuring Brooklyn, N.Y. artist FUDD. The mixed-media work tells the story of a gritty group of Brooklyn teens as they stumble through the misadventures of first loves, heartaches and life’s ever-changing moments.
Benton Harbor Public Library, 213 E. Wall St. It will host an opening reception for local abstract artists Ashley Kalin and Sydney Ziemke and offer an opportunity to view their pieces. Visitors are encouraged to support the library’s “Take a Seat” campaign to raise $10,500 needed to replace 100, worn-out, 48-year-old plastic chairs. The evening’s refreshments will be provided by Benton Harbor’s Phoenix Rising and St. Joseph’s Biggby Coffee.
North Pier Brewing Company, 670 N. Shore Dr. It’s the first time for this new micro-brewery to be on the Art Hop tour. They will pour from their list of hand-crafted beers and Belgian-inspired and yeast-forward ales until 11 p.m.
OutCenter, 132 Water St. This community resource center will feature artwork by Kristin Abhalter and Ruby Thorkelson in an exhibition curated by Siobhan Leonard. OutCenter board members and friends will be on hand to talk over snacks and beverages about services and upcoming events.
Pair Studio, 74 Wall St. Artists Laura Boyce and Cara Garnett will open their studio to show work in progress.
Phoenix Rising Café and Coffee Shop, 124 Water St. This popular lunch destination is extending its hours for Art Hoppers. Over a dinner of fresh-made soups, salads and sandwiches or fresh-brewed coffee, visitors can see the work of three photographers and their interpretations of the inner mysteries of Benton Harbor’s iconic building, Mary’s Fireproof Hotel.
The Citadel Dance Center, 91 Hinkley St. All ages will enjoy stopping in to watch dancers rehearse their upcoming performance of “The Steamed Nutcracker” from 5 to 8 p.m.
The Citadel Music Center, 204 Water St. Visitors can tour the studios, hear live performances by students, and enjoy small bites and sips.
The Collective Yoga Studio, 226 Territorial Rd. This site will feature the artwork of Gustavo Lamas. He describes his work at GOOSEarte Urban Mixed Media. The studio will offer guests complimentary fall treats as well as hot cider, juice, smoothies and coffee for sale in their café. Visitors at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. can also watch live aerial yoga demonstrations.
The Livery, 190 Fifth St. It will serve its hand-forged micro-brews and locally sourced foods until 11 p.m. Music enthusiasts are encouraged to come early to hear Georgian Brooks Williams, one of America’s “Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists,” perform his blues, country and touch of Americana at 9 p.m. Doors open at 8:30 p.m.; tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.
The Oak Room at The Citadel, 91 Hinkley St. This public and private event site will celebrate its fifth anniversary by showcasing posters and photos from the historic building’s recent happenings and past.
The Sweet Bar by Mason Jar, 138 Water St. This is a popular treat destination for the entire family. In addition to enjoying its artisan gelato and sorbetto, visitors can view functional ceramics and wearable knitted fiber by Jordan Adams, painted peg dolls plus mini-bird paintings by Lucy Alexander (age 11) and Olive Alexander (age 8) who will donate 20% of their mini-bird painting sales to Saugatuck Coastal Dune Alliance; mixed media jewelry by Lynne Clayton; and autumn still life oil paintings by Scott Elliott.
Wall Street Studio, 76 W. Wall St. This site also will display paintings by Scott Elliott.
Water Street Glassworks, 140 Water St. It will host its Annual Great Glass Pumpkin Patch and Fall in Love with Glass Exhibit featuring local artists’ seasonal inspirations. Visitors will enjoy picking a one-of-a-kind blown-glass pumpkin or glass art to start or add to their fall décor collections. Each piece is made on site and sales help support Water Street Glassworks. Throughout the evening, students from the Fired Up! program will demonstrate their talents.
Other Art Hop stops include Artists at 210 Water St.; Dwellers Coworking, 140 Fifth St.; Murphee’s Boutique, 82 W. Main St.; The Inn at Harbor Shores, 800 Whitwam Dr., St. Joseph; Third Coast Paddling, 241 E. Main St.; Thayer Inc., 225 Fifth St.; The Hawk’s Nest, 165 E. Main St. and Top Hat Collectibles, 220 Water St.