Glacier Glide Celebrates 25 Years of Showcasing Winter Art

February 16th, 2013 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Lake Superior Art Association’s annual winter art show Glacier Glide. Back in 1987 Christine Johnson had an exciting idea to combine winter weather and art in Marquette .Our first Glacier Glide art show was held on the east side of Presque Isle near the Gazebo, which, by the way, Lake Superior Art Association had contracted local artists to have built in memory of Anita Meyland, the founder and first president of Lake Superior Art Association. Artists created various works in a variety of mediums to intrigue and entertain spectators as they walked, or donned snowshoes and skis to view the artists’ fabulous creations. In those first years one award was given out to the “Best of Snow” which was a people’s choice award voted on by the spectators.

The show has continued to evolve and grow each year. With the addition of the Pavilion on the west side of the island the show grew to include youth art. Art educators throughout Marquette County have contributed their student’s work, as well as youth bringing their own work to display inside the Pavilion. In recent years, adult and youth artists have been awarded ribbons and cash awards. Spec tators vote for their favorite adult and youth pieces of art work.
Awards now include Best of Snow, First, Second , Third, and three Honorable Mentions for the adult category , and Best of Snow, First, Second, and Third in three different youth categories which include, 9 yrs and under, 10-14 yrs of age and 15-18 yrs of age. To celebrate our 25th year we have increased prize money awards for the adult and youth winners with over $1000.00 in total prize money to be given to the winners. The Hiawathaland Boy Scouts, who have been a part of Glacier Glide from the beginning, will again provide hot cider, hot chocolate and cookies.
Please join us on Saturday February 16th from Noon to 5:00 pm at Presque Isle Park in Marquette for an afternoon of fun and fabulous creations at the UP’s premier winter art showcase. Registration forms to register art work are located at Oasis Gallery 130 West Washington St., NMU Art and Design Dept., 0 Degrees Gallery Third St., Marquette Arts Center at Peter White Library in Marquette, and the Negaunee/ Ishpeming Chamber of Commerce, Gwinn/Sawyer Chamber of Commerce, and Munising Chamber of Commerce or contact Cindy Deo at 906-225-0254 or email at


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