Graffiti and Grapes

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

INSTRUCTOR: Marlene Wood DATES: July 10, 15, 24, 29 Come relax or grab some friends or loved ones and join us for a wine and painting event! You’ll learn, have fun and go home with a finished masterpiece. All supplies included. No experience necessary! All step by step! We motivate you to be original as you follow our instructions and give you all the personal help and attention you need! Friday, July 10 6:30-9 p.m. Paint a waterfall Wednesday, July 15 6:30-9 p.m. Mixed Media painting Friday, July 24 6:30-9 p.m. Our Beautiful Lake! Wednesday, July 29 6:30-9:30 p.m. Birch Trees Registration: $30 | Become a Bonifas Member » ABOUT MARLENE WOOD Oil Painting is my passion! Pastel chalk and pencil/charcoal drawing hold a close second! I love to paint people – depicting their personalities and lives through obvious emotions, stature, and their interactions to their surroundings. I find it more important to paint someone’s essence than to show all their infinite details. One recognizes friends and strangers as they relate to who they are or might be in terms of their individual makeup and character. Landscapes will forever hold me in awe – their beauty, everchanging powers, and how they represent the multitude of diversity that surrounds us. I love to travel, to paint landscapes that depict an area, region, or the personality of what is around me. Water, in the form of oceans, lakes, rivers and wetlands, is my favorite. It seems to embody nature’s diversity, as its movement represents constant change – like our everchanging lives. My recent move to the Lake Superior area in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan allows me to enjoy daily diversity, create plein aire paintings on the shores of Lake Superior, and take in the wonderful art and culture that is so alive here! This is where my heart is, my permanent home, and a special feeling, not just a place, where I have traveled to for over 35 years. I never tire of the endless changes, the uniqueness, and the sheer beauty of this area I now call home. My personal passion is to continue to grow in my personal artistic endeavors, taking risks, and discovering what I can learn and experience through personal observation, intuition and experimentation. HER BACKGROUND My background includes a diverse art education combined with a past career in clinical phycology. I have studied at The Palette and Chisel (Chicago), Studio in the Woods (Wacaunda) and many workshops/instruction with many well-known artists such as Richard Schmid, Scott Burdick, John Naylor, Bruno Serdo, and Jim Pollard. Much of my insight has also come from fellow artist friends, students, and associates. My past training in Clinical Psychology has helped to build and strengthen creativity and motivate my students through the use of a positive and encouraging teaching style. I spent most of my last 30+ years as the longtime owner of Positive Strokes Art School and Gallery (Palatine, Illinois {established May 2000}), teaching art to children and adults and directing a successful art school. My philosophy is that “if one can learn to see correctly, all else {in art} is both teachable and obtainable. I strive to teach in a way that elicits personal self-discovery, emotion, and the unleashing of creative juices My personal paintings have been shown in several Chicago based galleries including The Lakeside Arts Park Dole Mansion in Crystal Lake, Il., Northwest Cultural Center Galleries, Positive Strokes Art Gallery, and The Woodstock Courthouse Gallery and have been part of a variety of fundraising projects and juried public art displays.

Leave a mark on Pump House mural

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

Kids age 4 to 14 years old are invited to make a hand print on the Pump House mural wall being painted in Stevenson Park in Escanaba. It will be held from July 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The rain date is July 16. Please follow social distancing and wait for your turn. The paints and handwashing stations will be provided. Parent presence is required for kids under 9 years old.

Art Fundamentals for Kids

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

INSTRUCTOR: Spencer Epps Tuesdays DATES: July 9, 16, 23 and 30 Kids will explore art concepts and produce four artworks using a variety of mediums and techniques. These insightful and diverse art lessons are taught by professional artist, Spencer Epps, and are designed for school-age kids. The series consists of the following sessions: Youth The class is going to be HELD OUTSIDE WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING. If the weather is atrocious and there are only a few kids (under 10) we could move inside with social distancing. ART Classes I. Introduction to Art Composition for Kids • Discovering Art: Creating Feelings • Discovering Composition: Harmony • Exercise: Art Work — Drawing Feelings II. The Math of Art and the Magic Number • Numbers in Nature, Nature in Balance • Exercise: Art Work — Nature Printing III. Elements of Art • Line and Rhythm • Shape, Form and Space (Perspective) • Texture and Pattern • Exercise: Art Work — Mixed Media/Collage IV. Color • The Color Wheel • Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Colors • Tints, Shades and Compliments (Value) • Contrast and Focal Point • Exercise: Art Work — Color Pour Painting Ages: 5 and up Bonifas Member: $45 | Non-Member: $50 | Become a Bonifas Member »

Artist Gathering

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

Attention all Artists!!! We will be offering monthly artist gatherings at the Bonifas on the first Monday of the month at 6 until 8 pm. These gatherings will be for artists to get together and talk about what they are working on currently. Get inspiration and meet like-minded people that just want to talk about what they love to do! Thanks to the efforts of Diane Kribs-Mays and Kate Oman, we are excited to offer this to all of our artists. We are going to test these gatherings out for the next few months, see how they go, and hopefully, if there is continued interest, we will continue into the new year. We are hoping to provide artist challenges as well as some show and tell opportunities. These suggestions are to push artists to continue to create. The challenges are optional of course.

Bake and Be Happy: Macarons

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

Join our first ever in-studio and ZOOM LIVE baking class. Lead by the experienced and inspired young baker - Lisette LaFave - you will learn how to make a class French cookie in a summery flavor. Macarons in lemon - raspberry or lemon - lavender flavor will be made. Participants can choose to do a class online live or in studio. Online participants are invited to bake along (ingredient list and instructions are available on our website). $10/participant – online and in-studio. Please have ZOOM downloaded and ready to use. The link will be automatically provided to you upon payment.

Michigan Back Roads Presentation

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

PRESENTOR: Ron Rademacher DATE: Thursday, Sept. 10 Ron Rademacher, author, explorer, and storyteller, will be offering a slide show and entertaining talk about Michigan back roads, getaways, and road trips. Ron is the author of 6 books about Michigan off-the-beaten path locations. These places are loaded with history and stunning nature scenes which will inspire a sense of wonder and peace. Hear Ron’s stories, put some new destinations on your road trip agenda, and enjoy yourself on Thursday, Sept. 10.   Fee: $8 | Become a Bonifas Member »

Friday Night Live!

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

Friday Night Live!

Benefit for the Bonifas

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

DATE: Saturday, September 26 *PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE* Postponed from May 2 Save the date for the biggest fundraiser of the year! More details will be published at a later date. Enjoy a night of entertainment, delectable food 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. Benefit Sponsored in part by: TV6 Fox U.P., Roy Ness, Contracting, & Embers Credit Union

Bonifas Annual Meeting

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

Annual Meeting

Night of Magic & Wizardry

Bonifas Fine Arts Center 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba

DATE: Saturday, October 24 Tickets will go on sale in August!

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