Once again Dharma Records USA & Artisan Village are teaming up to bring you another great musical experience in our Summer Concert Series. August 16th will one of our "Two-Fer" events when we present both Jake Allen & Michael Dause. They will be performing their own original compositions as well as some of their most popular covers.
Both of these gentlemen are currently touring with Sony recording artists "The Accidentals". It will be a special evening as these guys are usually unable to appear in an intimate setting doing their own material as they have been touring all over the country with little time to do local venues such as our AAV. It will be an evening of depth and emotion second to none.
Artisan Village, Dharma Records, and Paddle Hard Brewing have joined together to bring you Emile Pandolfi in concert right here in our gallery. If you haven't had the opportunity to hear this international pianist you may want to visit his web site at https://emilepandolfi.com and view the videos below.
The News Journal has this to say about Pandolfi: "To call him a master pianist is an understatement. His passionate mixture of classical, popular, country, and broadway music will enthrall you."
Tickets are only $25 each. Don't miss this opportunity to experience an artist of Emile Pandolfi's skill and renown in a delightfully intimate setting. There will fewer than 100 seats available. Plus, our new concert area is now licensed so you can enjoy the event with a drink in hand, if you wish!
Tickets may be purchased in person at Artisan Village (219 Michigan Avenue, Grayling. Tickets can be purchased over the phone by calling 989-312-3660 (during gallery hours of operation) or 231-263-0231.
No, no, Neil isnt really hanging from our ceiling!
Our building sat vacant for many years before we rented it in 2010. Apparently some leaks developed in the roof during that time. Left unchecked, they grew to form some pretty serious holes. After we moved in we had regular leak problems, but didn't realize the extent of the holes until we prepared to purchase the building ( and looked behind the drop ceilings.
We've made many upgrades and improvements since we bought the building in 2015. Now we are starting work on the roof. We have some very skilled volunteers who have helped to stretch our renovation dollars by doing work that doesn't require a licensed professional. Volunteer Neil Nettles has been instrumental in many areas. Lately, much of his at work has been repairing the roof and prepping it for our new HVAC system.
Volunteers Ruth and Mike Hankins used their artistic talents to create this piece of art we like to call "Have you seen Neil?" Then Mike installed the art on the ceiling so it looked like Neil accidentally stepped in one of the holes. Pretty clever, Hankins!
The good news is Neil is fine, no volunteers were hurt in the making of this art piece. The bad news is that it will be covered when the new ceiling is installed so you better visit soon if you'd like to see this in person!
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Starting May 1st, 2017, Artisan Village will be opening one
Our summer hours will be:
• Monday through Saturday: 10am to 5pm
• Sunday: 10am to 3pm
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Art Uncorked, the popular wine and painting experience held at Artisan Village had to be suspended for several months because of renovations. Saturday, April 8th Chris Sheldon, the middle school art teacher and popular Art Uncorked instructor conducted the inaugural session of the 2017 season with eleven participants. We hope to have the full Art Uncorked program back in June of 2017. Stay tuned for details.
Last fall Artisan Village chose to lease the wine room to Paddle Hard Brewing and license a portion of the gallery to serve alcohol because the wine area was too crowded to host Art Uncorked. Now the Art Uncorked experience can be conducted in the licensed portion of the gallery. The April schedule will continue on April 22nd with Patt Bennett, an artist from Traverse City, conducting a session painting images directly on wine glasses. Terry Dickinson, artists and director of Artisan Village, will lead participants in creating a landscape painting on April 29th. The May schedule is coming together and will be posted on a dedicated web site www.ArtUncorked.wine.
Under the new lease, Dave and Cindy Vargo have created a fresh look for the wine room adding such features as a two-sided fireplace in the front of the building, upgrading the serving counter and product displays and renovating the façade from the sidewalk to the roof. The wine being served at the tasting room is from St. Ambrose Cellars located in Beulah, Michigan.
(Originally posted on our old website on 3/17/19)
The wine and beer license is now posted in the wine room. This Wednesday is the first concert where we will be able to serve wine and beer to those who’d like to enjoy the music with a drink in hand.
A gate has been installed to let you know where the boundary is between the licensed area and the non-alcohol portion. Please be respectful of the boundary. Artisan Village and Paddle Hard Brewing will provide a stand and some post-it notes so you can set your drink, put your name on it, and browse the gallery.
ORIGINALLY POST 1/30/17 ON OUR OLD WEB SITE.
In less than 45 days AuSable Artisan Village reached its crowdfunding goal of $25,000. “I am so overwhelmed by the generosity and support of this community,” commented Terry Dickinson, director of Artisan Village. “The support came from every sector of the community from private individuals, our board members, the artists, the business community and the industry in our area. It is both exciting and humbling to see this level of generosity.”
The crowdfunding campaign launched on December 21st and ended on January 31st. The staff at Patronicity, the crowdfunding website, coached and advised the volunteer team at Artisan Village to ensure a successful outcome.
In late November, 2016 AuSable Artisan Village, located in downtown Grayling, was approved for a crowd-granting opportunity to raise funds for some much needed capital improvements including the renovation of the basement into a classroom for children and adults called the “Creativity Center.”
Crowd-granting is collaboration between the crowdfunding web site, Patronicity, and Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA). Artisan Village set a crowdfunding goal of $25,000 and now that it has been reached, MEDC and MSHDA will match their effort with an additional $25,000.
By utilizing volunteers to complete tasks that do not require licensed professionals Artisan Village will be able to stretch the crowd-granting funds well beyond its face value.
A performance stage is being constructed in the art gallery to enhance the concert experience as well as creating an opportunity for open mic and live drama. The cost of the stage is being underwritten by Mike Chires, owner of several radio stations including WUPS 98.5. Sound technicians from the radio station will assist in setting up a professional sound system and offer advice on how to maximize the overall sound quality.
“Communities are stronger when they are enriched by an active cultural society. The positive impact The AuSable Artisan Village Art Center is having on Grayling and surrounding communities is simply amazing. I applaud the committee and all the volunteers for their effort and vision.
98.5 UPS is proud to donate the Performing Arts Stage to Artisan Village, where musicians can entertain our great community for years to come”, said Mike Chires co-owner of 98.5 UPS and Black Diamond Broadcasting