Past Events

Kate Eberstadt Songwriter Workshop at Pellston Middle/High School

December 10, 2021

Composer / Songwriter Kate Eberstadt held a songwriting workshop at Pellston Middle/High School. The music created at this workshop will be finalized remotely, then mixed and mastered in Kate’s home studio in Brooklyn, NY.

The final composition will then be shared with the Crooked Tree Arts Center (CTAC) School of Ballet students who will work with a guest choreographer to choreograph a public performance on April 22, 2022 at the CTAC in Petoskey.Participating Pellston students (honored composers) and their families will be invited to the performance free of charge.

Jacinta Clusellas Concert at Lamb’s Retreat

November 13, 2021 at 8:00 pm

Lamb’s Songwriters Retreat – Birchwood Inn, Harbor Springs, MI

Composer / Songwriter, Jacinta Clusellas was a guest instructor at the 27th Annual Lamb’s Songwriters Retreat and performed in the public concert held on November 13th at the Birchwood Inn in Harbor Springs.

Coffee @ Ten with Rebecca Lynn

Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 10:00 am

Crooked Tree Arts Center – Petoskey

Rebecca Lynn is a Two Spirit artist, educator, and activist from the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians. Born and raised in Northern Michigan, she has always been a passionate advocate for social change.

Coffee @ Ten with Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann

Friday, August 20, 2021 at 10:00 am

Crooked Tree Arts Center – Petoskey

Artist Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann’s larger-than-life abstract paintings and installations are rooted in the traditions of Chinese landscape painting. Through her imaginative and fantastical representation of the natural world, her work explores the tension between what is natural and unnatural; organic and inorganic. 

In this artist talk, Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann will talk about her inspiration and process. 

About the Artist
Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann received her BA from Brown University and MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is the recipient of the Sustainable Arts Foundation grant, a Fulbright grant to Taiwan, the AIR Gallery and Lower East Side Printshop Keyholder Fellowships in New York, NY, and the Arts and Humanities Grant, Mayor’s Award and Hamiltonian Fellowship in Washington, DC. Some of the venues where Mann has shown her work include the Walters Art Museum, American University Museum, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Rawls Museum, the Art Museum at SUNY Potsdam, the US consulate in Dubai, UAE, and the US embassy in Yaounde, Cameroon. Mann is currently an instructor at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann is Good Hart Artist Residency’s Artist in Residence August 13 – 27th.

Sci-Fi/Fantasy Drawing Workshop

Wednesday, August 4,2021  3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Petoskey District Library Classroom

Join Stephen Kade, art teacher, author/illustrator, fine arts painter, and Good Hart Artist in Residence, for a kid’s sci-fi and fantasy drawing workshop. Steve will show how to incorporate imagination into reality to create illustrations and fine art. He will also demonstrate basic drawing techniques to show attendees how to build a creative environment and tell a visual story of their own making. Registration is not required, no previous skills needed. Supplies will be provided, just bring you and your imagination!

My Robot Gets Me: How Social Interaction Drives Object Design

Thursday, June 24
5 – 7 PM
CTAC – Theater

This talk will take a fresh look at the objects in our everyday lives through a lens of social interaction. Carla Diana will share case studies, looking at how a holistic approach to design can give creators a clear vision for making products that are built on meaningful, intuitive, and delightful interactions.

Light refreshments served.

Registration is free. Capacity is limited due to current COVID restrictions. Masks required for non-vaccinated guests.

Register at Crooked Tree Arts Center’s website.

June 4, 2021 – Virtual Coffee@Ten with Zakkiyyah Najeebah Dumas-O’neal and Juana Williams

Crooked Tree Arts Center will be hosting artist-in-resident Zakkiyyah Najeebah Dumas-O’neal and curator Juana Williams as part of their free lecture series Coffee@Ten on Friday, June 4, 2021. Zakkiyyah is the selected artist for the Elevating Diverse Voices Residency.

May 4, 2021 – Collection to Collage: Inspired by Nature with Laura Berman (online)

Laura Berman will be conducting an online workshop in conjunction with Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey on Tuesday, May 4th at 9:30am.

Workshop description:

This workshop brings visual languages from nature into collage  formats. Archival gluing and adhesive paper in hands-on collage techniques will be demonstrated from start to finish. Students can utilize scrap materials, and the class will also expand on simple painting techniques to explore pattern and form in image making.

March 18, 2021 – All the Small Things: A Writing Workshop with writer Steph Sorensen

The Petoskey District Library is hosted a free, virtual writing workshop with writer-in-residence, Steph Sorensen, on Thursday, March 18 at 6:30 p.m. 

Workshop description:
How short can a story be? What about a poem? And what’s the difference? Join Steph as she presents a writing workshop examining the very short form in fiction and poetry.

Through close-reading of published short-form pieces, students will work to understand what makes brevity successful, uncovering what is truly necessary in writing, and practicing the art of paring down through generative exercises.

March 3, 2021 – Wildlife Tracking Hike with writer Scott Dorsch

Writer-in-residence Scott Dorsch, who is also a certified wildlife tracker, led a walk through a local nature preserve. This video covers highlights of the walk.

October 29, 2020 – Interview with writer Samual J Stover

Samual J. Stover interviewed by Megan Klco-Kellner

September 16, 2020 – Reading by author/resident Jan Shoemaker

Jan Shoemaker did a reading from her recent book as well as some poetry written durning her residency for several local community members.

September 1, 2020 – Virtual Coffee @ 10 with Céline Browning and Jonathan Korotko

Crooked Tree Arts Center free lecture series Coffee@Ten will be hosting Stay-in-Place residents Jonathan Korotko and Céline Browning on Tuesday, September 1st at 10am. Please see the recorded session below.

August 29-30, 2020 – Good Hart Artists @ The Residency

We have missed sharing art with the community and we want to celebrate the art that is happening right here in the Good Hart area.  Please join us for an art show featuring the work of Good Hart area artists at the Good Hart Artist Residency, 910 N. Lamkin Road. The studio will be open on Saturday, August 29, 10am-6pm and Sunday, August 30, 10am-2pm.
We would love to have you stop by and see the creativity that is flowing here in Good Hart.

The following artist’s work will be on display.

  • Jane Cardinal
  • Jack Bodt
  • Nona Carr
  • Lynn Dinning
  • Terry Franklin
  • Susan Glass
  • Sherry Jones
  • Bob Lesser
  • Marta Shannon
  • Susan Thomas
  • David Vaughn
  • Steve Wolf

Here is a sampling of the art that will be on display.

Due to COVID-19, hand sanitizer will be available, social distancing will be observed and masks will be required inside the studio and residency buildings.  We will limit the number of visitors to the studio at one time.

August 25, 2020 – In the Studio with Danielle Klebes

In the Studio with Danielle Klebes, August 25th 10-11am advanced registration required –…/in-the-studio-with-danielle-klebes

2020 Stay-in-Place Residencies

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Author Reception/Reading with Zora O’Neill – February 6, 2020

Please join author and resident writer, Zora O’Neill on February 6th from 6-7pm at the Harbor Springs Library for a reception and reading. Zora is a travel and food writer who will be discussing her current book, All Strangers are Kin – Adventures in Arabic and the Arab World. Zora will be in residence January 29 – February 12, 2020.

This event is co-sponsored by; Harbor Springs Festival of the Book, Harbor Springs Library, Between the Covers, and the Good Hart Artist Residency.

Michael Fischer working with Lakeview High School

Michael Fischer Headshot

Writer in residence, Michael Fischer will be working with Kelly Wilson and the students of Lakeview High School in Petoskey during his residency, January 17-21, 2020.

October 21, 2019 – Little Traverse Conservancy and Mackinaw City Public Schools

Resident author Timothy Bradley led a group of students from Mackinaw City High School in writing exercise at the Regina Caeli Nature Preserve – read more about this in the attached article from the Little Traverse Conservancy Newsletter.

September 28 – Harbor Springs Festival of the Book – Small Towns, Dark Secrets

Resident author Megan Lucas will be part of the panel, Small Towns, Dark Secrets, on Saturday, September 28th at 9:00am as part of the Harbor Springs Festival of the Book. Please see the festival website for details: Harbor Springs Festival of the Book

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


Resident 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 Novak

Discovering 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 

Join 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


Alumni 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. 

September 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

Resident 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

Resident 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.

June 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.

June 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?”

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October 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.