Powers Gallery Schedule 2017

The 2017 schedule for the Alice Powers Gallery at the Bonifas Fine Arts Center.


No B.S. or B.F.A. Yet!

No B.S. or B.F.A. Yet!

January 12 – February 23
Meet the Artists Opening Reception: Jan. 26 at 7 p.m.

No BS showcases the best of Northern Michigan University’s School of Art and Design’s upper class art students.



Youth in Art

March 2-30
Kindergarten – 5th Grade: March 15 at 6 p.m.
6th Grade – 12th Grade: March 16 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!


Youth in Art Flyer & Instructions »

Youth in Art Inventory Sheet »

Youth in Art Tag Sheet »


The Inspiring U.P.: A Photography Competition

April 6 – May 4
Reception: April 13 from 7 to 9 p.m.

The Bonifas Arts Center presents The Inspiring UP: A Photography Competition, a regional juried photography competition for professional and non-professional photographers. This exhibit combines work by two of our leading Upper Peninsula photographers, Michael Olson and Paul Rose, with the artwork selected from U.P. artists for this competition. It is an opportune time to link both our emerging and our experienced artists in a celebration of a cherished subject matter, the Upper Peninsula. Whatever your experience, join us in celebrating insights into the land above the bridge.

Whether you’re inspired by waterfalls, lighthouses, historic sites, mighty ore freighters, deep forests, northern lights, or the rugged and unique individuals of the U.P., we invite you to let the U.P.’s natural resources and lifestyle inspire you to shoot and share. Share your UP images; landscapes, lifestyles,
history, and show us how the U.P. “UPlifts” you!



Bonifas Membership Show

Submissions will be accepted from April 25th until May 3rd.

May 18 – July 6
Reception: May 18 at 7 p.m.

The Bonifas proudly carries on the 40+ year tradition of presenting artwork created by its own members, in a non-juried, annual exhibit. Come see great examples of the artistic ability from right here in our area.
Meet the Artists at the Reception, which is open to the public, on Thursday, May 18, 7-9 p.m.

Sponsored in part by: AAA Klein Agency


Wooden Boat Building in the U.P.

July 15 – September 7

This exhibit is a Michigan Humanities Council project that documents for the first time the wooden boat-building heritage of the Upper Peninsula. The exhibit looks at the role of wooden boats in the U.P.’s economic, social, and cultural settings.

Contributions include input from boat enthusiasts and experts from restoration boatyards, Huron Mountain Club, Westshore Fishing Museum, commercial fishermen, and rowing clubs.

Special features include displays on the Great Lakes Boat Building School and Birch Bark Canoes.

Sponsored in part by: “Wooden Boats” is made possible in part by a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the Michigan Humanities Council.”


Behind the Bonifas: A Look at the Permanent Collection

September 14 – October 31 or November 2
Gallery Walk: October 26 at 7:30 p.m.

“Behind the Bonifas” re-introduces the community to its permanent collection, original artwork by area artists who were and are part of building the Bonifas Arts Center. See your community; its members, sites, and events reflected in this exhibit. We commemorate the artist members past and present, who are the creative energy ‘Behind the Bonifas.’ A special Gallery Walk with guest curator, Scott Leipski, welcomes the public to reacquaint themselves to this community treasure. Learn more about the Art Center’s new membership perk that offers members the rotation of pieces from the permeant collection.


Northern Exposure XXIV

November 9 – December 21
Opening Reception: November 9

Northern Exposure, Bonifas’ annual regional competition, showcases a comprehensive look at the contemporary artwork being created in the Upper Peninsula. This competition encourages new art-works by offering over $3,000 worth of prizes.

Northern Exposure Sponsors »
Gallery Sponsors: Escanaba Veterinary Clinic, Baybank of Gladstone, and Thrivent Financial – Escanaba.

Northern Exposure Winners »