Artists are encouraged to enter their art in the annual Bonifas Arts Center Membership Show. This year, the show will run from June 7 through July 5, with an Opening Gallery Reception on June 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. with awards announced at 8 p.m.
The Bonifas Membership Show is open to all artists age 18 or older who are current members of the Bonifas Arts Center. If you are unsure if your membership is current, or if you would like to join, please call Kate at 906-786-3833.
Only original works may be submitted. All work must be the artists’ own design and original in concept and execution and not previously exhibited in the Bonifas Gallery. Works in any medium, traditional or experimental, qualify for entry, with no size limitations. All works on exhibition will be insured while on the premises.
All artwork must be brought in to the Bonifas during the following dates: Tuesday, May 29 through Saturday, June 2, and during Bonifas hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
A $15 nonrefundable entry fee for up to two entries will be due at the time of drop-off. (Diptychs and triptychs count as one entry.) Art can be picked up on July 6 and 7.
The Honorary Judge this year is artist and owner of Rocky Shores Pottery, Vicki Shirley. Shirley has been a practicing artist for nearly 50 years, working primarily with clay, but also with paper, paint, found objects and other materials. She started Apple Tree Pottery in Pelkie in 1973, and continued it in downstate Okemos until 2000. In 2000, she moved to the Ford River area on Lake Michigan, and has run Rocky Shores Pottery since then. Besides her studio work, she has taught pottery classes for many years, both in her studio and at the Bonifas Arts Center, and participated for several years in the Waterfront Art Festival.
The following prizes will be awarded: First Place — $250; Second Place — $150, and two Honorable Mentions — $50 each.
In addition, a new category awarded for the first time is Featured Artist Award: This award gives the winning artist the experience of a solo show, more visibility and potential sales opportunities. The solo show will be Aug. 3 – Sept. 6 in The Studio Gallery of the Bonifas. This is the ideal opportunity for the artist with a body of work to reach new audiences and gain valuable exposure.
Other awards include the Escanaba and Gladstone City Hall Awards in which selected artwork will be on display at the City Hall.
Finally, the winner of the Barb Symon Scholarship will be awarded at the Opening Reception on June 7 as well. Applications for the Barb Symon Scholarship are currently being accepted through May 22. This $200 scholarship is offered to encourage further study in an artists’ field of arts or crafts through workshops or classes.
“We are looking forward to this year’s Bonifas Membership Show. It is a wonderful way to reunite the community – artists reconnect and the viewing public is able to meet, and we expect it to be as successful and well-received by the community as past years’ shows,” says Gallery and Regional Projects Director Pasqua Warstler. “We encourage our member artists to enter their work and to connect to their fellow artists for encouragement and to share ideas.”
Gallery exhibits are sponsored in part by National Endowment for the Arts, The Addison Foundation, with patronage from The City of Escanaba, along with Bonifas members. E-mail Kate Oman for more information on the Bonifas Membership Show.