ESCANABA - Punxsutawney Phil tells us we can expect plenty of cold winter weather between now and March. Luckily, the Bonifas Arts Center offers the perfect solution - quilts.
Their current gallery exhibition features the fiber arts and includes two companion exhibits. In the upper gallery is "Fabrications IV: U.P. Fiber Arts," a juried show for fiber artists across the Upper Peninsula.
"Making the Cut, an Art Quilt Invitational," displays a diverse range of quilts, from the traditional to the cutting edge, along the walls of the lower gallery. The Arts Center's newly appointed executive director, Pasqua Warstler, describes the show as "original works using a variety of fibers as material, creatively and skillfully executed."
A quilt, “Measuring the Wind,” shown in close-up, was created by Amber Lippold. It is a first-place winner.
On display through Thursday, March 6, the exhibit experience will be highlighted by a gallery walk on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. Hosted by Pat Frueh, this guided discussion will take an in-depth look at five or six of the exhibition pieces.
"The idea," says Frueh, who holds a bachelor's degree in art history, "is to emphasize a few of the more interesting aspects of each piece in order to better understand the artist's intent." An avid art lover, Frueh has hosted a number of gallery walks for the Arts Center over the years. "I feel strongly about supporting local artists. This is a terrific way to support our arts community, by honoring them, and by getting to know them a little bit better."
As a complement to the gallery walk, the Arts Center is offering a weekly Brown Bag Series. The series, which began on Feb. 5, runs each Wednesday through March 5. Patrons are invited to join a different artist for lunch as they present a variety of topics on the fiber arts. Bring a lunch, bring a friend, and enjoy these free presentations by and about the featured fiber artists.
All of these events are free to the public.
For more information, stop by the William Bonifas Fine Arts Center anytime Tuesday through Saturday during regular hours. visit their website at www.bonifasarts.org, or call the Arts Center at 786-3833.