On the upper floor of Donckers restaurant, candy shop and soda fountain in Marquette, artist Rosa Musket of Marquette displays antique bottles of Lake Superior water with her Cuban cigar boxes, transformed into "trugs." (Photos by Keweenaw Now)
Rosa Musket explains her recycling of Cuban cigar boxes, donated by Book World, as follows: "Repurposing Cuban cigar boxes is an important element to my creative process. I feel I am honoring the labors of the box makers and the cedar trees of Central and South America. It involves 6-10 people to build each box from beginning to end. The cigar box design is based on a variety of specifications, i.e., cigar size, numbers and humidity control needed. The result: beautifully crafted boxes and fine cigars. To bring you this handcrafted product many steps are taken by others and me."
May pole by Rosa Musket, who states, "In my May Pole reinterpretation I've expressed freedom to well being/life.
It is my hope that you too will make a May Pole." (This exhibit began in May and continues through the end of July.)
Mixed media in pink with symbolic elements, by Rosa Musket.
Mixed media creation by Rosa Musket. Note small turtles hanging near the bottom of the display. Musket says of her art, "As an artist whose vocabulary tends to be metaphoric and visual, commenting on the past and present, I had the great fortune of growing up with visits to the Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit, Michigan. This departure from the hard scape that comprises much of the setting in the Lower Peninsula was of color and texture and allowed contemplation of the possible."
Also on exhibit at Donckers are acrylic paintings by Marquette artist Michael La Tulip. This work is titled "Mouth of the Little Garlic River." La Tulip says of his work, "I've pretty much lived on the Great Lakes all my life, and I enjoy the turmoil and the unrest of the water."
"Paper Moon" by Michael La Tulip.
"Superior Essence" by Michael La Tulip.
"Superior Sunset" by Michael La Tulip. "It can be a sunset or a sunrise," La Tulip says of his "sunset" paintings. "I leave it up to the person who admires the painting."
Sunset painting by Emmett, a young admirer of Michael La Tulip's paintings, who writes below his own painting, "Dear Mr. La Tulip, Thank you for the sunset picture. I hung it by my bed because I like it so much. I painted a picture for you. I hope you like it."
On the wall at Donckers are also displayed these photos of President Obama during his visit to Donckers in February 2011. He had lunch here and purchased a Valentine gift for Michelle Obama before his speech at Northern Michigan University.
Daniel Truckey, director and curator of the Beaumier Heritage Center at Northern Michigan University, poses with a "totem" of his own family during the Beaumier's recent "Across the Border" historic exhibit on Canadians in the Upper Peninsula. In 1999 artist Mary Wright (of the recent "Story Line" project) spearheaded a community art project in Marquette as part of the City's sesquicentennial celebration. Local families created totem poles focusing on their history in Marquette. This is a remaining portion of the totem created by Willard Truckey, whose great-grandfather, Rene Trottier / Truckey, came to Marquette in 1860 from St. Pierre-les-Becquets, Québec. This sign refers to Rene's ancestor Antoine Trottier, who was part of one of the first fur trade expeditions to the Lake Superior Region.
Part of the Beaumier Canada exhibit, this poster with historic photos tells the story of Chassell native Dave Bezotte's French Canadian family. Bezotte, who speaks French and celebrates French Canadian culture in the Keweenaw with his musical talents, including his singing group Maple Sugar Folk, is pictured at the top of the poster.
This family fiddle lent to the Beaumier exhibit by musician Dave Bezotte belonged to his grandfather, Irénée Dostaler, who, as a teenager, came to Chassell from St. Cuthbert, Québec, which is located in a region known for its strong folk music tradition. Irénée traded a gun for the fiddle, which was already about 50 years old at the time.
Wedding dress from 1914.
This poster tells the history of St. Anne's Parish in Chassell, Michigan, where French Canadians began to settle in the 1880s.
While much of the exhibit consists of French Canadian immigrant stories and artifacts, this poster tells about Anglophones who settled in the region. For more on the Beaumier Heritage Center and their upcoming exhibit, "UP in 3D," go to http://webb.nmu.edu/Centers/BeaumierHeritageCenter/ and click on Exhibitions.