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                   March/April Calendar 2010

                 William Bonifas Fine Arts Center

              Winner of a 2007 Governor’s Choice Award for Arts!

 700 1st Ave South, Escanaba, MI 49829
 (906) 786-3833

Just Released: Updates for March

Upper Peninsula photographers are celebrated in the Bonifas Arts Center’s first juried photography show, PHOTO(GEO)graphy, on display from March 26 through April 22 in the Powers Gallery. Along with it is Converging In-Sight: Photographs of pilgrimages from four continents, by Phyllis Banis, Carole Elchert, and Andrea VanVorhis.

The public is invited to a free Meet the Artists reception on Friday, March 26, at 7 p.m. Prizes will be awarded, including cash, limited edition printing, and media awards by sponsoring Upper Peninsula organizations.

Photographers from across the U.P. submitted original images that were judged by Banis, Elchert and VanVorhis to fill out the show. From nearly 150 entries, 48 were chosen.

Before the reception, Elchert will offer Converging In-Sight, a PowerPoint presentation that describes the significance of the exhibit themes in relation to the photographs on display. The free, 45-minute presentation begins at 6 p.m.

In conjunction with the exhibit, Banis, Elchert and VanVorhis will hold a Photography Workshop from 1 to 3 pm. on Saturday, March 27. They’ll guide students through a field workshop that specializes in “seeing and selecting” an image. The theme of re-visioning will encourage participants to take a new look at the area around the Arts Center.

Call for a spot in the workshop, as limited space is available. Cost for Arts Center members is $16; non-member fee is $20. Students should bring a digital camera. The class is sponsored in part by the Escanaba Downtown Development Authority.

At the reception, over a dozen prizes will be awarded to exhibitors in PHOTO(GEO)graphy. Awards sponsors include the Bonifas Arts Center, Genesis Graphics of Escanaba, Lifetouch Studios of Okemos, Photo Offset Printing and Richard’s Printing of Escanaba, and Paul Arno Rose Photography of Garden.

Media Awards for the photography competition will consist of feature articles on area photographers by the Escanaba Daily Press, Houghton Daily Mining Gazette, Iron Mountain Daily News, the Manistique Pioneer Tribune, the Marquette Mining Journal, the Marquette Monthly, the Munising News, and The Superior Times.

A Viewers’ Choice prize will be awarded at the end of the exhibit. There is no charge to visit the Gallery or attend receptions. Hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information call 786-3833.



                                        

February 18 through March 18 marked the Youth in Art Show,

Sponsored annually by NewPage in the Galleries at the Bonifas Arts Center in Escanaba. Each year, students in preschool through high school in the Delta-Schoolcraft Intermediate School District fill the Center with imaginative, colorful artworks in many media.

Prizes were awarded at two receptions: the ceremony for students through 5th grade took place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, February 18; awards for students in 6th grade through high school was set for 6 p.m. on Thursday, February 25. There is no charge to visit the show or attend receptions.

Prize sponsors include the Bay Area Art Association, Bonifas Arts Center, Delta-Schoolcraft Intermediate School District, Escanaba Noon Kiwanis, General Federation of Women’s Clubs Escanaba Chapter, and NewPage.

Following Youth In Art, High School art from around the 1st Congressional District fills the Studio Gallery in the annual Congressional Art Show, open to all high school age students in the District. The winner will have their artwork exhibited in Washington, D.C., for a year. Two-dimensional works only can be accepted, and the deadline for entry was March 17 at 5:30 p.m. The exhibit runs March 25 through April 10 in the Bonifas Arts Center Studio Gallery. For information call Congressman Stupak’s Office at (906) 786-4504 or the Bonifas Arts Center at (906) 786-3833.

Three photographers bring photos from four continents to the Powers Gallery from March 26 through April 22 in Converging In-Sight, with a Meet the Artist Reception on Friday, March 26, from 7 to 9 p.m. Watch to see what U.P. photographers were selected for inclusion in PHOTO(GEO)graphy: Someplace Like Home, the companion exhibit running concurrently with Converging In-Sight.

“It’s our first juried show of photography,” said Bonifas Gallery and Education Director Pasqua Warstler. “We’re looking forward to welcoming all our new exhibitors.”

There is no charge to visit the show or attend receptions. Gallery information may be found at www.bonifasarts.org, or by calling (906) 786-3833.

EVENTS

Come into the warmth of the Arts Center and enjoy the following events!

Dig It! is the musical play about archaeology presented by Children’s Musical Theater under the direction of Sara Beck and with set and costume help from Jolie Dzanbozoff. The cast, ages 3rd through 6th grade, will perform at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 20, in the Theater. Tickets are $7.

On Sunday, March 21, at 3 p.m., the Studio fills with music from the French harp tradition, with Harps ‘N’ Harmony. The group consists of Nancy Redfern and Sandra Seppanen, with special guest Tammy Naze. Tickets are $8 for Arts Center members and $10 for the general public.

Saturday, March 27, marks the appearance of the Jeff Nelson Trio in the Theater at 7 p.m. Bonifas regulars will remember their fine acoustic music from their Cabaret appearances here – now’s the chance to enjoy them for an entire evening. Tickets are $15 for the general public, $12 for Center members, and $10 for students.

And don’t forget – the Bonifas Arts Center has a full slate of classes for art lovers of all ability levels, from children’s to artist-level classes. There’s information online at www.bonifasarts.org. For a brochure, call 786-3833.

MEMBERSHIP

“We’re constantly told how lucky we are to have this facility in an area with a population like ours,” said Arts Center Executive Director Mollie Larsen. “We couldn’t agree more. We always tell them how grateful we are for residents who understand the importance of Art in all our lives.”

Larsen noted that membership for an individual starts at $35 per year, and that all membership fees may now be deducted via credit or debit cards directly from member accounts.

“We encourage you to set up a continuing support of even $10 per month,” she said. “That qualifies you for the Day Sponsor level and lets you dedicate a special day for someone you love.”

Larsen mentioned that a family membership at $50, Day Sponsorship at $100 or more, or gifts to support programming, are all welcome.

“We encourage you to think of us when you’re doing your estate planning, too,” she said. “It’s a great legacy for our area.”

For more information call Larsen at 786-3833 x 14.

March/April Calendar 2010

Ongoing Tours available of the Youth In Art 2010 exhibit sponsored annually by NewPage at the Bonifas Arts Center in Escanaba. Colorful, exuberant art by artists in preschool through high school. No charge; reservation necessary. Call (906) 786-3833.

Ongoing  Mondays, 7 to 9 p.m., teach your feet to fly with the Bay de Noc International Dancers at the Bonifas Arts Center. No experience necessary. No partner necessary. No fee – donations accepted. Call (906) 644-2598 or (906) 786-0331 for information.

Ongoing  Wednesdays, 6 to 7 p.m., enjoy Yoga with Heidi Londo in the Gallery at the Bonifas Arts Center in Escanaba. Walk-ins welcome! $8 Center members, $10 general public. Call (906) 786-3833 or visit www.bonifasarts.org for information.

3/4 6 to 9 p.m. – Beginner Basket class: Seagrass Mini Hamper with Terri Closs. Also March 11. Create a 15” high mini-bushel basket hamper. $36 Center members; $45 general public. Materials included. Call (906) 786-3833 or visit www.bonifasarts.org.

3/4 8 p.m. - Players de Noc presents A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum in Escanaba’s Bonifas Arts Center Theater, directed by Jeff Woerpel, with musical direction by Laura Robinson. $12. Also 3/5, 6, 11, 12, and 13, at 8 p.m. and 3/7 at 2 p.m. Call 789-7468.

3/9  6 to 9 p.m. – Introduction to Encaustic: Family Portraits with Ingrid Blixt at the Bonifas Arts Center, 700 1st Ave South in Escanaba. Give your photos a custom look with this wax process. No drawing required. $24 Center members; $28 general public. Materials included. Call (906) 786-3833 or visit www.bonifasarts.org for information.

3/10  7 to 8 p.m. - Beginner Wrapped Pendants with Corinne Powers at the Bonifas Arts Center in Escanaba. Wrap lampwork beads with graceful, fluid lines of silver wire. Two pendants per student. $15 Center members; $18 general public. Materials included. Call (906) 786-3833 or visit www.bonifasarts.org.

3/14 Auditions for Players de Noc production of Doubt, director J R Spaulding Jr., in Escanaba’s Bonifas Arts Center Theater. Also 3/15. Call 789-7468 for information.

3/16  7 to 9 p.m. – Drawing: Pen and Ink with Eddie Moritz at the Bonifas Arts Center in Escanaba; also 3/23 and 3/30. Learn to develop your pencil drawings into pen and ink renderings. $28 for Center members; $35 general public. Materials included. Call (906) 786-3833 or visit www.bonifasarts.org.

3/17  5:30 p.m. – Deadline for entries to the First Congressional District High School Art Show held at the William Bonifas Arts Center, 700 1st Ave South, Escanaba. Annual exhibit is sponsored by Congress and the winner in each Congressional District is shown in the Capitol for one year. No charge to enter. Call 786-3833 or 786-4504 for more information.

3/17  7 to 8 p.m. – Clay Mirror with April South-Olson at the Bonifas Arts Center in Escanaba. Create a frame for a small mirror that’s the perfect accent for any wall. $16 for Center members; general public $20. Materials included. Call (906) 786-3833 or visit www.bonifasarts.org.

3/18 Last day to enjoy Youth In Art in the Gallery at the William Bonifas Arts Center, 700 1st Ave South, Escanaba, featuring art from school-aged artists in the Delta County area. Sponsored annually by NewPage. No charge to visit. Call (906) 786-3833 or visit www.bonifasarts.org for information.

3/18  7 p.m. – Art View Appreciating Art: An Intimate Portrait – Matisse with Pat Frueh at the Bonifas Arts Center in Escanaba. Prepare for the spring retrospective at the Chicago Art Institute with this insightful and entertaining presentation. No charge. Call (906) 786-3833 or visit www.bonifasarts.org.

3/20  10 a.m. to noon – Earth Hour: Families Make a Difference at the Bonifas Arts Center in Escanaba. Lights turn off all over the world on March 27 – learn what’s up in this awareness session, made available at just $2 through the sponsorship of Clear Lake Science Center and the Bonifas Fund for Youth Programming. Reservations required. Call (906) 786-3833 or visit www.bonifasarts.org for information.

3/20  10 to 11:30 a.m. – Paint-a-Pot with Vicki Shirley at the Bonifas Arts Center, Escanaba. You decorate clayware you’ve picked out – it’s all good. No experience necessary. $18 members; $22 general public; materials included. Call (906) 786-3833 or visit www.bonifasarts.org.

3/20 Children's Musical Theater presents Dig It! in Escanaba’s Bonifas Arts Center Theater, directed by Sara Beck and with set and costume assistance from Jolie Dzanbozoff. Sponsored by Ouwinga Orthodontics, this show is presented by a cast of 3rd through 6th graders. Tickets $7. Call (906) 786-3833 or visit www.bonifasarts.org.

3/21  3 p.m. – Harps ‘n’ Harmony program in the Studio, Bonifas Arts Center, 700 1st Avenue South, Escanaba. Nancy Redfern, Sandra Seppanen, and guest Tammy Naze, demonstrate “Harp Music of the French School”. Tickets $8 for Center members; $10 for the general public. Call (906) 786-3833 or visit www.bonifasarts.org for information.

3/25 Converging In-Sight: Photographs of pilgrimages from four continents opens in the Gallery at the William Bonifas Arts Center, 700 1st Ave South, Escanaba, featuring works from Phyllis Banis, Carole Elchert, and Andrea VanVorhis. Through April 22. No charge to visit. Call (906) 786-3833.

3/25  First Congressional District’s High School Art Competition opens in the Studio Gallery at the Bonifas Arts Center in Escanaba. Come see what high school artists can do! Winner is displayed in the Capitol for one year. Show runs through April 11. Call 786-3833 or 786-4504 for more information.

3/27  1 to 3 p.m. – Photography Workshop with Phyllis Banis, Carole Elchert, and Andrea VanVorhis, photographers currently exhibiting at Escanaba’s Bonifas Arts Center. Learn to re-vision your images with these three pros. $16 Center members; $20 general public. Sponsored in part by Escanaba’s Downtown Development Authority. Call (906) 786-3833 or visit www.bonifasarts.org for information.

3/27 7 p.m. - Jeff Nelson Trio in the Theater, Bonifas Arts Center, Escanaba. Enjoy fine instrumentals, vocals and eclectic musical selections from this acoustic trio. $15 general public; $12 members. Students $10. Call (906) 786-3833 or visit www.bonifasarts.org for information.

4/3  10 a.m. to noon – Family Fun: Clay Studio with James Mata at the Bonifas Arts Center in Escanaba. Enjoy making and decorating clay objects with someone of a different generation. $10 for Bonifas members; $12 for non-members. Call (906) 786-3833.

4/6  7 to 8 p.m – Culinary Arts: Breads, Pilafs, and Pastas with Jackie Nyenhuis, Andria and Ashley. Watch the demonstration and then taste. You’ll take recipes home, too. $8 Bonifas Arts Center members, $10 general public. Call (906) 786-3833. 

4/7  7 to 9 p.m. – PhotoShop: Artists’ Tool with Ingrid Blixt at the Bonifas Arts Center in Escanaba. Also April 14, 21. Center members pay $40; general public $50. Includes materials. Call (906) 786-3833 or visit www.bonifasarts.org for information or to register.

4/8  6:30 to 8:30 p.m. – Papermaking with Cathy Uhazie at the Bonifas Arts Center in Escanaba. You’ll sprinkle your homemade paper with flower petals and seeds! $12 for Center members; $15 for general public. Call (906) 786-3833 or visit www.bonifasarts.org for information or to register.

4/10 10 a.m. to noon - Nature and Art FUNdamentals - Spring Flyers. Join Mimi Klotz of Clear Lake Education Center and Beth Ann Mercier of the Bonifas Arts Center to get a "bird's eye view" of our world and complete an art project. Meet at the Center. $8 Center members; $10 general public. Call (906) 786-3833 or visit www.bonifasarts.org for information or to register.

4/10  10 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Clay Residency with James Mata at the Bonifas Arts Center in Escanaba. All levels are welcome to work along with James, enjoy his introduction to materials and techniques, and then take off on individual work. $45 for three weeks for Bonifas members; $56 general public. Walk-in fees are $8 per session for Center members and $10 for the general public. All students must pay a $15 fee for 6# clay and bisque firing. Call (906) 786-3833 or visit www.bonifasarts.org for information or to register.

4/13  6 to 9 p.m. – Intermediate Stained Glass with Jan Dillon at the Bonifas Arts Center in Escanaba; also April 20. You’ll make a simple ornament for your home or for a friend. $34 for Center members, $42 for the general public; includes all materials. Call (906) 786-3833 or visit www.bonifasarts.org for information or to register.

4/15  7 p.m. – Art View Appreciating Art: New Works – Highlighting Local Sculptures with Ryan Brayak. No charge to enjoy this informative talk at the Bonifas Arts Center from one of our area’s leading sculptors. Be inspired! Call (906) 786-3833 for information.

4/22  Last day to enjoy Converging In-Sight and PHOTO(GEO)graphy in the Bonifas Arts Center Galleries, 700 1st Avenue South in Escanaba. Call (906) 786-3833 or visit www.bonifasarts.org for information.

4/23 8 p.m. - Players de Noc presents Doubt directed by J R Spaulding, Jr, in the Theater at the Bonifas Arts Center in Escanaba. $10. Also 4/24, 29, and 30 at 8 p.m. and 3/25 at 2 p.m. Call 789-7468 for information.

700 1st Ave South, Escanaba, MI 49829
(906) 786-3833
www.bonifasarts.org

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