Featured Events

Upcoming Events and Classes

Call for Tractors: Fall Harvest Festival

Applications due by Sunday, September 24th

Join the Ella Sharp Museum as we bring back the beloved Fall Harvest Festival in 2023 on Sunday October 8th from 12pm to 4pm! We are looking for tractor owners who would like to take part in a tractor parade down our Historic Farm Lane. If you are interested, please help us by filling out the submission form below!

Requirements: Must haul your own tractor to the Ella Sharp Museum and be here by 11:30am for the Festival. After the tractor parade, you may park and join our “Tractor Show” where you can tell visitors all about your machines.

Call for Artists: Ella’s Holiday Market

Applications due by Friday, November 3rd

Join Ella Sharp Museum from Friday, December 1st – Sunday, December 3rd from 10 am – 5 pm as we celebrate the holidays and the amazing local artists that our community has to offer! We will host the Market in our Grand Community Room, accommodating 15-20 artists to sell their wares just in time for the gift-giving season!

Leaving Your Photo Legacy Hands-On Workshop

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Who gets your pictures? Who tells your story? Please join us on September 26, 2023 for a hands-on workshop led by Certified Photo Manager, Marianne Behler. You will bring our own photos and together we will begin the process of photo organizing to move them out of boxes and into your life. Instruction for this will be given at the first session.

Plein Air – Beginner/Intermediate Workshop

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Sharon Sunday will lead a Plein Air Workshop for beginner and intermediate artists on the grounds of the Ella Sharp Museum. Participants will learn the basics of outdoor painting and gain new skills with various techniques. The workshop is designed to enhance their skills and provide an enjoyable experience.

2023 Patio Party Series

**Sold Out**

Thursday, September 28: 1980’s
5:00 – 8:00 pm

The Ella Sharp Museum is excited to take a ‘Journey Back’ for our 2023 Patio Party Series! Experience the past like never before as we journey through four decades of Jackson’s history, highlighting some of each period’s most iconic moments and cultural events. Journey back to the Roaring 20s, the Fabulous 40s, the Sensational 60s and the Radical 80’s! We’ll highlight some of the most iconic historical and cultural events in each decade through trivia, music, and a curated menu that celebrates popular dishes of each decade.

An Evening with Dominic Pangborn

Thursday, October 12

Join us as in our opening celebration of Dominic Pangborn Uncrated: A Final Retrospective! Evolutionary and prolific artist Dominic Pangborn is renowned nationally for his colorful and enigmatic work. Dominic is proud to call Jackson his hometown and a place that built him into the person he is today. We are honored to host Dominic’s last show in the United States before he relocates overseas. This is a night not to be missed!”

Macrame Tree of Life Workshop

Thursday, October 5

Join local Jackson-area fiber artist, April Vilminot of Skeins of Valor, for a fun workshop where you get to create a Macrame Tree of Life wall hanging. All supplies are included with registration.

Fall Harvest Festival

Sunday, October 8

Mark your calendars and join us as we get back out on Farm Lane to welcome back our Fall Harvest Festival!

JCMHS Speaker Series

Wednesday, October 18, 2023
Wednesday, January 17, 2024
Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Join the Ella Sharp Museum and the Jackson County Michigan Historical Society as we launch a 2023-2024 Speaker Series on Jackson History. This free lecture series is a great way to foster a deeper understanding of Jackson County history! The Jackson County Michigan Historical Society was founded in 2020 as a not-for-profit, private educational organization dedicated to perpetuating Jackson County’s history. This series is best suited for adults and children 12 years and up. Lectures are held at the Ella Sharp Museum from 6:00pm to 8:30pm.

Masquerade Murder Mystery Dinner

Saturday, November 4

You’re invited to attend our Murder Mystery Dinner Masquerade Ball and help solve a murder by trading clues with other guests, gathering information, and solving the crime before the masked menace gets away. This is an adult only event and is interactive, so be ready to dress up and look amazing. Don’t be afraid to take charge of the night and use your detective skills to solve the murder.

Macrame Earring & Necklace Set Workshop

Thursday, November 9

Join local Jackson-area fiber artist, April Vilminot of Skeins of Valor, for a fun workshop where you get to create a set of coordinating earrings and necklace. All supplies are included with registration.

Cookies With Santa

Saturday, December 2

Drop in to the Ella Sharp Museum as we celebrate the holidays and welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus to the Hillside Farm for some cookies in the Granary! Photos will be taken by the Ella Sharp Museum and sent to families via email for you to enjoy! Be sure to stop in and visit Ella’s Holiday Market while you’re here.


2023 Art Classes & Workshops

Studios Under Construction

The Ella Sharp Museum is temporarily closing our three studio spaces for renovations and updates. We hope to give the studios a fresh face to allow a wider variety of art classes and workshops for our community to enjoy. We apologize for the inconvenience, but there will be no Ceramics Classes or Open Studio during this time.