ESCANABA - Over $3000 in prizes and certificates was awarded at the opening of the juried display in early November. This year's juror was Lisa Ambrose, an artist and instructor for Kendall School of Art & Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan, who selected the original works of art in all media by Upper Peninsula artists that comprise the show.
Ginnie Cappaert of the Art & Garden Gallery in Stephenson won the $600 first prize sponsored by the Arts Center and Michigamme Moonshine Art Gallery, for her encaustic titled "Winter Birches." Second prize of $400, sponsored by the Manistique Art Club Carol Stoll Award and Frame Crafters of Escanaba, went to Mary Penet of Gladstone for her three-dimensional mixed-media piece "Journey from the Sacred Beginning to the Sacred End."
Michael Olson of Escanaba won the first of three Arts Network Awards for his photographic composite "Boaz, Protector of Ruth". Marc Himes of Negaunee won the second for "Celestial Collision Yellow Birch Burl," wood and dyes; and Pam Beal and Wayne Walma of Mass City won the third for a mixed-media piece, "Buxtehude's Delight."
Photo courtesy of Craig Woerpel
Winners in the Northern Exposure XIX exhibit at the Bonifas Arts Center were awarded prizes at the reception on Nov. 8. Mary Penet of Gladstone (left), winner of the second prize, and Ginnie Cappaert of Stephenson, winner of first prize, are congratulated by juror Lisa Ambrose of Kendall College of Art and Design.
Arts network awards are sponsored by: Alberta House Arts Center, Sault Ste Marie; Art & Garden Gallery, Stephenson; ArtWorks Gallery, Iron Mountain; Cheap Joes Art Stuff; East Ludington Gallery, Escanaba; Erickson Center for the Arts, Curtis; Frame Farm, Gladstone; Healthquest, Escanaba; Lake Effect Community Arts, Manistique; Les Cheneaux Islands Art Gallery, Hessel; Mackinaw Trail Winery, Manistique; Menominee Area Arts Council; Munising Bay Arts Council; Nasco; Oasis Gallery, Marquette; Open Wings Gallery, Munising; Red Jacket Art Supplies, Lake Linden, Silver Crow, Marquette; Sviland Paint & Wallcoverings, Escanaba; Ten Mile Creek Forge Pottery Lighting & Gifts, Bark River.
Northern Exposure XIX is made possible in part by Gallery Partners Escanaba Veterinary Clinic and McDonald's of Harvey and Marquette. It is on display at no charge in the Powers Gallery through Dec. 20. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Other awards are:
Chamber of Commerce Award: Dennis Staffne of Marquette, "Number 3," photography; $100 award sponsored by Alger County Chamber of Commerce and the Sault Area Chamber of Commerce.
Featured Artist Awards place artists from Northern Exposure in galleries around the Peninsula:
City of Marquette Arts & Cultural: Russell Prather, Marquette, Pink Pod, acrylic on duralar.
Erickson Center for the Arts, Curtis: Susan E. Roubal, Marquette, "Rustic Sitting," pastel.
Zyiad & Co Gallery, Calumet: Barry Bernstein, Marquette, Teapot with Coil Handle, ceramic.
Media Awards spotlight Northern Exposure exhibitors in area media:
Daily Mining Gazette, Houghton: Georgie Tsenov, Houghton, "The Morning Wind," oil.
Escanaba Daily Press: Carol Phillips, Marquette," Jumpsuit," oil on clay
Iron Mountain Daily News: Scott A. Maki, Escanaba, "Everything Is Everything," marker.
Marquette Mining Journal : Brady Nelson, Gladstone, "Treasures Of Youthful Virtues," oil.
Munising News: Tom Buchkoe, Marquette, "Striking Superior," photography
Upper Peninsula Second Wave: Dennis Staffne, Marquette, "Snow Blower," photography.
Upper Peninsula Second Wave: Sara Bagley, Garden, "Illusions," pen & ink.
Purchase Prizes are purchases of exhibited pieces by area residents and businesses for their permanent collections:
Baybank: Susan E. Roubal, Marquette, "Rustic Sitting," pastel.
Bay de Noc Community College: Russell Prather, Marquette, "Pink Pod," acrylic on duralar.
Delta Area Chamber of Commerce: Dan Young, Escanaba, "A Good Day's Work," photography.
Gladstone Eye Care: Dennis Staffne, Marquette, "Snow Blower," photography
Law Offices Michael J. Manning: Michael Olson, Escanaba, "Connected," photography on canvas.
McDonalds of Escanaba and Gladstone, Tim and Cathy Wilson: Michael Olson Escanaba "Boaz, Protector of Ruth," photograph/composite.
Schneider, Larche, Haapala & Co. Escanaba: Paul A. Rose, Garden, "Old Fishing Hull," photography.
Robert & Darolyn Spannuth: Meegan Flannery, Marquette, "Sound Asleep Beneath a Dancing Sky," oil.