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Besser Museum picks Alpena native as their featured artist for 2020

ALPENA, Mich. — The Besser Museum is preparing to unveil a new exhibit this weekend. It features their 2020 featured artist and Alpena native, Noel Skiba. The exhibit called “Eclectic Retrospective” features artwork that she has produced throughout her life. One of the pieces even goes back to when she was only about 4 years old.

It’s a salon style exhibit, meaning that the artwork covers the walls from ceiling to floor. Executive Director Chris Witulski says they are thrilled to have an artist of Skiba’s quality featured in the museum. “When you come in, you will have a color explosion, and it’s just something that you will need some time to look at all of the pieces, take in her work, and really enjoy what she has been able to accomplish,” she said.

Skiba has traveled around the world while producing her art and is part of four generations of artists. She said that she is excited to show the community and hopes that her art inspires others in Alpena. “I want to help the arts in Alpena. I want to excite people,” she said. “I want them to get the idea that art is now and on and on, and you’re capturing history and it’s going out into the public. It’s like a gift, it goes through you and out. I feel totally blessed that I am an artist.”

The exhibit opens on Jan. 11 and the museum will host a free public reception for Skiba starting at 4 p.m. She will greet and talk to guests about her work and will even do some painting while she’s there. “Eclectic Retrospective” will remain open until October.