Regional Artists Express Variations of Time for Third 5×7 Art Show

LSSU 5x7 Art Show
LITTLE BIG SHOW – Lake Superior State University geology professor emeritus Ken Hatfield - himself an accomplished regional artist - examines I See More Than Meets The Eye by Kinzey Heikkinen, one of more than 90 5x7 canvases donated by Michigan and Ontario artists during a reception on April 22 in the LSSU Arts Center gallery. Works will be displayed the gallery through May 27. Hatfield's work is being shown in the Kenneth Shouldice Library gallery through May as well. (All photos LSSU/Kati Doty)

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – A reception has launched a showing of more than 90 5×7 canvases donated by Michigan and Ontario artists to be in Lake Superior State University’s Arts Center gallery through May 27.

The April 22 reception opened the third annual 5×7 Art Show, a juried competition cosponsored by LSSU and Chippewa County Sunrise Rotary Club. Patrons viewed and purchased original works to benefit LSSU Arts Center Gallery exhibition programming and Rotary’s earmarked designation in support of a sidewalk project for the Robert and Helen Ball Hospice House in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. 2016’s theme was, Time. This program also featured food and friendship accompanied by the beautiful music of live piano and cello.

Taking first-place honors and receiving $300 was Gail Stanek, Norway, Mich., for her oil, It’s Not Who, It’s When; second place with a prize of $200 went to April South-Olson, Escanaba, Mich., for her work in encaustic, Hourglass Meadow; third place with a prize of $100 was given to LSSU student Andrew Grossmann, Gobles, Mich., for his acrylic Story of My Life. Rob Bowen, Brimley, Mich., took honorable mention for the oil, Witness to the Effects, as did Susan Johnson, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., for her mixed media, Counting Time in Squares. Stefanie Moran, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., rounded out honorable mentions with A Lifetime in Pebeo Vitrail paint.

Pieces, each available for purchase for $50, are in the Arts Center gallery 12-4 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday; 12-6 p.m. Wednesday.

A special thanks goes to show sponsors Barnes & Noble, The Art Store, Blumark-Henry Guzzo, Central Savings Bank, Cooper Dental, Demaray Bookeeping Service, Edward Jones – David Weber, Island Book & Crafts, Meemic-LaPrade Agency, Rotary of Sault Ste Marie, Sault Realism, Sault Vision Clinic, Soo Motors, Superior Insurance Agency, War Memorial Hospital, and Ryan’s Jewelry.

Next year’s 5×7 show theme is, Through A Window. Contact gallery manager Sharon Dorrity at [email protected] for show entry and sponsorship details.