Fall Exhibitions at the Dennos Museum Center Feature Canadian Artists

The Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College is presenting three new exhibitions for the Fall.

On exhibit September 17 through December 31, 2017 are:

INTO THE ARCTIC: Paintings of the Canadian Arctic by Cory Trépanier

A fellow of the Explorer’s Club and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, Caledon, Ontario, Canadian artist Cory Trépanier is an oil painter, and filmmaker, with a passion for capturing Canada’s incredible wilderness on canvas. Cory Trépanier’s INTO THE ARCTIC Exhibition Tour is captivating audiences with the raw beauty of the North. Premiering at the Embassy of Canada in Washington D.C., the exhibition is touring the US and is now set to open at the Dennos Museum Center on Sept 17th through Dec 31st. 

One of the last great wilderness regions on earth, the Canadian Arctic is seldom travelled, and has been painted even less. Over a decade in the making, Trépanier’s INTO THE ARCTIC exhibition showcases an unprecedented collection of over 50 Arctic oil paintings and 2 documentary films from his 4 expeditions to the furthest reaches of the Far North.

Highlighting the collection is Trépanier’s 15 foot wide “Great Glacier”, quite possibly the largest Arctic landscape painting in Canada’s history.

“Exploring and painting the Arctic intimately – by hiking, canoeing, camping, travelling with the Inuit – prepares me to experience nature’s wonder on a visceral and emotional level. Through this approach, I experience firsthand the awe and overwhelming sense of humility that is brought on from the realization of how tiny I am in these expansive landscapes,” says Trépanier.

Myths, Legends and Stories: Sculpture by Abraham Anghik Ruben

Abraham Anghik Ruben was born in Paulatuk, Northwest Territories in 1951 and has become a major innovative force among Inuit sculptors. Abraham has always thought of himself as part of the world of contemporary sculptors and has had to break down many of the subtle barriers that constrain the Inuit artist. He has proven that an Inuit can root himself in the south without losing his cultural Identity.

His imagery derives from the rich early history of the Arctic in North America, bringing together the myths, legends and stories of the early Viking expeditions to New World and that of his ancestral Inuit peoples.

Ruben creates his powerful and compelling sculptures with exquisite detail at his studio in Salt Spring Island, British Columbia.

His exhibition at the Dennos Museum Center is presented in collaboration with the Kipling Gallery, Vaughan, Ontario

William Adolphe Bougeureau and Edouard Manet: Visitors to the Sea – Masterpieces from the Detroit Institute of Arts

This Statewide Services exhibition from the Detroit Institute of Arts showcases two masterpieces from the DIA featuring human figures, a beach, the shore, and the water, elements of each painting, yet interpreted differently in the hands of master artists.

Sisters on the Shore exemplifies William Bougeureau’s highly finished style and his conception of idealized figures. The two girls dominate the composition and are rendered with such specificity and detail that they almost appear frozen in time.

Edouard Manet takes a more radical approach to the subject. In On the Beach, he has defined the figures and environment less precisely, and his expressive brushwork suggests a sense of movement among the figures as well as the sea.

Exhibition programing at the Dennos Museum Center is made possible with support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Robert T. and Ruth Haidt Hughes Memorial Endowment Fund.

The Dennos Museum Center is open Monday to Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM, Thursday until 8 PM and Sunday 1-5 PM. Admission is $6.00 for adults, $4.00 for children and free to museum members. For more information on the Museum and its programs, go to or call 231-995-1055. The Dennos Museum Center is located at 1410 College Drive, Traverse City, MI 49686, at the entrance to the campus of Northwestern Michigan College.