The Northern Exposure art exhibit featuring Upper Peninsula artists opened at the Bonifas Arts Center Nov. 12. The show runs through Dec. 17.
More than $3-thousand in awards were presented to artists at the opening. Entries are from throughout the Upper Peninsula.
Bonifas Events Coordinator Brook McGinnis says the recognition is important to those creating the artwork.
"Number one, because I think there is such a high level of talent so we have quite a few people we can recognize but those recognitions help artists. It help them with their sales, help them to get into other galleries, saying, hey, your work is good and we appreciate it. It's something they can put on their portfolios and resumes just like any other award in any other field. It is something that can bolster their career," McGinnis said.
The show juried by Justin Kellner, a Menominee native who is an award-winning painter and sculptor. This is his Juror Statement for the show.
"I always find it difficult to jury works for exhibition, and Northern Exposure XXII was no exception. Being able to select only a limited number of pieces from over two hundred submitted works by more than 70 artists presented me with some difficult decisions, and, of course, many worthy artworks were left out. As a native to the Upper Peninsula, I truly enjoyed getting to see that range of talent and mastery of different media that exists throughout the U.P.
"The works submitted for this show included a wide range of media - from photography to welding to ceramics to assemblage. Still, viewed together, these works shared a common interest in the local textures, colors and wildlife that make up the visual landscape of the Superior State.
"I am humbled and excited to have juried this exhibit. Thank you to all of the artists who submitted and congratulations to those selected for the show."