Revolve Poster Show

On display through the month of November, the Revolve Poster Show includes 17 artists created limited edition art posters in conjunction with Revolve CC: A Creative Conference and our partnership with Ore Dock Brewing Company. This year’s inaugural theme is “Revolve & Mixing Media” and includes a variety of visual approaches. Artists range from around the Midwest and beyond, and include everything from current art students to seasoned professionals. Come be a part of the Revolve CC experience on November 9th, at the Masonic Center. For more information check out the website at www.revolvecc.net, via email info@revolvecc.net or through our social media accounts Instagram @revolve_cc and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/revolveccmqt/




Year of the Sunrise by Bugsy Sailor

Bugsy Sailor’s New Year’s Resolution is simple, to watch and photograph every sunrise of 2019.

On January 1, for the seventh consecutive year, he set out along the Great Lakes to watch the first sunrise of the new year. However, he hadn’t watched many sunrises from one New Year’s Day to the next.

During his most recent New Year’s Day road trip to Whitefish Point, he made a simple pact to himself, to watch and photograph every sunrise of 2019. The Year of the Sunrise focuses on being deliberate in seeking nature, while getting back to old passions of journaling and photography.

More than a journal or any photograph, this year is about being present in surroundings, completely rewriting a lifestyle, and finding delight in something that happens every single day.

The exhibit will be on display October 1-October 31, with an artist reception on Saturday, October 19, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in conjunction with the Fresh Coast Film Festival. See the entire project at www.yearofthesunrise.com.

Big Water, Big Earth by Colin Clancy

Colin Clancy started the art and screen printing business, Big Water Apparel, from his Marquette studio apartment back in 2011. He remembers sleeping on a mattress that he’d folded in half like a taco so that he could make enough room in the tiny space for his growing amount of screen printing equipment. The immensity of Lake Superior and its rugged shoreline inspired many of Big Water’s first T-shirt designs.

Colin has since moved to the mountains of Utah, where he’s focused more on pen and ink artwork and less on printing shirts. While he misses Marquette and his home state of Michigan every day, he still finds inspiration in the rugged beauty of the outdoors. This is evident in the fish, wildlife, and landscapes that he draws and paints. This line, called Big Water Big Earth, portrays Michigan’s lakes and forests, Utah’s mountains and rivers, and the living creatures that inhabit those landscapes in raw India ink and paint. The exhibit will be on display August 1-31. The community is invited to an artist reception on Saturday, August 3, at 7 p.m. at the Ore Dock Brewing Co.

Dark Side of Art Week

One of the best times to experience the variety of art in Marquette is during the City of Marquette’s Art Week, June 23-June 29, 2019. Art Week features performances, exhibits, shows, demonstrations and receptions. The Art Week Art Stroll takes place on Thursday, June 27, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., during which time artists of many styles have their art on display at businesses around downtown. “Dark Side of Art Week” is one such exhibit, on display from June 7-June 29 at the Ore Dock Brewing Company. The art is inspired by the unusual, fantastical creatures and creations of other worlds. This exhibit features multiple artists and their works all in one place. Come meet the artists and see their peculiar works during Art Stroll 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on June 27, where the weird is wonderful.


On display through the month of March, BODEGA’s exhibit will primarily focus on different approaches exploring a true STEAMPUNK theme. There will be additional creative included that will enhance the exhibit. The medium used will be acrylic on canvas along with Digital Art Prints. The community is invited to an artist reception on Saturday, March 16, at 6 p.m. at the Ore Dock Brewing Co.






The Never Year: 52 Weeks of Concert Posters That Never Happened by Mike Forester

Featuring the work of Marquette graphic designer Mike Forester, The Never Year started as a personal design project to keep skills sharp and work within a quick turnaround. Created in only 60 minutes, each poster was a challenge to concept and create a faux representation that captured the mood and style of the band. Using only 3 colors, the collection pays homage to silk-screened style printing techniques and features a wide range of musical acts. For each week of 2018, a band was selected at random using shuffle-mode on Spotify within one of Mike’s playlists. The exhibit will be on display throughout the month of January. Each poster features two colorways, and will be sold for $10 a piece on Thursday, January 31, at a public artist reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Fresh Prints by Jacob Rosenburg

A native of the U.P. and N.M.U. Alumni Jacob Rosenburg is finally coming home with his first art exhibition at the Ore Dock Brewing Co., on display through the month of October in conjunction with the Fresh Coast Film Festival. Featuring gig posters from Detroit, prints of nature, and other things. You can look at his stuff digitally at jacobrosenburg.com.

A public artist reception will be held Saturday, October 20, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. during the Fresh Coast Film Festival.




Ambiguous Landscapes by Matt Johnson

On display through the month of September, “Ambiguous Landscapes” features work by Matt Johnson. “Awe-inspiring landscapes have been a common subject matter throughout the history of painting, involving painters actively traveling or seeking these vistas to then translate them into paintings. Nature is an abstract artist. It mindlessly carves out the terrain using erosive elements, until what’s left are the pillars of the earth. I like to find these abstract works of nature and mirror them onto a canvas. I try to find landscapes that tend to look alien and unreal. Some of these landscapes are found in canyons, bones, and some can be found in our very own Pictured Rocks shoreline. I like to hone in on some of the mindless abstractions that occur such as color and volumetric form to disorient, entice and invite people into these landscapes. By focusing on these beautiful abstractions, I contribute a more contemporary depiction of landscape painting. ” The public is invited to an artist reception on Friday, September 14, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.



Recent Works on Paper by Christopher Lander Moore

Recent works on paper by Christopher Lander Moore, a printmaking artist based here in Marquette will be on display through the month of July. The exhibit features Moore’s work in Screen Print, Relief, Intaglio and Collagraph, and includes his gig poster work for ODBC’S “Loud And Proud” concert series. This is his first solo exhibition.

An artist reception open to the public will take place on Thursday, July 26, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.




Reverie: Artworks by Kimberly Newman and Melissa Hronkin

On display throughout the month of June. Kimberly Newman’s illustrations and floral paintings illustrate the intricacies of nature, and explore the sentimental language of flowers. These blossoms look and function like a tattoo; preserving memory, evoking emotion, and existing for the sake of adornment. Melissa Hronkin’s encaustics and beeswax collages feature vintage circus images – heroes, artists, entertainers, outsiders. Says the artist, “I am intrigued by these people and animals from the circus-past. The virtual, digital world leaves me nostalgic for the anachronistic, turn of the century age where trains chugged, gears turned, and science involved a lot of alchemy. Alchemy, magic, and mystery were embodied in the circus, and entertained the masses. “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science” – Albert Einstein. By creating compositions and encasing these memories in beeswax, I am creating memorials to a time gone by. I am honoring these heroes. As an artist, teacher, performer, and searcher, these stories inspire me when it seems the magic might be lost.” A public artist reception will take place on Thursday, June 28, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in conjunction with Art Week’s Art Stroll.

Inscape by Tessa Johnson

On display throughout the month of May. From the artist: “Things often don’t happen the way we intend them to. In this series of paintings I’m working with acrylic on canvas in creating a “controlled chaos.” Letting go of how I want the piece to look and working with what I have as it is transforming in front of me. It’s very much about the process. Playing with a relationship between fluidity and control. Its both exciting and scary to not know where a piece is going, when it takes a new shape or direction. Some of my happiest moments with painting are when the pieces evolve into something entirely new from the original intention. It feels more organic when I’m able to let go, adapt to the painting as it is being created, and surrender to the inevitable changes that occur in the process.” An artist reception will take place on Friday, May 25, at 7 p.m.

Dock Soup by Jess Niemi

On display throughout the month of April, Dock Soup is a collection of prints composed from live drawings made at the Ore Dock. Drawings that were not given or art exchanged with the performers were later scanned into the computer. Scanned images were then either mixed, matched, composed, or slightly enhanced using an open source free computer software program called Gimp. “My goal was to enhance the details of the drawings and also mix/match them to express the environment in which they were birthed. I find myself frequently visiting the Ore Dock to let loose, listen to the live tunes, work on some drawing, and enjoy mixing the soup a little.” Tools used include pens, markers, water brushes, charcoal, grease pencil, pastels and computer. They are used with various papers and cardboards to create the ingredients, with many papers and cardboards pulled from old posters or food packages.

Portrait Pasty by Carter McFall

On display throughout the month of March, Portrait Pasty is a nice warm serving of art created by local artist Carter McFall. Over the past three years Carter has created and collected a wide variety of portraits here in Marquette. Each one capturing a moment in time and preserving emotion on canvas. His subjects range widely from animals to the extra-terrestrial. While he experiments with differing ways to present the individual, he knows that his main goal is to bring the work to life. Like a pasty, this exhibit is Carter’s locally crafted bundle of love to share with the great people of da Yoop.


An artist reception will take place on Saturday, March 3, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.



reCreation: Ridable Artwork by Claire Moore

On display during the month of February. The celebration of the union between humans and environment is even more beautiful if the interaction is both unique and accessible. Every turn on a powder surfboard takes a special combination of earth, water, and the human desire to create in blank spaces. We currently live in a world where surfing on the snow is possible…and that’s a wonderful thing. Sometimes it takes a little reCreation to see that.

reCreation consists of handmade, maple wood snow surfboards, painted with a myriad of nature- and culturally-inspired imagery. Line-work and color take precedence in these visually demanding and vibrant art boards. Hang it on the wall when you’re not surfing the fresh powder at the park in town. reCreation…art that’s meant to be touched.



What Used To Be Good curated by SAG*

On display during the month of January, this show encompasses work from students at Northern Michigan University that responded to the theme, What Used To Be Good. The show title offers many avenues from which artists can respond. From social movements in our pasts and the styles of art that came of them to a more personal approach that explores pieces of an artist’s past that they consider to be good. An artist reception will be held on Friday, January 19, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. featuring music with The Curfews.

 This Is Only A Test by Paul Hess / Northmost Outpost

On display during the month of December, “This Is Only A Test” is a collection of screen printed test prints by Paul Hess. An artist reception and pop up art sale will take place on Friday, December 15, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.





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Liminalism: The Duality of a Contemporary Sporting Life by Josh DeSmit

On display during the month of October, Josh DeSmit is an obsessed artist, trout bum, and fly tier. He is also an avid hunter, outdoorsman, and former professional and collegiate hockey player. Josh grew up and still lives in Minneapolis, MN. He learned to trout fish and read water on the pocket-riddled brook trout streams of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where his father grew up, and where family owns a cabin. This combination of city life and wilderness adventure has become the foundation for Josh’s artistic style. Josh graduated from Lawrence University (Appleton, WI) in 2011, where he earned his BA in Studio Art. Here he learned to combine media in fascinating ways, and he continues to explore the power of spray paint, which he uses in many of his works.

Liminal, a word seldom heard, refers to a state of transition, a threshold not yet met, or a middle ground. As a contemporary outdoorsman living in a major metropolitan area this term is the basis of my work. Surrounded by the hum of the city, graffiti, traffic, advertising, and social media, my chaotic existence thirsts for balance in the effortless intricacy of nature, in particular hunting and fly fishing. As the lines of urban and rural are ever blending in my experiential landscape, as well as in the literal sprawl of civilization, I feel it necessary to illuminate this compressing duality through my art. Imagine fly fishing for carp on the Mississippi in the middle of downtown Minneapolis, or being forced to hunt 200 yards from the group next to you on the duck marsh because it is public land.

Though steeped in tradition, the sporting life has changed from exclusive to inclusive due in part to the digital age of universal accessibility. Ideal scenes from the sporting art of yesteryear no longer apply to a social generation. Our sporting art must offer nervousness, chaos, an uncomfortable feeling that stems from the encroachment of the urban swarm. Visually, the experience references modern painters of the early twentieth century, or street artists of the late twentieth century and early 2000s. All of which explored rapid changes in their current world. Bold, often unnatural, color and line will force the viewer to focus on a subject or issue, and the work will maintain recognizable forms. Aggressive brush strokes and hard stenciled spray paint accompanied by bold graphic lines will be apparent. Form will be simplified, blocky, an allusion to the urban and structure, while the subject matter will be unkempt and wild. A body of work loosely derived from the experiential duality of a contemporary sportsman.

50 by Bugsy Sailor

“50”, documentary photographs by Bugsy Sailor, will be on display in Ore Dock Brewing Co.’s community space throughout the month of September. The public is invited to an artist talk and reception on Friday, September 15, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Ten years ago, Bugsy Sailor completed a year-long road trip, staying in over 100 households of people he had never met, across all fifty states. Accompanied by stories, “50” displays one photo from each state, in its first public exhibit of this American adventure.


HOMECOMINGS by Ashley Williams

July will feature photography by Ashley Williams. Artist statement/exhibit description: “Home was a foreign concept to me until I moved to Marquette five years ago. At 27, I’d already moved state or country 18 times – occupying a total of 34 apartments and houses. All along the way, I collected painful experiences that left the mark of PTSD on my brain, mind, and body. Before Marquette, I always wanted to feel like I belonged, to find a place I didn’t want to leave.

HOMECOMINGS, a photographic collection focused on nature, is deeply personal to me. It symbolizes my indescribable slow climb out of a dark void. Dedicating myself to learning photography gave me reason to get out of bed for quite a while – until I felt I had a way to identify myself other than as sad and mentally ill. Each capture reminds me of the nurturing nature of this place and its community. I feel a pride which must be that “home” feeling I’d always heard about.”

While You Sleep by Ryan Stephens

In June, photographer and cinematographer Ryan Stephens will display “While You Sleep.” The exhibit explores the night sky and natural wonders of the northern hemisphere, and includes photography from Michigan, Wisconsin, and beyond. A public reception will be held on Thursday, June 29, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in conjunction with the City of Marquette’s Art Week Art Stroll.




Dark Woods || Sand Kingdom by Laura Reber

In May, “Dark Woods || Sand Kingdom”, a collection of new work by Laura Reber, will be on display in the community space. The exhibit will be composed of two series created this year. Sand Kingdom began as a commission for a friend’s nursery, utilizing animals and colors within her nursery theme. Incorporating sand and gesso into my paint to create undisguised yet fanciful woodland animals quickly became all too fun. One painting turned into three and then evolved into the series it is now.

An ardor for the deep woods and a particular affection for fishing spots around the Upper Peninsula created Dark Woods. A few of the pieces are from favorite outlooks on the Yellow Dog and Carp rivers, while others take form from a general fondness of the texture trees create on the horizon and the way that perception is altered throughout the day. The public is invited to an opening reception on Friday, May 5, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.



The Local Influence presented by SAG*

During the month of April, the community space will play host to “The Local Influence”, an exhibit curated by the Students’ Art Gallery at Northern Michigan University. Students will have the opportunity for their artwork to be displayed at two shows. The first show will be juried by NMU faculty and Ore Dock staff. From these selections, the Ore Dock will select works that will be taken to be on view in the community space for the month of April. The exhibit challenges students to develop work that celebrates Marquette and the surrounding areas. The public is invited to a reception on Friday, April 7, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., featuring music by local band The Portraits.

WANDER by Viktor Posnov

Ore Dock’s January-February exhibit is titled “WANDER”. View a collection of photography by Viktor Posnov—natural wonders spanning the United States with an eye for capturing the beauty of local treasures. The exhibit will be on display throughout the end of February. The public is invited to an artist reception on Thursday, January 12, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. when prints will be available for purchase. Invite your friends to the event to think about traveling and drink some brews.



Community Space Exhibit Application

Thank you for your interest in displaying your artwork in our upstairs Community Space! As the name implies, we strive to cultivate a vibrant and inclusive environment with community at the core and are excited to provide a space for local and regional artists to display their work and connect with the community.

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