Artful Mittens on Display

The windows of the South Haven Center for the Arts are full of mittens! Art mittens that is—to help warm the soul during what has turned into a cold, yet beautiful Michigan winter season.

Keeping busy and warm in her studio in South Haven, member artist Joan Bonnette was inspired to create several sets of art mittens, which evolved into the idea of hanging the mittens in the windows of the art center for the enjoyment of the community, and to inspire creativity within the community.

Anyone can make a set of mittens (or just one if you like) to take part in the fun. Mittens made from all kinds of materials made their debut on February 1, and the art center invites and encourages the community to create their own unique pair to be part of the display. Mitten-makers can use any materials they like—scraps from magazines or cloth, markers, colored pencils, crayons, paints, pastels, colored paper—anything at hand. (We do ask that mitten-makers avoid glitter.) Three dimensional mittens are also encouraged. Please sign your mittens and make sure they’re easy to hang.

It’s easy to get your mittens to the art center. Mitten-makers can drop their creations at Crescent Moon, 317 Broadway, during open hours: Monday 11–5, Thursday 11–8, Friday and Saturday 11–6, Sunday 12–5, or slide them through the mail slot next door at Rock 'n' Road Cycle, 315 Broadway. Please sign your mittens and put them in an envelope or Ziploc bag marked for the South Haven Center for the Arts, and don’t forget to sign them. You can also mail your mittens to the art center at 600 Phoenix St., South Haven, MI 49090, or email to make arrangements t