Original art makes for a unique personal gift that could become a treasured piece that lasts a lifetime. Pop-up art galleries are a win-win for the community, too. This holiday season they’re bringing people to Downtown Jackson. Now more than ever, shopping local is important for Jackson, as we build a new and vibrant downtown district. Currently they are only working on one block, but the 18 month project plans to update much of Michigan Avenue downtown. Coupled with the live, buy, innovate local campaign of the Anchor Initiative and the Jackson Young Professionals, Downtown Jackson is once again becoming the walkable and livable downtown it was meant to be. Come to Downtown Jackson and get a preview of what is to come and then stop for lunch at City Crepes or a beer at The Chase.
Old Vermeulen’s Furniture building, 135 W. Cortland St. Jackson thinkjacksonmi.com
Tuesdays – Saturdays 11 am – 7 pm & Sundays 12 pm – 4 pm | Closing December 24
When Vermeulen’s Furniture moved to a bigger building, an empty storefront was left downtown. One day a new business will take its place but until then, Laura Schlecte and daughter Jacqueline Austin decided to fill this lifeless empty storefront with a lively pop-up art gallery featuring drawing, painting, mixed media, jewelry, wood carving, and even chocolate,with a meet the artists’ reception, featuring AG Chocolates.
Old Dupuis et Fils Jewelry 160 W. Michigan Ave. Jackson 517-787-2320 EllaSharp.org
Mon.-Wed., Sat. 11 am – 5:30 pm and Thurs.-Fri. 11 am – 7 pm | Closing December 20
When the Dupuis’ jewelers retired last year they left behind a beautiful Egyptian Revival building. The Ella Sharp Museum saw the opportunity for another pop-up art gallery in Downtown Jackson. The Ella Downtown features the work of artists recently exhibited at the museum including Jackson native Dominic Pangborn and Jackson resident Nancy Shaff as well as other local artists. The DuPuis’ have also brought some of their jewelry back to the space.
The ART 634 building is another, although more permanent use of old real estate. The building was originally built in the 1850s as a wagon and carriage factory, next to Michigan’s First State Prison. Now the galleries contain photography, painting, jewelry, even music, dance, and theater. December’s 2nd Sunday Open House will feature holiday art, ornaments and gifts, a make-n-take craft for the kids, student art show from Jackson School of the Arts, cookies to frost, and carolers.
Armory Arts Village
100 Armory Court Jackson, MI 49201 (517) 784-2220
2nd Sunday with the Armory Artists December 14, 12-4 pm
Just across the parking lot is Armory Arts Village, Michigan’s First State Prison now artist studios and apartments. This 2nd Sunday the artists invite you to “Do Time With Santa” with open studios for last minute gifts, a make and take activity, storytelling, and snacks. The Armory Arts Village takes a break from 2nd Sundays in January, February, and March so be sure to check out this event!
Hankerd Inn & Resort Gift Shop is another unique find in Pleasant Lake, just 20 minutes north of Downtown Jackson. This resort offers 23 lovely bedrooms in three buildings as well as an art studio and retail shop with quilts, jewelry, and many Christmas decorations.