In addition to the spectacular outdoors and abundance of good, local restaurants, Marquette supports a thriving arts culture with numerous galleries and an army of creative-types. The designers at Revisions Design Studio find “inspiration [and] beauty in old objects of years gone by, and, through a series of revisions, are able to take something once discarded and breathe new life into it to be appreciated in a different way. The Risak Gallery, located north of downtown near Presque Isle Park, is run by a family of potters specializing in the “Raku technique.” Many museums worldwide house the Risak’s pieces, including the Smithsonian Institute, The White House, and the University of Tokyo. Through artifacts and storytelling, the Marquette Regional History Center showcases the rich and captivating history of the Upper Peninsula in addition to hosting a “Re-Design Fashion Show” an event that brings together the region’s “upcycling” artists for “a runway show of original designs…featuring creative uses for recycled clothing and fabric.” Finally, I would be remiss not to mention the spectacular Peter White Library, a stately building chock-full of resources, which also houses the Marquette Arts and Culture Center.
Most importantly, the community spirit in Marquette is downright palpable. Everywhere we went, we found people who were eager to share their love for the community and the people living there. The vibrancy that comes from the spirit and beauty of the outdoors percolates through the cultural climate of food, art and ideas. Time and again we were peppered with stories of those who landed in Marquette while attending Northern Michigan University but could not get themselves to leave after graduation —a strong endorsement of the strength and spirit of this outstanding community.
Elevation: 120 feet
Avg Temp in January: 25/13
Avg Temp in July: 70/53
Known for: Olympic Peninsula, Victorian Seaport, Hiking, Biking, Water Sports, Large number of non-profits and cooperatives, Arts, Local Foods