Click on the picture(s) above to review a slide show of the Placement Award winners' art, with captions.
Jurying the Northern Exposure 2013 Exhibition has been a pleasure. As juror I was responsible for selecting pieces that display the best of what contemporary Upper Peninsula artists and craftspeople are focusing on today. It is by gathering the best together, in one exhibition, that we all learn and grow through the experience of art.
Looking at the submissions as a whole I found that the 2-D medias of painting, drawing and watercolors barely out numbered fine crafts and photography combined, though I was happily surprised to see so many drawing submissions. There were almost as many fine craft submissions as paintings, but surprisingly few free standing sculptural works.
So what was I looking for in the work? I wanted to remain open to both traditional art approaches and new artistic visions while looking for two main qualities. First, I was looking for work that took artist materials and use them to express unique, individual ideas. An interesting example is Teresa Ross’s fiber piece “Looking Back”, where traditional quilting materials were used to narrate a scene in a way that seem both old and new at the same time. Ginnie Cappaert’s encaustic “Mesa” used the hazy quality of the melted wax to create the atmospheric texture in a landscape. Both works show skillful uses of materials to express a personal approach to art making.
The second thing I was looking for was personal ideas expressed with simplicity and directness. Art is too often thought of as just involving the mastery of a technique or material. The assumption often is that the more real something looks, or the more technically difficult it appears, the better it is. I’m in awe of mastery, but I’m also looking for pieces that are about discovery while they are being made. A strong example of this would be Sandra Norris Palmore’s amazing simply “The Wave”. This small pastel left me wondering who made this and why. I loved both of Martha Fieber’s “Forest Floor” pieces. The soft fiber materials spoke of the nature of a forest floor and I wanted to just lay down on them and experience them even more.
One category as a whole that I was the most critical of was photography. Photography is a powerful art medium but also can be heavily influenced by contemporary media. I wanted to see more photographs that distanced themselves from commercial photography or images you might see in a travel magazine. I was also more drawn to fine craft submissions that weren’t struggling too hard to try to be art like.
I was especially drawn to the regional flavor in some of the work, specifically in Ben Bohnsack’s “Upper Tauquamenon” and L. Gail Mahan’s unpretentious oil painting “Canyon Falls”.
I believe the pursuit of art and our individual growth as artists is one of our most important human endeavors. Everyone who submitted work to this year’s exhibition should be congratulated and admired for their belief in the importance of Art.
If you have specific questions or comments, I’ll try to respond to them. You can reach me at email@example.com
2013 Placement Award winners are:
1st place - $600 for Martha Fieber of Manistique for Forest Floor - Moss, Pines & Stones; fiber
2nd place - $400 for Tracy Wascom of Marquette for Torch Lake, graphite
3rd place - $250 Carol Stoll Award sponsored by Manistique Art Club for Michael Letts of Negaunee for Ancient Coast 5, acrylic
Purchase Prize winners are:
Paul Rose for Garden for Honoring Detroit Truth Or Consequences New Mexico; purchased by Ameriprise Financial Services Inc.
Paul Rose of Garden for General Store Under The Stars Fayette; purchased by Robert & Darolyn Spannuth
Michael Friend of Marquette for The Jukebox; and Pasqua Warstler of Escanaba for Leaving; purchased by Bay de Noc Community College
Ginnie Cappaert of Stephenson for Wings; purchased by ManningLaw
Steven Hughes of Marquette for The Navigator's Gift; purchased by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
Teresa Ross of Escanaba for Looking Back, and Diana Grenier of Hessel for CC At The Show; both purchased by U.P. Otolaryngology
Chamber of Commerce Award goes to:
Sandra Norris Palmore of Hancock for The Wave
Featured Artist Awards:
Ginnie Cappaert of Stephenson for Wings, and Pasqua Warstler of Escanaba for Leaving; from the Alberta House Arts Center, Sault Ste. Marie
Brian Kakas of Marquette for Chain Vessel; from City of Marquette Arts and Cultural Center
Renee L. Michaud of Ishpeming for Blossom; from Erickson Center for the Arts, Curtis
Brian Burroughs of Escanaba for Until the Summer Ends; from Finlandia University’s Reflection Gallery, Hancock
Jason Limberg of Skandia for Emanate No 3; from Paige Wiard Gallery, Calumet
Arts Network Awards winners are:
#1 - $210 - Carolyn K. Snyder of Marquette for Kitchi-ti-kipi II; value sponsored by Alberta House Arts Center, Sault Ste Marie; Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff; Frame Farm, Gladstone; Les Cheneaux Islands Art Gallery, Hessel; Mackinaw Trail Winery, Manistique; Nasco
#2 - $200 - Ted Ross of Marquette for Prostheses Twenty; value sponsored by Erickson Center for the Arts, Curtis; Healthquest, Escanaba; Lake Effect Community Arts, Manistique; Velvet Green Creations Art Studio, Newberry
#3 - $200 - Brianna Cousins of Marquette for Turmoil; value sponsored by Ann Russ Studio & Gallery, Marquette; Art & Garden Gallery, Stephenson; Art U.P. Style Gallery, Marquette; Sviland Paint & Wallcoverings, Escanaba
Media Awards go to:
Steven Hughes of Marquette for Her Name Is Alice; Daily Mining Gazette, Houghton
Jim McAnallen of Cornell for Window Frost; Daily Press, Escanaba
Brian Kakas of Marquette for Chain Vessel; Doug Garrison Show
Nina Lehto of Marquette for Acorn Jar; Iron Mountain Daily News
Ginnie Cappaert of Stephenson for Mesa; Manistique Pioneer Tribune
Brook Powell of Marquette for Storm Over The Lake; Marquette Mining Journal
Steven Hughes of Marquette for The Navigator's Gift; Munising News
Christine Groleau of Rapid River for Remembrance, and Sara Bagley of Garden for Fishing Frenzy, and Barbara Summersett of L’Anse for March Ice Banks; Upperpeninsula.biz
Jim McAnallen of Cornell for Window Frost; Upper Peninsula Second Wave, Little Lake
Northern Exposure Mission Statement:
The Bonifas Arts Center supports its annual regional competition, Northern
Exposure XX, expressly as a means of both encouraging Upper Peninsula artists to create new artworks and of showcasing a comprehensive look at the contemporary artwork being created in the Upper Peninsula.
This exhibit is open to all artists age 18 or older residing in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. To encourage new work, all entries must have been completed within the last two years, and not previously exhibited in the Bonifas Fine Arts Center Gallery.
All work must be of the artist’s own design and original in concept and execution. Only original works may be exhibited. Avoiding copyright infringement is the responsibility of the artist and not the Bonifas Arts Center.
THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF AWARD SPONSORS
1st Place - $600 - William Bonifas Fine Arts Center & Michigamme Moonshine Art Gallery
2nd Place - $400 - Frame Crafters, East Ludington Art Gallery & Menominee Area Arts Council
3rd Place - $250 - Manistique Art Club Carol Stoll Award
These are gallery purchases by businesses or institutions that desire to increase a collection of regional art, support U.P. artists and the Northern Exposure competition.
Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
Bay de Noc Community College
Delta Area Chamber of Commerce
Law Offices of Michael J. Manning
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AWARD
The Chamber of Commerce Award acknowledges that a great and well-supported art scene attracts visitors and impacts the quality of life.
$100 - Alger County Chamber of Commerce and
Sault Area Chamber of Commerce
FEATURED ARTIST AWARD
Sponsoring Venues host a show for recipients of Featured Artist Awards.
Alberta House Arts Center, Sault Ste Marie Paige Wiard Gallery, Calumet
Erickson Center for the Arts, Curtis City of Marquette Arts & Cultural Center
Finlandia University’s Reflection Gallery, Hancock
ARTS NETWORK AWARDS
These awards are made up by arts patrons who share a mission of supporting their fellow U.P. artists in the promotion of new artwork.
#1 - $210 value -
Alberta House Arts Center, Sault St. Marie
Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff
Frame Farm, Gladstone
Les Cheneaux Islands Art Gallery, Hessel Mackinaw Trail Winery, Manistique
#2 - $200 value -
Erickson Center for the Arts, Curtis
Lake Effect Community Arts, Manistique
Velvet Green Creations Art Studio, Newberry
#3 - $200 value -
Ann Russ Studio & Gallery, Marquette
Art & Garden Gallery, Stephenson
Art U.P. Style Gallery, Marquette
Sviland Paint & Wallcoverings, Escanaba
Award sponsors feature recipients of Media Awards in an article. Arrangements are made directly between sponsor and artist. Please indicate on the entry form if you wish to be considered for this award.
Daily Mining Gazette, Houghton
Daily Press, Escanaba
Doug Garrison Show
Iron Mountain Daily News
Manistique Pioneer Tribune
Marquette Mining Journal
Upper Peninsula Second Wave, Little Lake
Gallery Coffee Connections: 8:30 - 10 a.m.
Non-Representational Drawing Workshop with Richard Kooyman: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Northern Exposure Closes
Exhibitor artwork pickup: JANUARY 4 - 11, 2014
Special Thanks to Gallery Partners:
ESCANABA VETERINARY CLINIC, Dr. Marlene Mackie
MCDONALDS OF HARVEY & MARQUETTE, Jim & Sandy Wilson
Special Thanks to Sponsors:
This exhibit is supported, in part, by the NEA, MCACA, The Addisson Foundation, and by MEMBERS like you!