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5 Reasons You Should Visit Stafford’s Art Gallery

By July 29, 2016 No Comments

Bursting at the seams with color, here are 5 reasons you should visit Stafford’s Art Gallery in downtown Petoskey.

    1. 36 Michigan Artists Share Their Talents.
      All from Michigan, our collection features a variety of mediums including watercolors, oils, photography, sculptures, jewDSC_0874elry, original and limited edition prints, gifts and accessories. There’s something for everyone.
    2. We Carry A Large Selection of Michigan Wines.
      Stafford’s Cellar, located within Stafford’s Art Gallery, carries Michigan wines, Stafford’s private wine collection and hip line of wine accessories and gifts!
    3. The Story Our Walls Tell.
      Stafford’s Gallery was originally an ice-house in the 1930s. Ice from Little Traverse Bay would be brought in and cut into large pieces and delivered to homes and shops for refrigeration. From there, it became Petoskey Packing Company where meat was packaged. Years later, it was an ice cream plant called Martin’s Ice Cream. In 1969, the building became an antique shop and remained so until 2007. Antiques were purchased from London, Scotland and throughout the United States. Stafford’s Gallery offers a look back into Petoskey’s olden days. Guests today, can still walk through the freezer doors of the icehouse and look into different rooms that still have the original glazed block walls, ice chutes and delivery entrances.These characteristics make the perfect backdrop for displaying artwork as well as the Hall of History room, showcasing a collection of photos and artifacts representing the history of downtown Petoskey from the late 1800s to the early 1900s, with an emphasis on the 22 hotels that were once located in Downtown Petoskey.
    4. Events Worth Attending. 
      Wine, cheese, art – what more could one want? Stafford’s Art Gallery hosts several events throughout the summer months. Coming soon are two favorite events.Cork & Canvas – Thursday, August 4, 2 to 4:30 pm
      It’s all about location, and this summer you can paint ‘plein air’ on the Rose Garden Veranda at Stafford’s Perry Hotel. Reservations required, 231-347-0142.

      Wine Tasting and Meet & Greet Connie McEwan – Thursday, August 18, 4 to 8 pm
      Meet & Greet artist Connie McEwan and view her most recent work! Connie uses the 16th century technique of Venetian Oil Painting to create detail whether her subject is an ostrich or walking on the dock. Her collection is fascinating to everyone! And while you are visiting, enjoy select taste of Michigan wines for $8 per guest from Black Star Farms & Chateau Grand Traverse.

    5. Location, Location, Location! Our art gallery is located in the heart of the historic Gaslight District in downtown Petoskey, behind Stafford’s Perry Hotel. Make it an afternoon adventure of shopping in the quaint downtown and dine al fresco on the Rose Garden Veranda after.


Stafford’s Art Gallery
410 Rose Street
Petoskey, MI 49770
Monday – Saturday:
10 am to 6 pm
Sunday: 10 am to 4 pm






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