This month's Alberta House News is now available

This month's Alberta House News is now available! More...

2020 Covid-19, Sue Johnson   All One People, Only One Planet, Ginny Johnson

Reactions to the current pandemic vary widely, but the reactions of our artists has been to pull together and do what they can to make everything better for all of us.

Sue Johnson doodled a poster with advice, thank you’s and sympathy.

Ginny Johnson used her Earth Day banner to stress that we are all in this together.

Alberta House will be closed through April. Watch for updates.

Although Alberta House Art Center had to close during March, we invite you to tour the Sault & Area K through 12 Student Exhibition virtually.

See a slideshow on Flickr at (click the icon shown above to start the slideshow) or the album on Facebook (easy to share with friends)!

From the March 2020 Alberta House News: "This has got to be the feel good exhibition of the year! The work of the advanced students in the upper grades is always impressive; the work of the elementary school students not only bright and colorful but filled with the sly humor and energetic verve of kids. The gallery crew goes all out for this one, taking on the task of matting every single piece of student work, thus taking a huge load off the already overworked teachers.

"At the time of this writing the participating schools and teachers included Anne Beaulieu for Sault Area High School, Barb Rogers and Teresa Ridley for JKL Bahweting, Michelle Breen for St. Mary’s School, Darcy Schreiber for the Pickford School, Deanna LaLonde for Brimley Schools, Richard Guimond for Rudyard Schools, and Emalee Veler for Lake Superior Academy. Parents of children not in these schools could bring in their child’s painting on their own."

Alberta House will be closed through May. Watch for updates.

Alberta House Art Center is closed through May.  Watch for updates.

Call to Artists: 48th Annual Sault Summer Arts Festival

Call to Artists: 48th Annual Sault Summer Arts Festival, Tuesday, August 4, 2020

The 48th Annual Sault Summer Arts Festival will be held Tuesday, August 4, on West Portage, just east of the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, MI. The exhibitors will be lined up in the street of West Portage between Ashmun and Osborn, which the city will have closed to vehicular traffic, so visitors will find it is barrier free with splendidly easy access.

Fee for exhibitor booth space is still only $100 for a 10 x 10’ space, with double spaces available. Fee for Sault Area Arts Council members is $50. Applications are available on the Sault Area Arts Council website: &

Festival hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. This year's festival date is between that of Art of the Rocks in Marquette (July 25 & 26) and the Les Cheneaux Boat Show and Festival of the Arts (August 8). As usual the festival offers multiple awards including Best of Show ($300), Painting Award and Best of Crafts Award ($150 each), Judge's Award ($75) and nine $50 awards in various categories.

Jury is by digital images (preferred) or photographs, 3 for all categories except for jewelers, who need five. No agents or dealers are allowed nor is work from commercial patterns or molds. Work must be original, of good quality, and sold by their creator. Demonstrations are encouraged and will be advertised if we know about them ahead of time.

Questions? E-mail: or call Jean Jones at 906-437-5463.

Sault Area Arts Organizations

Index to local arts websites and Facebook events pages

Sault Area Arts Council logoLike us on facebook!Welcome!

This website is your source for information on the arts and related events in the vicinity of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan (including Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario).

We cover plays, exhibits, workshops, concerts, art fairs, and anything else we can think of.

Use the navigation frame at the left to find links to our monthly newsletters. All information on this website is collected and provided by the Sault Area Arts Council, a nonprofit organization whose function is to promote the arts in the Sault Ste. Marie area. If you're looking for events to attend, check out our Performance Schedules page. This page includes live events such as theater, concerts, and dance productions.

The Sault Area Arts Council has its headquarters at Alberta House. Alberta House contains exhibits and crafts, and is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Here is a map to Alberta House. SAAC publishes Alberta House News monthly as a public service.

The two Alberta House Galleries are the Olive Craig Gallery and the Mini Gallery. See the exhibit schedule for the current year. See the newsletters for a few images of items that have been exhibited at Alberta House.

For copies of old newsletters, see the Archive. We also maintain an archive of articles about local artists previously featured in the Alberta House News.

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