MARQUETTE, MI – U.P. residents can now artfully embrace the beauty of the holiday season when Marquette’s First Thursdays returns for a special holiday edition from 4:00 to 8:00 PM on December 1.
The First Thursdays program features a dynamic, citywide experience when gallery owners and the artists they represent welcome the community into their studios. Visitors enjoy food, drink, and conversation with some of Marquette’s finest painters, sculptors, woodworkers, jewelry designers, and other artists. Plus, one-of-a-kind gifts abound for that special someone.
First Thursdays promotes area talent, invites visitors to explore the local art scene, and helps to forge a strong creative community. For artists, the work on display is the passion of their lives, and they want to share it with the world. For attendees, it is an opportunity to purchase 100% original pieces.
With holiday shopping in full swing, it is more important than ever to support small businesses and local talent. Did you know that for every $100 spent locally, between $68 and $73 goes back into the community?
Artist Marc Chagall once said, “Great art picks up where nature ends.” In Michigan’s Upper Michigan, the region is blessed with stunning natural wonders year-round. Come out and see how local artists capture the beauty of cold and brilliant winters, and discover the magic of this unique community.
First Thursdays is organized by a committee of participating artists and supported by the Lake Superior Art Association and partnered with the City of Marquette. Sponsors include Edge Partnerships for event branding and social media marketing and Travel Marquette for a printed event guide.
For maps of participating galleries and studio locations, stop by the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Office at the Peter White Public Library and other participating locations. To view an online map and a detailed event guide, visit mqtcompass.com/first-thursdays/ and follow Facebook and Instagram pages at @MqtFirstThursdays.
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