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Art Association celebrating 40th anniversary

April 18, 2011
Daily Press

ESCANABA - The Bay Area Art Association is celebrating its 40th year. Founded in 1971, it has provided members a place to learn, meet, exchange ideas, exhibit artwork and share their expertise in various media.

The Association began as a group of artists gathering to create their art in Artists Guilds.

Membership, artwork and displays have changed over the years. Four artist gatherings are offered each year, as well as a membership show in May, Concert Series in the Park in the summer, and the annual Waterfront Art Festival in August.

The 40th Anniversary Membership Show is May 19 through June 16 at the William Bonifas Fine Arts Center. Memorabilia from the past will be on display in the studio area. Membership dues and artwork will be accepted May 10-11 from noon to 5:30 p.m. in the Upstairs Gallery. Members will also be voting for four places on the Board of Directors, with six people running.

Anyone wishing to share photos or other memories about the Art Association, can contact Phyllis at 428-1313, e-mail or bring items to the Bonifas on May 10-11.

Bay Area Art Association's 40th Waterfront Art Festival will be Aug. 6 at the Karas Bandshell area in Ludington Park. Last year, over 60 junior exhibitors sold their artwork at the park. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Included is live music, food vendors, and art demonstrations, as well as a young artist's tent for artists' to sell their wares, sponsored by the William Bonifas Fine Arts Center. Deadline for entries is May 20. Application forms are available at the Arts Center, contacting board members, or by e-mail.



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