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CHARLEVOIX — The Cercle des Arts de Charlevoix puts turtles in the spotlight!

Turtle artwork will be on display in the CCA’s Norman Brumm Artists’ Reference Library from August 19 through October 1. The turtles are on loan from the private collection of local resident Joan MacGillivray.

MacGillivray has been collecting turtle art and artifacts since she was 13 years old. Now 90 years old, his collection includes more than 400 works of turtle art that cover the rooms of his Charlevoix cottage, affectionately nicknamed “Turtle Hill”. About 100 works of turtle art are on display at the CCA, a small part of the Turtle Hill collection. In addition to the Brumm Library exhibit, a large turtle sculpture with a painted shell like a Petoskey stone is displayed on the lawn.

MacGillivray traveled the world and along the way collected rare turtle artwork. She also received many turtles as gifts. Highlights include a wood turtle carved by Charlevoix resident and friend, the late Julius Gilbert; a jar of turtle honey from Kenya; an artwork by late Northern Michigan artist Peggy Midener; turtle artwork by Todd Warner and Sue Bolt, and more. The CCA invites the public to view this unique collection while it is on loan.

MacGillivray and her husband Chuck are avid fans and supporters of art. The Cercle des arts de Charlevoix honors them as patrons of the circle of the year 2022 during the tribute benefit dinner on September 1 at Gray Gables. Todd Warner is also honored as the 2022 Circle Artist of the Year. For tickets and information, visit

The Cercle des Arts de Charlevoix is ​​open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is located at 109 Clinton Street in downtown Charlevoix. For more information on the exhibition or on the Cercle des arts de Charlevoix, call (231) 547-3554 or visit