Redefining the Classroom

Arts Center gallery benefit runs through May 23

Posted: May 14th, 2014

AQUA VARIATIONS – Sault High student Tasha Cook explores 5x7 artworks on display in the LSSU Arts Center gallery through May 23. The Center and Sault Ste. Marie (Mich.) Sunrise Rotary are co-hosting the benefit exhibit featuring works on the theme of water. In the foreground is Judy Merrill-Smith's By the Shore 1954, which took first-place honors in the show's juried competition. (LSSU/John Shibley)

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SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – The Sault Ste. Marie (Mich.) Sunrise Rotary and Lake Superior State University’s Arts Center are co-hosting a benefit exhibit that runs through May 23 featuring 5x7 works on a theme of water. Artists from throughout the region — including from the twin Saults, Houghton, Mich., and from as far away as North Carolina — donated almost 100 original pieces on mixed media.

All pieces can be purchased for $50, with proceeds earmarked for Arts Center gallery programming and Sunrise Rotary outreach projects that support global clean water projects and other local initiatives, such as supplying dictionaries for third-graders, supporting competitive swimming events, and hosting winter family fun nights.

The exhibit included a juried competition in conjunction with a public reception held on April 25. First place honors, with a cash prize of $300, went to Judy Merrill-Smith for her collage, By the Shore 1954; runner up was Jeanne Tubman for Slipping Away; and first runner up laurels went to Shena Sloboda for Power Canal.

The show runs Tues.-Fri., 12-4 p.m., through May 23 in the Lake Superior State University Arts Center gallery. For more information, visit or contact Sharon Dorrity, LSSU Arts Center gallery manager, at 906-635-2665 or


CONTACTS: John Shibley, e-mail, 906-635-2314 Tom Pink, e-mail, 635-2315.