Toddler Art

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

Instructor: Lorne Watson Dates: May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Join us for creative play activities and music fun! Lead by professional teachers and musicians, toddlers will be combining fun and learning to help nurture imagination, problem solving and developing motor skills. Art stations and music provide hands on fun. For toddlers (mobile to age 3) and their caregivers.   Per Session: $5 | Become a Bonifas Member »

The Storyteller’s Night Sky

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

INSTRUCTOR: Mary Stewart Adams, Star Lore Historian and Escanaba Astronomy Club for stargazing portion after 10 p.m. (weather permitting) DATE: Friday, June 7, 7- 9 p.m. Followed by an astro photography talk by Paul Nelson at 9 p.m. and stargazing with Delta Astronomical Society after 9:40 p.m. (weather permitting) Mary Stewart Adams, Star Lore Historian, and founder of Michigan's only internationally dark sky park, will share the celestial highlights of the coming season, with its meteor showers, twinkling planets and brilliant stars. In addition, participants will create a compass rose of wind and stars. On historical navigation maps, a “compass rose” usually appears as an 8-pointed star used to indicate the cardinal and ordinal directions. On a ship’s compass, these points were named for the wind that came from that direction. The sidereal compass rose, or “rose of stars” on the other hand, marked 32 compass points based on certain stars as they rose and set in the sky. This type of compass originated with the nomadic tribes of the Middle East, who traveled through the desert lands gleaning their direction from the stars, rather than as sailors did, by making best use of prevailing winds. Joining the roses of wind and stars is a beautiful way to celebrate the season artistically and contemplatively! Immediately following Mary Stewart Adams’s presentation, Paul Nelson of Creator’ Hand Photography will display some of his amazing works of astro photography and explain basic techniques behind the art. Delta Astronomical Society invites you outside to look at the celestial bodies after 9:30 p.m. - as soon as it gets dark – weather permitting.   Bonifas Member: $20 | Non-Member: $25 | Become a Bonifas Member »

Tahitian Style Workout

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

Instructor: Jeana Harmon Date: Wednesdays, May 8 through June 12, from 6 to 7 p.m. There are many styles of Tahitian Dance and we will touch on each style to create a workout that is fun, and also gets you in shape fast. All levels are welcome, you don’t have to be a dancer to attend. Come join the fun!! Jeana Harmon is a veteran certified instructor who taught adult health and exercise at Bay College and has been teaching exercise for over 30 years.   Bonifas Member: $30 | Non-Member: $35 | Become a Bonifas Member » THIS CLASS IS FULL

Flower Arranging With Dave Gafner

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

Instructor: Dave Gafner Dates: June 14 Join the renowned florist and horticulturist Dr. David Gafner for an evening of flower arranging. You will learn techniques on how to choose, condition, and arrange flowers. The class is inspired by a seasonal story: arranging the flowers from our sum-mer gardens. Go home with your beautiful creation. All flowers and supplies are provided.   Bonifas Member: $30 | Non-Member: $35 | Walk-In: $40 | Become a Bonifas Member »

Missoula Children’s Theatre

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

Missoula week will be June 17-22, auditions at 10 a.m. Monday, June 17 at the Bonifas theater for students entering 1st through 12th grades. About 50 to 60 students are needed. This year's production is "Peter and Wendy." The Missoula Children's Theatre, the nation’s largest touring children’s theatre, has been touring extensively for more than 40 years now from Montana to Japan, and will visit nearly 1,200 communities this year with up to 44 teams of Tour Actor/Directors. A tour team arrives in a given town with a set, lights, costumes, props and make-up, everything it takes to put on a play...except the cast. The show is rehearsed throughout the week and two public performances are presented on Saturday.

Fairy Houses

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

Instructor: Kate Oman Date: June 21 Celebrate the Summer Solstice by building a fairy house. The class will be held outside in the Bonifas garden, weather permitting. Ages: K+ to Adult. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.   Bonifas Member: $23 | Non-Member: $28 | Become a Bonifas Member »

Missoula Children’s Theatre Performance

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

The performance of the Missoula Children's Theatre production of "Peter and Wendy." Performances at 3 and 6 p.m.   Ticket: $8 | Children under 5: Free | Become a Bonifas Member »

Music Monday

Karas Memorial Bandshell Ludington Park Jenkins Drive, Escanaba

Come enjoy summer with our live band concerts on Monday nights in the park. The event is free so bring the whole family down to enjoy. June 24: Sit Down Francis - 80’s & 90’s Rock & Roll July 1: Cherrie Bombs - Classic & progressive rock, 80’s to Present July 8: Wingin’ It - Classic & Folk Rock & Roll July 15: Phil Lynch Quartet - Jazz, Swing, Fun & original music July 22: Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers - A mix of pirate-themed sing-alongs, rousing historical rave-ups, afro-Cuban tinged ballads, Cajun sea shanties and bluesy Irish jigs. July 29: Speedy Beef - 80’s & 90’s Music August 5: The Cadillacs - 50’s & 60’s Classics

Spring Raffle Drawing

Karas Memorial Bandshell Ludington Park Jenkins Drive, Escanaba

Tickets on sale now at the Bonifas Arts Center. Drawing is during Music Mondays on June 24, at 8 PM at the Karas Band Shell, Escanaba. Need not be present to win.

Kids Drawing and Painting

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

Instructor: April South Olson 
Dates: 5 weeks Series June 27 to August 1 {Skips July 4) Kids explore different art concepts, learn about materials and techniques in those delightful and diverse art lessons for the school-age kids. Ages 8 and up. The series consists of the following sessions: 1. Still life painting. Students will first create a line drawing from a still life exploring the art element of line.  Having a composition in place we will then use our imaginations to play with color and paint our vision in to complete our unique artistic expression. 2. Card board collage painting - They will stack cardboard shapes on top of each other to create a 3 dimensional depth and then paint the shapes to finish it off. 3. Print making Portraits - with Styrofoam 4. Pattern textured landscape - using oil pastels and watercolor. We'll head out to the garden and find a landscape picture to paint.  Focusing on surface texture using pattern and line students will come away with an exciting Plein Aire landscape. Students will first draw a simple lines and then they will break up the composition with dramatic pattern. 5. A yarn painting.   Bonifas Member: $$30 | Non-Member: $40 | Bonifas Member Per Session: $8 | Non-Member Per Session: $10 | Become a Bonifas Member »

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