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The U.P. Through My Lens: A PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION

January 11 – February 22, 2024

Reception: January 11, 6 - 8 pm with awards at 7 pm

 

We are highlighting the Upper Peninsula in photos. We asked our U.P. photographers, amateur to professional, to show us what THEIR U.P. looks like. This exhibit is sure to delight as we get to celebrate the place we call home—the U.P.—through the artist’s lens.

This exhibit is a competition with a judge awarding cash prizes to the top 3 placements and there is also a Peoples’ Choice Award that will be announced at the end of the show with the winner receiving a 1 year individual Bonifas membership. The winners of this year's photography competition show are:

1st place: Living the Dream, by Bill Savage

2nd place: Yooper Talk is an Open Book, by Heather Calouette.

3rd place: A River Runs Through It by Ben Rzonca

Honorable Mentions:

Wilderness Freedom, by Michael Olson

Ice Framed Lighthouse by Samantha Buttry

Reverberations in Time, by Katheryn Lund Johnson

 

Thank you, Doug Hagley, for sponsoring the award prize money this year.

 

 

Youth In Art

February 29 – March 28    

Open Houses: 3 - 6 pm

Grades K - 5th & Learning Center: March 13

Grades 6th - 12th: March 14

 

The Bonifas Art Center sets aside its gallery spaces each year to honor the creative learning in Delta County area schools. As part of a nation-wide celebration, we remind our community of the importance of creative learning options and of our commitment to the creative spirit. Nearly 700 pieces of children’s artwork brighten up the gallery spaces and herald the coming of spring with a flourish of color. Awards will be announced via a facebook video on Tuesday, March 12th and everyone is invited to the open houses from 3 - 6pm on March 13 and March 14. The award ribbons will be ready for pickup on these days. You are sure to leave with a smile on your face after visiting this show!

Thank you to our award sponsors: Billerud, Delta-Schoolcraft Intermediate School District, GFWC: Escanaba’s Woman’s Club, Kiwanis Club, Michigan Education Coordinating Council #17B, and the Bonifas Arts Center

 

 

East Ludington Gallery invitational

April 4 - May 2, 2024  

Reception April 4, 6 - 8 pm

 

We are opening our walls for the artists of East Ludington Gallery to display during the month of April to bring awareness of how wonderfully talented these artists are. They recently lost their current gallery space after a tragic fire next to their building. Most of the artwork was damaged by smoke and ELG is currently "homeless" until further notice. In efforts to help our fellow artists, we will also be holding a bucket raffle during the run of the exhibit with items donated by the ELG artists and others. Tickets will be for sale at the front desk for $5 each or 5 for $20. All proceeds from the raffle will go to ELG association.

 

If you would like to donate online between now and May 2, here is the link to donate at: https://htru.io/SHct 

 

 

NMU Art & Design Student Biennial

May 9 - June 20

Reception: May 9, 6 - 8 pm

 

This exhibit’s intent is to showcase the best of Northern Michigan University’s upper class art students and in doing so, to present a backdrop to the type of study and growth available at Northern Michigan University’s School of Art and Design. This show gives real world exhibiting experience to the Junior and Senior classes of NMU School of Art and Design students and in turn gives us a glimpse into the future of art and the added bonus of knowing that is was created right here in the UP!

 

 

Bonifas Membership Show    

June 27 – August 7            

Reception: June 27, 6 - 8 pm

 

A 50+ 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. This exhibit is a community favorite and worth taking a walk through.  Enjoy!

 

 
50 YEARS IN THE MAKING: PAST | PRESENT | FUTURE

August 22 – October 17

Opening Reception August 22, 6 - 8 pm     

 

This exhibit will give you insight as to where we came from, where we are currently, and where we are planning to go. Celebrate our 50th anniversary by looking at old photos and art along with seeing the impact we have had on the community.

 

 

NORTHERN EXPOSURE XXXI

November 7 – December 28             

Reception: November 7, 6 - 8 pm

 

Northern Exposure Mission Statement: 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.

 
 
2025 Powers gallery exhibits
 

 

All Mixed UP

January 9 – February 20 

Reception January 9, 6 - 8 pm  

 

All Mixed UP is a new competition show for all of our mixed media artists. What is mixed media? Artwork that was created using more than one medium. Assemblages, collages, and sculpture are three common examples of art using different media. Come see how artists use materials in unique ways to create a work of art. Awards will be given out to the top three artworks, chosen by fellow artist, Mara Manning. This is the first exhibit of its kind here at the Bonifas and we are hoping to add it to our rotation of competition shows--joining Fabrications and the Photography exhibits.

 
 
Youth In Art

February 27 – March 27 

Open Houses: 3 - 6 pm

Grades K - 5th & Learning Center: March 12

Grades 6th - 12th: March 13

 

The Bonifas Art Center sets aside its gallery spaces each year to honor the creative learning in Delta County area schools. As part of a nation-wide celebration, we remind our community of the importance of creative learning options and of our commitment to the creative spirit. Nearly 700 pieces of children’s artwork brighten up the gallery spaces and herald the coming of spring with a flourish of color. Awards will be announced via a facebook video on Tuesday, March 12th and everyone is invited to the open houses from 3 - 6pm on March 13 and March 14. The award ribbons will be ready for pickup on these days. You are sure to leave with a smile on your face after visiting this show!

Thank you to our award sponsors: Billerud, Delta-Schoolcraft Intermediate School District, GFWC: Escanaba’s Woman’s Club, Kiwanis Club, Michigan Education Coordinating Council #17B, and the Bonifas Arts Center

 

 

U.P. Cycle

April 3 – May 15    

Reception: April 3, 6 - 8 pm

 

Upper Peninsula (U.P.) artists are showing off their repurposing skills by making artwork out of recycled materials, which helps the planet by reducing waste in local landfills. The artwork for U.P. Cycle must be comprised of at least 85% recycled material and will feature a variety of 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 early January at bonifasarts.org under the “Artists/Vendors” tab. Artwork drop off is between February 28th - March 28th. This show is not juried but we will have placement awards. A small entry fee will be charged to help fund the placement awards.

 

 

 

 

The Studio Gallery

HAPPENSTANCE: A remarkable concurrence of events of circumstances that have no apparent causal connection with one another.

Jan. 11 - Feb. 22, 2024

 

Katherine Sirvio & Roni Israel-Weaver won the Bonifas Invitational Award during

Alberta House’s annual juried show. Between both fiber artists, it was too hard to select only one, so we invited both to be on display in our Studio Gallery. Katherine will have her recent wood turned works and Roni will have her needle felted portraits.

 

 

Youth In Art

February 29 – March 28    

Open Houses: 3 - 6 pm

Grades K - 5th & Learning Center: March 13

Grades 6th - 12th: March 14

 

The Bonifas Art Center sets aside its gallery spaces each year to honor the creative learning in Delta County area schools. As part of a nation-wide celebration, we remind our community of the importance of creative learning options and of our commitment to the creative spirit. Nearly 700 pieces of children’s artwork brighten up the gallery spaces and herald the coming of spring with a flourish of color. Awards will be announced via a facebook video on Tuesday, March 12th and everyone is invited to the open houses from 3 - 6pm on March 13 and March 14. The award ribbons will be ready for pickup on these days. You are sure to leave with a smile on your face after visiting this show!

 

Thank you to our award sponsors: Billerud, Delta-Schoolcraft Intermediate School District, GFWC: Escanaba’s Woman’s Club, Kiwanis Club, Michigan Education Coordinating Council #17B, and the Bonifas Arts Center

 

 

13 Woman of the Blue Moon Clan

April 4 - May 2, 2024  

13 female artists were challenged to make a piece of artwork with a panel board that was provided and incorporate at least 1 Blue Moon bottle caps into their work. The back story to how these artworks came to be will be on display with the 13 works so stop in and find out how this fun challenge was started. These completed artworks were donated by each artist to the Bonifas to be part of the annual benefit/auction (which is the Golden Gala this year on June 1st at The House of Ludington). 

Artists involved are Mary Penet, Pasqua Warstler, Carol Irving, Victoria Shirley, Rose Peltier, Phyllis Fleury, Diane Kribs-Mays, Donna Thurston, Kate Oman, Stella Larkin, Patricia Frueh, Ginnie Cappaert, & Cynthia Cote

This project was started and inspired by Mary Penet, a whimsical artist and valued Bonifas volunteer.

 

 

Bonifas Membership Show Winner

August 22 - October 17, 2024          

 

This Studio Gallery exhibit will feature artwork by the winner of the Bonifas Featured Artist Award given out at the Bonifas Membership Show. This award gives the winning artist the experience of a solo show, greater visibility and potential sales opportunities. This is the ideal opportunity for the artist to reach new audiences and gain valuable exposure. To find out who will be featured this year, come out to the Bonifas Membership Show reception on June 27th. 

 

 

The 100 day project

November 7 – December 28, 2024

 

This exhibit will show off the artworks made by participating artists during the 100dayproject, which launched January 22 – April 30. The works created and on display were made and worked on every day for 100 days. We hope you find some inspiration to create your own artwork after visiting this show. If you are interested in participating in our next round of the 100 Day Project, please let Kate know via email (kate@bonifasarts.org) and she will keep you in the loop with the details.