Charlevoix Council for the Arts

For 62 years the Charlevoix Waterfront Art Fair has been bringing fine art to our community. The Waterfront Art Fair is the second oldest juried art fair in Michigan. The Charlevoix Council for the Arts was formed to develop year-round community participation in the arts. Our goal is to provide inspiration and opportunity for aspiring young local artists and to foster appreciation of the arts.

2008 Grammy award winner and one of

Louisiana’s favorite son’s Terrance Simien performed for Charlevoix students with

grant money provided by the Art Fair.        

The 44 member Grand Rapids Symphony is 

under the direction of the Associate Conductor

John Varineau, who is known for spreading his

enthusiasm to concert-goers of all ages.

One of the nation's top regional orchestras

performed one concert for the community and

two for the students of Charlevoix Schools.

Ohio Ballet Company performed for Charlevoix students in 1993.

Arm-Of-The-Sea, a performance ensemble, incorporated kinetic sculpture and painting

with poetry, live music, and movement in

large scale works of visual theatre, 1995, 

1996 and 2007.

Duncan Sings-Alone, a Native American storyteller,

and author Priscilla Cogan, visited the Charlevoix

High School to discuss story-telling and writing

with students.

Cogan conducted two sessions with the students:

the first on techniques for writing a novel;

the second on creative writing in a story form.

Sings-Alone told Native American myths and

discussed oral traditions.

Elementary and high school students learned the ancient art of fresco painting with pure pigments on wet plaster. Rick and Deb Zuccarini, muralist artists-in-residence, taught the students how to create a fresco mural from scratch.

Proceeds from the Charlevoix Waterfront Art Fair are invested in the children of the Charlevoix area to provide:

  • college scholarships to students majoring in art

  • art and music camp scholarships

  • performances by professional dance troupes (i.e. the Ohio Ballet)

  • performances by professional drama companies (i.e. the Prince Street Players)

  • concerts by musical groups (i.e. the Grand Rapids Symphony)

  • purchase of original art for display in the schools

  • art and music workshops

  • "meet the author" programs in the schools

  • grants for purchase of art, music and drama equipment

The Charlevoix Council for the Arts appreciates your patronage of the outstanding artists participation in the Charlevoix Waterfront Art Fair.