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Art enah Suit

Address135 S. Front St.
Dowagiac , MI 49047
(directions)
Telephone269-414-2120

Local artist Larry Collins has combined his passion for art with vintage men's wear, within his working gallery in downtown Dowagiac. An artist for 40 years, Larry began drawing at the young age of nine and has never set his pen down.

Larry is best known for his wood burning, which has been showcased in galleries across Michigan and the United States. He has also adapted many of his designs into notecards and wearable art.

Art enah Suit also features a wonderful collection of vintage men's wear for sale, including suits, top hats, shoes and accessories. If you need something framed, Larry also provides matting and frame services.

The gallery is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 to 7 p.m., by special appointment and during the week by chance.


Beckwith Theatre Co.

ContactJack Gannon, Andi Creasbaum
EmailInfo@BeckwithTheatre.com
Address100 New York Ave., PO Box 882
Dowagiac, MI 49047
(directions)
Telephone269-782-7653

Beckwith Theatre Co. is a Dowagiac-based community theatre.

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Culturfx

ContactJeff Andres
EmailCulturfx@yahoo.com
Address102 Commercial Street
Dowagiac, MI 49047
(directions)
Telephone419-212-0165

Culturfx features the works of local and regional artists, and also hosts art classes and special events.


Dogwood Fine Arts Festival

ContactJim Benedix
Email mail@DogwoodFineArts.org
AddressPO Box 526
Dowagiac, MI 49047
Telephone269-782-1115
Fax269-782-1065

The Dogwood Fine Arts Festival brings the best in fine arts to Michigan. The week-long festival in mid-May is a Dowagiac tradition, which each year features nationally-recognized visual and performing artists, and authors. Venues across the city feature visual arts, music, literature, theatre, storytelling, and master classes with selected artists.

Festival membership is open to the public. As a Dogwood Festival member, you'll receive exclusive announcements of upcoming events, quarterly mailings, special offers from local merchants and information on ticket discounts.

Be sure to visit the festival website, listed below, to obtain this year's dates and to learn more about these exclusive offers and more.

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Miss Michele & Co.

ContactMichele Winchester
EmailMommieMichele@aol.com
Address212 S. Front St.
Dowagiac, MI 49047
(directions)
Telephone269-462-9181

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Established in 2005, Miss Michele & Co. offers dance classes for ages two to adult.  Classes offered are Creative Movement, Combo, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Tumbling and Pointe.  Recreational and competitive classes are offered from beginner to advance levels.

As dance educators, not only do they teach technique and the art of dance, they believe it is their role to instill self esteem, confidence and life lessons that will influence their dancers to be the best they can be.

Miss Michele & Co. is a studio in which dance students of all ages come to learn, grow and foster their love of dance.  The dance studio's motto is Educate, Motivate and Inspire.

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MKSODance

ContactKathy Miller
Address141 S. Front Street
Dowagiac, MI 49047
(directions)
Telephone269-782-7869

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Dowagiac's longest-running dance studio, MKSODance provides students of all ages with the skills they need to enjoy the performing arts for a lifetime. 

The studio was formed in 1988 due to the large growth of MKSOD.  The current location was purchased and revitalized in 1997 to accomodate three studios.  Due to steady and continued growth, MKSODance also has an off-site studio just a block away.  Each studio offers full-length mirrors, two-way mirrors for easy parent viewing in three of the four studios, professional quality dancer floors, waiting areas for parents and a student lounge.  Access to WiFi is available, as well as water and snacks.  

Classes include: Positively Dance, Dance Combos for ages 3 to 7, Acro, Ballet & Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Clogging, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Modern Contemporary and Dance Theatre.

 

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Mud-Luscious

ContactMichelle Stambaugh
EmailMStambaugh01@hotmail.com
Address206 S. Front Street
Dowagiac, Michigan 49047
(directions)
Telephone269-470-9840

Mud-Luscious is a working pottery studio, offering workshops in pottery and chalk paint.  The retail gallery offers vintage finds, finished pottery, art and upcycled furniture, home goods and boutique clothing.

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