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.

  • Please submit 3 images of the work to be displayed, or similar examples.
  • Please submit 3 images of the work to be displayed, or similar examples.
  • Please submit 3 images of the work to be displayed, or similar examples.
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