Art Shows

In the Ancestral Women Exhibit, award-winning artist and writer Mary Burns celebrates women’s journeys through hand-woven jacquard weavings.  The Ancestral Women project was conceived to portray the strength of women around the world; both elders and their contemporaries.  These are women who have held families and communities together: leaders who have kept traditions, cultures, and languages alive.  They were – and are today – the glue in the fabric of their community.

Every summer photographers show us the beauty of the western Upper Peninsula through their lens.  They volunteer their time and talent to capture moments throughout the Emberlight Festival.  Now it’s time to celebrate the work of these talented artists!  Emberlight Photographers features photos of the phenomenal vistas and unique nature of our region.  Come enjoy their work throughout July and August at Ironwood’s Historic Depot Museum — you can even bid on your favorite photos to bring home with you!

Heritage is about our personal connection to our ancestors, as well as the connection to the land on which we build our lives.  Emberlight is proud to welcome extraordinary guest artists, visual artists, presenters, filmmakers, and volunteers who represent the Ironwood community, along with countries and cultures from around the world.  A flag for each country and tribal nation will fly to signify the ancestral background of the people participating in our 2022 festival.  When displayed alongside each other, the Heritage Flags will reveal the varied cultures and ancestry that are represented every summer at Emberlight.

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Friday, July 1, 2022, 4:00PM


We are committed to the health and safety of our community. As plans progress for our 2023 "Essence of the Artist" season, we will continue to monitor the national and state health guidelines. We will update this page so you know what to expect when visiting the Emberlight Festival.