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      Bonifas Arts Center kicks off its Esky 150 celebration with local art

      The William Bonifas Fine Arts Center, located at 700 1st Avenue South in Escanaba, opens its Places and Faces Exhibit in the Powers Gallery, capturing Escanaba's history as a port city.

      The display features donated paintings, photographs and artifacts of Escanaba's downtown and waterfront areas. Gallery and Education Director, Pasqua Warstler, said, "When you come into the exhibit, you'll see the waterfront and this very expansive, beautiful mile-long park that our city founders had the foresight to set aside for the public."

      Many of the paintings show a history of local families and their stories. Other paintings and old photographs reflect images of the U.P. State Fair, U.P. winter scenes, island bridges and more.

      The exhibit is currently open to the public and runs through August 1.

      The William Bonifas Arts Center is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.