Bay college holding special events, including stage production, for 80th anniversary of cinematic classic

Bay College Art Faculty and Fine Arts coordinator Kristine Granger is shown with “The Tin Man,” a found-metal sculpture that is part of a special exhibit for the college’s celebration of “The Wizard of Oz.” (Ann Dallman photo)

By Ann Dallman
Some might find it challenging to stage a celebration centered on the 80th anniversary of the release of the film The Wizard of Oz, but not Bay College in Escanaba.
Along with screening the cinematic classic, the college is hosting a special art exhibit devoted to the story, and is presenting a grand stage production of the film.
A major component of its celebration honoring this classic is a display of “All Things Oz” in its Besse Center Gallery. The artworks displayed encompass multiple mediums and reflect many of the themes found in Frank Baum’s book, said Kristine Granger, a member of Bay College’s art faculty and its fine arts coordinator.
Granger said that an open call-for-entries related to The Wizard of Oz was sent out nationally last summer. In response, the college received entries in a broad spectrum of categories including digital photography, digital imaging, soft sculpture (embroidery), ceramics, acrylic, oil, encaustic, sculpture and found object.
“A sound project, The Journey, was entered from a student in Philadelphia who composed the work. Entries were received from Wisconsin, Michigan, Oregon, Florida—from all over. I’m really happy with the number of entries. We had over 60!” Granger said…

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