Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Calumet Art Center to host open studio Feb. 16

During the open working studio on Feb. 2 at the Calumet Art Center, Anita Campbell, left, foreground, and Sidney Butler use the Center's vintage manual sewing machines to make cloth Storyline panels for artist Mary Wright's community arts project for the Pine Mountain Music Festival's opera Rockland, coming next summer. In the background, Steve Hecht works on flint knapping -- chipping rock to make arrowheads -- while Lynn Anderson weaves a rug. Click on photos for larger versions. (Photos by Keweenaw Now)

CALUMET -- The Calumet Art Center will again host an open working studio night from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. this Wednesday, Feb. 16. Soup and bread are served from 5:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. Open studio is available until 8 p.m.

Artist Ed Gray, Calumet Art Center executive director, hosts the open studio on Feb. 2. Here he is "twining" a rug. "You're doing the same thing as you would weaving, but you're twisting in between the parts of the warp. That's what makes it tight," Gray explained. "It's almost like meditation."

This new opportunity is now available to the public every first and third Wednesday of the month. A five dollar donation is requested.

Artists enjoy home-made soup and corn bread on Feb. 2 before starting their work at the open studio. Coffee, hot chocolate, cookies and a secret dessert were also available. Seated here, from left, clockwise, are Lynn Anderson, Steve Hecht, Bob Dawson, Alyce Thorpe, Iris Johnson, Ed Gray, Tom Blessing, Sidney Butler, Anita Campbell and Mike Ramos.

See Keweenaw Now's slide show with photos and captions about the artists who attended the open studio on Wednesday, Feb. 2. Click on any photo in the slide show at the top of our right column to see a larger version. Then go to View All in Picasa and click on slide show.

The Calumet Art Center is at 57055 Fifth St. For more info call 281-3494 or visit their Web site.

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