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ESCANABA – Bay College announces the exhibition, Inspired by Life, of paintings by Marlene Wood in the Hartwig Gallery located in the Catherine Bonifas building on the main campus. His work will be exhibited from January 17 to February 23. An artists’ conference and reception will be held in the gallery at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 26.

The conference and the exhibition are free, all are welcome to attend. The college asks everyone on campus to wear a mask and stay home if they feel unwell. For more information about the gallery, visit

Marlene Wood, former owner of the Positive Strokes Art School and Gallery (Palatine, Illinois {established May 2000}) and past president of TAG (The Art Guild of Palatine), has been teaching art to children and adults for over thirty year. Her passion is to teach in a way that inspires personal self-discovery, emotion and the unleashing of creative juices. The heart of Marlene’s philosophy is that “If one can learn to see correctly, everything else {in art} is both teachable and accessible”. Marlene brings with her a diverse arts education and a positive, supportive approach to teaching.

His experience includes studies at The Palette and Chisel (Chicago), Studio in the Woods (Wacaunda) and workshops / instructions with many well-known artists such as Richard Schmid, Scott Burdick, John Naylor, Bruno Serdo and Jim Pollard. Much of his insight also came from his artist friends, students and associates. Her previous training in clinical psychology has helped her develop and reinforce creativity and motivate her students through the use of a positive and supportive teaching style.

She encourages students to see and draw correctly, and then to move beyond this realm to personal self-creativity, artistic progression, and experimenting with new mediums. Seasoned students are encouraged to become dynamic artists by taking risks and finding new ways to approach their creative growth.

Currently teaching classes and workshops for Marquette Arts and Culture Center (Marquette, Michigan), Bonifas Art Center (Escanaba, Michigan), and through his personal studio, Positive Strokes Art Studio (home and home workshops). exterior), Wood focuses on oils, pastels, plein air painting and drawing. She has also developed and supervises / teaches art programs in several external agencies and educational institutions. She has been selected to be part of a variety of community and fundraising projects and juryed public art exhibitions.

As a member artist of the Zero Degrees Art Gallery (Marquette, Michigan), Wood exhibits and sells his works and is currently the president of the gallery. She has participated in Marquette Art Week, creating hands-on 3D community projects, is the coordinator of the annual Plein Aire (Marquette, Michigan) competition, a member of the Lake Superior Art Association and winner of several art exhibition awards. His work can also be found in many private and public collections.


Art is history! When I look around I feel the need to share the beauty, the change, the definition of time and the life stories that exist forever and are transforming both in my personal world and in the world I am in. exist.

People are my favorite – they represent their personality and their life through obvious emotions, stature and their interactions with their surroundings. I find it more important to paint the essence of someone than to show all of their endless details. Friends and strangers are recognized as they relate to who they are or might be in terms of individual makeup and character.

The landscapes will forever keep me in awe – their beauty, their ever-changing powers and how they represent the multitude of diversity that surrounds us. I like to travel, to paint landscapes that represent a region, a region or the personality of what surrounds me. Water, in the form of oceans, lakes, rivers and wetlands, is my favorite. It appears to represent change, as its movement represents constant change – similar to our ever-changing lives.

My table, “From the lake to the river” is one of a large collection of open-air paintings produced on the shores of Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. This is where my heart is, my future home and feeling, not just a place I have been traveling for over 35 years. I never tire of the endless changes, uniqueness and sheer beauty of this region that I will one day call my home.

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