MACC exhibits: Artists offer variety of mediums, exploration

The city of Marquette hosts monthly exhibits at the Marquette Arts and Culture Center that are free to the public and feature local, regional, national, and international artwork throughout the year.

Located in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library, the MACC offers an artist reception on the first Thursday of each month. From 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Chicago-based artist Noelle Allen will be featured in the main gallery, and the Explorers’ Art Quilt Group in the small works gallery will have its exhibit openings.

Allen’s installation, “Sender Channel Receiver Feedback” is a collection of sculptures made from resin, felt, wax and concrete. This artist focuses on the process of creating the work as much as, if not more, than the finished piece by concentrating on casting, building, and constructing.

Recently, she has begun flooding the molds with water, which ends up imprinting the surfaces of the materials and creating incredible detail.

The finished sculptures and installations contain materials as diverse as beeswax, marine grade resin, gypsum, porcelain, wood, metal and graphite.

Allen is inspired by the nests of Mason Bees, a genus of solitary bees that construct their nests from clay.

The small works gallery will feature “Art Meets Quilt,” an exhibit of fiber art quilts by the Explorers’ Art Quilt Group.

This local group began meeting monthly over 10 years ago to expand the boundaries of quilting by investigating how art techniques can be integrated into quilts using fabric, fiber, paint, embellishments and other media.

About once a year, members select a topic or technique for a new quilt and it must be designed based on the chosen theme. The artists exhibiting are Nancy Henderson, Ragene Henry, Alice Johnson, Bridget McCarthy, Mary Jane Johnson, Judy Parlato and Kathy Peters.

The MACC is home to two of Marquette’s many art galleries. For more information about local artwork, contact the art center at 228-0472 or e-mail,

Editor’s note: Zada Doyle is an employee of the Marquette Arts and Culture at the Peter White Public Library in Marquette.