ESCANABA - Visitors are invited to a special Open House on Friday, July 12, from 3 to 5 p.m., to view Places and Faces: Recalling Escanaba's Heritage.
The show is on display at the Bonifas Arts Center through Aug. 1 as part of Escanaba's Sesquicentennial celebration, and focuses on places in Escanaba's history. It illustrates Escanaba's unique waterfront and downtown areas, both as they were and as they were seen by area residents or visitors.
Using as anchor for the exhibit the lighthouse, park, marina, yacht club, fish house, boatyard, ore docks, ice house, House of Ludington, courthouse, library, Sayklly's, the Delft Theater, Main Street, the East Ludington Gallery, the U.P State Fairgrounds, and OSF St. Francis Hospital, photos are accompanied by artworks from the community.
Volunteer Betty Breclaw straightens out a mannequin nun for the display on OSF St Francis Hospital at the Places and Faces exhibit at the Bonifas Arts Center through Aug. 1.
"We thank the Delta County Historical Society for their generous help in loaning us historic photos from their collection, and for helping us identify some of the items we ended up with," said Pasqua Warstler, Gallery and Education Director for the Center.
Response from the public has been enthusiastic, as residents and visitors alike enjoy the sight of familiar places through several pairs of eyes.
View it yourself at the Open House on July 12, from 3 to 5 p.m., as part of the Art and Culture Day activities for the 150th celebration. There is no charge to attend.
"It's the Friday of the Maritime Festival, and I understand the carriage rides from the park will deliver folks to the Arts Center if you need a lift," Warstler said.
Center hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Exhibits at the Arts Center are made possible in part by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs, with special funding from the Esky 150 Committee.