The 2018 schedule for the Alice Powers Gallery at the Bonifas Fine Arts Center.
Visions of American Life: Paintings from the Manoogian Collection, 1850-1940
On loan from Detroit Institute of Art
April 5 – May 23
A Fine Night in the Gallery: Fine Food Fine Wine & Fine Art: Tuesday, May 15 from 7-9 p.m. $15/person
American painters of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries depicted complex visions of American life, culture and identity.
The paintings included in this exhibit, made between 1850 and 1940, offer unique views of the world and the subjects that inspired their makers. Through these works, it is possible to see the evolution of the United States from a young republic to a modern nation. Their subjects range from the iconic, such as majestic views of the natural world, to the unexpected, as seen in the ticket stubs and newspapers, meticulously rendered in realistic detail.
This exhibit organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts is drawn from the Manoogian Collection. These works will invite visitors to explore seemingly simple scenes of American life and uncover artists’ complex questions about American culture and identity.
Bonifas Art Center’s Members Show
June 7 – July 3
Meet the Artists’ Reception: Thursday, June 7 from 7-9 p.m.
A 40+ year tradition, the Members 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. It is a community favorite and a walk worth taking through the galleries. Enjoy!
BENT II: New Glasswork by Alysa Marie Diebolt
July 12 – August 23
Opening Reception: tbd
Inspired by colors and shapes, this expanded collection by Alysa Marie Diebolt brings to life unique hue combinations in a variety of forms. Each piece in BENT II brings together bright colors, interesting patterns, and a whimsical touch to contemporary fused glass artwork including functional clocks, slumped glass, wall pieces, as well as sculptural stand pieces.
Diebolt, a native of the Upper Peninsula, began doing fused glass with her father, a stained glass artist, when she was 14 years old. She now lives in Eastpointe, outside of Detroit and her work is sold at galleries across Michigan.
The Golden Age of Album Covers
August 30 – October 25
Opening Reception: tbd
The Golden Age of Album Covers is an amazing collection of 80 iconic album covers, curated by retired Humanities professor and former Bay College instructor, Doug Sjoquist, that present a format for exploring the changing times and culture reflected in the music.
Programs include: A Window on World Cultures and The Intersection of Pop Culture and Art History. Dates tbd.
November 9 – December 20
Meet the Artists’ Reception: Thursday, Nov. 9 from 7-9 p.m.
The U.P.’s premier and longest-running regional arts competition, Northern Exposure supports artists throughout the region by encouraging new work and offering over $3,000 worth of prizes.
This exhibit showcases a comprehensive look at the contemporary artwork being created in the Upper Peninsula.
PAST GALLERY EVENTS
Configurations by Joyce Koskenmaki
In Upper Gallery
January 11- February 22
Artist Statement: Configurations is a series of work that I began and continue in my healing process. I began the stitcheries (fabric collages), after my surgery. They are my way of healing, by sewing patches and mending. The drawings I did when Scott was recovering from the major heart surgery that saved his life. They are all part of my way of healing and how my work is integrated into my life.
A Weaver’s Journal of Endangered Wildflowers By Carol Irving
In Lower Gallery
January 11- February 22
Artist Statement: A Weaver’s Journal of Endangered Wildflowers is like a journey, connecting me to my roots of botanical studies and love of plants and wildflowers. I have accepted the challenge: turning woven yarn into soil, forest litter, plants and leaves. Concerned for the future of all threatened species, Michigan’s Wildflowers are near and dear to me. Michigan has many unique habitats and is home to many endangered and special species of plants. This woven series of Michigan’s Endangered Wildflowers will bring attention to their threatened and sometimes endangered status.
Artist Reception: January 18 from 7-9 p.m.
Youth In Art
March 1 – 29
Grades K – 5, Thursday, March 15 at 6-7 p.m.
Grades 6 – 12, Thursday, March 22 at 6-7 p.m.
The Bonifas Arts Center joins the nation in an annual celebration, Youth in Art and features the artwork from Delta County students’ grades K – 12. Nearly 1,000 pieces of children’s artwork enliven the galleries and the studio and herald the coming of spring with a flourish of color and a genuine voice. Come in and feel good!
Sponsors: GFWC– Escanaba Women’s Club / Escanaba Noon Kiwanis / Delta-Schoolcraft
Intermediate School District / Michigan Education Association-Coordinating Council 17B / EMP Inc.