There’s so much more than recreational activities to take part in in Marquette County. The Arts are prominent in the area, and everything from performing arts to sculpture can be seen and enjoyed throughout the county. Start out your arts tour right in downtown Marquette at the Marquette Arts and Culture Center on the bottom floor of the Peter White Public Library. This exhibit space brings in some of the most beautiful art collections from not only around the area, but also throughout the country and other parts of the world. Paintings, poetry, charcoal, sculpture and more are open to public viewing year round.
Is architecture your calling? Take an artistic stroll on the downtown Marquette walking tour! Fascinating sights of classic buildings and elegant architecture come to life as one gets an up-close viewing experience of the gorgeous buildings that make up downtown Marquette. Classic buildings that are featured are the Wells Fargo Bank Building, the Savings Bank Building, the Old City Hall, and St. Peter Cathedral.
If you’re a fan of jewelry, than you’re in luck! Check out Beth Milner Jewelry in downtown Marquette. A local artist, Beth has opened her own jewelry store with custom made bead, glass, and stone accented jewelry. Just the display cases alone are a sight to behold!
Check out the performing arts of the area! The Kaufman Auditorium in Marquette is an incredible classic stage venue that frequently hosts speeches, comedians, musicians and more. The Forest Roberts Theatre on Northern Michigan University’s campus is always featuring fascinating plays and performances put on by students and local creatives.
Looking for a great play or theatre group to explore? Swing by the Lake Superior Theatre on Lakeshore Drive in Marquette for incredible plays set right on Lake Superior’s shoreline! Are you looking for a more local setting for a play? Check out the classic Vista Theatre in downtown Negaunee. The performances put on in this historic landmark are absolutely incredible and are sure to leave you amazed!
Galleries, galleries, and more galleries…Marquette County is loaded with some beautiful art galleries. With so many to choose from it’s hard to pick favorites, but we can guarantee it could occupy a full day of enjoyable viewing!
Check out Zero Degrees Art Gallery on Third Street in Marquette. This cooperative owned gallery features local artists skilled in numerous artistic styles. Pottery, glass blowing, water colors and so much more line the walls of this great gallery that gives off a local feel.
The Oasis Gallery on Washington Street in Marquette is the premier contemporary art gallery in the region. Pop art, digital photography, art deco and many more non-traditional art styles are featured at the Oasis, so stop in and enjoy a cup of coffee while perusing the various creative pieces.
Another notable gallery is Michigamme Moonshine Gallery on the west end of Marquette County in Michigamme. Gorgeous pieces, especially noteworthy paintings by local artists, are displayed in an art gallery sounded by the pristine beauty of lush forests and a lakeside view of Lake Michigamme. Moonshine is a must hit!