U.P. artists have a place of their own

This week’s bouquets go to:

From Jason Lantagne of Goshen, Ind.

As an artist and an Upper Peninsula native who also grew up in the Gladstone/Escanaba area I want to express my sincere thanks to Pasqua Warstler for all of the effort she has put into showcasing Upper Peninsula artists at Art Prize.

I was thrilled to read that there will once again be a showcase for U.P. artists at the event this year, and I was surprised and ecstatic to see the showcase at DeVos Center last year. I was honestly a bit choked up as I walked through the DeVos Center at Art Prize seeing such a large and fantastic display of art from Yoopers at perhaps one of the most important and prominent venues for Art Prize. I felt a great deal of pride seeing that because it proved to not only the state — but the world — that there is some great art coming out of the U.P. Often times as Yoopers we feel left out, misunderstood, or ignored because of the remote location and small population of our region, but the display of artwork last year proved that we should not be ignored, and that we have talent just as great as any place. I’m glad to see that we’ll have a place at the table again this year.

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Each Saturday the Daily Press salutes individuals and groups from our area who have had a very positive impact on the way we live.

We identify our bouquet recipients in one of two ways: from Daily Press news pages and from nominations sent in by our readers.

Mail us a postcard or letter identifying your nomination and putting into detail what they’ve done. Include your name, address, and phone number. Send nominations to Saturday Bouquets, The Daily Press, 600 Ludington Street, Escanaba, MI 49829.

They may also be sent to us by going to our Web site, www.dailypress.net, and clicking on the submit news button. Once there, click on “Bouquets” and follow the simple instructions.

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