Thursday, August 04, 2011

New gallery, art exhibits to open Aug. 5 in Calumet

Entering Keweenaw County, by Patricia Watson, featured artist at the Vertin Gallery in August. (Image courtesy Vertin Gallery)

CALUMET -- First Friday, Aug. 5, in Calumet will be the scene of several art exhibit openings -- and the opening of a new gallery as well.

Gallerie Bohème to open Aug. 5

The public is invited to the opening of a new gallery in Calumet from 6:30 p.m. through 9 p.m. Friday, Aug.5.

Gallerie Bohème, a new visual artists’ exhibition venue in Calumet, will open its doors with a showing of works by the Rockland Street Gang, a group of artists who live on Rockland Street in Calumet Township.

Artists showing in the August exhibition are Stuart Baird, wood carvings; Richard Dana, blown glass; Margo McCafferty, paintings; and Tom Rudd, sculpture. The artists will be in attendance at the opening to discuss their work with interested viewers and collectors.

Gallerie Boheme will exhibit exceptional works by Calumet and Keweenaw area artists and craftspersons. The gallery is located in Calumet on the north end of Fifth Street at 423, near the newly-renovated Omphale Gallery and Café and Artis Books. Business hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, July through October; other times by appointment. For additional information contact Tom Rudd at (906) 369-4087 or Tom Dumble at (760) 285-5128.

Ed Gray Gallery to feature Sand Hill Light artists

"In the Shadow of the Sand Hill Light," the August exhibit at the Ed Gray Gallery, will feature the work of the late Carol Gorgas, taipaleNurmesniemi; Mike Ramos and Jan Manniko.

This show is primarily a retrospective of work from the 1980s, painted while these three artists created together at the Sand Hill Light before the lighthouse became a bed and breakfast inn.

Carol Gorgas is now deceased. Her work in this exhibit is from a private collection; some pieces have come directly from the Gorgas family. Carol’s work is known internationally, having been widely exhibited. This collection of acrylics on canvas is being shown for the first time since her death.

Jan Manniko and Mike Ramos continue to paint. A portion of the pieces in the show were painted during the time that they painted with Carol. Others are their contemporary work.

A portion of the proceeds from this show will be donated to the Calumet Art Center to promote the continuing art programs at the Center.

Vertin Gallery to feature paintings by Patricia Watson

Patricia Watson’s "Enter Keweenaw County," featuring paintings inspired by the landscape of the Keweenaw Peninsula, will open with a reception from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Vertin Gallery. Refreshments will be served. The artist will speak at 7:15 p.m.

Ms. Watson’s work celebrates the luscious color, light and forms she sees in the world around her, from the Copper Country forest to the Lake Superior shore.

"Mother Nature is my muse and she will not tolerate any indignities. Effectively rendering the subtle way light surrounds and embraces an object is a delightful challenge," Watson says.

For more information on the gallery or upcoming events, please visit or call (906) 337-2200.

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