A new glasswork exhibit is coming to the Bonifas Arts Center on July 12. Entitled “Bent II: New Glasswork by Alysa Marie Diebolt,” this collection is inspired by colors and shapes. The expanded collection by Diebolt, U.P. native, brings to life unique hue combinations in a wide variety of forms.
Diebolt’s artistry in “Bent II” combines bright colors, interesting patterns, and a whimsical touch to contemporary fused glass artwork, says Bonifas Gallery and Regional Projects Director Pasqua Warstler. "This collection is summery, bright and fun, and includes a lot of functional glassware," Warstler noted.
Diebolt is a hometown artist and was involved in the Entrepreneurial Program at 4-H and Youth in Art Program at the Bonifas. She took that background with her to Northern Michigan University (NMU), where she earned a bachelor's degree in marketing, and excelled, winning NMU’s New Business Venture Competition.
She has been the recipient of numerous art awards as well, including Best of Show, “Flower Field,” at the 2014 Waterfront Art Festival; Best in Glass at the 2008 Waterfront Art Festival; Best of Show at the 2011 Arts on the Square in Waupaca, Wisconsin; Award of Excellence (First Place) at the 2011 Art for All in Iron Mountain; BayBank (Escanaba) 2010 Purchase Award; Bay College-West 2009 Purchase Award in Iron Mountain, and many others.
She is active with the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs, and she loves her U.P. roots. “When I started doing fused glass with my dad at age fourteen, having a show at the Bonifas was my ultimate career goal,” Diebolt said. “The Bonifas is where I had my first piece exhibited in a gallery setting (Beth Cox's “Fires Around the Lakes”). So having an entire solo show here, fifteen years after starting doing fused glass, is really just magical for me. This is what I've worked so hard to accomplish during my career. I am so excited to share with my hometown my style and voice as an artist.”
Diebolt now lives outside of Detroit, with her work being sold at galleries across Michigan.
This unique collection will be on display in The Bonifas Alice Powers Gallery from July 12 through August 23 with an opening reception on Thursday, July 12 from 7 – 9 p.m. where Diebolt will do artist demonstrations so that people can see her artistic process.