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Welcome to the Thunder Bay Arts Council
Office & Gallery
We are located in the historic downtown of Alpena, Michigan
ARTown - on the beautiful shores of Lake Huron
  • The mission of Thunder Bay Arts Council is to promote, support, and preserve the arts through performance, education, and leadership.

YouthCORE Exhibit @ TBAC Gallery
Mrs. Sara Bedford's students from Alpena High School
Youth Artists Exhibit at the Gallery  - all month long! 
Delta Kappa Gamma Society's Friend of Education Award
Alpena Shorebird Project - Adopt a Bird!
Promoting an art project for the community of Alpena.
The woodworking class at Alpena High School, under the supervision of Zach Grulke, made wooden shorebird silhouettes to be decorated used as lawn ornaments for display in prominent places during the summer months by community members. Community members are encouraged to display decorated birds in their lawn beginning May and throughout the month of June and until Art on the Bay in mid-July.  Birds will also be strategically located  throughout the downtown area and its businesses, so look for the birds as you drive through town.  Many of the birds will be for auction at the Wine Tent during the Brown Trout Festival.  If you see a bird you'd like for your lawn, perhaps you'll bid on one to take home.

Artist In-Residence Series 
Featured Artist Exhibit of the Month
@ the Gallery - August
Diane English - Fiber and Metal Artist

OPEN HOUSE: FRIDAY, AUGUST 8, 2014 FROM 5:30 – 7:00 PM
The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. 

After retiring from teaching kindergarten in Roseville for twenty-four years, she started working with driftwood and found objects. What fun! She had found a new outlet for her creativity....and discovered the rule for art---THERE IS NO RULE!  She finds it truly enjoyable to be lost in a project and time just flies. It's also a great pleasure to find objects and see what they will morph into.

Last summer two of her works were accepted in the Art Show at the Besser Museum. 

When the Gee's Bend Quilters came to Orlando in January, 2007, she was able meet them and worked on a design with three ladies.  This was a turning point for her in her fiber art. She now creates her own designs in the "Gee's Bend" style in wool and cotton.  She started doing small landscapes. Choosing the colors is just important to her as the designs. Diane’s quote: “I don't think I could go back to traditional work, but that's just me”

A collection of her work will be on display at the TBAC Gallery throughout the month of August.  

For more information about the event or the artist please contact the TBAC Office at (989)356-6678.


Showcase Series


More About TBAC...
The TBAC Office and Gallery provides a home for the Thunder Bay Arts Council and its programs of visual and performing arts in the community of Northeast Michigan.  We hope that this website will serve as a convenient virtual link to the Council and Gallery and their activities and events.  
The Thunder Bay Arts Council has been in continuous service to the community of Alpena and Northeast Michigan for 42 years.  This website, its information and links are one among many forms of promoting the arts, culture, history and humanities of Northeast Michigan.
Thunder Bay Arts Council hosts over twenty visual artists who display and sell their art work in the TBAC Gallery at 127 W. Chisholm Street.  Artists exhibit their work on a rotating seasonal basis.  
TBAC also hosts a series of Featured Artist Exhibits and Receptions on a monthly basis along with a series of Chamber Ensembles @ the Gallery as part of its Artists In-Residence Series.
The Gallery features a YouthCORE Exhibit of local student artists from Alpena schools.  We often provide student workshops in area schools and display student art work at all of our performing arts events.  Students are always afforded free admission to all TBAC events!
Exhibits, artists, concerts and schools rotate routinely, so consult our Upcoming Events link reglualry for the current events, dates and times. 

Every July, the Thunder Bay Arts Council hosts Art on the Bay at Bay View Park on the shores of Lake Huron in downtown Alpena during the annual Brown Trout Festival.  Over 100 fine artists and crafters exhibit and sell their work at one of Northeast Michigan's premier open air fine arts and crafts fairs.  Art on the Bay is scheduled for July 20-21, 2013We hope to see you there!

Thunder Bay Arts Council hosts a series of performing arts events throughout the year, including Annual Showcase Series, Community Chorus, Alpena Symphony, Guitar Summit, Community Showcase.  See the Upcoming Events link for this season's schedule of events.

Thunder Bay Arts Council provides leadership and support as a founding member of the collaborative efforts of Michigan Arts and Culture Northeast (MACNE) - ARTown, Michigan.  To learn more about MACNE and the various other collaborative associations of Thunder Bay Arts Council, please access the "Links to the Arts" link provided in this site's directory or go to artownmichigan.org and the US 23 Heritage Route.

The Thunder Bay Arts Council operates on the premise that the arts, and promotion of the arts, make a lasting difference in a community.  It is our hope that you will take advantage of all that we have to offer and consider contributing your time, talents and resources towards the cause of promoting the arts either by attending our events or becoming more directly involved with your talents and/or your charitable contributions.   

Many of our events are free, and all of our events are open to the public.  We offer TBArts Passes (season tickets) on a seasonal basis and Door Passes for individual events. Students are always afforded free admission to all events.  See more details under the "Tickets & Giving" link. 

A Scrim "Art on the Bay" by Doris Lance

We make every effort to keep this website up to date and current.  The website is under continuous construction, so please feel free to contact the TBAC Office at 989.356.6678 /Gallery at 989.354.2586 to verify information or to learn more about our organization and/or events.