A mural of a woman blowing leaves into the air
The Artistic Movement in Livingston County

February 3, 2020 | Story by: Kelly Beacome | Photos by: Kelly Beacome

Please enjoy this guest blog from local artist, Kelly Beacome, as well as photographs from other artists in the Livingston County community.

Hello, my name is Kelly Beacome. I am an artist living in Howell. My parents moved to Brighton in 1979 and I have spent most of my life in this county. I met my wife, Tina, here and we chose to raise our children in Livingston County. About five years ago we moved to downtown Howell. We have participated in and enjoyed what I feel is a budding art scene supported by our Livingston Arts Council, local government, businesses and most recently propelled by our Howell Mainstreet Inc.

Book A Room

The artistic movement is happening all over Livingston County. However, my personal experience is here in downtown Howell. Just take a short walk around town and you can’t miss it! Most obvious are our bike racks, functional sculptures depicting the evolution of the bicycle. These are all created by blacksmith James Roth of Hell Creek Forge. We also have a number of large scale murals created by artists Stacy Karnes, Nick Fischer (Sick Fisher), Sara Hemmeke, Tashif Turner (Sheefy McFly), Jessica Hennig, Cheyenne Bolin and me, Kelly Beacome (Factoryrat71). Our Howell Mainstreet Inc. has been a huge promoter for local arts and artists.

Our Livingston Arts Council has been bringing “creatives” together by hosting music, comedy, dance, storytelling and more at the historic Opera House. My favorite event is a fundraiser that fills the Opera House with all forms of art, where we perform and get to showcase our talents in a night of fun for a good cause.

Request a FREE Visitors Guide

I am able to explore just about any art form I would like to pursue. By participating, I have had the pleasure of meeting some talented people that I can call friends. All of whom are willing to share their knowledge in their art form. For example, a talented local photographer, Richard Lim, and an amazing videographer, Lindsay Root,  both continue to do outstanding work around Howell and all over Livingston. Most recently, I have rekindled my love for ceramics by meeting a talented sculptor Chris Folts, who then introduced me to Christine Lagginess, an excellent ceramics instructor and sculptor.

This is just a small touch of the diverse talent here in Howell. There really is so much more! We have culinary magicians at our local restaurants like 2Fog’s, Diamonds Steak & Seafood, Chocolate Boutique & Bakery, M. Street Baking Company (you can see Jessica Hennig’s mural here). We have brewing artisans at Aberrant Ales (check out my mural there), just to give a few examples.

Click Here For Deals & Discounts

Personally, it has been fun and exciting to be a part of this explosion of art in our city and county. The various entities in the county have been supporting art and artists for many years. To me, there seems to be an increasing momentum and more public art than ever before. As this grows, I look forward to meeting many more of our local artists and maybe working together. I hope to be involved in some fashion and connect with talent around the county.

If you’re an artist in the area, I encourage you to reach out and get involved. If for no other reason than to have fun! The amount of talent we have in all different forms of art, in this county, is quite amazing. Get out and make some connections. It is fun, there are great friendships to be had, and art is good for the soul.

Follow Us On Instagram

Check out this video from Lindsay Root about the Howell Art Project

Howell Art Project 2019 from Lindsay Root on Vimeo.

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Arts & Culture Guest Blog

Add to Favorites
You May Also Like

Instagram-Worthy Spots Around Livingston County
August 15, 2021

Do it for the ‘gram! We’ve put this list together for you so on your next trip to the Brighton-Howell Area, you can cultivate your feed with the perfect photos at some of the most Instagram-worthy spots around…
Continue Reading

Join The Scavenger Hunt - National Travel and Tourism Week 2021!
April 28, 2021

Keep a close eye out for hidden treasures this week when you’re scrolling through your social media feed! To celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week, the Livingston County Convention & Visitors Bureau has teamed up with…
Continue Reading

Celebrate March Reading Month at Local Libraries and Bookstores
March 2, 2021

“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Suess

The beloved Dr. Suess was born on March 2, which is why every March we honor him…
Continue Reading

Giving Back in Livingston County
April 22, 2020

Throughout the last month, the Livingston County community has rallied together to support local businesses, health care professionals, and other essential workers. We are committed to sharing resources and ideas to for continued support of those in our community…
Continue Reading

Brighton-Howell Area Kids Activities
April 2, 2020

Enjoy all the fun of the Brighton-Howell Area without ever having to leave your home! We all are looking forward to welcoming you back soon for events, biking, shopping, and good eats in the summer sun! For now, here are…
Continue Reading


M Street Baking Co.

M Street Baking Company, North Michigan Avenue, Howell, MI, USA

Highlight On Map

2Fog's Pub

2FOG's Pub, 118a West Grand River Avenue, Howell, MI, USA

Highlight On Map

Diamonds Steak and Seafood

Diamonds Steak and Seafood, 101 West Grand River Avenue, Howell, MI, USA

Highlight On Map

Chocolate Boutique and Bakery

Chocolate Boutique and Bakery, 120 Grand River Avenue, Howell, MI 48843, USA

Highlight On Map

Aberrant Ales

219 W. Grand River Howell, MI 48843

Highlight On Map

Howell Opera House

Howell Opera House, 123 West Grand River Avenue, Howell, MI 48843 USA

Highlight On Map