Powers Gallery Schedule

The 2021 schedule for the Alice Powers Gallery at the Bonifas Fine Arts Center.

BONIFAS MEMBERSHIP SHOW    

April 1 – May 13                                                                                                                                                        Reception: April 1, 7 - 9 pm 

A 40+ year tradition, the Bonifas Membership Show, has encouraged members to share their creative explorations at every level of ability.  It is a rich and varied exhibit where emerging artists show side-by-side with our experienced and professional artists.  It is a community favorite and a walk worth taking through the galleries.  Enjoy!

Winners from our artist reception: 

Escanaba City Hall Award: Rogue Spirit By Tracy Anderson of Rapid River, MI; Barred Owl in Oak By Paul Nelson of Gwinn, MI;  Wood Nymph By Marilyn D.F. Boire of Escanaba, MI;  IB/PP-C-#1By Jacquline Beach of Escanaba, MI;  Composed Perplexity By Dakota Gutierrez of Escanaba, MI;  Happy in Turquoise By Julie Aschbacher of Gladstone, MI;  Summer View By Mollie Larsen of Rock, MI;  Oquevaux, France January 2020 By Kristine Granger of Marquette, MI;  As Time Goes By By Michele Tuccini of Marquette, MI;  Ludington at Sundown By Robert Roberts of Mt. Pleasant, MI;  Northern Night Birch Forest By Debra Laurie of Autrain, MI;  Dragonfly Dance By JoAnn Deuel Shelby of Marquette, MI.

These artworks will be displayed three at a time in the Escanaba Public Library for the next year.                               

Gladstone City Hall Awards: Boys of Blue By Tracy Anderson of Rapid River, MI;  Barred Owl in Oak By Paul Nelson of Gwinn, MI;  A Stroke of Blue By Betsy Buckner of Lake Linden, MI;  Hall Farm Sunflowers By Michael Hall of Escanaba, MI;  Happy in Turquoise By Julie Aschbacher of Gladstone, MI;  Rick's Boat By Robert Roberts of Mt. Pleasant, MI;  Autumn Leaf By Christine Burns of Channing, MI;  Northern Night Birch Forest By Debra Laurie of Autrain, MI;  Great Egrets on Ogontz Bay By Karla Sunn of Rapid River, MI;  Me and My Barrow By Janice LaFond of Gladstone, MI;  Winter Harvest By Dennis Dufek of Gladstone, MI. 

These artworks will be on display in the Gladstone City Hall mid-May through the end of July                                          

Featured Artist Award: 

Marilyn D.F. Boire for Disciple                                                                                                                                               

The Featured Artist award grants the winning artist a solo show in our Studio Gallery which will be Sept. 10 – Oct. 29 this year.            

Placement Awards:

1st Place Winner: Bill Savage for Shell

2nd Place Winner: JoAnn Deuel Shelby for Dragonfly Dance                                                                                           

Honorable Mention: Marilyn D.F. Boire for Wood Nymph                                                                                           

Honorable Mention: Christine Burns for Allyse

 

NMU FACULTY SHOW       

May 20 – July 3                                                                                                                                                                      Reception: Thur, May 20, 7 - 9 PM

There is a lot that goes into teaching college students how to become successful artists in the world we live in. The professors at Northern Michigan University that educate our aspiring artists are not just book smart but practice what they preach! Come check out their own artwork and see what they have been busy with in their own time. This show is a great exhibit to bring your artistic college bound child to so they can see what art professors they might want to take a class from.

 

THE NEW NORMAL: A photography competition            

July 8 – August 26                                                                                                                                                                Reception on Thursday, Jul. 8, 7 - 9 PM

This show will focus on “the new normal”. We have all been trying to find our own new normal.  For some, it’s dealing with COVID, for others it’s a new baby, for others it’s the loss of a loved one or pet.  What is yours?  Capture your new normal and share with us by submitting to this show.  Applications will be available on our website early March.  Deadline to submit will be early June. 

 

JOURNEY THROUGH MENTAL HEALTH 

September 9 – October 28                                                                                                                                              Reception: Thur, Sept 9, 7 - 9 pm

Art has been used for centuries to heal the mind. Whether it be trauma brought on by an external source or the daily struggle of a mental health diagnosis, Art helps many get through the hard times. It also can show the progression of the disease of mental health. This exhibit will give us a glimpse to the mind of artists who live with mental health symptoms. We want to educate the public about the daily struggles and successes of artists with different abilities and how they use art to express themselves and/or how they use art to heal.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Kate, Gallery Coordinator to talk about details by emailing kate@bonifasarts.org. Artists can remain anonymous, if desired, during the exhibit. Come see how art can be a tool used to help heal the mind.

 

NORTHERN EXPOSURE XXVIII 

November 11 – December 30                                                                                                                                      Reception: Thur, Nov 11, 7 - 9 pm

In its 28th year, this show is the Upper Peninsula’s longest-running regional arts competition. Northern Exposure supports artists throughout the region by encouraging new work and offering over $3,000 worth of prizes.  This exhibit showcases a wide range of medium and techniques used while offering a comprehensive look at the contemporary artwork being created in the U.P.

If you are an artist in the area, this is a show you will not want to miss being a part of. You are allowed to submit up to 3 artworks to the show, digitally, for jurying.  If selected, artwork will be on display in the gallery with the opportunity to win awards. Some of the prizes offered are placement awards that come with cash, media stories done on you, and chances to have a solo show.  Applications will be available on our website early Sept. and deadline to submit images is Oct. 10.

 


PAST GALLERY EXHIBITS

Youth In Art

February 25 - March 25, 2021 
OPEN HOUSES: Grades K-5th: March 17, 2-6 p.m.                                             Grades 6th - 12th: March 18, 2-6 p.m.  

The Bonifas Art Center gallery and studio spaces honor the creative learning happening in Delta County area schools. As part of a nation-wide celebration of youth in art, we remind our community of the importance of creative learning options and of our commitment to the creative spirit. Nearly 800 pieces of children’s artwork enliven the galleries and the studio and herald the coming of spring with a flourish of color and a genuine voice.

The Youth in Art award presentations were cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, the awards were presented online for Learning Center and Kindergarten through 5th Grades and 6th through 12th Grade students. An open house will be held March 17 and 18.

Sponsored by:

 

Northern Exposure XXVII

November 12 – February 4, 2021
Opening Reception: Thursday, Nov. 12, 7–9 p.m.

The Bonifas Arts Center supports its annual regional competition, Northern Exposure, expressly to both encourage Upper Peninsula artists to create new artworks and to showcase a comprehensive look at the contemporary artwork being created in the U.P.

Fabrications V: U.P. Fiber Arts

January 9 - February 20
Opening Reception: Jan. 9, 7-9 p.m. with awards at 8 p.m.

All types of fiber artists throughout the Upper Peninsula have submitted to the Fabrications V exhibit that will start off our 2020 gallery line up! This show is juried by fiber artist Sarah Eichhorn, of Milwaukee, WI, and is sure to warm you up through these cold months.

This show has been a long time coming as it’s been six long years since we have had a show dedicated to the fiber arts in our area, and we feel it is time to bring the show back. It’s not often that we get the chance to bring the fiber arts to the forefront of the public eye, and we can’t wait to share it with you!

Brown Bag Discussions
Wednesdays, 12 - 1 pm

Bring your lunch and learn different aspects of the fiber arts from local artists each week. These discussions are free to attend.

Jan. 15: Thread Painting with Rose Peltier
Jan. 22: Art to Wear: Sewing Technique & Trunk Show with Diane Kribs-Mays
Jan. 29: The Weaving Process with Computer Aid with Carol Irving
Feb. 5: Crazy Quilting with Maureen Lapinski
Feb. 12: Fashion Forward Portrait Quilts with Laurie Ceesay Landree
Feb. 19: Playing with Silk Ties with Theresa Ross


Youth In Art

February 27 - June 4, 2020 | *Please Note Date Change*
OPEN HOUSE: June 4, 1-8 p.m.

The Bonifas Art Center gallery and studio spaces honor the creative learning happening in Delta County area schools. As part of a nation-wide celebration of youth in art, we remind our community of the importance of creative learning options and of our commitment to the creative spirit. Nearly 800 pieces of children’s artwork enliven the galleries and the studio and herald the coming of spring with a flourish of color and a genuine voice.

The Youth in Art award presentations were cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, the awards were presented online. An open house will be held June 4.

Sponsored by:


Bonifas Member Show

June 11 – July 23, 2020
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 25, 7-9 p.m.

A 40+ year tradition, the Members Show, has encouraged Bonifas members to share their creative explorations at every level of ability. It is a rich and varied exhibit where emerging artists show side-by-side with our experienced and professional artists. It is a community favorite and a walk worth taking through the galleries. Enjoy!


U.P. Cycle

July 30 – September 17, 2020
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 30, 7-9 p.m.

Upper Peninsula artists are showing off their repurposing skills by making artwork out of recycled materials, which helps the planet by reducing waste in local landfills—a perfect exhibit to have during Earth Day month! (Exhibit was originally schedule to run during April). The artwork for U.P. Cycle must be comprised of at least 85% recycled material, and will feature a variety mediums. Be sure to stop into the exhibit to see how Art can save the Earth!

Artists are encouraged to enter U.P. Cycle exhibit. Help save the planet one artwork at a time! Interested artists should register by filling out an application, which will be available in early January at bonifasarts.org under the “For Artists” tab. Artwork drop off is between June 1 - July 25. This show is not juried but will have placement awards. A small entry fee will be charged to help fund the placement awards.


U.P. Wild Life

September 24 – November 5, 2020
Opening Reception: Thursday, Sept 24, 7-9 p.m.

Living in the Upper Peninsula provides lots of opportunity to run into wildlife. We have invited artists to share their talents of capturing these creatures that we share land with and hope you will take a walk through our wild exhibit. We will have wood cravings, paintings, drawings, photographs, and other mediums on display. There will certainly be something for everyone to see.


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