MARQUETTE — If you’re looking for a way to get out of the house this winter while trying something creative, the City of Marquette Arts & Culture Center has a solution.
Every Wednesday afternoon the center holds Open Studio Hours from 1:00 to 4:00. Artists of every age and skill level are welcome to attend, even those who have never considered themselves to be creative or artistic.
Tristan Luoma is the Arts and Senior Services Coordinator for the City of Marquette. He says that everyone has the potential to create art, no matter where they are on their creative journey.
“What’s nice about art and what really motivates us at the Art Center is the idea that everybody is creative in their own right,” said Luoma. “Everybody starts off someplace; everybody is currently in a different place of their creativity. But there are also no rules behind it. Anything you want to work on, you can work on. It’s how you learn skills and how you can socialize with people. It’s really an opportunity to branch out and to stay engaged, to keep your mind working in different ways, and to not lose that creative spark that everybody has.”
Regular attendee Rick Siegel has had years of experience with art. His designs have been featured across the globe from South America to Europe, and even on the front page of a newspaper in Paris, France. The Arts & Culture Center’s Open Studio Hours give him an opportunity to continue to express his creativity here in Marquette.
“I come here because I love to be creative,” said Siegel. “I’m creative in every single thing I do. For many years I was in New York City designing and inventing things that were displayed all over the world. I just love to be creative. It’s a terrific outlet for me to do something original and something different.”
The Arts & Culture Center has some supplies available for use, but depending on what medium you prefer to work with, you may want to bring your own. The center is located in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library.