The William Bonifas Fine Arts Center is a friendly spot in the central Upper Peninsula where you can tour gallery exhibits, participate in art workshops, learn something new in the educational classes and enjoy theatrical productions. The Alice Uren Powers Gallery hosts a variety of traveling exhibits as well as displays by regional artists throughout the year, while the Studio Gallery spotlights area art groups. There’s no charge to visit the exhibits, so drop in often! The Kasota Gallery in the foyer on 7th Street currently houses items for sale at the Bonifas from a variety of regional artists.
CURRENT ART CENTER NEWS:
Regular hours: T-F 10 AM to 5:30 PM and Sat. 10 AM to 3 PM
The Bonifas Arts Center will be closed the Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday of Christmas week (12/24, 25, & 26th) and reopen on 12/27. In addition, Wednesday, January 1, 2014, we will be closed for business.
MEMORIALS HONOR ARTS FRIENDS
If you’ve entered the Gallery through the Studio entrance, you may have noticed some plaques with names on them. This is the Bonifas Center’s Tower Society.
Each year we add five or six more names to the plaques, representing those who have passed away who were friends of the Arts in our area. Names are honored with a donation of $1000 and listing on the roll of honor.
This year’s honorees are:
Connie Barrett – Former head librarian at the Escanaba Public Library, active in the Historical Society; Connie was also a long-time front desk volunteer at the Center.
John Besse – Philanthropist founder of Besse Forest Products, major contributor to the Center and the community.
Mary Dube – Volunteer at the Center front desk for many years and friend of the Center
Midge Dutton – Former Special Event Coordinator Arts Center employee, artist and musician, Midge was also active in the Steam and Gas Engine Club and the U.P. Trailriders.
Joan Mucklebauer – Artist and Arts Center member, Joan was an arts advocate for all U.P. artists.
Robert Schmit – Clarinet player with area groups and donor to the Center.
‘Hand-in-Hand’ Annual Campaign 2013/14
Letter from President of the Board:
I am writing on behalf of the Board of Trustees for the William Bonifas Fine Arts Center to encourage you to join this organization that enhances our community in so many ways:
• free gallery shows, such as the Escanaba Sesquicentennial show, featuring local, regional, and national artists,
• free summer concerts in Ludington Park,
• free summer theater in collaboration with Missoula Children’s theater, and
• low cost concerts and classes for people of all ages.
Yes, the Bonifas does much in and for the Escanaba area. And a large portion of our support comes from individual and family members. Please consider joining now and working hand in hand with us to support the arts.
Being a member entitles you to discounts on classes and other events. Additional incentive: If you join now, you can stop by the Bonifas and pick up two free raffle tickets for our Fall Raffle drawing on Thursday, December 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the Business After Hours hosted by the Arts Center and Players de Noc.
During our membership drive, we invite the public to join us in celebrating the arts at our Open House scheduled Wednesday, October 30th at 4:00 PM.
Thank you for your consideration.
Go to the Events tab and click on Fall Raffle for more information, prizes, etc.
Go to the Support the Arts tab and click on Membership/Donate for more membership information. Click here to become a member online
For current artist entry applications use the Exhibits tab or the Events tab on this Home Page, then click on Artist Opportunities.