Fine art collectors and fans: The 30th annual Leelanau Art Show kicks off Friday in the Old Art Building

By Emily Tyra | July 20, 2022

The opening reception for the 30th Annual Art Leelanau Art Exhibit and Sale will be held at the Old Art Building in Leland on Friday, July 22, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. The exhibit highlights the work of over 100 artists with ties to Leelanau County and covers a range of mediums.

Proceeds support both the general operating fund of the Leelanau Community Cultural Center and the many artists who live full or part time in Leelanau County. Leelanau Community Cultural Center (LCCC) – which oversees OAB as a gathering place and center for cultural events

The opening reception is a ticketed event with live music, a full bar and hearty hors d’oeuvres by Island Thyme Catering. The Old Art Building would like to thank Island Thyme, Tandem Ciders and French Valley Vineyards for their partnerships for the benefit.

“We have 105 registered artists showcasing Leelanau’s art. It’s a big summer party and one of our biggest fundraisers. We support artists, and they support us,” says Becky Ross, executive director of the Old Art Building.

Tickets are available on the Old Art Building website or by calling the Old Art Building at 231-256-2131. Tickets will also be available at the entrance.

LCCC members who purchase tickets to this event will receive early access, providing the ability to view and purchase artwork one hour before other ticket holders. To join the LCCC Membership Program, visit

The exhibition will continue until Sunday, July 31, daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and admission will be free after the paid opening on Friday evening.

This year’s poster artwork features Debra Howard’s ‘North Manitou Island’, which won Best Show at the ‘Leland Air’ event during Memorial Weekend. Starting Friday, fine art prints (18 x 24) of Howard’s works for Art Leelanau 2022 are available for purchase from the Old Art Building’s online store and at the Art Leelanau event. The artist will be on site the evening of the reception to sign prints.

Pictured: “North Manitou Island,” by Debra Howard of Omena, featured on the poster for the 2022 Art Leelanau show.



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