Noel Skiba's

Eclectic Retrospecitve

January 11, 2020 - October 4, 2020

Besser Museum will feature award-winning colorist and impressionistic painter Noel Skiba in the Wilson Gallery from January 11th through October 4th, 2020. An Alpena native, Noel has followed her mother Joy Skiba’s love of art. Joy was an Alpena Public School art teacher for several years and started instructing Noel how to paint at the age of 2 years old. Noel now maintains an art studio and gallery in four locations, including Mackinac Island, Florida Keys, Grand Rapids and Alpena.


Noel attended Alpena Community College before going on to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Kendall College of Arts and Design. Noel also attended Aquinas College majoring in Illustration with a minor in Business. Noel holds degrees in Fine Arts, Science and Business.


Noel works in acrylics, oils, watercolors, and mixed media. Her art career has taken her around the state, the country and the world. Noel was honored to be commissioned to paint the late President Gerald Ford’s funeral procession live in Grand Rapids, MI in 2007. She was recently commissioned to paint a series of bridges that now hang in the Michigan State House of Representatives. She also paints live at the Kentucky Derby. Noel has worked with many churches locally and globally teaching and painting live to music. Noel has been commissioned to do artwork for corporations such as Sears, Meijer’s, and American Red Cross.


Noel has earned several awards including winning the Mackinac Island Lilac Poster competition in 2010, 2013, 2015. Her art is also on display in several venues including the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, the National Archives, Ferris State University, the Besser Company, and the Besser Museum. Noel’s worked has also been featured in several publications. You can read more about Noel


Noel Skiba will host a full day of art experiences on January 11, 2020. You can join an Art Experience Workshop with Noel at 1pm - 3pm at the Besser Museum. Cost per student for the 2-hour class is $75, which includes all your supplies. Participants will be moving about the museum inside and out to sketch and paint so dress appropriately. All finished artwork will be on display during Noel’s exhibit opening. $10 discount on workshop for participants who donate a pot of soup or fresh homemade bread for the Soups On! Opening Exhibit Reception.


Soups On! Art Reception 4pm - 6pm. To welcome Noel Skiba back to her hometown of Alpena, there will be a variety of homemade soups, breads, cheeses, crackers and fruit. The public is invited to attend this free exhibit opening. Donations appreciated.

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