Bonifas Arts Center announces Northern Exposure winners

Drum roll, please! The Bonifas Arts Center and gallery partners Baybank, Escanaba Veterinary Clinic, and Thrivent Financial are pleased to announce the winners of the Northern Exposure annual regional art competition. Artists were honored with over $3,000 worth of prizes, including cash, an artist residency, and regional media coverage.

This year’s Artist Residency Award from Mission Point Resort, Mackinac Island winner is: Taimur Cleary of Marquette for “Façade (To Face).” 

The placement award winners are: Tracy Anderson of Rapid River—first place for “Nature’s Symphony”; Brian Burroughs of Escanaba—second place for “Ouroboros”; and Rose Peltier of Escanaba—third place for “Marley.”

Purchase prize award winners include: Catherine Benda of Atlantic Mine—“Copper Vase” and Monica Miller Mortel of Escanaba—“ Just Chirping Around”—purchased by Thrivent Financial—Escanaba branch; Janet Bernson of Gladstone—“U.P. Waterfall”—purchased by Schneider, Larche, Haapala & Co.; Gregg Bruff of Escanaba—“After the Storm”—purchased by the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce; Paul Nelson of Gwinn—“Anatomy of an Eclipse” and William Oman of Escanaba—“Cascade”—purchased by Bay College; and finally, Bernie Park of Marquette—“Early Spring”–purchased by Darolyn and Robert Spannuth.      

This year, new awards include a feature on U.P. channels TV6 and TV10 in the Media Awards category. In this category, Tracy Anderson’s (Rapid River) “Kindred Spirits” was chosen by Marquette Monthly newspaper. The Munising News awarded Shelly Dinsmoore of Munising for her work, “Ansestoral Echos.” The Daily Press chose Escanaba artist Michael Hall’s work, “Feeling Excited”, with WLUC TV6 & FOX UP TV choosing Diane Krebs-Mays’ of Rock’s work, “Adventures in Knit Glass” and Joan Maatta of Escanaba’s “Ice On The Rocks.” The Iron Mountain Daily News chose Escanaba’s Chris Hook for his work, “When It Rains.”

Also, WYKX-FM/WDBC-AM radio and www.upperpeninsula.biz chose three artists’ works: Rose Peltier of Escanaba for “Marley,” Cindy Wedig of Gwinn for “In the Recesses of My Mind” and Suzy Decker of Gladstone for “Swinging the Blues.”

The Student Award category is also new and sponsored by Northern Michigan University, Lake Superior State University, and Bay College. Winners are: Chris Hook of Escanaba—first place for “When It Rains”; Andreaka Jump of Marquette—second place for “Waves on Superior 8”; and Delaney Viau of Bark River – third place for “Issaiah.”

Finally, winners in the Featured Artists Award category (sponsor that awards recipients a venue for a show listed after winners) include:

Al Hansen of Escanaba for “Untitled Glass Yellow Blue Vase”—Cappaert Gallery;

JoAnn Deuel Shelby for “Rusted Elegance”, Stella Larkin for “Ancient Dweller”, and Jason Limberg of Gwinn for “Dream Sentinel”—all at the Erickson Center For The Arts Gallery.

JoAnn Deuel Shelby of Marquette for “Rusted Elegance”—Paige Ward Gallery;           

Cindy Wedig of Gwinn’s work, “Interior Cell”—Lake Superior Arts Association Arts Gallery;
 
Cindy Wedig’s “Interior Cell”, Jason Limberg’s “Dream Sentinel,” Mara Manning of Escanaba’s “You Were On My Mind” and Brian Burroughs  “Ouroboros”—all at the Lake Superior State University Arts Center Gallery.

Northern Exposure is an annual regional art competition that has supported and encouraged new work from U.P. artists over the past 24 years with contributions from businesses like Escanaba Veterinary Clinic, Baybank of Gladstone, and Thrivent Financial – Escanaba Branch.

“The Bonifas would like to thank these Art Gallery partners for making it possible for the community to be able to view this artwork by exceptional artists from across the Upper Peninsula,” Bonifas Artistic Director Pasqua Warstler said. “The representatives from these businesses know that it is good business to support people who support their businesses.”

The entire Northern Exposure exhibit will be on display in the Bonifas galleries through Dec. 21.

“This event is a great opportunity for people to see a comprehensive look at the current work being produced here in the U.P.,” Warstler added. “We welcome the public and remind them that there is no admission fee.”

The award-winning artwork and the entire exhibit can be viewed at the Bonifas at 700 First Ave. South in Escanaba.