"Copper Harbor Demo Piece," watercolor by Ellen Torola. (Photo courtesy Copper Country Associated Artists)
CALUMET -- Copper Country Associated Artists are delighted to offer, for First Friday, May 4, a watercolor workshop with Ellen Torola, a self-taught artist in many media, whose favorite is watercolor painting of local flowers and scenery of the Copper Country. She owned and operated the Paint Box Gallery in Calumet for over 30 years. Torola painted and sold her artwork there, did framing for the public and taught art classes in drawing and painting.
Since retirement from the gallery, Torola has continued to paint in her home studio. She will be going to Armenia in May with her daughter Margaret Helminen and granddaughter Joyce. They will visit Margaret's daughter Evelyn, who is in the Peace Corps. Plans are being made for Torola to teach a watercolor class there.
Torola's watercolor classes are taught with care and expertise. Participants will learn many techniques while working on a landscape scene. All materials will be provided. The class will start at 6:30 p.m., with participation on a "first come" basis so it is recommended that you come at around 6:10 p.m. to find a spot if you want to paint. We won't be taking reservations. Because of the individual attention required to teach such a class, the studio will only be able to accommodate 15 students; but others are welcome to watch.
The Copper Country Associated Artists Studio is located in Calumet at 205 Fifth Street, right between the Vertin and the Ed Gray galleries. We are open now from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. every Thursday through Saturday for our Spring hours. Ask about workshops when you visit.