Thursday, November 03, 2011

First Friday in Calumet to offer art, music, good food -- Nov. 4

Untitled textile sculpture by artist Deb Karppinen. The Vertin Gallery will exhibit Karppinen's work during November, with an Opening Reception from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on First Friday, Nov. 4. (Photo courtesy Vertin Gallery)

CALUMET -- First Friday, Nov. 4, in Calumet offers several art events -- and music as well -- all free and open to the public.

CCAC to offer holiday workshop

To help you capture the holiday spirit, a holiday ornament / decoration workshop will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, at the Copper Country Associated Artists (CCAC) Gallery, 112 Fifth St.

Fabric artists Karen Secor and Millie Little will help you make a very special ornament using several techniques such as fabric fusing, embroidery, and embellishing with beads and buttons. If you have some special items you would like to incorporate into a piece -- perhaps an antique button, a treasure or even a lock of hair from somebody special -- bring them along. Otherwise, all materials will be provided.

Take advantage of this free workshop -- a chance to create an original ornament or decoration that can be displayed, passed on, and cherished as a reminder of the care and thoughtfulness that is put into homemade gifts.

Ed Gray Gallery to host fiber artists

November brings the annual call for entry fiber show to the Ed Gray Gallery in Calumet. This juried show brings in artists from far and near. The opening reception will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 4. The show will run through Nov. 30.

The Ed Gray Gallery is at 109 Fifth St. in Calumet.

Café Rosetta will be open First Friday evening

Remember to check out the Café Rosetta, at 104 Fifth St., right across the street from the Ed Gray Gallery. See our Nov. 3 article on their good food, great coffee and friendly ambiance. In addition, see their exhibit of paintings by the late Carol Gorgas.

Vertin Gallery to exhibit work by Deb Karppinen

Vertin Gallery is pleased to announce that its featured artist for the month of November is Deb Karpinnen. Her show, "Formations: Dimensional Felt," will open on First Friday, Nov. 4.

Using the ancient technique of wet-felting, Deb creates her textile sculptures from loose, unspun wool. The richly textured surface designs are a translation her garden designs. Years of planning landscapes and examining the interplay of plants and earth have given Ms. Karppinen a keen eye for color and an appreciation for the organic and unpredictable qualities inherent in her materials. Deb has created a number of sculptural felt pieces that celebrate her process.

Deb Karppinen and her husband reside in Lansing, Michigan, and spend their summers in Keweenaw County.

Please join Vertin Gallery at the Opening Reception for Deb Karppinen from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4. Deb will speak about her work around 7:15 p.m., and refreshments will be served.

Backroom Boys to perform at Omphale Gallery and Café

Music and art lovers, stop in at the Omphale Gallery and Café for hot drinks, treats, and old-time jazz and swing with a New Orleans flair from the Backroom Boys. Omphale has been beautifully re-appointed, and the hardwood floor is wonderful for dancing.

"Last time, Madame Julie and Mlle. Katie Jo put out great snacks, and the crowd was hoppin'," says musician Oren Tikkanen, who plays banjo in this group. "We hope to see you living it up from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. this Friday."

Joining Tikkanen in this popular band are John Munson, clarinet/sax; Bob Norden, trombone; Matt Durocher, bass; and Randy Seppala, washboard/rhythm bones.

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