Category: Art and Culture

Cornhusk Doll Exhibit Opens at NMU’s DeVos Museum

Marquette, MI – Northern Michigan University’s DeVos Art Museum will present an exhibit that explores the ancient art form of cornhusk dolls to preserve traditional culture and history. “Elizabeth Doxtater: Art of Peace” will be on display Sept. 26-Dec. 9. An opening reception and artist talk is scheduled at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26. Admission is free.

Doxtater is a Six Nations (Mohawk) artist. She was inspired to create this work after viewing iconic western paintings such as Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper and Mona Lisa. She began to wonder how she could visually represent and celebrate her own cultural history, which has been based on oral traditions. Doxtater invites viewers to consider their role in creating peace in the world.

The exhibit features more than 100 corn husk dolls in two displays: Peacemaker’s Journey and the First Council Fire (Encircles Everything). It is presented in collaboration with the Center for Native American Studies.

Museum hours are: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday; noon to 8 p.m. Thursday; and 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

William Bonifas Fine Arts Center presents Transient Moments: Foresight to the Present

William Bonifas Fine Arts Center presents

Transient Moments: Foresight to the Present

Photography Competition


September 18th – November 4th 2015

New Deadline will be noon on August 21, 2015.

NEW Special Price for Entry

$25, which is the member price!

Juror’s Choice Awards

1ST PLACE – $500

2ND PLACE – $300

3RD PLACE – $150


Traveling Exhibit Awards

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Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island and The DeVos Place in Grand Rapids!

Where has technology brought our culture to date, and where will we go? We are seeking entries that include imagery of the changes that have been brought on by technology.

Transient Moments: Foresight to the Present is a juried exhibit that asks photographers to look at our landscape, architecture, communications, weather, economy &/ or our culture in general and submit images that demonstrate in some fashion, a change from past to present. Send us photography of how technology changed our world!

Submissions can be multi-media as long as they include some photographed image. All types of photographic methods are encouraged.

To download the application click Here

Your example may include the Upper Peninsula’s mining sites, Detroit’s abandoned factories and repurposed strip malls, or the advent of wind turbines and solar energy. All subjects, including people, are eligible.

This competition is open to Michigan-based photographers 18 years and older. Work previously exhibited at the Bonifas Arts Center is not eligible. Accepted entries will need to be brought or shipped display-ready to the following address:

William Bonifas Fine Arts Center

700 First Avenue South

Escanaba MI, 49829

ATTN: Gallery Director

Entries must have been completed within the last two years and you must be the photographer and owner of the copyright for any image.

New Deadline will be noon on August 21, 2015.
This is not a postmark date. Late entries will not be accepted.

The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs Announces Grant Awards

The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) today approved 384 grants, located in 52 counties, totaling $7.6 million in awards. These grants represented awards in the Artist in Education –Residencies, Capital Improvement, Program for Operational and Projects Support, the Regional Regranting program and the Services to the Field program.

“I am truly appreciative of the support the MCACA has received from Governor Snyder and the legislature and of their confidence in the MCACA process,” said MCACA Chairman Drew Buchholz. “Their support has MCACA moving forward and contributing significantly to Michigan reinvention. The great support we receive from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation is amazing as well. Without them our statewide, regional and national reach would be diminished.”

The MCACA adjudicates grant applications using a peer review process that is open to the public for observation, in person and online. MCACA held 20 separate panels and used the services of 98 professionals to determine eligibility for grant awards.

“MCACA received 475 grant applications thus far this fiscal year,” said John Bracey, Executive Director of MCACA. “Although we were only able to make 384 awards, I am truly gratified to see these grants go to so many communities. They provide access to arts and cultural programing in places and to people that may not have access without the work their local arts and cultural organizations. I firmly believe that access to the programs and projects of our state’s many arts and cultural organizations makes communities more welcoming and more vibrant places to live, our state a more attractive place for businesses to locate and provides our citizens with an amazing quality of life.”

For a complete list of grant awards, visit: or

MCACA, part of the Michigan Strategic Fund/Michigan Economic Development Corporation, serves to encourage, develop and facilitate an enriched environment of artistic, creative and cultural activity in Michigan. For more on its initiatives and programs, visit Become a fan on Facebook.

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Peter White Library Presents: 2013 Winter Wonderland

MARQUETTE, MI – The Peter White Public Library invites community groups, families and individuals to be a part of the 2013 Winter Wonderland Walk gallery of holiday trees and wreaths. Registration is now open for the community holiday exhibit featuring artificial trees and wreaths decorated in creative themes by organizations, classes, businesses, and families from across Marquette County. The trees and wreaths will be on display throughout the library from December 8 through January 2.

Register by Wednesday, November 27 to be a part of this popular seasonal tradition which is in its 18th year. Participants may provide their own artificial trees or borrow one from the library’s limited collection. Decorating begins on December 4.

Registration forms and exhibit details are available at the library or
online at the library website:

For more information call the library at 226-4318.

Dog Nights at the Peter White Library

Thursday, November 7th: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., in the Peter White Public Library Children’s Room. All children are invited to come read to a dog.  Increase your reading skills and confidence by reading aloud to a friendly, calm dog.  No registration required, just drop-in.  Call 226-4320 or visit for more information.

Shakespeare Readers

MARQUETTE, MI – Shakespeare Readers will meet on Wednesday, November 6 at 6:30 pm inthe Peter White Public Library’s Shiras Room for a reading of “Henry V.”

Written in 1599, this work is the final part of a tetralogy and tells the story of King Henry V of England, focusing on events immediately before and after the 1415 Battle of Agincourt during the Hundred Years’ War between England and France.

Shakespeare Readers is a group for anyone who is intrigued with reading the works of William Shakespeare. They meet on the first Wednesday of each month and new readers are always welcome.

For more information call 226-4318 or visit

We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks

MARQUETTE, MI – DocuMonday presents the film “We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks” on Monday, November 4 at 7:00 pm in the Peter White Public Library Community Room.

This documentary chronicles tells the story of the Sunshine Press launching the website in 2006. As run by Australian Internet activist Julian Assange, the site’s mandate involved regularly publishing top-secret documents and covert information, often regarding governments and their respective military operations.

“We Steal Secrets” was released in July 2013, is rated R and runs for 127 minutes.

There is no admission charge thanks to sponsorship by the Friends of the Peter White Public Library. For more information visit or call 226-4318.

Chinese Culture to be Celebrated at Peter White Library

MARQUETTE, MI – CineArts Films at Peter White Public Library, a series devoted to foreign and independent films, presents our second annual Reel China, a program celebrating Chinese culture through food and film on Saturday, November 2 at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room. The NMU Chinese Organization will offer a short cultural program and serve Chinese snacks followed by the movie “The Road Home.” Luo Yusheng returns to his childhood village from the city to bury his father. As he enlists help to carry out his mother’s wishes for a traditional burial for her husband, he learns the story of his parents’ romance, the first marriage in their village based on love rather than an arranged marriage. 2001. In Mandarin & French with English subtitles. 120 minutes. Free admission. Call 226-4309 or visit for more information.

Facing the Future – Addressing Uncertain Times on October 29th

MARQUETTE, MI – As we approach limits to growth over the next few decades, we will face challenges related to finance, energy, environment, resources, and climate. Our current path is unsustainable. Nicole Foss has been a biologist, environmental consultant, lawyer, research fellow at OxfordInstitute of Energy Studies, and is currently editor of “The Automatic Earth” Website. Laurence Boomert has a long history in contingency planning, green business development, and whole systems thinking. He is one of New Zealand’s foremost proponents of complementary currencies and new trading systems. Together they will explain how our human operating system functions, how and why it is vulnerable, and what we can do to build a new and resilient future within the emerging reality.

Date: October 29th, 2013
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Locations: 103 Jamrich Hall on Northern Michigan University’s campus

Please join Nicole Foss and Laurence BoomertFree for this enticing discussion! Open to the public. Donations accepted to cover expenses.

When This Elite Group Is Fighting Terror – There Are No Rules Of The Game…

Houston, TX, October 21, 2013 – A forty-year career in technology, providing geospatial solutions using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and satellite imagery, definitely gave Carlos Viola the ‘edge’ when writing realistic accounts of the part technology plays in the deadly and secretive world of terrorism. His debut novel, Black Lion (Harris & Johanssen Publishers, Inc.), tells the story of Mike Harris, a fearless U.S. Army major and member of the dreaded Desert Lions, an elite group within the Special Forces and feared by the enemy.

When America declares war on terrorism after the cowardly attacks of September 11, 2001, the president issues an order that makes every resource and top technology available to Mike Harris and his Desert Lions, assigning them the job of traveling the world with the purpose of eliminating all the terrorist elements of Al-Qaeda that threaten to disrupt world peace. Mike knows that his skills and expertise, and that of his band of courageous men, will be tested to the max once they are thrust into the shadowy world of covert operations.

What Mike doesn’t anticipate is falling in love at first sight with Marcie Johanssen, a rich and beautiful Danish heiress, who unwittingly gets dragged into the deadly struggle that is about to be unleashed in every corner of the globe.

In Black Lion, readers are alongside these brave heroes as they are plunged into the vivid and real world of deceit, secrecy and clandestine operations; sharing the ride with this elite group as they navigate their way through many deadly circumstances in a pulse-pounding, explosive plot that keeps readers anxiously turning pages! Please visit: for more information on this talented new writer and his thrilling debut novel.

For over twenty years, Carlos Viola served as president and CEO of Aeroterra SA; a technology company dedicated to providing geospatial solutions using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and satellite imagery, actively participating in all of the many projects undertaken by the company. A passionate reader and writer, Carlos began writing Black Lion, his first action novel, at age fifty-six.