Friday 10, 2009

MARQUETTE, Mich.—“UP: FOCUS," an annual exhibition highlighting artists who live in or are heavily influenced by the Upper Peninsula, is on display at the DeVos Art Museum at Northern Michigan University.

This year's featured artists take inspiration from nature in unique ways. Ritch Branstrom is based in Rapid River, but his playful found-object sculptures are seen in public places across the Upper Peninsula. Joyce Koskenmaki, based in Hancock, creates drawings and oil paintings that are realistic in style, yet hint towards something hidden or mystical. 

A reception is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 16. The exhibit runs through Aug. 9. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday; and  1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Kristi Evans
News Director