MARQUETTE - The Northern Michigan University Art Museum will present its second annual Valentine Soiree from 8-10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9.

Highlights of the event include a special preview of the next art exhibit, live music by the John Cooper Jazz Quartet, hors d'oeuvres and champagne. Proceeds support art and design student scholarships.

Tickets are available for $20 at the museum, the NMU Development Fund Office in the Cohodas Administrative Center, or by calling 227-2627. The soiree is sponsored by the Friends of the University Art Museum.

Those who attend the Feb. 9 event will have an opportunity to preview an exhibition featuring the work of three nationally recognized artists. Phil Joanou's paintings have been described as "contemporary apocalyptic." He refers to his own work as "history paintings" because they touch upon such subjects as wars, genetics, celebrity, politics and popular culture. His style is both classical and contemporary. Joanou uses humor as a shock absorber for the underlying meaning.

Terry Rodgers is a painter whose realistic technical skill places viewers in the uncomfortable position of being voyeurs. He depicts personalities and ways of life by selecting a point of view - both literal and metaphoric - that convinces viewers they know the subjects better than the subjects know themselves. His paintings convey the truth of our everyday circumstances.

Jack Dowd sculpts the world as he sees it in these strange days of our new millennium. His vision of America as a cultural, political and social crossroads runs to dark humor. His subjects are often those who are visual paradigms of American society at its extremes. Dowd is a social satirist working out of the American folklorist tradition of wit and carving. He has a big heart and a compassion for the underdog, which comes out strongly in his work.

Paintings and Sculpture by Phil Joanou, Terry Rodgers and Jack Dowd will be on public display Feb. 10-March 13 at the NNW Art Museum.

Prepared By
Kristi Evans
News Director