Paint Night with Staci Berg

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

Instructor: Staci Berg Dates: February 1, March 22, April 18, May 17 Description: Come for a fun evening of painting a seasonal scene with acrylics. Bring a few friends and a beverage of choice. Take home a unique piece of art and kick off the weekend in style!   Bonifas Member: $25 | Non-Member: $30 | Become a Bonifas Member »

Gallery Reception: No BS or BFA Yet!

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

January 10 - February 20 Meet the Artists Reception: Thursday, Feb. 6, 7-9 p.m. In collaboration with Northern Michigan University’s College of Art & Design, the Bonifas Arts Center ad-dresses NMU’s senior students as early career artists and provides them valuable professional practice in this biennial, exhibit! This exciting exhibit offers a look at the out-of-the-box ideas being explored and developed by the art students at NMU.

Valentine Family Fun Day

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

Must pre-register by February 11. Call 906-786-3833 Bring your kids to make Valentine’s Day Cards and learn a lesson in community building. We will explore different fun techniques of card-making, participants will make more than one card. Take your card home and send one to a senior citizen at a local assisted living facility to warm their hearts!

Winter House Concert

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

Brian Keith Wallen and his new bride Molly Nimmo will perform in the Bonifas Arts Studio at 7 p.m. Eastern. Brian won 2nd place in the International Blues Challenge and was also named “artist of the year” by the Star-Gennett Foundation. Mollie is a classically trained vocalist and percussionist with experience in opera and bluegrass alike. Their combined influences range from John Prine and Jason Isbell to John Mayer and Bonnie Raitt. Admission is by donation to help pay the musicians. You are encouraged to respond if you plan to attend, but you can always just show up with a bunch of friends! Please bring your own beverage. Snacks will be available but you can contribute to the food, too, if you’d like. Here, the duo performs Tracey Chapman’s “Give One Reason”. A Spring House Concert will be held May 5.

Flannel Fest

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

Come and join the Flannel celebration of all things Yooper! We will have music by “Sit Down Francis”, food by Babaloon’s Mark Ammel, Upper Hand beer, Northern Sun Winery wine for your enjoyment. We will also be holding a “Best Dressed Flannel” Contest, Ice shanty races, bucket raffles and more! Flannel Fest Sponsors: Upper Hand Brewery, U.P. Pipe and Concrete and Hayes Corn Maze Tickets: $25 | At The Door: $30 | Become a Bonifas Member »

Players de Noc — Gypsy

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

March 1, 2, 3 Matinee, 6, 7, 8 & 9 Gypsy Book by Arthur Laurents Music by Jule Styne Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Directed by Lynn Soderberg Assistant Director Dawn Martin Musical Direction by Tom Knoll Gypsy is loosely based on the 1957 memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, the famous striptease artist, and focuses on her mother, Rose, whose name has become synonymous with "the ultimate show business mother." While the title suggests that this musical is about the famous stripper Gypsy Rose Lee, it is really about her hard-driven, determined stage mother, Mama Rose. In the beginning, Rose concentrates on her talented younger daughter, June, leaving older, less talented Louise in the cold. When June tires of being cute and runs away, Rose turns to Louise instead. Louise eventually does become "Gypsy", and Rose is left by herself, her aspirations for her kids realized, but her own show-business aspirations still unrealized. Tickets available at the Bonifas or online at www.playersdenoc.org

Players de Noc Matinee — Gypsy

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

March 1, 2, 3 Matinee, 6, 7, 8 & 9 Gypsy Book by Arthur Laurents Music by Jule Styne Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Directed by Lynn Soderberg Assistant Director Dawn Martin Musical Direction by Tom Knoll Gypsy is loosely based on the 1957 memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, the famous striptease artist, and focuses on her mother, Rose, whose name has become synonymous with "the ultimate show business mother." While the title suggests that this musical is about the famous stripper Gypsy Rose Lee, it is really about her hard-driven, determined stage mother, Mama Rose. In the beginning, Rose concentrates on her talented younger daughter, June, leaving older, less talented Louise in the cold. When June tires of being cute and runs away, Rose turns to Louise instead. Louise eventually does become "Gypsy", and Rose is left by herself, her aspirations for her kids realized, but her own show-business aspirations still unrealized. Tickets available at the Bonifas or online at www.playersdenoc.org

Gallery Receptions: Youth In Art

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

February 28 - March 28 Artist Reception: Grade K-5th: Wednesday, March 13, 6-7 p.m. Artist Reception: Grade 6th-12th: Thursday, March 14, 6-7 p.m. The Bonifas Art Center gallery and studio spaces honor the creative learning happening in Delta County area schools. As part of a nation-wide celebration of youth in art, we remind our community of the importance of creative learning options and of our commitment to the creative spirit. 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!

Benefit for the Bonifas

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

Tickets, $40, must be purchased at the door. Mark your calendars for March 16 for the Benefit for the Bonifas. Enjoy a night of entertainment by the Phil Lynch Quartet, delectable food created by Chef Matt Wiles, and stunning art while supporting the Bonifas Arts Center. A Silent auction will be held, as well as games, door prizes, and a live action run by renowned auctioneer Don Martin. Benefit for the Bonifas is on March 16 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.  

Night of U.P. Poetry, Prose & Music

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

Join us for a night of wonderful music and poetry. Stephen Hooper "Under This Cold Sky" will be performing his original Michigan inspired songs, along with B.G. Bradley reading some of his original poetry and prose about the U.P. An evening with these two is a beautiful journey through the U.P. "Writer B. G. Bradley and musician Steven Hooper know how to make everyone feel like Yoopers. Listening to Bradley spin his stories and poems is like sitting around a campfire with an old friend. When Hooper picks up his guitar and starts singing, you can hear fish jumping in silver water, deer leaping over fallen logs. Together, they conjure up the Spirit of the North, including the voice of the late writer John Voelker’s meditation on trout fishing. An evening with these two artists is truly a love letter to the Upper Peninsula." -Martin Achatz, Poet Laureate of the Upper Peninsula $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

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