See Art Replicate Life on Gallery Row

Stroll along Market Street on a Friday night and you might just be lucky enough to find yourself amidst one of Mackinac Island’s most charming events, the Market Street Art Walk. On select Friday evenings, from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm galleries and shops along Market Street open their doors a little longer during the months of July and August to invite passers-by to peruse local art and one-of-a-kind treasures. Of course, we’d happily peruse Market Street any day of the week for a chance to take in the best of the best local art. Market Street earns its nickname “Gallery Row” for its compact offering of fine gifts and art from spaces like Mackinac’s Little Gallery, owned by artist Becki Barnwell. Much like many of the works found inside Barnwell’s gallery — and along Market Street — she finds inspiration from around the island. Filled with picture-perfect vignettes of cottage gardens, trees, and ocean, Mackinac Island is a landscape artist’s dream. One of the most earnest pleasures of the Market Street Art Walk is looking at Mackinac Island through an artist’s eyes. Take, for example, the work of Mackinac Island artist Maeve Croghan. She grew up spending her summers on Mackinac Island and splits her time between her gallery on Market Street and her studio in California. Both landscapes are interpreted in her enchanting oil paintings which are simultaneously natural and ethereal. She begins her painting process outdoors, meticulously documenting her surroundings on the canvas which she then interprets in her studio from memory. Wherever you find yourself along Market Street you’re guaranteed to come across something completely one-of-a-kind, and completely #Puremackinac.