MARQUETTE - Local businesses that want to show off their handiwork now have a chance - at city hall.
Following the success of the local artist galleries at city hall, "Made In Marquette" is being expanded to highlight city businesses.
"We wanted to expand it beyond art - people who are making things in the community," said Kyle Whitney, assistant city manager.
This giclee-on-canvas piece of artwork by Kay Johnson, “Wheels,” hangs in city hall. (Journal photo by Christie Bleck)
Space is available free of charge in display cases on the main floor of city hall. Businesses are invited, on a first-come, first-served basis, to provide items related to locally developed services or goods.
City hall is a high-traffic site, so the displays will be seen by local as well as international visitors.
"We always like to promote local industry and local business owners," Whitney said.
He said goods that can be displayed by businesses include anything from clothing to jewelry. However, no food or cold-storage items will be allowed.
Display items will be displayed on a rotating basis, probably every two to three months.
Whitney said the public likes the current artist galleries at city hall.
"It's definitely a topic of conversation of visitors to the office," he said. The pieces hanging at city hall are determined by staff at the Marquette Arts and Culture Center, Whitney said.
The MACC has its own jurying process and has various other displays for pieces, but center employees decide which pieces end up on display at city hall.
Available space in the expanded area may vary. An application can be picked up in the city manager's office in city hall at 300 W. Baraga Ave.
For more information, contact Whitney at email@example.com or call 228-0435.
Christie Bleck can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250.