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A Northern Tradition selects featured artist

The MMCC Foundation has selected Betty Chaffee Bonham as this year’s featured artist at the college’s annual fundraiser, A Northern Tradition.

Attendees will receive this 'Tiny Wonderment' print.

Attendees will receive this ‘Tiny Wonderment’ print.

A numbered and signed print of Bonham’s original oil painting, “Tiny Wonderment,” will be exclusive to ticketholders at A Northern Tradition

Bonham trained at the Kendall School of Design in Grand Rapids, but decided to make her home and her art in Clare, MI instead of a metropolitan area. Though she has spent more than 40 years in commercial design work, particularly in signage and promotions, she prides herself on bringing her creative and artistic passion into all of her projects.

Bonham has presented her original pencil renderings at various art fairs throughout Michigan, but said she enjoys working with a number of other art mediums as well.

“I was inspired by how beautiful and feisty hummingbirds are, and I wanted to capture their various personalities in my collage,” noted Bonham. “They’re intriguing birds—suddenly appearing, gracefully suspending themselves on the air, and then darting off as quickly as they appeared.”

Artist Betty Chaffee Bonham

Artist Betty Chaffee Bonham

Tickets are now available for this year’s  A Northern Tradition fundraiser. The 15th annual event will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Sunday, April 24, at Jay’s Sporting Goods in Clare.

Last year, more than 800 people attended A Northern Tradition, allowing the MMCC Foundation to raise nearly $100,000 for the college and its students. More than $1.3 million has been raised by this event since it began.

For a $50 ticket, each attendee receives a $25 gift certificate to Jay’s Sporting Goods, Bonham’s exclusive art print, and a chance to win a $1,000 gift certificate to Jay’s. Some 14 area restaurants will serve free food. A number of interesting demonstrators and special guest Gary Hogeboom, former NFL and CMU quarterback, will make it an evening to remember.

The MMCC Foundation is a non-profit organization that works to enhance Mid Michigan Community College’s services to its students and the community through fund development, scholarships, program development, and improved facilities.

For additional information about the 2016 A Northern Tradition, contact Matt Miller at (989) 386-6600.

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