Inspiring U.P.

Photos to have life beyond Bonifas exhibit

“Pure Superior” by Michael Olson is shown above. Award-winning photographs featured in the Bonifas Arts Center’s “The Inspiring U.P.” will be showcased elsewhere in the region and online. (Photo courtesy of the Bonifas Arts Center)

ESCANABA — Award-winning photographs featured in the Bonifas Arts Center’s “The Inspiring U.P.” exhibit will continue to be showcased elsewhere in the region and online, according to a release from the Bonifas Fine Arts Center.

As the winners of the traveling-exhibit awards, sponsored by the Mackinac Arts Council, the work of 14 regional photographers will be showcased at an “Inspiring U.P.” exhibit May 16-June 12 at the Center for the Arts at Mackinac Island’s Mission Point Resort.

The show will feature “Frost Leaf” and “Superior’s Secrets” by Tracy Anderson, of Rapid River; “Twiggy” by Brooke Shirley and “Consequences” by Cameron Wilcox, of Marquette; “Midnight Train” by Sharon Ann Bodenus, of Little Lake; “Attitude” and “Autumn at the Hurricane River” by Paul Nelson, of Gwinn; “Feather on Post” by Peggy O’Connell, “Bridge to the Past” by Dan Young, “Sailor’s Delight” by Sue Ellisor, “Psychedelic Sisters” by Michael Hall, and “Enter the Future Through the Past” by Kate Oman, of Escanaba; “Powwow Dancers” by William Savage and “Rainbow Rocks” by Shelly Dinsmoore, of Munising; “Reflecting Back” and “The Trappers Cabin” by Phyllis Carlson, of Quinnesec; and “Ore Dock Sunrise “ and “North Windows” by Tim Trombley, of Chatham.

The Center for the Arts gallery, with a view of Lake Huron, is located in the Mission Point Theater lobby. Admission is free.

In 2018, as the winner of the featured artist award, also sponsored by the Mackinac Arts Council, the photos of P. David Allen II, of Marquette, will be exhibited in a solo show at the Mission Point Center for the Arts featuring “Mergansers Reflected,” “Common Flicker,” and “Morning Light.”

The winners of Upper Peninsula Travel and Recreation Association awards currently are being featured on UPTRA’s website,, with the aim of providing national visibility to the artists on a website devoted to celebrating the U.P. and all it has to offer.

There, viewers can check out “Over The Top” by Dinsmoore; “North Windows” by Trombley; “Marquette Fireworks” by Bodenus; and “Kayakers Sunset” by Savage.

Additional photographs will be displayed in OSF St. Francis Hospital and Medical Group’s new Gladstone clinic.

The following works were honored with purchase prizes, sponsored by OSF St. Francis Hospital and Medical Group: “Guiding Light,” “Over The Top,” and “Rainbow Rocks” by Dinsmoore; “North Windows” and “Ore Dock Sunrise” by Trombley; “Bond Falls” by Kathleen Groeneveld, of Vulcan; “Yooper Hope Diamond” and “Psychedelic Sisters” by Hall; “Winter Morning Birch” by Terri Sands, of Negaunee; “Bridge To The Past” by Young; “Autumn At The Hurricane River” by Nelson; “The Gift of Mother Nature” by Jessica Wells, of Marquette; “Frost Leaf” by Anderson; “Splash On Rocks” by O’Connell; “Chicago Lake Hiawatha National Forest,” “Historic Fayette,” “The Red Canoe Series No. 1,” and “Precious Time Chicago Lake” by Paul Rose, of Garden; and “A Superior Contribution,” “Boaz, Protector of Ruth,” “Cheap Therapy,” “Nature’s Chandelier,” “Nature’s Tapestry,” “Frosted Winter Beauty,” “Pure Superior,” “Tangled,” “Worth the Early Rise,” and “Breath of Summer” by Michael Olson, of Escanaba.

The exhibit’s award winners —“Superior’s Secrets” by Anderson (first place), “Midnight Train” by Bodenus (second place), and “Jiingtamok” by Savage (third place) — and additional photos can be viewed online in the Bonifas’ permanent art collection archive at by clicking the “Bonifas Permanent Collection” link listed under “gallery” and then selecting “Inspiring UP / Photography” under “Collections.”

This year, for the first time, the Bonifas created a separate award category solely for college students, the awards made possible by support from Northern Michigan University’s School of Art and Design, Lake Superior State University’s Arts Center Gallery, and Bay College Arts and Culture. Online viewers of the permanent collection can check out “Alone in the Storm” by Heather Calouette, of Gladstone; and “The Gift of Mother Nature” by Wells, the student award winners.