Bernie Ash paintings to be displayed

MARQUETTE — Local artist Bernie Ash will auction five of his acrylic paintings from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the Lost Creek Community Center.

Ash is a member of the Lost Creek Beautification Committee, a volunteer group of seniors who have several projects underway. Once such project is to rid the 29-acre complex of spotted knapweed, an invasive species that has roots that poison surrounding plants. In its place, native Michigan wildflowers and perennials are being planted. The proceeds from the auction will be used to purchase more of these plants.

The five paintings include “Lost Creek Trapper,” which features a buckskin-clad trapper on his horse with his pack horse wading through a river; “The Demise of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” portraying the boat in the roiling dark waters that consumed it; “Northern Lights over Marquette,” featuring a black sky filled with multi-colored lights; “Superior Shoreline,” showing a calm lake and pine trees; and “Cedar Swamp in Winter,” a peaceful winter landscape.

Ash’s paintings can be viewed at the Lost Creek Community Center, 200 Lost Creek Drive between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. throughout this week.