Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Calumet galleries to host First Friday art openings March 4

An entry in the Ed Gray Gallery Box Show Exhibit, a fundraiser opening Friday, March 4. (Photo courtesy Ed Gray Gallery)

CALUMET -- In the midst of the Copper Dog 150 Dog Sled Race opening ceremony and race start, the street party on Fifth Street and live music, Calumet art galleries will hold their March openings Friday, March 4.

Please note because of the Copper Dog activities Fifth Street will be closed to traffic Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There will be 3000 to 4000 people in town, so plan on coming early.*

Ed Gray Gallery to exhibit Box Show Fundraiser

The Ed Gray Gallery, at 109 Fifth Street in Calumet, is excited to announce that it will host a fund-raising show during the month of March. Cigar boxes have been distributed to artists willing to transform a box into an art piece. The boxes will be sold in the gallery, and the profits will benefit the Calumet Art Center. Artists using a variety of media will be represented. They include painters, mixed media artists, potters, fiber artists and others.

The Box Show at the Ed Gray Gallery includes a variety of media, as seen in this entry. During the opening reception on March 4, the box art will be available for sale to raise funds for the Calumet Art Center. (Photo courtesy Ed Gray Gallery)

The gallery show opens with a reception from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 4. The box art will be available for sale at that time.

Calumet Art Center to hold Open House / Warm-up

From 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 4, the public is invited to an Open House / Warm-up at the Calumet Art Center, one block from the start of the Copper Dog 150 on Fifth Street.

Vertin Gallery to host K. Carlton Johnson's "Under Glass" exhibit

The Vertin Gallery will present the artwork of K. Carlton Johnson in her exhibit "Under Glass" from March 4 - March 30. A reception will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 4. Refreshments will be served.

Question. Monoprint by K. Carlton Johnson. (Photo courtesy Vertin Gallery)

K. Carlton Johnson is a U.P. artist who is known for her work in oil on canvas. "Under Glass" is a departure from these mediums and into the realm of mono-prints on paper.

Johnson explains her draw to this medium: "Prints are a different approach to visual language and expression; unlike works on canvas they perform in a smaller and more intimate environment. The preparation for the print and the inability often to control the product's outcome allow a random nature to the visual elements and thus are highly charged with an immediate energy."

For more information on this event please call the Vertin Gallery at 906-337-2200.

* Editor's Note: For information on the Copper Dog 150 Dog Sled Race, click on the links in our right-hand column and watch for a coming announcement.

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