Powers Gallery Schedule 2016

The 2016 schedule for the Alice Powers Gallery at the Bonifas Fine Arts Center.



Out of the Studio en Plein Air

January 7 – February 18
Reception: Jan. 14 at 7 p.m.

Artists have long painted outdoors, and these members of the Plein Air Painters of the Upper Peninsula group out of the Iron Mountain area, have been taking it out of the studio, as a group, for the past three years. A collection of nearly 100 paintings share how these artists have captured the wildlife, fauna and natural light of locations throughout the U.P. and northern Wisconsin.

Featured artists: Melisse Carr, Darlene Strand, Jane Landwehr, Gail Stanek, & Kathy Kuczek.

Brown Bag Luncheons: Tuesdays from Noon – 1 p.m.
All Brown Bags are held at the Bonifas Arts Center Studio and begin at Noon. The public is welcomed to join us during their lunch break. We’ll provide the coffee, just bring your lunch! All sessions run about 30 to 45 minutes. There is no charge for Brown Bags programs.

January 19 – Bone, Wind, Fire
A journey into the hearts, minds and eyes of artists Georgia O’Keefe, Emiy Carr and Fried Kahlo. (30 min)

January 26 – Plein Air Demo Tips & How-To’s
Join us for a combination of practical hints and inspiring demonstrations including color strategies in Plein Air and Winter Light, that will peak the interest of art appreciators and artists alike. (30 minutes)

February 2 – Tributes to the Group of 7
This session begins with a brief introduction of the Canadian Group of 7 and continues with musical tributes to Canada’s contribution to the art world.

February 16 – Tribute to Emily Carr
We will visit the unusual world, the haunting landscapes and the inspirations of Emily Carr, one of Canada’s most influential painters.



Youth in Art

February 25 – March 24
      Kindergarten – 5th Grade: February 25 at 6 p.m.
      6th Grade – 12th Grade: February 26 at 6 p.m.

Each year the Arts Center dedicates the galleries to highlighting the good work of Delta County students grades K–12. Come in and get a blast of fresh, uninhibited artwork that will wake you up and make you smile!

Student Talent Show
      Auditions: Saturday, January 30 starting at 10 a.m.
      Performance: Saturday, February 27 at 7 p.m.



Congeries, Amassment & Heaps

in Lower Gallery
March 31 – April 28
Reception: March 31 at 7 p.m.

Both mold-maker and storyteller, Scott Leipski’s most recent claywork provides an array of figurines, seemingly similar and others unrelated, into stacks and heaps. His exhibit — Congeries, Amassment and Heaps — presents “the enduring theme about too much stuff in our lives and the trappings that we carry with us year after year after year.”

Gallery Walk with artist Scott Leipski: Monday, April 25 from 3-5 p.m.
Join Bay College students as the artist shares the story of his evolution from retail business to the business of his art career, his clay techniques and how-to’s. The public is welcome.

Clay Sculpture Workshop: Intermediate – Artist Level
Tuesdays, April 4, 12, 19, 26 from 6:30 – 9 p.m.
Scholarships available for Bay College and high school students with experience.



Lake Superior, Rocks, My Soul

in Upper Gallery

March 31 – April 28
Reception: March 31 at 7 p.m.

With Lake Superior as her muse, Peg Sandin delivers the changing color and moods found at its shoreline, and evokes her message of wonderment for this Great Lake.

Watercolor Workshop: Unifying With Color: Intermediate – Artist Level
Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Scholarships available for Bay College and high school students with experience.



Auction for the Arts Preview

May 10 – 14
Auction for the Arts: May 14 at 6:30 p.m.

Items for Auction for the Arts will be on display for the week leading up to the event. Stop in to see what’s available. You can also get a bidder number early.


Bonifas Membership Show

May 19 – June 23
Reception: May 19 at 7 p.m.
Barb Symon Scholarship winner to be announced.
Award Winners Announced »

A local favorite, the annual Members’ Show features our member artists and provides an opportunity for new and emerging artists to show alongside our more seasoned members. This all media show is a must see and offers something for everyone.

Honorary Juror: Clara Mosenfelder

Artist Demonstrations: Join us for Artists’ Demonstrations each Thursday at Noon during the run of the exhibit. Learn more about a wide variety of media, see and hear the artist. The line-up includes:

  • Christine Groleau
  • Bill Oman
  • Diane Krebs Mays
  • Scott Leipski

Note: Interested in participating in this year’s show? This is a non-juried show and all artists 18 years and older are welcomed to join us. Call the Bonifas Arts Center or download the Membership Show application.

Artist may deliver artwork: May 7 – 12 during regular business hours

Barb Symon Scholarship: Deadline Saturday, April 30, 3 p.m. Call the Bonifas Arts Center or check online under Artists Opportunities for details.


Feeling at Home: Oils by Georgi Tsenov & Watercolors by Carol Papaleo

June 30 – August 18

The Bonifas Arts Center presents companion exhibits that share a sense of place in this amazing peninsula many of us call home. Although their connection to the U.P. as well as their artistic styles differ greatly, both Marquette artist, Carol Papaleo and Houghton artist, Georgi Tsenov, both depict their own neighborhoods. With both, the work is descriptive and expresses a sense of authentic human attachment and belonging. Whether it’s row houses, streetscapes, waterfronts, and the backyards of their hometowns, these paintings share those characteristics that make a place a special and unique. Both celebrating and valuing the sense of place for the Upper Peninsula.



From Clay to Bronze: Andy Sacksteder Sculptures

August 25 – October 6
Reception: TBA

The process of bronze casting has remained virtually the same since the Bronze Age over 3,000 years ago.  Andy Sacksteder’s exhibit, From Clay to Bronze shares that process with us as we view his works from their initial sketches and armatures, to the clay modeling, and to samples of his finished bronzes. Sacksteder, a multi-time ArtPrize winner, is a self-taught artist and has recently moved to Gladstone where his statue, Captain and the Kid (inspired by Norman Rockwell’s illustration, Outward Bound) has been on public view.



U.P. Pavilion Premiere from ArtPrize

October 15 – November 2
Reception: Saturday, Oct. 22 from 1 to 3 p.m.

We are welcoming home our U.P. artists whose art work will just be returning from ArtPrize, the world’s largest art competition. This collection was featured at the U.P. Pavilion at DeVos Place, Grand Rapids, MI. For more information about ArtPrize visit www.ArtPrize.org.



Northern Exposure XXIII

November 10 – December 21
Reception: Nov. 10 at 7 p.m.

The Upper Peninsula’s premier arts competition showcases the best of what is currently being produced in the region. The exhibit features multi-media work from artists throughout the U.P.

Note: Interested in participating in this year’s competition? Participation is open to all U.P. artists 18 years and older. Call the Bonifas Arts Center.

Submission Deadline: Saturday, October 8