Artist Ansel Adams opened minds and hearts with his black and white photography and we’re so excited to have his work in the Petoskey Area for the summer.

Visitors in June, July, August and September will be treated to a wonderful exhibit at the Petoskey location of the Crooked Tree Arts Center. After months of hard work, CTAC Executive Director/President Liz Ahrens and her staff have made it possible for residents and guests in northern Michigan to take in “Ansel Adams: Masterworks.” The showing is the museum collection curated by naturalist and environmentalist Adams himself, and encompasses 48 of his black and white images.

The breathtaking works of Adams are just the beginning of what’s in store for art enthusiasts. In addition to this exhibit, which will be available to patrons seven days a week, the Arts Center has arranged other programming to complement the photographer’s beautiful nature-inspired art.

So, what’s developing at Crooked Tree Arts Center for this celebration of Ansel Adams and his passion?

  • Guided Docent Tours
  • Unpack the Mystery: Camera Basics I ($15)
  • Coffee @ Ten lecture with Crooked Tree Photographic Society members (Free)
  • Screening of Ric Burns’ film, “Ansel Adams: A Documentary Film” (Free)
  • Getting it Off: Camera Basics II ($15)
  • iPhoneography: where you’ll learn how to take great photos with your smartphone ($10)
  • “Ansel Adams: At Work” lecture with intimate reminiscences of the artist ($10)

Be sure to visit for dates and times of these and other special Ansel Adams events. Keep in mind that the galleries at Crooked Tree are open to the public free of charge, so not only can you view this delightful exhibit, it won’t cost you anything.

Whether you come by yourself, as a couple, or with a whole group of friends and family, this exhibit is one more reason for a getaway to the Petoskey Area. For lodging and other visitor information about this picture-perfect region, visit

“I hope that my work will encourage self-expression in others and stimulate the search for beauty and creative excitement in the great world around us.” – Ansel Adams

Photo: Aspens, Northern New Mexico c. 1958. Photography by Ansel Adams. Reproduced by permission of the Trustees of the Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust. All Rights Reserved.


About the author

Diane Dakins is passionate about all the lakeside communities that comprise the Petoskey Area of northern Michigan: Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Bay Harbor and Boyne City. As assistant director of the Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau, she has “been there – seen that” when it comes to virtually every area attraction. Her blogs give potential visitors the scoop on planning a northern Michigan vacation.