Past Events

August 20 – Coffee @ Ten – Celebrating the Garden: Narrative Painting and Ecology

Installation_of_Exhuberant_Spring_Paintings_with_Handpainted_Mural_2016Resident artist Emma Steinkraus has always been interested in depictions of nature. Her paintings and installations often feature plants and animals. Her current passion is for the historical contributions women have made to botanical art and scientific illustration. As a Good Hart artist-in-residence, Steinkraus is creating a large installation that highlights work by almost a hundred different female artist-naturalists who worked before the 20th century. Join her for an artist talk about the development of her work, her interest in ecology and the often overlooked contributions women artists have made to natural history. See Crooked Tree Arts Center for more details…

August 8, 2019 at 10 AM – 12 PM Art Educators Workshop with Andrea Novak
Crooked Tree Arts Center – Petoskey

CTAC Andrea NovakDiscovering New Paths for Curiosity and Inspirational Energy: A free workshop at Crooked Tree Arts Center-Petoskey open to all art educators.

As a teacher of the visual arts, our number one priority is to inspire creativity and curiosity! There are many conditions in our lives and in teaching that can make this task more difficult than it sounds: new demands from our districts, new philosophies on art education that seem too “philosophical”, and days that can present challenges that derail lessons and distract both students and teachers. Teachers have to find new ways to create that “inspirational energy“ and “curiosity” without feeling helpless, overwhelmed, or uncomfortable.

June 10 | 6-8pm – Marie Alarcón opening and film screening at The Loft

Marie Alarcón will be collaborating with Harbor Inc. and will have an opening reception on Monday, June 10th at The Loft Coworking Space in downtown Harbor Springs from 6-8pm. During the opening, Marie will be presenting a collection of photographs she has completed during her residency in Good Hart as well as a screening of her short film, “Witness” (30 minutes) at 7:00pm. Complimentary wine and appetizers will be provided. The event is open to the public and we encourage you to stop in to meet Marie and see her work. The Loft is located at 152 E. Main Street (above the Toy Store).


June 18 | 1-3 pm – Introduction to Arduino & Digital Art: An Interactive LED Workshop with Sizhu Li 

SizhuJoin resident artist Sizhu Li for a two-hour workshop at Crooked Tree Arts Center, students will learn basic digital control principles to create an interactive LED display using a small Arduino board (an open-source platform used for building electronics projects). For more information and registration please see the CTAC website.

May 14, 2019 – Coffee @ Ten with Mami Takahashi


Alumni artist Mami Takahashi returns for a Coffee@Ten talk at the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey. Have you ever thought about why traditional Japanese paintings use background differently compared to Western paintings? Or, why the traditional performance art looks slow and not so dramatic?  See Crooked Tree Arts Center for more details…

May 14, 2019 1-3pm – Traditional Japanese Pigment-Making

CTAC_Pigment_PromoAlumni artist Mami Takahashi will be offering a two-hour workshop at Crooked Tree Arts Center.  Students will learn how to make pigments from natural materials (minerals, shells, etc.). These materials have been used to in pigment-making around the world throughout history. Students will also experience painting on local natural supplies including birch bark, that have commonly been used by the indigenous community.  See Crooked Tree Arts Center for registration and details. 

Bryna Cofrin-Shaw readingSeptember 27, 2018 | Lakeview Academy with Bryna Cofrin-Shaw

On September 27th we had the pleasure of working with the students and staff of Lakeview Academy in Petoskey. Resident writer Bryna Cofrin-Shaw lead the students in a writing prompt activity at McCune Nature Preserve. More…

August 16, 2018 | Steven Walker Artist Reception

Steven Walker at The Loft Coworking in Harbor SpringsResident artist Steven Walker had artist an Artist Reception at the Loft Coworking Space in Harbor Springs, Michigan. The Loft is a coworking space run by local non-profit, Harbor Inc. Harbor Inc is focused on programs which enhance the local community. The Harbor Inc. partnership provides an opportunity to exhibit the art of an emerging artist. Steven’s work will be on exhibit from July – October 2018. Over 35 people attended the reception.

August 11, 2018 | Open Studio with Steven Walker

Steven Walker in the residency studioResident artist Steven Walker provided open studio time at the residency from 10am – 2pm on Saturday, August 11th. Over thirty residents and visitors to the local Good Hart community attended. Steven demonstrated several techniques he utilizes in his work.

Exploring_PapermakingJune 26, 2018 – Exploring Paper Making with Mami Takahashi

In this two-hour workshop, students will explore different methods of paper-making from Japan and the U.S. and create postcard size hand-made papers. They will be encouraged to incorporate decorative materials from their own environment, such as flower petals, leaves, strings, pins, anything thin and/or flat materials they find and use in their daily life.


June 26, 2018 – Coffee @ Ten with Mami Takahashi

Join Mami as she talks about her art-making practice in Japan and her work in the U.S.  She will discuss what she has discovered about differences and similarities between the two cultures, and explain the project she is working during her Good Hart Artist Residency.

2018062708112949-IMG_4982June 23, 2018 | Open Studio with Mami Takahashi

Resident artist Mami Takahashi provided open studio time at the residency from 10am – 2pm on Saturday, June 23rd. Eighteen local residents and visitors to the local Good Hart community attended. 


May 17, 2018 – Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan

Resident artist Susan Moss worked with the staff of the Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan in a repeated writing art activity. Participants contemplated and answered the question “Why do you do what you do?”

crooked tree logoOctober 21, 2017 – January 6, 2018 | Fresh AIR Exhibition – Previous Artists of the Residency Program

The alumnae of the CTAC Artist in Residence Program in Good Hart will participate in the group exhibition Fresh AIR.