“CALENDAR” of Art Events



  • PWPL = Peter White Public Library (Marquette)
  • BAC = Bonifas Arts Center (Escanaba)


  • MAY 27: END of Telling Gestures: American Illustration from the Second Collection. Opened AUG 7, 2017.
  • MAY 4, 7-9 pm: Closing Reception for NMU School of Art & Design Winter 2018 Senior Exhibition. Opened APRIL 18, 2018
    Graduating seniors present their work from all areas of the School of Art and Design including ceramics, computer art, digital cinema, drawing / painting, electronic imaging, furniture design, graphic communication, human centered design, illustration, jewelry / metals / blacksmithing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and woodworking.
  • STARTED APRIL 5 and goes until MAY 23:
    VISIONS OF AMERICAN LIFE EXHIBIT: Paintings from the Manoogian Collection, 1850-1940 at Bonfias Art Center (BAC), Escanaba.

    Because of the Art Bridges grant, BAC is able to offer this exhibit, which is organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) and consists of early American paintings. The paintings depict complex visions of American life, culture, and identity.“Thanks to the Art Bridges grant, we have the opportunity to develop programs that will enhance the viewing of this exceptional exhibit,” says Bonifas Gallery and Regional Projects Director Pasqua Warstler. “The public can look forward to self-guided tours for the adult and high school level, presentations by the Delta Historical Society, and “Visions of U.P. Life,” a video presentation of a cultural comparison between the images from the DIA’s traveling show and contemporary work by U.P. artists.”Warstler suggests that interested groups call the Bonifas to schedule a tour. There is no charge for viewing the gallery or for group tours. The video will be available in the gallery as well as on-line. The public is encouraged to check the Bonifas website to view the video and for more information on the Historical society’s presentations.Viewers will enjoy images of iconic and majestic views of the natural world, as well as glimpses of everyday life. Some of the featured artists are associated with the so-called Hudson River School (Note: the Hudson River School was a mid-19th century American art movement that included landscape painters whose aesthetic visions were influenced by romantics.)This museum collaboration is made possible by Terra-Art Bridges, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art and Art Bridges, Inc. Generous support has been provided by the Richard and Jane Manoogian Foundation.

    The Bonifas Arts Center’s galleries are open free to the public, due in part to the sponsorship of the City of Escanaba and Bonifas memberships. For more information, please visit http://www.bonifasarts.org. http://www.bonifasarts.org/gallery/powers-2018/

MAY 2018

  • MAY 2, 12:30-2:30 pm: PWPL – Matinee Movie: “Loving Vincent” Part of the Your Mind Matters Series. 2017, Animated/Biography, rated PG-13, 94 minutes. Animated in the style of Van Gogh’s oil paintings, this movie depicts a young man’s investigation into the artist’s final days.
  • MAY 3, 10-10:45 am: CLASS at Bonifas Arts Center (Escanaba) – Toddler Art Session 3 (Also 5/10; 5/17; 5/24; 5/31; 6/7)
  • MAY 3, 6:30-8 pm: PWPL – See Positive Art Show Reception
    “Exhibit of peer-positive images by high school students, inspired by Malcolm X’s brilliant use of photography to promote his people.” Contact: Teen Services (906) 226-4321 Location: TeenZone
  • MAY 4, 7-9 pm: CLOSING Reception for NMU School of Art & Design Winter 2018 Senior Exhibition at DeVos Art Museum, on NMU campus, at corner of Tracy & 7th St, Mqt.; (906-227-2235) Hrs: Mon-W & F 10-5; Th 12-8; Fri 10-5; Sat-Sun 1-4 http://art.nmu.edu/department/museum/

    Reception: FRI, MAY 18, 5:30-8pm
    Each year the DeVos Art Museum celebrates our area schools that support art programs for students. This annual exhibition, featuring talented K-12 students creating artwork in all medias, was organized by the hardworking art teachers from local schools.

    Featuring artists from:

  • MAY 10, 6-8 pm: CLASS at Bonifas Arts Center (Escanaba) – Silk Scarf Painting

  • MAY 11, 6:30-8:30 pm:  CLASS at Bonifas Arts Center (Escanaba) – Paint Night

  • MAY 12, 2-5 pm: PWPL – Traditional Music Jam
    Bring your instrument and join other tradtional music enthusiasts for an informal jam session. Listeners are welcome.
    Contact: Programming Office  906/226-4318
    Location: Business Reference Room, upper level
  • MAY 12, 10 am – 12 pm: CLASS at Bonifas Arts Center (Escanaba) – Mothers Day Pot Painting

  • MAY 15, 7-9 pm: At Bonifas Arts Center (Escanaba) – A Fine Night in the Gallery: Fine Food Fine Wine & Fine Art. $15/person
  • May 16, 7-8:30 pm: PWPL – Singing the Old Songs with Gary & Jackie. Combining classic and original folk songs, Jackie Davidson & Gary Brandt create an energetic, entertaining, & fun show seasoned with audience participation & humor.
    Contact: Programming Office (906) 226-4318
    Location: Huron Mountain Club Gallery
  • MAY 19, 6 pm – 12 am: BENEFIT FOR THE BONIFAS
    The beautiful Quality Inn, 2603 N Lincoln Road Escanaba, 49829. This year’s biggest fundraiser, “Cadillac Summer” will be a great night full of wonderful food, drinks, silent auction, games, and dancing to music by the Cadillacs!
    Tickets: $50 each
  • MAY 31, 5:30-7:30 pm: CLASS at Bonifas Arts Center (Escanaba) – Marbling On Paper

  • MAY 31, 7:30-8:30 pm: CLASS at Bonifas Arts Center (Escanaba) – Marbled Jewelry

JUNE 2018

  • JUNE 1, 10 am – 1 pm: CLASS at Bonifas Arts Center (Escanaba) – Marbling Open Studio

  • JUNE 7: Last day to register for ArtPrize 2018
  • JUNE 7-JULY 5: Bonifas Art Center Member’s Show (Escanaba)
    Opening Reception: JUNE 7, 7-9 pm – awards given at 8 pm.

  • JUNE 11, 10-12 pm: MCTs Auditions: Snow White

  • JUNE 16, 3 pm & 6 pm shows: MCTs Snow White Performance

  • JUNE 24 – 30: 2018 City of Marquette Art Week
    For a full list of events, more information about a specific event, or to get involved visit www.Marquette365.com or contact the MACC at (906) 228-0472.

  • SUN, JUNE 24, 6-8 pm
    Art Week Kick-Off Concert: Jimmy Almen Group

    Location: Marquette Commons
    Cost: Free admission
  • MON, JUNE 25 – WED, JUNE 27, 9 am – 4 pm
    ART-WEEK WORKSHOP – Painting Historic Marquette
    Plein Aire Workshop with Kathleen Conover
    Location: The Studio Gallery, 2905 N Lakeshore Blvd, Marquette, MI 49855
    (906) 228-2466
    Cost: $295 for all three days
    Register: Contact Michele Tuccini, (906) 250-7364 or mtuccini@charter.net

  • MON, JUNE 25, 4 pm
    ART-WEEK WORKSHOP – Happy Hour Alcohol Inks
    with Diane Kribs-Mays
    Location: Ore Dock Brewing Company, 114 W Spring St, Marquette, MI 49855
    (906) 228-8888
    Cost: $5 suggested donation for supplies
    Register: Contact the MACC, (906) 228-0472
  • JUNE 25, 7 pm: Bonifas Arts Center (Escanaba) – Music Mondays: Sit Down Francis

  • WED, JUNE 27, 5-6:30 pm
    ART-WEEK WORKSHOP – Wine and Design – Floral Arrangements
    with Garden Bouquet & Design
    Location: Garden Bouquet & Design
    Cost: $50, includes all materials and wine tasting
    Register: Contact Garden Bouquet & Design, https://www.gardenbouquetmqt.com/events/

  • WED, JUNE 27, 7-8:30 pm
    Marquette Symphony Orchestra: Summer Strings

    Location: Marquette Commons, 112 S 3rd St, Marquette, MI 49855
    Cost: Donations appreciated
  • THURS, JUNE 28, 4-8 pm: Downtown Art Stroll
    An annual Art Week event that highlights pop-up exhibitions hosted by local businesses. Artists interested in displaying their work in a local business can contact the MACC office for more information. Artists are encouraged to be present at their partnered business during this time to greet the community.
  • THURS, JUNE 28, 5-7 pm
    ART-WEEK PERFORMANCE: Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic

    Location: Rosewood Walkway, S Front St (S Lakeshore Blvd), Marquette, MI 49855
    Cost: Donations appreciated
  • THURS, JUNE 28, 7:30-9 pm
    Marquette City Band Concert

    Location: Presque Isle Pavilion
    Cost: Donations appreciated
  • FRI, JUNE 29 & SAT, JUNE 30 – 7-9 pm
    ART-WEEK PERFORMANCE: TaMaMa Dance Company presents
    : Flow
    Location: Forest Roberts Theatre
    Cost: $10 General Admission
    Tickets available at the door, or in advance from:
    * TaMaMa Dance Company (Facebook page) or
    * Second Skin Shop, 130 W Washington St, Marquette, MI 49855; (906) 226-2263

  • FRI, JUNE 29, 4-10 pm: 2nd Annual Fresh Coast Plein Aire Festival: “Dusk to Dark” competition

    Plein Aire means to paint outdoors or in “open air,” and artists may paint at any Marquette outdoor location from Founder’s Landing to Presque Isle Park, along the shore or in town. Paintings must illustrate or be inspired by real-life scenes. Afterwards, paintings from both competitions will be submitted for judging. Guests will be able to vote for the Peoples Choice Award. Painters from several states are already planning on competing for the $2,000 in cash awards!* Registration: Artists may pre-register at https://goo.gl/LQnNQn.
    * Cost: $25 in advance, or $35 the days of the event.
    * Further Questions: Contact Charlice Stewart at CMSFineArt@msn.com or
    (906) 906-7852

  • SAT, JUNE 30, 7 am – 4 pm: 2nd Annual Fresh Coast Plein Aire: “Painting the Landscape” competition
    (See information above and below)
  • SAT, JUNE 30, 5-8:30 pm: Public Reception for 2nd Annual Fresh Coast Plein Aire Competitions at Presque Isle Pavilion. Over $2,000 in prizes will be awarded for Best of Show, First Place, Second Place, Honorable Mentions, and People’s Choice.


JULY 2018

  • JULY 5: Bonifas Art Center Member’s Show (Escanaba) VIEWING ENDS

  • JULY 9, 7 pm: At Bonifas Arts Center (Escanaba) – MUSIC MONDAYS: Phil Lynch Quartet

  • JULY 12 – AUG 23: BENT II: New Glasswork by Alysa Marie Diebolt
    Opening Reception: tbd
    Inspired by colors and shapes, this expanded collection by Alysa Marie Diebolt brings to life unique hue combinations in a variety of forms. Each piece in BENT II brings together bright colors, interesting patterns, and a whimsical touch to contemporary fused glass artwork including functional clocks, slumped glass, wall pieces, as well as sculptural stand pieces.Diebolt, a native of the Upper Peninsula, began doing fused glass with her father, a stained glass artist, when she was 14 years old.  She now lives in Eastpointe, outside of Detroit and her work is sold at galleries across Michigan.

  • JULY 16, 7 pm: At Bonifas Arts Center (Escanaba) – MUSIC MONDAYS: Speedy Beef

  • JULY 20, 4 pm: Through Bonifas Arts Center (Escanaba) – Summer Music Camp Concert at Bobaloon’s, 1700 Ludington St, Escanaba, MI 4982
  • JULY 23, 7 pm: At Bonifas Arts Center (Escanaba) – MUSIC MONDAYS: Wingin’ It

  • JULY 30, 7 pm: At Bonifas Arts Center (Escanaba) – MUSIC MONDAYS: Kraig Kenning

    Location: West Washington and Front Streets
  • JULY 28-29: ART ON THE ROCKS (AoR) at Mattson Park (the lower harbor)



  • AUGUST 4, 10 am4 pm: Waterfront Arts Festival & Young Artist Market at Escanaba’s Ludington Park, the longest running and largest art festival in Delta County. More than 50 vendor booths will display and sell their works, from jewelry to pottery and everything in between.

  • AUGUST 6,  7 pm: At Bonifas Arts Center (Escanaba) – MUSIC MONDAYS: The Cadillacs

  • AUGUST 12, 2-4 pm: Opening Reception for U.P. Artists from ArtPrize at a Sneak-Peek exhibit, “Crossing the Straits on Mackinac Island”, prior to ArtPrize viewing in Grand Rapids in September. Location: Mackinac Island’s Mission Point Resort.
    * Juried by Cortney Lederer, Director, CNL Art Consulting (Chicago, IL)
    * Entries Due by:  MAY 31, 2018, 11:59 pm EST
    * Apply: devos.slideroom.com
    * $20 entry fee (up to five imagesAWARDS!
    $500 Juror’s Choice; includes portfolio review with juror $500 Permanent Collection Acquisition Award** $250 Audience Choice*Eligibility: Open to all residents of Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin living north of the 45th parallel. There is wiggle room for people within 1 degree of this area, but the idea is to represent artists living in the upper Midwest region. Work in all media is welcome and there are no size limitations. Work previously exhibited at the museum is not eligible.

    Submissions: All entries must be submitted by creating an account at devos.slideroom.com. There is a $20 fee to submit up to five images; the juror will select specific pieces for the exhibition based on these submissions.

    Awards: A Juror’s Choice award will be selected by the juror, with a prize of $500. The Juror’s Choice recipient will also receive a one-on-one portfolio review with the juror. An Audience Choice award in the amount of $250 will be given at the close of the exhibition, based on votes by visitors to the exhibition. ** The Permanent Collection Acquisition award is dependent upon approval by museum committee.

    Timeline (all dates are 2018):
    May 31, 11:59PM EST: entries due
    * July 13: jury decisions sent via e-mail
    * July 16: high resolution image due to museum for catalogue
    * August 7, 5pm ET: artwork due at the museum
    * August 24 – November 4: exhibition dates, with an opening reception on August 24
    * More info: devos.slideroom.com or nmu.edu/devos
    *Accepted entries will need to be shipped or delivered to the museum ready to display. Shipped artwork will be returned at the museum’s expense.

    ABOUT THE JUROR: Cortney Lederer is an arts advocate, curator and project manager with fifteen years of experience managing an array of artistic programming for organizations and businesses. From 2011–14 she served as the Director of Exhibitions and Residencies at the Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC), where she designed and managed its two residency programs: BOLT Residency and HATCH Projects. While at CAC, Cortney curated and managed special projects for businesses such as tech incubator 1871, Patron Tequila, TOMS Shoes, Groupon and Taste of Chicago (DCASE). She has curated and produced hundreds of solo and group exhibitions during her tenure at CAC. As a result of her efforts, her programs were cited as producing some of the most promising emerging practitioners in Chicago in the Chicago Tribune (2011) and voted “Best opportunity for emerging artists” by New City’s Best of Chicago (2013).

    In 2014 Cortney launched CNL Projects (CNL), which provides project-based consulting to organizations with a specialization in curating, project management, program design and development. CNL has worked with notable organizations such as 3Arts, Chicago Artists Coalition, Lillstreet Art Center, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, EXPO Chicago, Fashion Outlets of Chicago, LinkedIn, Wilson Sporting Goods and Hyatt Hotels Corporate Office Chicago.

    In addition, Cortney works closely with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) where she is in process of curating her third Masters of Fine Arts exhibition featuring artists working across multiple mediums. She also teaches two graduate-level courses in the Arts Administration and Policy department and provides professional development workshops to artists throughout Chicago.

    Cortney received her BA in Sociology from George Washington University (1999), a BFA from the University of Victoria (2002), and a dual Masters degree in Modern Art History, Theory and Criticism and Arts Administration and Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2009). Currently, she serves on the board of Every House Has a Door (previously Goat Island) the Education Advisory Committee for the Chicago Artists Coalition, and Programming Advisory committee for Snow City Arts.

  • AUGUST 30 – OCTOBER 25: The Golden Age of Album Covers
    Opening Reception: tbd
    The Golden Age of Album Covers is an amazing collection of 80 iconic album covers, curated by retired Humanities professor and former Bay College instructor, Doug Sjoquist, that present a format for exploring the changing times and culture reflected in the music.


  • SEPT 19-OCT 7: ARTPRIZE 2018, Grand Rapids, MI
    U.P. Artists will again have art displayed at the world’s largest arts competition. Website: artprize.org
    Registration Dates: APRIL 16 – JUNE 7, 2018


  • Lake Superior Fiber Festival will take place the first Saturday in October – will post more information as it becomes available.



  • NOV 9 – DEC 20: Northern Exposure Competition & Art Show
     (Bonifas Arts Center (BAC), Escanba, Powers Gallery)
    Meet the Artists’ Reception: Thursday, Nov. 9 from 7-9 p.m.
    The U.P.’s premier and longest-running regional arts competition, Northern Exposure supports artists throughout the region by encouraging new work and offering over $3,000 worth of prizes.This exhibit showcases a comprehensive look at the contemporary artwork being created in the Upper Peninsula.