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  • October 11, 2018 8:30 AM | Jordan River Arts Council (Administrator)

    JRAC Members,

    You are invited to participate in the 2018 Jordan River Arts Council’s Gift Market. As you know this is a significant fund-raising event for JRAC. In order to make this event a big success, I hope you will consider participating.

    Not yet a member? No problem! You can join online today, or join when you come to drop off your works.

    All work will be handled in a professional manner. Works are submitted at the owner’s risk and/or are covered by by the owner’s insurance. JRAC insurance coverage is limited to fire, theft or vandalism for materials only. JRAC will take a 30% commission on all work sold and the artist will keep 70% of the selling price. Please price accordingly.

    We are looking for art that would make great gifts in a variety of price ranges. Consider gifts in the $5, $10 and $15 price range. There will be a Christmas tree to showcase ornaments for sale.

    Artists should deliver art to JRAC on Sunday November 11, between 1:00 and 3:00 or Monday November 12 from 3:00 to 5:00.

    The opening reception will be Sunday, November 18, from 1:00 to 4:00. The show will close on Friday, December 21. Because of the holidays, special arrangements will be available for pickup to accommodate those artists who are traveling.

    If you have questions please contact Babs Young at 231-645-2220 or email at

    If you want to participate I will email you the inventory sheet and instructions on how to fill it out. We are looking forward to a great show.

    Babs Young

  • June 25, 2018 4:54 PM | Jordan River Arts Council (Administrator)

    Are you interested in exhibiting work at our Belle Fleur Exhibit? We are now accepting submissions. Register online here.

    Theme: Beautiful flowers. Any medium is accepted that is an interpretation of a floral theme. Flowers should be an important part of the art work. Artists are limited to exhibiting two pieces.

    Drop off is Sunday July 8th, 2-4pm or Monday July 9, 10 - 12:30pm
    The show will be hung on Tuesday and Wednesday.

    Contact Cynthia Tschudy at 231.544.6167 or or Sharon Gardner at 231.544.6378.

  • May 24, 2018 6:12 PM | Jordan River Arts Council (Administrator)

    Attention interested members! 

    Would you like to show your work in our annual Member's Invitational? Register here!

    Any art form is accepted, limited to two pieces. Work in all media both two dimensional and three dimensional will be accepted.

    JRAC members can submit two pieces (that have not been
    shown at JRAC before) to this exhibit. These pieces can be for sale.

    Please register online or call our Glen and Ciny McCune who will curate this year's exhibit. McCunes: 231.582.2022.

    Registered artists can drop off their work Friday, June 1 between 3 - 5:30, or Sunday, June 3 from 2 - 4pm.

    This show is always popular with the public as it is a chance to enjoy the imagination, artistic skills and creativity of our members.

    If you are not currently a member, or would like to renew your membership, please do so before completing the registration.

    If you have any questions about the show, please contact us.

  • March 04, 2018 2:00 PM | Jordan River Arts Council (Administrator)

    Newly published Antrim County poet, Yvonne Stephens, will read her poetry at the Jordan River Art Council's Carnegie Library building in East Jordan, at 2PM, March 4th, as part of JRAC's Annual John Alberts Poetry Afternoon.

    Stephens chapbook, The Salt Before It Shakes, is poetry grounded here in Antrim County. There are canoes, wood stoves and a porcupine,  along with a winter's worth of canned goods and a perfect tomato. Images drawn from these things lead the reader into moments filled with anticipation and promise.

    Stephens, an award winning poet, was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2015. Her poems have appeared in the Dunes Review, the LAND Creative Writing Journal, and Family Stories from the Attic. She recently served as Artist Residency Coordinator for the Crosshatch Center for Art and Ecology.

    This year's poetry event, honoring art lover, teacher and poet, John Alberts, is designed to showcase the talents of emerging poets from the Jordan River Art Council's service area. Besides Stephens, five other poets, Ellen Whitehead, Keith Kintigh, Art Curtis,  Ellen Lord and Jen Lewis, each calling  Antrim County home, will round out the two hour program.  The readings will be followed immediately by a gallery opening of  photographs and collages by two well-known Charlevoix County brothers, Bill & Rich Dietrich.

    Ellen Whitehead is the author of Shell Song, a semi-biographical book about her grandmother, who had been institutionalized in what was then known as an "insane asylum."  Her poems took first place in the Riverfest Poetry Contest in Ortonville, Michigan, and have been included in the Traverse Area District Library Poets Night Out chapbooks, receiving the Martha Vreeland award in 2017.

    Keith Kintigh, who came to Antrim County 15 years ago from New Mexico and the U.P, is a Forest Ecologist with the DNR. A family man, a beekeeper, a gardener and a maker of cider, mead and beer, Keith found poetry later in life and has only recently begun sharing his work.

    Art Curtis began reading his poetry in the early 90's with the Central Michigan Poetry Quartet, a group of faculty from CMU where Curtis worked for 24 years.  Beside poetry, Art has practiced and taught photography and papermaking in various workshops on Martha's Vineyard, at the Flint Institute of Arts and the Midland Center for the Arts among others. He is currently Vice President for Membership for JRAC.

    Ellen Lord's poetry has appeared in Open Palm Print Magazine, Peninsula Poets Chapbook and Traverse Area District Library Poets Night Out chapbooks.  She won the Landmark Books Haiku Contest in 2017.

    Jennifer Lewis describes herself as living her childhood dream, raising sheep, goats, chickens and vegetables along with her three young children at the Wagbo Farm in the Jordan Valley. She is forever happiest in the woods and near the water, places that inform her poetry.

    The readings and the opening reception for the Dietrich brothers exhibit are free and open to the public.


  • February 09, 2018 11:45 PM | Jordan River Arts Council (Administrator)

    The Jordan River Arts Council is pleased to announce the Scholarship Competition for 2018.

    The competition is open to junior and senior high school students in Charlevoix and Antrim Counties.

    Four scholarships plus three honorable mention awards will be given. The Exhibit will take place at the Jordan River Arts Center May 13 through May 25.  An Awards Reception will be from 1:00-4:00 pm on Sunday May 20. Awards will be announced at 2:00 pm. Students must be present to receive any award.

    • The Betty Osborne Scholarship of $1500 is awarded to a High School Senior upon receipt of their first semester grades for continuing the study of art at college.
    • The Betty Beeby Scholarship of $1000 is awarded to a High School Senior upon receipt of their first semester grades for continuing the study of art at college.
    • The John R. Alberts Scholarship of $1000 is awarded to a High School Senior upon receipt of their first semester grades in college or post high school training not necessarily in the field of art. 
    • The JRAC Award of  $750 is given to a High School Junior or Senior. 
    • Three Honorable Mentions of $100 are given to High School Juniors or Senior


    1. Complete the online application by Monday April 9, 2018. Or mailed applications go to the address at the bottom of the page, attention Cynthia Tschudy.

    2. Students must submit between 3 to 5 works of art in any medium. Size is not limited but works should be ready for hanging. Works must be original. No derivatives (copies of other artist’s work) will be accepted.

    3. Please contact the Jordan River Arts Council, the art teacher at your high school, or Board Member Cynthia Tschudy for detailed instructions on how to submit your work. Each work will need to be tagged and labeled appropriately. All works are due at the Art Center Monday, May 7 between 3:00 – 5:30 pm.

    Thank you for your consideration. We are planning on an outstanding  exhibition.

    Please contact us with any questions.

    Event Coordinator, Cynthia Tschudy

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