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Arts & Museums

Take in local art and history at these local galleries, shops and museums!

ARS Gallery

Gallery, arts and culture education center in the heart of the Benton Harbor Arts District. Reaching out to our local youth, and bringing art to all people, all social, and economic backgrounds.

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Benton Harbor Arts Association

Welcome to the New Territory Arts Association, a non-profit organization promoting the arts in Benton Harbor. Enjoy all that the Arts District has to offer in cuisine, art, entertainment and most of all.. the people!

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Box Factory for the Arts

The Berrien Artist Guild, Inc., founded in 1962, purchased the historic Williams Bros. Paper Box Mfg. building in 1995. This small group of enthusiastic artists converted the old factory building into today’s multi-use arts facility known as the Box Factory for the Arts where all the arts are celebrated. Our multi-use arts center includes artist studios, galleries a performance stage, classrooms, Art Shop, meeting space and more. Two floors of the 55,000-sq-ft building have been devoted to the arts since 1995 when the Berrien Artist Guild, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, purchased the historic (c.1903) Williams Brothers Paper Box Factory.

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Chartreuse Art Gallery

Your one stop location to shop for local art! Chartreuse Art Gallery is a collective of individual local artists in beautiful downtown St. Joseph, Michigan. Members work together year round to create a magical art experience. From creating art, staffing the gallery, giving art demos and teaching, you will see the culmination of our work on display within the gallery. Most disciplines are represented including wood working, painting, photography, jewelry, glass, fiber and ceramics. Come check out our locally-made gifts and one-of-a-kind souvenirs. Stop in soon!

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Curious Kids' Museum

The Curious Kids’ Museum inspires children to explore and learn through cooperative hands-on play.

Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, next to Silver Beach, Curious Kids’ Museum (CKM) and the new Curious Kids’ Discovery Zone (DZ) invites you to come play, learn and be curious!

CKM was founded by educators and parents to provide an environment that invites curiosity, allows exploration, celebrates childhood and inspires learning!

Opened in 1989, the Museum on the Bluff has fulfilled the founders’ mission to provide a place where “Learning is Fun” through interactive, hands-on exhibits. In 2010, the Curious Kids’ Museum had the opportunity to expand and open a second location in partnership with the Silver Beach Carousel and Shadowland Ballroom, by opening DZ below the bluff.

With a shared mission and philosophy, both museums are places where children and their adults can pursue their natural curiosity through creative, hands-on play!

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Gallery on the Alley

The works of over 175 of the country's most talented artists are beautifully displayed in this charming and pleasant art boutique. Gallery on the Alley specializes in the unique and unusual - from whimsical sculpture, clocks and prints to elegant blown glass, metalwork and distinctive handcrafted jewelry.

Other artwork includes the junkyard dogs and cats by Yardbirds, the elegant clocks of Leonie Lacouette, a full line of greeting cards and magnets by Curly Girl, the jewelry of Desert Heart, Eclat, framed prints featuring iconic Michigan locations by Kathleen Chaney Fritz, Kitras Art Glass, Carol Roeda magnets, Me2U fused glass, The Artist Jay recycled aluminum jewlery, Marjorie Baer and Mar to name just a few, and the full line of StoryPeople prints, sculpture and books.

You are invited to come in today and enjoy "just the best" browsing and shopping experience. The Gallery offers shipping, free gift wrapping and accepts all major credit cards.

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JLN Studio LLC

JLN Studio LLC opened its doors September 1, 2011. First starting out in a small studio in downtown New Buffalo, MI then to a larger studio in Three Oaks, MI and now in a new 1400 square foot Art Studio in downtown Stevensville.

Founder/owner Julie Lawrenz Nitz…a mother, wife, artist, graphic designer and photographer. Julie’s experience includes an Associates Degree in Graphic Design from Southwestern Michigan College, a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts, with a Minor in Photography from Western Michigan University.

JLN Studio LLC offers Art & Canvas classes, graphic design and branding services, and more. 

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Krasl Art Center

Krasl Art Center is a nonprofit art museum and learning center that enriches the lives of people living in or visiting Southwest Michigan by delivering enlightening art experiences through diverse education opportunities, meaningful events, and high-quality exhibits and collections. KAC’s mission is to inspire meaningful change and strengthen community through the visual arts. To learn more, visit krasl.org.

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Morton House Museum

The mission of the Morton House Museum is to be “The Home of Benton Harbor History.” As part of the revitalization of Benton Harbor, we share the remarkable story of the city from its beginning until today. The Morton House Museum is a center of history for Benton Harbor residents, and also those outside the city who are interested and care about Benton Harbor.    

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The Heritage Museum & Cultural Center

We are a non-profit museum that offers free public programming about twice a month. Our exhibitions are always free, and we can offer archival research assistance to those digging into local history! We are also a rental venue for your special events!

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The Turquoise Top Hat

Inspiring Creativity, One Sign at a Time!

Our story begins in 2015 with a great love of DIY and all things painted! My mom and I set out on our creative journey by finding and flipping old furniture and decor and selling our painted pieces at vintage markets around Michigan. We often roped my sister in joining us on our travels, and it truly became a fun, family affair! 

One of our favorite things to do is paint and distress wood signs, and the more signs I made the more requests I received from friends and family to make custom signs. Being a teacher at heart (an elementary teacher, to be exact), my first instinct has always been to show others the joy of making something themselves and find their inner creativity! In the fall of 2015, I began doing in-home sign painting parties for friends and after a few months, I had gained interest from local wineries and businesses. I was astonished at how many people were interested in this little side hustle of mine!   

By March of 2016, I had booked so many parties that I couldn’t keep up! I decided it was time to pursue this passion full-time and I left my teaching position to grow The Turquoise Top Hat. As we continued to expand and meet so many amazing people, we decided it was time to open our own painting space. In June of 2017, we opened our Stevensville workshop and boutique and have had so much fun making this space our own! You can find us there teaching workshops, creating colorful things and enjoying the company of our customers (right near the shores of Lake Michigan)! 

Our business has grown exponentially with the help of all of the amazing clients, customers, friends, and family who trust our creative process and endeavors, and we couldn’t be more thankful for each and every one of you! We are a small, family-run business, and your love and support mean more to us than any amount of money ever could. 

Thanks for helping us live our small-business dreams!  

-Taylor

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