Thursday, February 02, 2012

First Friday in Calumet Feb. 3: art exhibits, music, Main Street Calumet Market

CALUMET -- First Friday events in Calumet tomorrow, Feb. 3, will offer art exhibits, music, dance and the re-opening of the Main Street Calumet Market.

Vertin Gallery to feature work by Phyllis Fredendall

Quincy #2 Level 68 - 71, by Phyllis Fredendall. Wool and buffalo hair, felted. (Photo by Adam Johnson)

The Vertin Gallery will celebrate the opening of Phyllis Fredendall's body of new fiber work, "Mining Memories," with a reception from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3. Refreshments will be served.

At 7 p.m., Phyllis will be in the gallery to discuss her work and process. The exhibit will continue through the month of February.

Copper Country Associated Artists to present fly fishing art by Ray Weglarz

The Copper Country Associated Artists (CCAA) Gallery in Calumet will be open to the public for the very first time in their new location at 205 Fifth St., formerly the Curves Building, just down the street from the previous CCAA site.

Come in, look around, and learn a very "Copper Country" art form from a man who is well known in the Keweenaw for so many things: work with the Omega house, Ray's Polish Fire Hot Sauce and a founding member of the local chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Ray Weglarz has been fly fishing and tying flies for over 40 years. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 3, as the featured guest artist for this First Friday, Ray will demonstrate tying patterns for trout and bass. He will also demonstrate the way these beautiful replicas of insect life can be used in fashioning pieces of jewelry such as earrings. Ray will be available to answer questions about this craft, which has its roots in ancient Macedonia.

Participants will be able to learn about the art by watching and asking questions, but this will not be a "hands on" event. Ray will have information about where to purchase supplies should a person want to try this fine craft; and he will be glad to take orders for custom flies, earrings or hair ornaments.

Ray has fly fished across the United States and Canada as well as the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He taught his first fly fishing class in 1977 in Houghton. He has since helped both men and women learn fly tying and fly casting and is available for private and small group lessons.

Ed Gray Gallery to present miniature art in first of three Call for Entry shows

The first of three Call for Entry shows opens at the Ed Gray Gallery in Calumet on Friday, Feb. 3, with an artists' reception which begins at 6:30 p.m. The show has become an annual tradition at the gallery and is one of its most popular shows. One hundred miniature pieces are expected for the show.

In March, the "Icon, Shrine, and Reliquary" show comes to the gallery. This show offers artists the opportunity to explore the depth of their creativity. Artists may submit pieces to the gallery for consideration through Feb. 25, 2012. The show opens on First Friday, March 2, at 6:30 p.m.

April's show is a fundraiser for the Calumet Art Center. Artists are asked to create a piece which interprets the name of the show: "Where Roots Run Deep." The show offers artists the opportunity to create art which reflects on life in the Keweenaw, past and present. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Calumet Art Center. Submissions must be delivered to the gallery no later than March 30. The show opens on April 6 at the gallery, which is located at 109 Fifth Street in Calumet.

Any questions regarding these shows may be directed to Lynn at 337-5970.

Backroom Boys to entertain at Omphale Gallery

Poster courtesy Backroom Boys.

Take time between visiting the First Friday exhibits to enjoy music by the Backroom Boys at the Omphale Gallery and Café, 431 5th St.

"Maestro Chuck Hill from Keweenaw Social Dance will be at the Omphale on 5th St. to give you some dance lessons at 6 p.m.," says musician Oren Tikkanen. "The Backroom Boys will play that sweet 'n' sassy old-time jazz at 7 p.m. for your dancing and listening plaisir. And, of course, Madame Julie and her staff will be on hand to serve you sumptuous gourmandises."

Main Street Calumet Market to re-open Feb. 3-4

The Main Street Calumet Market is reopening after its winter break in time for the First Friday activities Feb. 3. The indoor market will be open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 200 Fifth St. (corner of Fifth and Portland) in downtown Calumet, Michigan.

The market will continue this schedule, every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the first Friday of each month from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., for the rest of the year. The market features seasonal produce (when available), crafts and a variety of locally made products.

For additional information please contact Main Street Calumet at 906-337-6246, or email

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