LSAA Gallery & Small Works Gallery Exhibits

The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center is located in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library.

Opening artist reception are held on
the first Thursday of each month, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The public is invited to attend and refreshments will be provided.

For more information or questions, please contact (906) 228-0472 or email


Sept 4-29: Lali Kahlid (Photographer)
“Home. In my heart, beating so far away.”

 Growing up in Pakistan, Lali’s father introduced her to photography at a young age.
Her work wanders between themes in landscape, abstraction, and documentary photography, but has always centered itself on portraiture. She uses her work as a tool to explore themes of diaspora, identity, family, and home in her own life and the lives of people she photographs. Khalid invites you to see her images in this exhibition without a predetermined perception. You will get glimpses of a continually evolving narrative, but the images do not give away the full account – “It is on you to find the veiled stories.”

Artist Statement
“Immigrants everywhere leave their lives behind, forever. I did the same. I left because
I did not want to be labeled and stereotyped. How ironic to have moved to U.S chasing that freedom and actually lose it? The things that I ran away from, are the things that define me now. My identity is reduced to a fixed clichéd image. I left behind my home, full of love, even with all its flaws. I am not here, and not there. Like a pendulum,
I swing, constantly looking back. Searching, for a life that was and a life that will be, searching for the unknowable. I am continually shifting, finding new ways of negotiating my identity, of understanding the changing ideologies and new perspectives.

When meeting somebody for the first time, the brain goes into overdrive for a few seconds to swiftly form a first impression. Whether we like it or not, rapid assumptions are made based on gender, race, religion, age, culture, physical appearance, the surrounding environment – all things that help form who we are, real or perceived. When people meet me for the first time, they tend to assume, and they assume wrong.

I invite you, to see these images without a predetermined perception. You will get glimpses of a continually evolving narrative but the images don’t give away the full account. How could they? It is on you to find the veiled stories.”

Artist reception: Thursday, September 7 from 6-8 p.m.
The public is invited to attend and light refreshments will be provided.

Oct/Nov:  Taimur Cleary & Christine Lenzen (Painters)           

Nov/Dec: Superiorland Woodturners (Wood Art) 

LSAA Members, Norm Hefke, Matt Hirvonen, and Marc Himes are also members of the Superiorland Woodturners chapter of the American Association of Woodturners.
As indicated in the LSAA Kiosk (our newsletter mailed to members and posted on our website), their club is putting on a show at the LSAA Gallery (large gallery) in the MACC (lowest level of the Peter White Library to the left as walk down the stairs).  
Artists Reception: Thursday, December 7, 6-8 pm – light refreshments will be served
Show Dates: Monday, November 20 – December 30, 2017
The woodturners club’s 2012 show was very well received and we are expecting the 2017 show to be excellent and have a broad appeal, especially for those among us who love wood and appreciate art. Twenty of the club’s members who I’ve in the central UP will exhibit and their skills range from beginners to veteran, accomplished, and professional. Several members have won prizes in various art shows and on national and international online woodturning forums.
Please join us and celebrate the skills of our fellow artists! And maybe you’ll be inspired to join the club and learn to turn wood as well – it’s never too late!


Sept 4-29: Chuck & JeanAnn LaBelle (Photographers)

A photographic essay on the decay of the Holy Family Orphanage located here in Marquette, Mich. An essay, authored and researched by Melissa Meldrum was added to the book to provide a brief history of the building. This book will be available during the exhibit. The LaBelles are the owners and photographers for LaBelle Photos which was founded in 1995 in Marquette.

Artist reception: Thursday, September 7 from 6-8 p.m.
The public is invited to attend and light refreshments will be provided.

Oct/Nov: Kazuhiro Kojima (Ceramist)

This exhibit is part of the Marquette Area Sister Cities Partnership and Higashiomi Japan Artist Exchange Program

Nov: Nathan Meadows (Filmographer)


Dec: Micki Carey (Jeweler)