Celebrating the Arts

Gather, Create, and Celebrate Art

The beauty of the Northwoods inspires so many of us, it's no wonder there are so many talented artists who call Manitowish Waters home. Express your creativity with the numerous art opportunities, classes, shows and activities available.

The Manito Art League is dedicated to promoting art education in the Northwoods. The Art League offers many opportunities for its members and the public. Meetings are held beginning the second Wednesday of May and then the first Wednesday of each month through October. The meetings feature a workshop and a “Great Art in Our Great Northwoods” presentation by local artists sharing information about their work. The Art League offers monthly workshops to its members and the public. Workshop topics vary from screen printing, using alcohol inks, making paper, acrylic painting, basketry and much more.

The Annual Art Show is held at the Manitowish Waters Community Center. The Annual Art show is open to the public and is held in the middle of July. It features the new work of more than 200 artists. Members and the public are invited to enter the show. For more information contact the entry chair listed on the Manito Art League website.

The Northwoods Outdoor Artists

The Northwoods Outdoor Artists, sponsored by the Manito Art League, welcomes the public and meets weekly on Thursdays from June to October from 8 to noon to paint or sketch “en plein air.” The locations change weekly. Sign up to keep posted on locations by emailing [email protected]. The schedule can be viewed at northwoodsoutdoorartists.weebly.com.

Art Education Scholarships are awarded to students who reside within a 70-mile area of Manitowish Waters. To date the Manito Art League has awarded more than $230,000 to college students majoring in the arts and to adults for art workshops. For more information,

Open Studio offered by the Manito Art League meets at the Manitowish Waters Community Center from 10 to 3 on the first and third Tuesday of each month (with exceptions). The open studio concept allows people to bring their own projects and make new friends while working on them in a community space. Everyone is welcome to come for a few hours or all day.

The Northwoods Art Tour, is open in late July and early October. The tour offers an inside look at artists’ working studios and galleries open Friday-Sunday from 10 until 5. The tour’s brochure and website feature a map and description of the over 40 artists that are part of the tour. Each offers unique work for sale (take a check or cash to most locations!). Visit northwoodsarttour.com and the Facebook page, Northwoods Art Tour for more information.

Art in the Bog

Art in the Bog kicks off the holiday season and is held in conjunction with the Manitowish Waters Holiday Home Tour, on Friday (noon-4pm) and Saturday (10am-4pm), December 3-4. Artist studios and the Cranberry Square welcome you to enjoy the Manitowish Waters Cranberry Country while finding unique gifts. For more information, visit the Facebook page: Art in the Bog.

Local Art Galleries offer unique Northwoods gifts. Boulder Junction features Moondeer and Friends Gallery, which is one of many artists’ studios and galleries to be found throughout the Northwoods.