Past Events

Our 2018 Artist Reception that was held on July 27th was a great success!!! Over thirty of our fantastic artists were in attendance making the event even more exciting!!!


Our 2017 Artist Reception held on August 11th was a huge success!!!  Twenty-six of our wonderful artist’s attended making it extra special!!!


Come Meet, Watch, Learn, and Paint Your Own Art with Mixed Media Artist/Teacher Maria Latour

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 – 10:30 am to Noon

Free art project for kids and watch Maria demonstrate her Scratch-ink technique

Wednesday, July 20th, 10 am to Noon

Paint your own “Empire, Michigan” T-shirt – Class fee of $10 includes all materials

Thursday, July 21st, 10:30 to Noon

Paint your own “Beach Scene with Flip Flops” on a Canvas – Class fee of $10 includes all materials


Come Meet the Artists

Illustrator – Amy Ferguson & Photographer – Rodger Skinner

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 from 4pm to 7pm

~Light refreshments will be served~


Come Meet Empire’s Artists

Illustrator/Watercolorist – Timothy Lewis

Along with

Professor Emeritus of Art – Ken Ray

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 from 4pm to 7pm

~Light refreshments will be served~


We’ve collaborated with Michigan Silversmiths Guild to bring you a very special

“Plein Air Hammer~In Event”

and it’s all happening the weekend of August 28th, 2015!

Friday, August 28th, 1pm to 5pm – Saturday, August 29th, 11am to 5pm

Sunday, August 30th, 9:30am to Noon

Come watch multiple jewelers and blacksmiths share their techniques on manipulating copper, nickel, silver, gold, and steel right in our back yard. There will be lots to watch, learn, and buy!


The Curtis Family Band will be here making beautiful music for all to enjoy!

Stay tuned to learn which evening they’ll be performing!

Please note: the link below is for last year’s (2014) glass blowing event.

Sleeping Bear Gallery past events:

Glass Blowing & Silent Auction 2014

2014 Blacksmithing Demo






SBG Meet the Artists I

Meet the Artists: Ellie Harold, L.C. Lim & Beth Tarkington







2013 Blacksmithing Demonstration








Jeff Ripple Demo 1

2013 Oil Painting Demonstration

Adding glass for the stem

2012 Glass Blowing Demonstration

Fire in the forge

2012 Blacksmithing Demonstration