Monday, October 24, 2011

Michigamme Moonshine Gallery to feature work by local artists Oct. 24 - Nov. 29

"The Heron Flight," by Sandra Palmore. (Photo courtesy Michigamme Moonshine Art Gallery)

MICHIGAMME --The Michigamme Moonshine Art Gallery will present "Copper Country Express," featuring work by several local artists, from Oct. 24 through Nov. 29, 2011.

The exhibit will include original art by Lynn Anderson, MaryAnn Beckwith, Cynthia Coté, Ed Gray, Margo McCafferty and and Tom Rudd, Jack Oyler, and Sandra Palmore .

The public is invited to a reception for the artists from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Gallery, located at 136 E. Main in Michigamme. Refreshments will be served.

The U.P.’s "Copper Country" attracts people from all walks of life including a diverse and vibrant community of artists. The relative isolation of the Keweenaw Peninsula provides an opportunity for artists to reflect on nature away from the usual distractions of the 21st century. This remoteness is both a boon and bane for artists who want to show their work to a wider audience. Michigamme Moonshine Art Gallery is bridging that gap by showcasing an invited group of eight talented people in their Marquette County venue for a one-month show.

Lynn Anderson works in fiber arts because she enjoys the "doing" as much as the final result. She likes people to respond to her delicate and carefully produced creations.

Mary Ann Beckwith is a widely known watercolorist who relies on primary colors in her paintings. Her work is mostly abstracts with imbedded meanings.

Cynthia Coté is the director of the Copper Country Community Arts Center in Hancock. Her recent work consists of carefully selected, sorted, and folded paper arranged in thoughtful ways to share a narrative experience with the viewer.

Ed Gray has been deeply involved in the artist community in many places for over fifty years. He has rediscovered and revived traditional pottery making techniques used thousands of years ago by the Upper Peninsula’s "first people." Hand coiled clay is carved with plant and animal figures and fired in earth pits. Native copper in the soil seeps into the clay body to produce a variety of natural colors.

Margo McCaffery and Tom Rudd collaborate in a variety of media that includes the very demanding art of linocut printing with multiple layers of ink to create rich textural surfaces. McCafferty also paints nature and still-lifes in the exacting trompe l’oeil style.

Jack Oyler creates scenes from a pallet of wood pieces carefully formed and colored to produce raised images that convey humorous narratives. Frames provide a context that are an integral part of each piece.

Sandra Palmore has been creating pastels inspired by nature for over ten years. Her whimsical images invite the viewer to see things in a "slightly different way."

Talent, care and devotion are on display in this special exhibit. It is an opportunity to discover fresh new ideas from a dynamic corner of the Upper Peninsula.

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