Storm, painting by Anny Hubbard

Storm, painting by Anny Hubbard

Artistic Opportunities

Last updated: May 1, 2016

Direct From the Soo Film Festival

April 18, 2016Soo Film Festival welcomes films and filmmakers to downtown Sault Ste. Marie for its third year. The festival returns to the historic Soo Theatre and is set for September 16-18.

Festival President Taylor Brugman: “We are excited to once again showcase filmmaking from the Great Lakes and beyond, and to raise the bar for ourselves with the Summer Challenge. We can’t wait to see what everyone has in store for us.”

The festival has issued an open call for entries. All genres and nonfiction are accepted in feature and shorts categories. Filmmakers will find details on the Submit a Film page of the festival website, The festival committee has set an early bird deadline of May 19 that requires no entry fee. The regular deadline is July 1 with an entry fee of $10. The late entry deadline is July 15 and requires an entry fee of $15. The selected films will be announced the third week of August.

New to Soo Film Festival this year is Summer Challenge 2016, a 48 hour short film competition. Teams will be given a list of elements and will have two days to write, shoot, and edit a 4 – 6 minute film. Competitors can be anywhere because they will upload their results. Participation will be a maximum of 20 teams and is open to anyone in the US. The competition will take place July 22-24. A non-refundable entry fee of $35 is required. Qualifying films will be eligible for prizes and screened at the festival in September. Complete details for Summer Challenge 2016 are available at

Attention:  Northern Michigan Artists Open Call For Art

The Great Lakes Boat Building School (GLBBS) in Cedarville, MI, located in the beautiful Les Cheneaux Islands, is seeking artists for its annual fundraising event, Beer and Brats Festival and Silent Auction. Members of the arts community are invited to exhibit their artwork with a Northern Michigan theme.  All art will be part of the silent auction and displayed at the GLBBS building on the evening of the festival, Friday, September 2, 2016 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Artists may utilize any medium, including painting, photography, mixed media, sculpture, pottery, etc. Artists will receive 60% from the sale of their work.  The remaining 40% benefits the GLBBS.  Artists determine the value and opening bids for the silent auction. Artists will receive a complimentary ticket to attend the festival and silent auction.

Interested artists, please submit registration form and digital images of up to four (4) pieces of artwork through the link below or by email to Artwork may also be mailed to:  LCAC, Box 536, Cedarville, MI, 49719. 


August 15 – Deadline for all registrations and digital images to be received  

September 1 – Artists deliver art donation between 10am-5pm to the GLBBS, located at 485 S. Meridian Street, Cedarville, MI

September 2 – Night of event.  Silent auction closes at 7 pm.  Artists may take their unsold art at the end of the evening.

September 3 – Alternative date to pick up unsold art at GLBBS from 10 am to noon. 

For more information, call Carol Hubbard at (248) 885-1587, email or check the website:

New Gallery to Open in Munising

The Munising Bay Arts Association (MBAA) has been working diligently over the past few months toward the goal of establishing a retail gallery and arts center. The “UP~Scale Art” center, slated for opening in May, will house a juried retail arts gallery and provide a place for holding art classes. Artists from around the Great Lakes Area may apply to sell their creations. The center will be in Munising Michigan's downtown district, at 109 W. Superior Street.

Alger County has become a top destination for tourists in the past few years.  According to the National Park Service, the area saw 750,000 tourists in 2015. They predict 2016 will bring more than 1 million people to the area.  The new arts center will give local and regional artists an opportunity to market art to this high volume of visitors. The center is just 2½ blocks southwest of the City docks, a perfect location for foot traffic.

The center is expected to be open year round, run cooperatively between the MBAA managing board members and the artists. Artists have the option of either a working or non-working contract.

Applications are now being accepted. For more information or to request an application, please contact   Donna Shields (906) 202-1926.

Life Drawing Session

A new life drawing group met at 8 p.m. April 18, in the Soo Theatre.  $10 per participant covered space rental and model.  Those interested in attending life drawing sessions should get in touch with Shena Sloboda at, for more information.

44th Annual Sault Summer Arts Festival Is Tuesday, August 2 (Application)

The jury deadline for the Sault Summer Arts Festival is June 1.

The annual Sault Summer Arts Festival is Tuesday, August 2, on the grounds of the Sault City Hall, 225 East Portage and is open to fine arts and crafts as well as food vendors. The application is downloadable from our website—or call Jean Jones at 906-437-5463 for a hard copy (or email:

Jury is by digital image, which may be e-mailed to; Jury may also be by photographs or in hand (at Alberta House)—three images per category—five for jewelers.  Work must be the original design of the displaying artist.

The festival space fee is $100 for a 10 x 10 foot site.  Festival hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Awards include the $300 Olive Craig Best of Show Award, the $150 Painting Award, the $150 Best of Crafts Award, the $75 Judges Award and ten other $50 awards in specific categories. 

The festival is sponsored as a public service by the Sault Area Arts Council, based in Alberta House.

Sault Summer Arts Festival

Location: Sault City Hall grounds overlooking Sault waterfront

Date:  Tues., Aug. 2, 2016, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Space Fee: Single space -- $100 ($50 for SAAC members of one year or longer.) Double spaces are available on a first-come, first-serve basis

Jury: Yes, by digital image, CD or e-mail.  Photos accepted though not recommended.  Local residents may be juried at Alberta House, in hand

Jury deadline: June 15, 2016

Application: Available online at, or from the Sault Area Arts Council, Alberta House Arts Center, 217 Ferris Street, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783 (906-635-1312 or 906-437-5463)

Address (sponsor):  See above

Awards: $300 Olive Craig Best of Show Award, and other cash prizes and ribbons which are given at the discretion of the judge.

Contact:  Jean Jones, 906-437-5463 or

Munising Bay Arts Festival

The Munising Bay Arts Festival, sponsored by the Munising Bay Arts Association, is Saturday, June 25, in Munising’s Bayshore Park.  Hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Space:  12 x 12’.  Weights only-no stakes.

Space fee:  $60 until Ap. 1; $75 after.

Jury:  5 photographs

Open to:  original work; all media.  Own work only.

Required:  copy of MI sales tax license

Jury deadline:  May 17.

Info at: or 906-202-1926

Connect with the Munising Bay Arts Association’s Facebook page to obtain the application:

Call to Artists: Exhibit Your Work at 1668 Winery and Lockside Brewery

1668 Winery and Lockside Brewery officially welcomes submissions for new month-long art installations, to include First Friday reception events.  No commission will be taken on works sold.  For further information potential exhibitors can contact (906) 440-8798, or email

Sault Area Arts Council Home Page
217 Ferris Street, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
e-mail: Phone: (906) 635-1312