Arts center hosts final Sweet Summer concert

August 22, 2012


As Labor Day approaches, considered the official close of the summer season, the Arts Center is wrapping up its Sweet Summer celebration as well. Ryan and Amber Kilpatrick, a husband and wife duo from Grand Rapids, will finish out the summer series of concerts offered by Ludington Area Center for the Arts on Friday, August 24 at 7:30pm.  The Sweet Summer art exhibit and the Four by Six art exhibit will come to a close on Labor Day weekend.  In addition, the polls will close on Labor Day weekend for voting in the Garden Wars.

The Arts Center has been on the move all summer, not the least of which was a transition to new leadership under Erica Karamiesool Reed.  The gift shop and lobby are already taking on a new look and big plans are in the works for more exciting, dynamic and abundant offerings to the community from the LACA.  Keep an eye on the Center’s website for updates on the progress.

Ryan and Amber Kilpatrick have been singing together since 2005.  Sometimes folk, sometimes soul, their powerful song selections and harmonies are always catching.  Ryan is a talented singer, songwriter, and musician whose voice carries grit, tender with emotion.  Amber is an accomplished vocalist whose sound is a blend of urban soul and ethereal folk.

The Sweet Summer art exhibit, featuring artworks of various mediums from several local artists, will be ending on Saturday, September 1.  The exhibit is made up of pieces depicting summer in such forms as stoneware, photography, watercolor, oil on canvas, and fiber art.  Most artworks in the exhibit are available for purchase.  Four by Six, an exhibit of postcard-sized original artworks, will be on display through Saturday, September 1, as well.  Local artists including Yvonne Carlson, Denise Slocum-Jones, Laura Carter, and Jennifer Bacon have pieces on display.  All items in the Four by Six exhibit are $30 each, half of which will go to support the Arts Center and its programming.

The grounds of the Center have been beautified this summer by local gardeners who are competing in Garden Wars to win the title of favorite garden.  Votes can be cast for your favorite with a $2 donation to the Arts Center.  This effort has served to transform the Center’s grounds into a real community showpiece.

Ryan and Amber Kilpatrick will perform on August 24 at 7:30pm and admission is just $5.  Tickets are available now at the Arts Center office located at 107 S. Harrison St.  You may also reserve tickets by calling 231-845-2787.  Votes for Garden Wars may be cast in the Center’s office.  The office is open Tuesday-Saturday noon to 5:30pm.  For more information, visit

About the Ludington Area Center for the Arts

The Ludington Area Center for the Arts is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the arts in West Michigan. The Center is located at 107 S. Harrison in the historic former home of the United Methodist Church in downtown Ludington. Parking for the Center events is available in the public lot south of the Center at the corner of Harrison and Loomis Streets. For more information about the Ludington Area Center for the Arts please visit, call231-845-2787, or email

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