Krasl Art Center. St. Joseph’s nationally-accredited art museum houses its permanent collection entirely outdoors, with sculptures dotting the shoreline between New Buffalo and South Haven. Turn your cell phone into an audio guide by calling Krasl’s touch-tone info line during this family-friendly, self-directed scavenger hunt. This summer, look for 26 new sculptures as part of Krasl’s 2012 Biennial Sculpture Invitational (krasl.org).
Ox-Bow. Known primarily for its artists-in-residence, this 100-year-old Saugatuck art institution also welcomes visitors for three-to-five-day, non-residential summer workshops. Ox-Bow’s 115 acres of woodlands, dunes, and waterways serve as muse (ox-bow.org).
Oliver Art Center. It’s hard to decide what’s most inspirational about Frankfort’s 9,000-square-foot art center: views of the center itself — a 75-year-old former Coast Guard Station nestled among hills between Lake Michigan and Betsie Bay; views of the famed Frankfort lighthouse from the center’s largest classroom; or the rotating artwork adorning two main galleries (oliverartcenterfrankfort.org).
Leelanau Community Cultural Center. How about painting “America’s Most Beautiful Place”? Grab your easel and join Leland’s “en plein air” artists on Mondays or Thursdays at spectacular settings around Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Or sign up for a digital photography, iPad, or willow twig chair-making workshop at Leland’s Old Art Building, which offer classes for kids, too (oldartbuilding.org).
Charlevoix Circle of Arts. Ann Henricksen, education director for this four-year-old art gallery and studio, has crafted classes that take advantage of the region’s human and natural resources. This summer, talk tri-pods and telephotos with Pulitzer-prize winning photographer Rick Loomis or craft watercolors with the Artist Laureate of Illinois (charlevoixcircle.org).