At a Glance



The Arts


William Bonifas Fine Arts Center

The William Bonifas Fine Arts Center is a friendly spot in the central Upper Peninsula where you can tour gallery exhibits, participate in art workshops, learn something new in the educational classes and enjoy theatrical productions. The Alice Uren Powers Gallery hosts a variety of traveling exhibits as well as displays by regional artists throughout the year, while the Studio Gallery spotlights area art groups.  For more information visit:

Escanaba's Public Library

The Escanaba Library is home to numerous programs available for the whole family.  From book clubs to poetry groups, the library is home to various opportunities to enhance education, the arts, and personal connections.  The library offers research workstations, wireless internet access, and audiobook download workstation. 

The mission of the Escanaba Public Library is to provide our community with materials and services forlearning, enrichment and enjoyment in a welcoming environment. The library offers high speed public Internet workstations and a wireless network, fax service, a growing digital library including e-books, downloadable audiobooks, online language and literacy programs for adults and children and free access to online subscription databases through the Michigan e-library.

The library participates in regional and statewide resource-sharing initiatives which enable patrons to request and receive materials from libraries throughout the State. Highlights of the library’s collection include extensive local history and genealogy information, including regional newspapers holdings from 1869 to the present, an eclectic selection of over 1,500 DVDs for checkout, large-print books, magazines and more. The Friends of the Library sponsor reading programs for children, as well as technology classes and arts and cultural events for adults.
 Contact the library by phone: (906) 789-7323 or visit:

Players de Noc

Players de Noc is a non-profit organization that brings quality theater to Delta County.   The organization is composed of 100% volunteers.  Their most recent work has included the Pulitzer Prize Drama {Proof} and Moonlight and Magnolias by Ron Hutchinson.  For more information on their current season visit:

John and Melissa Besse Center
Besse Gallery Bay College is home to this stunning visual and performing arts complex on the College's Escanaba campus.  The Center galleries present major art exhibits by regional and local artists, while the state-of-the-art Theater is home for Bay's theater productions, film showings, chamber concerts, and visiting musicians, hypnotists, comics, and other student oriented performances.
In addition, Bay's Hartwig Gallery, housed in the Bonifas Building features monthly exhibits by a wide variety of artists, scholars, or academic subjects. For more information visit:

Village Artisans of Garden

The building houses two organizations: A gallery open from May to October and the Village Artisans organization, a non-profit organization whose mission is to support the arts in the Garden Community.  The organization encourages artists by holding the gallery as a profit business where artist can display and sell their art work. 
The organization has also sponsored art classes, workshops, music and drama productions, lectures, demonstrations, and adult enrichment programs.

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Christine’s Gallery and Studio

Christine is a popular teacher in the area and is frequently requested to teach various studio classes for the Wm. Bonifas Fine Art Center as well as other arts organizations in the Upper Peninsula.  She specializes in painting with watercolors.  Her gallery on Main Street of Nahma houses her work, as well as works from 40 other artists.  The artwork ranges from printmaking to glass work.  For more information visit:

East Ludington Gallery

The East Ludington Gallery is a large historic building in downtown Escanaba.  It displays works of over 35 regional artists and crafts persons.  The building’s large rooms provide high quality art displays. and a true art experience.  Whether your taste is eccentric or functional, the East Ludington Gallery of Upper Michigan will have something for you. For more information visit:

Dr. Mary Cretens Art Gallery
The gallery is located in Gladstone City Hall and is run by volunteers.  The exhibits change every two months and are open to the public on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The exhibits include 2D and 3D artwork, and historical pieces.
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