No shortage of February classes at the Bonifas

ESCANABA – February may be a short month, but it’s packed with good things, including a variety of classes at the Bonifas Arts Center.

“We have a great mix of classes this semester,” said Pasqua Warstler, Gallery and Education Director for the Center. “And we have a great mix of returning favorite and wonderful new teachers, too.”

The month starts with a busy week, Warstler said.

“We have shiny, swingy, scrumptious, and skills classes – and that’s just through the 7th,” she said.

Artists looking to improve skills can enjoy Pen and Ink with Sara Bagley on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bagley, an award-winning artist, explains her techniques and tips for creating detailed drawings. Using technical pens and archival papers, students leave with a completed, matted drawing. Cost for the course is $32 or $26 for Center members, including materials.

New Bonifas instructor Brady Nelson of Gladstone presents Observational Drawing on Thursdays, beginning Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. Nelson has won prizes for his portraits. He will bring his knowledge of light, shadow and value, taking a traditional studio approach as participants explore charcoal, graphite, and conte media. The class runs through March 7, and costs $52 or $42 for Center members, including materials.

Life Drawing on Feb. 5 is an open studio format. That means the sessions are self-guided, with no instructor. The sessions offer a live model for artists to sketch from, and anatomy books, drawing boards and benches are available for use by participants. Students must be 18 years old. The sessions run Tuesdays, Feb. 5 and 19, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Per-session fee is $16 or $10 for Center members.

Want to move more? The Center offers a choice: Ashtanga Yoga with Heather Wastell and Belly Dancing with Jeana Harmon. Both offer great ways for participants to move and use their body, and both offer seasoned, friendly instructors. By taking both classes, individuals can combine the toning, balance improvement and reduced back stress of Belly Dancing with the Ashtanga sequences that lead to strength, flexibility, mental alertness, and increased immune system functioning.

Ashtanga Yoga runs on Mondays from 6 to 7 p.m., beginning Feb. 4, and Belly Dancing is on Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. beginning on Feb. 6. Cost for the four-week yoga course is $38, or $30 for Center members. Cost for the four-week Belly Dancing course is $25 or $20 for members.

There’s little shinier in the art world than glass, and Alysa Diebolt returns to the Bonifas with two new classes: Glass Fusing Beginner Votive on Feb. 4 and Glass Fusing Beginner Jewelry on Feb. 6. Diebolt has won awards for both her glass and business skills. She’ll take the class through the process step-by-step, and each participant will end up with a new holder for votive candles or metallic dichroic jewelry – either two pendants or a pendant and earring set. Cost for the votive class is $30, or $24 for members; cost for the jewelry class is $32 or $26 for members.

The tastiest classes at the Arts Center may well be the Culinary Arts: What’s Cooking? series. These bring knowledgeable, artistic cooks into the Center kitchen to demonstrate how to create dishes participants will love for years. On Feb. 5, Tori Irving will demonstrate Japanese favorites sushi, inarizushi, gyoza, and miso soup. The tastes will delight the participants and bring a whole different accent to their everyday cooking. Take-home recipes will be provided. The class, sponsored by Halbinsel Volkswagen Mazda, costs $15 or $12 for members.

Class fees include supplies. To insure that each class runs, individuals are asked to register at least one week ahead of the class date. This means supplies can be ordered ahead of time. Registrations for classes which meet minimum requirements, may still be taken up to the time of the class, provided there is room.

To register, or for more information, or for a complete class listing, call 786-3833, or visit