Since LowellArts is about making the arts accessible to all, we work to make sure our arts programs and services match the interests and needs of our community. We provide creative opportunities for artists at all skill levels and ages in visual art, theater, music, and more. Come visit us at our space on Main Street in downtown Lowell—we would love to show you around!



Lorain Smalligan
Executive Director

Lorain joined LowellArts in 1999 and has worked in arts management and fund development for over 25 years. She holds post-graduate degrees in arts management from the University of Cincinnati and arts education from Aquinas College. She also has a BFA in sculpture from Calvin College. Prior to joining LowellArts, Lorain was the Cultural Arts Coordinator at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids and the Fund Development Coordinator at the Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids. Currently she is an advisory board member for Grand River Watershed Arts and Music Festival and a past board member for the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts, Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids, ArtServe Michigan and the Michigan Association of Community Arts Agencies.


Janet Teunis
Project Director

Janet joined LowellArts in 2013 and has over 18 years of experience in arts management, program planning, and marketing. She has a BFA from the University of Michigan School of Art. Prior to joining LowellArts, Janet held was employed at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) for over 13 years. Her responsibilities at UICA included: artistic and programmatic leadership, human resources, management of programs and events, management of operations and marketing, and special event planning. Janet is a practicing visual artist. Her past artistic participation has included: UICA Live Coverage fundraisers, UICA Holiday Artists Markets, representation at Synchronicity Gallery and Flat River Gallery and Framing, and as Artist-in-Residence at Jenison Public Schools.


Shelby Biel
Development & Program Administrator

Shelby joined LowellArts in November 2017 and is a Lowell local. She loves working in her community. She has a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Central Michigan University. She wears many hats at LowellArts including creating content for and managing social media channels, maintaining relationships with members, scheduling and managing classes, and supporting her team members. In 2019 Shelby completed the 6-month “Rising Leaders” program provided by the MCACA.

Board of Directors

Our welcoming, vibrant organization has been growing since its inception in 1977 and is made up of committed arts enthusiasts.

Gary Eldridge, Chair
Ron Wood, Vice-Chair
Liz Ripley, Treasurer
Mary Tobin, Secretary

Kyle Bainbridge
Susan Barlas
Todd Drenth
Julie DeVoe
Rob Freund
Dan Kantorowski
Kim Miller
Barb Pierce
Betsy Ratzsch
John Wenger



Kyle Bainbridge – Ada, MI
Occupation: Financial Center Manager Fifth Third Bank Lowell
Affiliations: Lowell Chamber of Commerce

Susan Barlas – Grand Ledge, MI
Occupation: Visual Artist
Affiliations: First Park Congregational Church in Grand Rapids, ArtPrize volunteer

Julie DeVoe – Lowell, MI
Occupation: Jeweler and Owner of Chimera Design
Affiliations: Lowell Rotary Club, Friends of the Englehardt Library, Flat River Outreach Food Pantry

Todd Drenth – Lowell, MI
Occupation: Non-profit Management – Freelance
Affiliations: Grand Rapids Film Festival, Heart of West Michigan United Way, NEXTGen Board Member, Grand Rapids Young Professionals (GRYP), Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Grand Rapids (YNPNGR)

Gary Eldridge (Board Chair) – Lowell, MI
Occupation: Visual Artist and Freelance Graphic Artist, Illustrator & Communications Director for Energy Touch Inc
Affiliations: LowellArts Gallery Committee, Lowell First United Methodist Church, Flat River Gallery and Framing

Rob Freund - Comstock Park, MI
Occupation: Media Assessor at LCS Record Retrieval
Affiliations: LowellArts Players as actor and director, Writer and performer for the comedy trio Public Domain and works with the Frivolous Follies Vaudeville theater group.

Dan Kantorowski – Ada, MI
Occupation: Independent Contractor – Construction
Affiliations: LowellArts Players (set design and construction)

Kim Miller – Lowell, MI

Occupation: Scheduler for Dery Physical Therapy

Affiliations: LowellArts Players (actor, director)


Barb Pierce – Belding, MI
Occupation: High School Counselor and Art Teacher for Lowell High School (retired)

Affiliations: Lowell Rotary Club, Lowell Area Schools, Spectrum Health Hospital Guild, Advanced Master Gardener

Betsy Ratzsch – Ada, MI
Occupation: Visual Artist and Curator of Handiworks Show of Crafts, Owner of Betsy Ratzsch Art Gallery, Ada, MI (retired)
Affiliations: LowellArts Gallery Committee, Forest Hills Presbyterian Church, Mayfield Fiber Arts Group

Liz Ripley (Treasurer) – Alto, MI
Occupation: Visual Artist, Interior Designer (retired),
High School and College Art Teacher (retired)
Affiliations: Advanced Master Gardener/Naturalist/Diagnostician for Plants, Frederik Meijer Gardens, Governing Board at Church of the Holy Cross Episcopal

Mary Tobin (Secretary) – Alto, MI
Occupation: Fiber Artist and Graphic Designer, Creative Director of Mary Tobin Design
Affiliations: Catherine's Health Center Advancement Council, United Way Grand Rapids Schools of Hope Reading Program

John Wenger – Lowell, MI
Occupation: Owner of Clear Sky Technologies, Freelance Sound and Light Technician
Affiliations: Lowell Area Schools, Kent County Youth Fair, Wheatland Music Organization

Ron Wood (Vice Board Chair) – Lowell, MI
Occupation: Independent Contractor – Construction & Interior Painting
Affiliations: First Congregational Church of Lowell, LowellArts Players (actor, director, set design and construction)


223 W Main Street

Lowell, MI 49331



Extended Gallery Hours:

Tuesday - Saturday 10am-6pm

Sunday & Monday 12-5pm

Office Hours:

Tuesday - Friday 10am-6pm

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LowellArts is supported in part by:

LowellArts is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.