• Arts
    Discover the creative culture that’s made us the art coast of Michigan.
Discover the creative culture that’s made us the art coast of Michigan.

Long known as “the art coast of Michigan,” our creative roots go back 100 years to the
day when The Art Institute of Chicago established its Ox-Bow School here. Today, dozens of working artists call it home, enriching our community with an appreciation of art that spills over into the many galleries and cultural events around our communities of Saugatuck, Douglas and Fennville.

You can’t help but notice the many galleries around town, where you can find fine art and finely crafted goods from a mix of local and national artists. Wandering through galleries is a wonderful way to discover what moves you and expand your appreciation of art. And of course, original art makes a wonderful gift or memento of your trip.
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Performing Arts
The Saugatuck Center for the Arts supports and enriches the community with revolving exhibits, live concerts, and showings of independent films. The center also supports Mason Street Warehouse, a non-profit theater company that produces three stage productions each year. And take a peak at our ever-changing Calendar of Events as live music, art openings, special performances and much more are held all year long throughout our communities of Saugatuck, Douglas, and Fennville.
Calendar of Events
Art Fairs
The Saugatuck Douglas Art Club hosts two juried outdoor art fairs every summer, scheduled for the 4th of July and the last Saturday in July. Submit your work or spend a pleasant afternoon wandering through the booths of regional and national makers and looking for treasures to take home. Plan for a full weekend of activities when you come for a visit to explore our amazing culture.
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Classes and Creation
Ox-Bow has a long tradition of inspiring and educating serious artists. Today, artists of all levels can take advantage of its one- to two-week studio classes or apply to be an artist in residence, visiting artist, or fellowship student. On a more casual level, the Art Barn invites people of all ages and skills to drop in and create something – all instructions and materials provided. Or, if you would rather, just take to our natural landscape and discover your own creative inspirations.