Storm, painting by Anny Hubbard

Storm, painting by Anny Hubbard

Sault Area Arts Center in Alberta House
2016 Exhibition Schedule

Last updated: May 1, 2016

February 2 to 27: Paintings by Ellen VanLaar.   Raised in Grand Rapids, but drawn to Lake Superior, Ellen moved up here in 2003 and now has residences in Sault, Michigan and Batchawana Bay, Ontario.  The vibrantly colored paintings in this exhibit are based on elemental human experiences which she will discuss in the series of three Tuesday evening workshops during February.  Contact her for information on the workshops (  See her work at  Meet the artist at her reception on Sunday, February 7, from 7 to 9 p.m.

March 1 to 31Gene Usimaki Retrospective.   Gene Usimaki, who died in November of 2015, was a founding member of the Le Sault Artists Guild, the EUP Craftsmen, and the Sault Area Arts Council in addition to being a prime mover in the establishment of Alberta House.  She was an award-winning painter who worked primarily in water media.  Her subject matter varied widely but favorite themes were the natural beauty of the Lake Superior region, flowers and the French countryside near her son’s home.

April 1 to 30: Artists Choice IV, the Olive Craig Gallery’s Annual Juried Exhibition.  This annual show has had a wide variety of themes over the years, but lately the “Artist’s Choice” format has proved both popular and full of surprises.  Great things happen when good artist are given the opportunity to express themselves in their own way and in the medium of their choice, so once again, the gallery is giving them free rein as to subject and media and is encouraging both two and three dimensional work.

At right, the 1st place winner of the 2015 juried exhibition: “Cabin of Tom Thompson” by Judy Henderson.

May 3 to 31Otto Bacon and Anny Hubbard.  Otto Bacon is a Brimley blacksmith who crafts garden décor, sculptures, items for the home, and more. 

Anny Hubbard’s exhibit is invitational.  Anny paints in the traditional Woodland Indian style, and produces traditional dolls, birch bark cutouts, clay figures and more.  She is also a poet.

At right, a bell by Otto Bacon.



June 1 to 30Anthony Strublic and Janet Bonnell.  Tony Strublic in the Olive Craig Gallery works in graphite.  This Marinette, WI artist is making quite a name for himself with his detailed, nautical, pencil drawings. In 2015 he took First Place in Escanaba’s Waterfront Art Festival and followed up a week later with the Sault Summer Arts Festival Graphics Award.  Look for detailed pencil drawings of freighters, lighthouses and more.

Janet Bonnell’s beautifully designed and crafted coiled fiber art is in the Mini Gallery.  This artist has won many a Best of Craft award and a number of First Place awards both in crafts and in fine arts.

At right, works by Anthony Strublic (above) and Janet Bonnell (below).

July 1 to 30Yoshiko Van Voorhies and Lori Feldspausch.  Both Yoshiko Van Voorhies and Lori Feldpausch are De Tour artists.  Yoshiko Van Voorhies is no stranger to Alberta House.  Her last exhibit was in August of 2013.  Yoshiko works in pen and ink, watercolor, acrylic and graphite. Her subject matter varies, but the focus is on the beauty and spirit of the northland. This year’s show title is Eye on Nature.

The best way to learn about Lori Feldpausch is to check out her website:  She works in oils and has a wide repertoire. 

At right, works by Yoshiko Van Voorhies (above) and Lori Feldspausch (below).

August 2 to 31: Mary Stroba and Judy Colein.  Mary Stroba works primarily in oils and her subject matter varies widely—lots of landscapes, a bit of whimsy, a few abstracts and a rare aptitude for painting birds.  She won the Sault Summer Arts Festival Painting Award in 2014.  Her last Alberta House exhibit was in July of 2014.

Judy Colein is a multi-media artist, everything from photography, which has garnered her many awards, to painting, jewelry and body products. Lately she has been spending more time with fibers — especially needle felting and rug hooking, but Judy is eternally questing and that could change.

At right, works by Mary Stroba (above) and Judy Colein (below).

September 1 to 30: Cynthia Cote and Auction Preview.  Cynthia Cote is the founding director of the Copper Country Community Arts Center, and a multi-media artist.  Her work, including repurposed photographs, has been in Alberta House in earlier traveling group exhibits.

Auction Preview multi-media exhibition.  Impossible to say what this exhibit will bring—it is multi-media in the broadest sense and full of delicious surprises—all donations to the Annual Sault Area Arts Council Arts Auction


October 1 to 29: Pat Black and Ben Bohnsack; Paulette Attie. Two award winners from the Bonifas Arts Center’s 2014 Northern Exposure exhibition:  Pat Black, a ceramic artist from Iron River, and Ben Bohnsack from Marquette (, color woodblock prints.

At right, works by Pat Black (above) and Ben Bohnsack (below).

Paulette Attie. This Brimley basket maker created quite a stir with her first Alberta House exhibit in May of 2014.  She creates a wide variety of beautifully crafted baskets (one appears below), many made from materials she gathers herself.

November 2 to 30: Third Annual Emerging Artists Competition.  The focus in this multi–media exhibit is on new artists, who can be new because they’ve never exhibited before; new because they are new to the area; or new because they are new to a particular art or craft.  Awards are chosen by ballots from viewers.

At right, the 1st place winner of the 2015 emerging artists competition: “Wing Wang” by Taishaw Pemberton.

December 1 to 24Annual Christmas at Alberta House Exhibition and Sale.  Every year we think that this year is the best year ever and yet, the next year we top it.  This exhibit is open to all artists and all media and it’s a big, beautiful, colorful show that fills both galleries and is a great place to shop for unique Christmas gifts and decorations.  The annual “Christmas at Alberta House” Open House will be held on Saturday, December 3.

At right and below, works from the 2015 Christmas at Alberta House Exhibition and Sale.


Alberta House Arts Center, 217 Ferris Street, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
906-635-1312  •  •  •
Open Tuesday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., February through December 24

Exhibits in Alberta House are arranged and hung by the Olive Craig Gallery Board.

More detailed information on each month’s exhibit is available in the monthly Alberta House News,
available free of charge: in print form at Alberta House and at the Bayliss Library;
and downloadable on the web at
Alberta House News
is also available by subscription.
Call Jean Jones at 437-5463 or email for more information.

Alberta House is owned and operated by the Sault Area Arts Council, a nonprofit organization.
Admission is free.

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