Escanaba, Gladstone partner with Bonifas Center

ESCANABA – Membership has its privileges. Back in the 1990s that was the ad campaign for American Express. And it’s true as well for the William Bonifas Fine Arts Center.

Not only do members of the Bonifas receive discounts on the numerous classes and events that are regularly offered but they are also privy to updates and information that non-members may not get. Members of the Bonifas keep the arts alive in the community, and for that, and many other reasons, the Bonifas annually hosts its Membership show, an exhibit that exclusively displays the original work of its members.

The show opened on May 15 in the upper and lower galleries and will continue to run through June 9. On display are quilts, photographs, paintings in a variety of styles, as well as works from many other mediums.

This year’s show will include an awards presentation from the cities of Gladstone and Escanaba. As an in-kind sponsorship, representatives from each city will choose one or more of their citizens’ outstanding pieces to put on display in their respective city halls.

Darla Falcon, Gladstone City Manager, said Gladstone is proud to be partnering with the Bonifas on these awards. “People are so busy these days. I think art is something that is getting lost,” she said. “This gives our local artists an opportunity and a location to see their work displayed.”

Escanaba City Manager Jim O’Toole, agrees. “Our partnership with the Bonifas is a wonderful opportunity. It provides us the means to showcase our citizens’ creativeness and their active involvement in the local arts community.”

As a companion to the Membership show, the Bonifas will also simultaneously host in their studio space select pieces from the recently closed Bay College Student Art Show.

Gallery exhibits are free to the public. For more information, contact the Bonifas Arts Center at 786-3833, stop in during regular business hours, or visit them online at