"Osceola 13," a fabric collage by Cynthia Coté, is one of 23 pieces now on display in the Community Arts Center's Shaft Exhibit of art inspired by mining. Click on photos for larger versions. (Photos © 2008 Gustavo Bourdieu for Keweenaw Now)
HANCOCK -- The 15th annual Shaft Exhibit is currently on display in the Community Arts Center’s Kerredge Gallery. The community exhibit on mining includes 23 pieces by seventeen local artists: Leona Blessing, Daniel C. Boyer, Kevin Breyfogel, Fred Brouillette, Beth Cook, Cynthia Coté, Linden W. Dahlstrom, Bob Dawson, Tammy L. Gajewski, Sue Hamilton, Shawn Oppliger, Edwin Rajaniemi, Constance Stockwell Johnson, Phillip H. Switzer, Everett J. Symons, Fredi Taddeucci, and Stephanie Treviño.
The exhibit includes art depicting workers, lifestyles, buildings and landscapes as well as conceptual art in such media as photography, painting, digital, pencil, mixed media, clay, wood, fiber, collage and found objects.
Artists were invited to submit work inspired by mining in the Copper Country -- the physical signs of its presence or the effect it has had on the area and its people. Viewers are invited to cast their vote for public choice. Cash awards will be presented at the end of the exhibit on Saturday, Nov. 29.
The Youth Gallery also features some artwork on the mining theme by local students.
"Quincy Mine," by Luke Weingarten, 8, is on display in the Youth Gallery of the Community Arts Center as part of the Shaft Exhibit. Accompanying this piece is a short narrative in which Luke and his cousin Hunter Saarinen, 7, write about their great-great grandfathers, both of whom came from Finland to work in the local copper mines.
The Community Arts Center is located at 126 Quincy Street in Hancock. Hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday. For more information call 482-2333.