The 2020 schedule for the Alice Powers Gallery at the Bonifas Fine Arts Center.
Fabrications V: U.P. Fiber Arts
January 9 – February 20
Opening Reception: Jan. 9, 7-9 p.m. with awards at 8 p.m.
All types of fiber artists throughout the Upper Peninsula have submitted to the Fabrications V exhibit that will start off our 2020 gallery line up! This show is juried by fiber artist Sarah Eichhorn, of Milwaukee, WI, and is sure to warm you up through these cold months.
This show has been a long time coming as it’s been six long years since we have had a show dedicated to the fiber arts in our area, and we feel it is time to bring the show back. It’s not often that we get the chance to bring the fiber arts to the forefront of the public eye, and we can’t wait to share it with you!
Brown Bag Discussions
Wednesdays, 12 – 1 pm
Bring your lunch and learn different aspects of the fiber arts from local artists each week. These discussions are free to attend.
Jan. 15: Thread Painting with Rose Peltier
Jan. 22: Art to Wear: Sewing Technique & Trunk Show with Diane Kribs-Mays
Jan. 29: The Weaving Process with Computer Aid with Carol Irving
Feb. 5: Crazy Quilting with Maureen Lapinski
Feb. 12: Fashion Forward Portrait Quilts with Laurie Ceesay Landree
Feb. 19: Playing with Silk Ties with Theresa Ross
Youth In Art
February 27 – March 26, 2020
Grades K – 5th: Wednesday, March 18, 6-7 p.m.
Grades 6th – 12th: Thursday, March 19, 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 800 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.
April 2 – May 14, 2020
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 2, 7 – 9 pm
Upper Peninsula (U.P.) artists are showing off their repurposing skills by making artwork out of recycled materials, which helps the planet by reducing waste in local landfills—a perfect exhibit to have during Earth Day month! The artwork for U.P. Cycle must be comprised of at least 85% recycled material, and will feature a variety mediums. Be sure to stop into the exhibit to see how Art can save the Earth!
Artists are encouraged to enter U.P. Cycle exhibit. Help save the planet one artwork at a time! Interested artists should register by filling out an application, which will be available in early January at bonifasarts.org under the
“For Artists” tab. Artwork drop off is between March 17 – 27. This show is not juried but will have placement awards. A small entry fee will be charged to help fund the placement awards.
There is a workshop for youth to have hands on learning about how to make art from items that would otherwise end up in the landfill. Please see our Earth Day’s Upcycle art class at the following link: https://www.bonifasarts.org/event/earth-days-upcycle-art-2/
Bonifas Member Show
May 21 – July 3, 2020
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 21, 7 – 9 PM
A 40+ year tradition, the Members Show, has encouraged Bonifas 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!
Copper Country Artists
July 9 – August 27, 2020
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 9, 7-9 p.m.
Take a detailed look at this region of the Upper Peninsula through the eyes of the artists that live there. This exhibit is the first of five regions that we will highlight at the Bonifas over the course the next five years. According to the 2010 census, the Upper Peninsula makes up only 3% of Michigan’s total population. With about 312,000 residences in the U.P., we have a lot of room to roam and not a lot of interruptions from the outside would. Many artists have taken advantage of this perk by creating works of art that reflect what they see here in the U.P. We will bring the different regions to the Bonifas so the public can see what every area has to offer and celebrate the uniqueness of every part of the U.P.!
U.P. Wild Life
September 10 – October 22, 2020
Opening Reception: Thursday, Sept 10, 7-9 p.m.
Living in the Upper Peninsula provides lots of opportunity to run into wildlife. We have invited artists to share their talents of capturing these creatures that we share land with and hope you will take a walk through our wild exhibit. We will have wood cravings, paintings, drawings, photographs, and other mediums on display. There will certainly be something for everyone to see.
Northern Exposure XXVII
November 5 – December 17, 2020
Opening Reception: Thursday, Nov. 5, 7–9 p.m.
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.
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