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Arts & Culture

Brighton Outdoor Sculture Exhibit

This intriguing display of over 30 outdoor sculptures by Michigan (or former Michigan) artists was the brainchild of resident artist John Sauve. John convinced then Mayor Kate Lawrence that public art could be used as an economic development tool. Mayor Lawrence appointed the Mayor’s Commission on Art in Public Places (MACAPP) and the work began to make this engaging artistic exhibit a reality. Now the Brighton Arts and Culture Commission (BACC) is in charge of coordinating with reviewing rotating exhibits.

The stories behind the sculptures often are as interesting as the sculptures themselves, such as how a local boy who happens to be autistic connected with the sculptures as depicted in the video link below. Or how the BACC was able to leverage its limited budget by procuring grants to purchase some of the permanent pieces. You will find more background information about the artists at the website listed above.

Throughout Downtown Brighton, Brighton MI - 810.225.9244

Downtown Howell Outdoor Public Art

The Spirit of Howell outdoor slumped glass panels sculpture is a series of glass panels by Jessica Tokman that pay homage to Howell’s rich history and traditions. Panels feature the Howell Melon Festival, Michigan Challenge Balloonfest, Sunday Farmer’s Market, and Court House Lawn Concerts. The artist, an Urban Revitalization 3.0 Grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, a corporate donation from Hubble, Roth & Clark, Inc., and the Downtown Development Authority formed a collaboration that resulted in this gift to our community of a beautiful signature art installation.

Native American Bent Limb Topiary Sculpture This sculpture is inspired by the “Indian Trail Tree” formerly located on Wetmore Street in northwest Howell. In the early 1800’s, the Pottawatomie Indians planted and hand-bent the tree limbs in the direction of “The Grand River Trail” a commonly used pathway to guide reference food, water, and safe travel. The artist Carl Goines, donated countless hours to create this work of art.

Various locations Downtown Howell, Howell MI

Studio West Gallery

Studio West Gallery is “Art with a Heart” which allows individuals with disabilities and other community members to come together and express their artistic abilities. By creating art work in a multitude of media, these artists take pride in displaying and selling their work. The gallery is operated by the non-profit Work Skills Corporation (WSC) whose mission is to “optimize human potential” and provide jobs to people with barriers to employment.

At this gallery, artists of all ages have a chance to channel their inner creativity with a variety of hands-on workshops and classes for every age group. Children can create art from melted crayons, make edible cake pops, or holiday gifts. Ladies can plan a “girl’s night out” and bring adult beverages and snacks to enjoy while making jewelry, a centerpiece for your dinner table, or painting your own masterpiece. Proceeds from these workshops allow the gallery and WSC to continue their admirable mission.

111 South West Street, Brighton MI - 810.534.6200

Oaken Transformations Sculpture & Poetry Walk

Oaken Transformations Sculpture & Poetry Walk is an out-of-doors art tour, free to the public, dedicated to showcasing work by talented poets and artists with ties to the state of Michigan. Part nature walk, part meditative footpath, part art installation, the tour presents a unique physical space for poetry and a serene setting for sculptural work on consignment. Located in Brighton, Michigan, Oaken Transformations is invested in broadening an already growing arts community in Southeast Michigan.

The art walk features renowned sculpture and juried poetry on a half-mile, gently wooded trail in Brighton, Michigan. We have woods and meadows and wetlands and all the nuance in between that could be said to represent post-glacial / post-industrial / southeastern Michigan woodland & with remnants of the rural: in these we begin to explore the many ironies and multi-faceted expressions of the state. If you lower your head to the ground you'll hear an old, strong, wet & windy pulse.

6893 Grand River Rd., Brightonl MI

Performing Arts


123 E. Washington Street
Howell, MI 48843


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