Powers Gallery Schedule 2019

The 2019 schedule for the Alice Powers Gallery at the Bonifas Fine Arts Center.


NO BS or BFA Yet!

January 10 – February 20
Art Reception: Meet the Artists on January 24 from 7 -9 p.m.

In collaboration with Northern Michigan University’s College of Art & Design, the Bonifas Fine Arts Center addresses NMU’s senior students as early career artists and provides them valuable professional practice in our biennial, NO BS! This exciting exhibit offers a look at the out-of-the-box ideas being explored and developed by the art students at NMU.

Youth In Art

February 28 – March 28
Art Reception: March 13, Grades k – 5 from 6 – 7 pm
March 14, Grades 6 – 12 from 6 – 7 pm

The Bonifas Art Center sets aside, its galleries and studio space each year to honor, creative learning in Delta Co. area schools. As part of a nation-wide celebration, 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!

Sensoria Artists Collective: Recent Works

April 4/5 – April 30
Opening Reception: Friday, April 5 from 7 – 9

Although artist collectives have been going strong throughout history, Sensoria, a Marquette-based collective is fairly newly-formed.   Typical of the traditional collective, it is selective and its membership make-up is well-thought out with a mix of media, styles and skill sets. This careful combination strengthens the group and offers a diverse and thoughtful mixture of artwork, and that is what viewers will find in Sensoria Artists Collective: Recent Works.

Bonifas Member Show

May 9 – June 6
Opening Reception: TH May 9 from 7-9 pm

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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!


June 13 – July 3

Fires Around the Lakes Revisited: Commemorative Glass Invitational

(lower gallery)
July 12 – August 22
Opening Reception: July 18 from 7–9 p.m.

Fires Around the Lakes Revisited presents a look at what is happening now in glass art in the Midwest. The invitational that includes past participants from earlier Fires Around the Lakes exhibits at the Bonifas Arts Center. Gallery programs will include Artists’ Demonstrations, and a Learn & Lunch series that provides films and /or trunk shows on glass. All programs are free of charge.

Bonifas kicks off this very special glass exhibit with a weekend celebration of Artists’ Demonstrations that will be held at the Glass Studio at the Steam & Gas Village Friday & Saturday (July 19 & 20). (located at the UP State Fair Grounds).

Glassworks and demonstrations include blown, flat, fused, and lamp work and pipemakers

The Art of Interpretation

(upper gallery)
July 12 – August 22
Opening Reception: TBA

The Art of Interpretation, a collection of new work inspired by Jim Redding’s piece, Intricate Complexity, will provide viewers a glimpse into the working minds of artists as reflective self-learners. By using the same artwork as a launching spot to explore, each artist brings their own style, choice of medium and personal reflective practices to create new work for this invitational

Of Both Minds: An Exhibit of Engineering Wonders & Artistic Beauty

September 4 – October 29
Meet the Artist Reception: September 12, 7 – 9 pm

Start with intelligence and curiosity about how it all works. Include a unique perspective on the world and a drive to explore the fun and fascination of our universe and you will have Of Both Minds, a collection of engineering wonders and artistry by inventor and artist, Steve Bowles. This exhibit includes a selection of the drawings and prototypes that led to the realization of a variety of interactive machines that will completely engage the viewer. These kinetic sculptures are expertly crafted from wood, copper and brass.

Northern Exposure

November 7 – December 19, 2019
Opening Reception on Thursday, Nov. 7, 7 – 9 pm

The Bonifas Arts Center supports its annual regional competition, Northern Exposure, expressly to both encourage Upper Peninsula artists to create new artworks and to showcase a comprehensive look at the contemporary artwork being created in the U.P.