Through the Lens of a Smartphone

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

INSTRUCTOR: Mike Hall DATE: July 10 AGE: 12+ Whether you are a seasoned photographer, an Instagram maven or just learning, this class will help you see the world differently in everyday things. Award winning photographer Mike Hall will discuss macro, abstracts, perspectives, and depth of field concepts in photography. Mike will demonstrate how to create art in photography by focusing on little things, like edges of feathers, textures, blades of grass with water droplets, etc. See the world’s beauty through your lens, boost your social media presence and create images you will be proud to put on display! The class will start in-doors at the Bonifas studio and then continue outside for the authentic experience and natural light.   Bonifas Member: $12 | Non-Member: $15 | Become a Bonifas Member »

Graffiti and Grapes

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

INSTRUCTOR: Marlene Wood DATES: July 10, 15, 24, 29 Come relax or grab some friends or loved ones and join us for a wine and painting event! You’ll learn, have fun and go home with a finished masterpiece. All supplies included. No experience necessary! All step by step! We motivate you to be original as you follow our instructions and give you all the personal help and attention you need! Friday, July 10 6:30-9 p.m. Paint a waterfall Wednesday, July 15 6:30-9 p.m. Mixed Media painting Friday, July 24 6:30-9 p.m. Our Beautiful Lake! Wednesday, July 29 6:30-9:30 p.m. Birch Trees Registration: $30 | Become a Bonifas Member » ABOUT MARLENE WOOD Oil Painting is my passion! Pastel chalk and pencil/charcoal drawing hold a close second! I love to paint people – depicting their personalities and lives through obvious emotions, stature, and their interactions to their surroundings. I find it more important to paint someone’s essence than to show all their infinite details. One recognizes friends and strangers as they relate to who they are or might be in terms of their individual makeup and character. Landscapes will forever hold me in awe – their beauty, everchanging powers, and how they represent the multitude of diversity that surrounds us. I love to travel, to paint landscapes that depict an area, region, or the personality of what is around me. Water, in the form of oceans, lakes, rivers and wetlands, is my favorite. It seems to embody nature’s diversity, as its movement represents constant change – like our everchanging lives. My recent move to the Lake Superior area in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan allows me to enjoy daily diversity, create plein aire paintings on the shores of Lake Superior, and take in the wonderful art and culture that is so alive here! This is where my heart is, my permanent home, and a special feeling, not just a place, where I have traveled to for over 35 years. I never tire of the endless changes, the uniqueness, and the sheer beauty of this area I now call home. My personal passion is to continue to grow in my personal artistic endeavors, taking risks, and discovering what I can learn and experience through personal observation, intuition and experimentation. HER BACKGROUND My background includes a diverse art education combined with a past career in clinical phycology. I have studied at The Palette and Chisel (Chicago), Studio in the Woods (Wacaunda) and many workshops/instruction with many well-known artists such as Richard Schmid, Scott Burdick, John Naylor, Bruno Serdo, and Jim Pollard. Much of my insight has also come from fellow artist friends, students, and associates. My past training in Clinical Psychology has helped to build and strengthen creativity and motivate my students through the use of a positive and encouraging teaching style. I spent most of my last 30+ years as the longtime owner of Positive Strokes Art School and Gallery (Palatine, Illinois {established May 2000}), teaching art to children and adults and directing a successful art school. My philosophy is that “if one can learn to see correctly, all else {in art} is both teachable and obtainable. I strive to teach in a way that elicits personal self-discovery, emotion, and the unleashing of creative juices My personal paintings have been shown in several Chicago based galleries including The Lakeside Arts Park Dole Mansion in Crystal Lake, Il., Northwest Cultural Center Galleries, Positive Strokes Art Gallery, and The Woodstock Courthouse Gallery and have been part of a variety of fundraising projects and juried public art displays.

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