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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.

Artist In-Residence Series 
Featured Artist Exhibit of the Month @ the Gallery
Shanna Robinson and students, textiles
Professor of Art, North Central Michigan College
Lecture:  "Textiles in the World Economy and at Home"
Friday, April 11, 2014 at 12:30-2:00 PM
Alpena Community College - Center Building, Room 114
Free and open to the public

YouthCORE Exhibit @ TBAC Gallery
Mrs. Zalazny's students from Ella White, Wilson, Lincoln, and Sanborn
Youth Artists Exhibit at the Gallery  - all month long! 
Free and open to the public
Adopt a Alpena Shorebird Project
Thunder Bay Arts Council  is promoting an art project for the community of Alpena.
The woodworking class at Alpena High School, under the supervision of Zach Grulke, has made wooden shorebird silhouettes to be used as lawn ornaments for display in prominent places during the summer months. You have a choice of three different shorebird designs representing the Thunder Bay Arts Council logo. The Arts Council is asking people to purchase the birds for ten dollars and decorate them anyway they like as long as they can withstand the weather. Participants are encouraged to display their decorated birds in their lawn beginning May 17th or return them to TBAC  for reimbursement of the ten dollars. TBAC will strategically locate returned birds throughout the downtown area and its businesses. Those wishing to purchase a shorebird can do so during TBAC Office hours: Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 to 11:30 am. If these times are not suitable for you please call the office at 356-6678 to make other arrangments.
Open to the public

Showcase Series
Community Chorus Spring Concert
Julie Wood, conducting and Susan Armstrong, accompanist
Loretta Beyer, Piano and Windsong flute quartet
Sunday, June 15, 2014
7:30 PM @ Beck Auditorium (AHS) - doors open at 7:00PM
TBArts Passes and/or donation at the door - students free

Ronald Prowse Organ Concert
Sunday, June 22, 2014
6:30 PM @ Trinity Episcopal Church, Alpena - doors open at 7:00PM
124 E Washington, Alpena
TBArts Passes and/or donation at the door - students free


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.