Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Celebrate with First Friday events in Calumet

CALUMET -- First Friday events in Calumet for this Friday, Dec. 3, include art gallery exhibits, a Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, a dance performance at the Calumet Theatre and a Christmas sale of gift items handmade by Santa's elves!

Vertin Gallery to host "Weathering the Storm" exhibit Dec. 3, 2010 - Jan. 5, 2011

Ice Dance II, watercolor by Peg Sandin, one of the Vertin Gallery artists whose work will be featured in the exhibit "Weathering the Storm." (Photo courtesy Vertin Gallery)

The Vertin Gallery is pleased to present this winter’s juried exhibit, "Weathering the Storm," featuring work by artists from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula as well as the Midwest.

The exhibit will feature new art from Vertin Gallery Artists, each with his or her own unique interpretation as to how to "weather the storm" of winter here in the Midwest. The show will feature a variety of artistic mediums from painting and drawing to ceramic and glass. "Weathering the Storm" is part of the Vertin Gallery’s December tradition of group shows designed to feature and honor the many artists represented by the gallery. Please join the Vertin in recognizing these talented individuals whose efforts help keep culture alive here in the Upper Peninsula: Kanak Nanavati, Eric Munch, Bernard Park, Susan Hooker, Dave Walli, Stephanie Trevino, John Lundeen, Bill Wiard, Edith Wiard, Len Novak, Tom Rudd, Carol Phillips, Donica Dravilles, Margo McCafferty, Joyce Koskenmaki, Linda Powless, Jessica Speer, Ellen Torola, Kayo Miwa, Terry Daulton, Kerri Corser, Peg Sandin, Alysa Diebolt, Bob Dawson, George DeSort, Andrea Puzakulich, April Lehman, Ed Schuck, and Kathleen Carlton Johnson.

"Weathering the Storm" will be on display from Dec. 3, 2010, through Jan. 5, 2011. A public reception will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3. Refreshments will be served.

Located in the heart of downtown Calumet, the Vertin Gallery is one of the Upper Peninsula’s premiere galleries, featuring art across all mediums -- including painting, copper, jewelry, sculpture and fine woodworking. The work in the gallery changes frequently and, each month, premiers a new exhibit to feature fresh new artists of the highest quality. For more information on the gallery and upcoming events, please visit or call (906) 337-2200.

Ed Gray Gallery: Exhibit, Open House

The Ed Gray Gallery will host a "Christmas Show," from Dec. 3 to Dec. 31. This is a juried, all media, open show. An opening reception will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3 in the gallery. Refreshments will be served.

On Saturday, Dec. 4, and Sunday, Dec. 5, the Ed Gray Gallery will welcome the public to "CALUMET CELEBRATING THE ARTS" -- an Open House from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days.

The Miskwabik Ed Gray Studio-Gallery is at 109 Fifth Street in Calumet. Visit for more information.

Calumet Art Center holiday events

Don't miss the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3, at the Calumet Art Center . Warm refreshments will be served beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Next week plan to attend the Christmas Concert at the Calumet Art Center at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10. The concert will feature vocalists Monica Rovano and Courtney Clisch, guitarist Cathy Isaacson, violinist Libby Meyer, and organist Kathleen Alatalo-Arten. The concert is a fundraiser to benefit the Art Center. A $5 donation is requested.

The Calumet Art Center is located at 57055 Fifth Street, behind the Keweenaw Heritage Center in the white building with the spire. Visit the Art Center's Web site for more information.

"A Christmas Carol" ballet at Calumet Theatre Dec. 3, 4

The Superior School of Dance will present a ballet/dance performance of "A Christmas Carol," based on the story by Charles Dickens and featuring a cast of many Michigan Tech University students, at the Calumet Theatre at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 3, and at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4.

Donna Armistead, of Michigan Tech's International Programs and Services, is the choreographer.

Students who will perform are Paige Borel, Allison Strome, Jared Berryman, Josh Stuempges, Joseph Massoglia and Cassi Warsinski. Scrooge will be played by John Griebel, Michigan Tech graduate, '09. In addition, the dance will feature children of faculty and staff and community members.

General seating tickets are $12 adults, $6 students and seniors.

Santa's Workshop at Copper Country Associated Artists

Santa's elves have been working their fingers to the bone to bring you a large selection of surprises for the holidays. Visit their workshop, the CCAA Gallery, 112 Fifth St. Calumet, starting at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3, and meet with Santa's helpers in person! They may be still working!

Excellent homemade bakery and coffee will be served.

This sale will be run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each Thursday, Friday, and Saturday during the month of December until Christmas Eve.

After the holidays, CCAA winter gallery hours will be reduced to Thursdays, First Fridays, Special Events and workshops.

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