• parlor-guitar-by-don-benson2-700x5601The annual NCCA-Artsplace West Michigan Luthier concert is back at the Dogwood on February 11! This concert is sold out.
    The ultimate combination of music and visual arts happens at the NCCA-Artsplace’s West Michigan Luthier Concert! Come out and enjoy live performances by West Michigan musicians performing on hand-made instruments from regional luthiers.
    This great evening will begin with TW Felty, Don Bremmer and Fred Kacos of Great Lakes Academy of Guitar Building. Felty and Bremmer have decades of experience building custom guitars and are now passing on their years of experience to their students. Luthier Keith Caldwell, accompanied by Gene Calkins, Ian Tronsen and Jerry Roberts, will be performing with Caldwell’s handmade instruments. Mark Swanson, of Swanson Stringed Instruments, will round out the first half of the concert.

    Following Mark will be Don Benson accompanied by the vocals of Megan Wirts and Benson’s 11 year old granddaughter, Cyanne, who will be playing a ukulele that she built herself. Chester Winowiecki and the “Bearded Ladies Men” (Adrian Schuster, Carl and Lisa Ziemelis) will entertain the audience while playing Chester’s homemade instruments including cigar box guitars and a washtub bass. Ending the set will be Katie Springer and popular past performer, fiddle player Isaac Smith, both who will be performing on violins made by Elon Howe.
    To complement the concert, an exhibit of photographs of handmade instruments made by these local luthiers is on display in the Dogwood Gallery from January 10 through February 28.  The photographs include ukuleles, mandolins, violins and acoustic guitars.
    Black Box. 7:30 p.m. Doors for exhibit (lobby) open at 6:30 p.m. Doors for Black Box open at 7:00 p.m.
    Dogwood Box Office hours are Tuesday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and two hours prior to an event. For information, phone 231.924.8885.
    NCCA-Artsplace hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thursdays 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. For information, phone 231.924.4022.