Art Attack 2017
April 28, 29 & 30

Art Attack is one of the Midwest’s most eclectic interactive celebrations of “All that is Art”. There is no better time to be in Harbor Country. Escape to our Southwestern Michigan lakeside resort for a weekend showcase full of gallery receptions, artist’s workshops, demonstrations, exhibitions, theater, music, food and an overall great time! We offer a rich palette of artistic activity for your creative pleasure. Harbor Country is a haven for artists and galleries in addition to our wonderful shops, restaurants and lodging facilities. There is art in everything that we do.  There will be events at 23 different venues.


Abby Girl
April 30 & May 1, Sat. 3-6, Sun. 1-4 2016



Abby Girl is the fiber art collection created by Local Color Gallery co-owner Rita Cochran. She has been influenced by the art of her niece Abby and the students she teaches. Their artwork is so simplistically pure. She has adopted the primitive whimsical style from them. Texture, color and just pure fun have entered into these fiber images. . Also in this collection is wearable art created from recycled materials. The work is not childish but child like, and definitely for the young at heart.  

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April 30, 1-4

Listen to the ancient sounds of strings and melodies of the Lincoln Era. Back again this year by popular demand, Homemade Jam will set a background of music with hammered dulcimer, guitar, banjo and bass-taking you to a place where maybe you’ve never been before. Kathy Leek from Union Mills, along with Dan Moser and Jack Collings, have played at state parks and local festivals throughout the area for the last two decades and they are happy to return for Southwest Michigan’s Art Attack.

Jane Cowley
April 30, 1-4

Join us for an artist reception for Jane Cowley. View her original oil paintings and prints. Many are landscapes of Michigan and surrounding areas.


April 29, 3-6 April 30, 1-4

Candice Sexton will be demonstrating the jewelry making technique of bead crocheting. Candice is a national instructor, author and artist from Chesterton, IN. Her work has recently been influenced by traditional weaving techniques. Her jewelry will be on display at Local Color Gallery.


Polaroid Collage

 Polaroid cameras are still clicking in the Julie Schwarz household. Come see what she is “focusing” on now. Still using Impossible Project film, the only film that can be used in the original Polaroid cameras, she is now taking multiple photographs of an object, trimming off the edges and then putting them together like a puzzle to make her one-of-a-kind black and white or color collages. Julie will be on hand both days to talk about her collages and will demonstrate on Saturday.

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Cynthia Hicks
April 30 & May 1,2016 Sat. 3-6, Sun. 1-4 2016


View the beautiful jewelry created by Cynthia. She will talk about the different aspects that stones/gems are associated with. Crystals are the keys that open the locks (Chakras) to our spiritual, emotional, and physical energies. Crystals allow us to harmonize with our universe. When the Chakras are too receptive (open) or too non-receptive (closed) to energy planes, imbalance and pain are inevitable. Opening or subduing the Chakras is vital for balance and a successful life. Crystal influences are associated with a Chakra center, a healing vibration and a Zodiac sign. Certain stones/gems possess specific qualities to attract beneficial vibrations or to protect against negativity. 

Homemade Jam
May 1, 2016 Sun. 1-4

Listen to the ancient sounds of strings and melodies of the Lincoln Era. Back again this year by popular demand, Homemade Jam will set a background of music with hammered dulcimer, guitar, banjo and bass; taking you to a place where, maybe you’ve never been before. Kathy Leek from Union Mills, along with Dan Moser and Jack Collings, have played at state parks and local festivals throughout the area for the last two decades and they are happy to return for Southwest Michigan’s Art Attack. 

Moonlight Madness
July 25, 2015

Moonlight Madness is the one time every year that Local Color Gallery has a gallery wide sale. On this one night in July we stay open until midnight. Join us for 20%, 30% and even 40% off artwork in the gallery. Browse 6 p.m. - midnight.

Nine businesses alsong the Red Arrow Highway stay open until midnight for late night fun. Cruise the Red Arrow Highway for fun, shows, discounts, excitment, specials and more! Soon you will be able to pick up a brochure at the gallery for full details on all of the activities or go to to download a brochure.

Lampworking Glass Demonstration
April 28th Saturday 2-6, and April 29th Sunday 12-4 2013

Artist Dawn Grofvert will demonstrate creating basic glass bead shapes. She will discuss different base shapes and demonstrate a few. She will demonstrate some surface embellishment techniques. Dawn will discuss basic bead facts and a process called lampworking. Join us for this exciting and informative discussion/demonstration of a process few get to see.           


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The Art of Giving
Dec. 1st 2012

Stop by from noon until 5:00 pm., for Christmas shopping. Enjoy a glass of Holiday cheer while you peruse unique and affordable gift ideas. LCG features beach inspired jewelry items under $20. Join us for a winter hat trunk show. Knitted children's hats and fun and simple woman's pill box hats. These hats made from recycled sweaters make great warm and cozy gifts. A portion of sales of gallery artwork and framing orders will go to benefit the Good Samaritan Fund. This fund managed by yhe churches of the New Buffalo area is used to help travelers that find themselves in need. It also helps residents in an emergency situation.

Email us at contact@localcolorartgallery and we will send you a brochure you can download, with all the information on the participating galleries and their charities.

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Back To The Beach
Saturday April 28th 3-6, Sunday April 29th 1-4, 2012


Liz Locke is a long-time Miller Beach resident. Before she retired last year she was in a very high stress position as a compliance officer with an international broker dealer. Decompressing with walks on the beach led to a fascination with and the need for “touchstones” from the beach to maintain the connection with nature. Finding new ways to present “finds” from the beach in the home or office became the challenge. First came the glass ornaments with a full array of beach items, including sand, beach glass, shells, even feathers and the coveted crinoids (plant fossils). Then came the driftwood Christmas trees, the driftwood “totems” for garden and the driftwood people groupings. Come meet Liz and see what a walk on the beach can produce.


Artists Reception for Julie Schwarz
September 3rd & 4th, 2011

Join us on Saturday and Sunday September 3rd and 4th from noon until 5 pm., at Local Color Gallery in Union Pier, to see what Julie Schwarz is up to now with the new 600 speed black & white Polaroid film offered by "" Julie will exhibit work created by  a process she calls "Lift-off", which is a form of emulsion lifts, that produces a unique, original work of art. Stop by to see her creative experiments and she can tell you the basics of how it is done.

Also on display will be Julie’s Polaroid SX-70 manipulations. Julie’s images are usually described as simple, intimate, and unique. The outdoors is most often her studio using only natural light, or at times mixing it with a flash. Julie uses a Polaroid One Step camera to take a picture. After an image has emerged, she “smushes” the emulsion around by hand using a variety of tools. The image is then scanned so an “e-neg” can be made. It is then printed through the regular photographic processes, having the same achievability. No computer manipulation or filters are used. To view more of Julie’s images go to Artists page.

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Artists Reception for Lori Daniels
Saturday July 2nd and Sunday July 3rd 2011



Local Color Gallery presents the work of Lori Daniels from 11:00 – 5:00 pm. Lori creates collages from antique ceiling tins. She reclaims and glazes them with formulas she has created. The result is a modern relief sculpture. These historic tins resemble fired tiles. Each piece is definitely one-of-a-kind because of the different chemical changes that happen during the glazing process. Discover these rare pieces of American architecture and decorative history. Come meet Lori as she displays her work in the yard at Local Color Gallery, 16187 Red Arrow Hwy. Union Pier, MI. Talk to Lori about her process of making art from antiques, the history of the type of tiles and the buildings that they came from.  

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Jewelry Workshop
February 27th 2014

February may not be the perfect time to walk the beach, but it is the perfect time to create a piece of jewelry that will remind you of a day at the beach. Bring your found beach glass or use ours to create pendant jewelry. Learn the techniques to wire wrapping beach glass. Join us on Thursday February 27th from 6:00-7:30 pm. (MI Time). On a cold and snowy day, create a piece of jewelry that you can wear all year long. While we create we will also sample chocolate goodies and chocolate wine.

Participation fee is $25. For reservations call (269) 469-5332.