Out of the studio and into the gallery: New work will be on display in the galleries as the Bonifas kicks off the new year. The galleries will feature different artists and different exhibits from Thursday, Jan. 11 through Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018.
A Weaver’s Journal of Endangered Wildflowers
The first collection, entitled “A Weaver’s Journal of Endangered Wildflowers,” will be in the lower gallery, and is by Escanaba Fiber Artist Carol Irving.
Irving explained her weavings: “‘A Weaver’s Journal of Endangered Wildflowers’ is like a journey, connecting me to my roots of botanical studies and love of plants and wildflowers. I have accepted the challenge: turning woven yarn into soil, forest litter, plants and leaves.”
“Concerned for the future of all threatened species, Michigan’s wildflowers are near and dear to me,” Irving continued. “Michigan has many unique habitats and is home to many endangered and special species of plants. This woven series of Michigan’s endangered wildflowers will bring attention to their threatened and sometimes endangered status.”
Along with Irving, Artist Joyce Koskenmaki, 2016 first place Northern Exposure winner, will have her collection of drawings and paintings, “Configurations,” on display in the upper gallery through Feb. 22.
Koskenmaki described her collection: “‘Configurations’ is a series of work that I began and continue in my healing process. I began the stitcheries (fabric collages), after my surgery. They are my way of healing, by sewing patches and mending. The drawings I did when my husband Scott was recovering from the major heart surgery that saved his life. They are all part of my way of healing and how my work is integrated into my life.”
Bonifas Artistic Director Pasqua Warstler invites everyone to meet these two talented artists and see their work at a Meet the Artists Opening Reception on Thursday, Jan. 18 — changed from the original date of Jan. 11 — at 7 p.m.
"Come in, view the artwork, meet the artists, and gain some insight into their inspirations and how they work,” Warstler said. “They are two very thoughtful artists with two very different styles of working.”
Warstler would also like to remind people that the Bonifas Art Center’s galleries are open free to the public, in part due to the city of Escanaba’s sponsorship and Bonifas memberships.