NTAA Art Hop poster-Spring 2017-smLooking for where to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Southwest Michigan? Benton Harbor’s Arts District will toast the Emerald Isle with art, music, film and food during its annual Spring Art Hop, 5 to 9 p.m. on March 17.

Organized by the New Territory Arts Association (NTAA), it will feature nearly a dozen entertainment venues within walking distance of each other.

210 Water St. will have an impressive stable of artists on hand to meet art hoppers and show the diversity of their work.

3 Pillars Music, 198 Water St., will kick off a three-day Third Anniversary Celebration. Visitors can enjoy a “wee nip” while listening to a rotation of well-known musicians. All weekend, special discounts will be available on vinyls, instruments and gear.

Water Street Glassworks, 140 Water St., will conduct its “Spring Things” art sale. Visitors can make their own glass shamrock in the flat glass studio and a “pulled” flower in the Hot Shop.

Next door at the Sweet Bar by Mason Jar, 138 Water St., art hoppers can welcome spring with scoops of gelato. Manager Emmie Hillhouse will display her nature and “Waiting to Hear” digital photography.

The OutCenter, 132 Water St, will feature paintings by Michigan artist Ellen Nelson, curated by local artist Lea Bult.

Phoenix Rising, 124 Water St., will showcase the art of the Lake Michigan College Ceramics Class as well as Works by George, up-cycled furniture and home accessories by Meredith George. This venue also offers a chance to learn more about a new local initiative to connect people interested in up-cycling, “cool junk” so less waste goes to the landfill.

The Oak Room at the Citadel Dance and Music Center, 91 Hinkley, is one of six Southwest Michigan sites for the 7th Annual Coastline Children’s Film Festival. At 5:30 p.m., art hoppers can watch short films entered in the 2017 Young Filmmakers Competition; learn this year’s winners at 6:30 p.m.; and see two Irish silent films at 7:30 and 8:00 p.m. Dr. Larry Schanker will accompany on the piano during the Charlie Chaplin classic, “The Kid.”

The Livery, 190 Fifth St., will feature its brand of craft brews and food on this Irish holiday. Artwork by local legend, Brad Bigford, will be in the upper gallery. At 9:00 p.m., San Francisco string band, Front Country, will perform its “rafter-shaking” progressive bluegrass. The band is currently on tour with Greensky Bluegrass.

ARS Gallery, Arts & Culture Center, 147 Fifth St., will showcase Ara Lucia’s paintings.

Twin Cities Harbor Information Gallery corner of Territorial Rd. and Fifth St., will be open for visitors. The gallery displays the results of the Twin Cities Harbor Study conducted by Andrews University School of Architecture which illustrates a vision of the long-term potential of the waterfront within the harbor.

Pair Studio, 74 W. Wall St., will feature the wearable art of Laura Boyce and Cara Garnett.

Other participants include Dwellers, 140 Fifth St. and the Benton Harbor Public Library, 213 E. Wall St. For updates on the Spring Art Hop or information about upcoming events, contact: info@newterritoryarts.org or follow New Territory Arts Association on Facebook.