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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