Thursday, September 06, 2012

UPDATED: Calumet galleries to offer art, music, more for First Friday, Sept. 7

CALUMET -- First Friday in Calumet, Sept. 7, will offer new art exhibits, art activity and music in the galleries.

Copper Country Associated Artists to host "Quilting in Clay"

Visitors to Copper Country Associated Artists in Calumet this First Friday, Sept. 7, will be invited to use red earthenware slabs of clay similar to these for a quilting activity, with the help of artist Miriam Pickens. (Photo courtesy Copper Country Associated Artists)

At the Copper Country Associated Artists (CCAA), First Friday in September will be a celebration of quilting in a most unusual form. In preparation for the Sandstone Piecemakers' major quilt show in Calumet on Saturday, Sept. 15, the CCAA will host a "Quilting in Clay" project from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012.

Miriam Pickens is providing slabs of clay which can be cut into pieces and texturized to form a "quilt" that can afterward be used as a tabletop trivet, or the pieces can be strung together into a wall hanging. This project is suitable for all ages. CCAA will provide all materials, but you can bring your own textures if you'd like.

Pieces will be fired during the week and can be picked up on Saturday, Sept. 15, the day of the quilt show.

The CCAA Gallery and Studio is at 205 Fifth Street in Calumet.

Gallerie Bohème to feature new sculpture by Tom Rudd

Gallerie Bohème will exhibit "Some New Stuff: Sculpture by Tom Rudd" from Sept. 7 through Oct. 4, 2012.

New sculpture by Tom Rudd. (Photo courtesy Gallerie Bohème)

An opening reception will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on First Friday, Sept. 7, in the gallery, which is located at 426 Fifth Street in Calumet. Refreshments will be served.

Vertin Gallery to feature wood carvings by Dave Stimac

The Vertin Gallery will feature the wood carving of Dave Stimac through the month of September. An opening reception will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on First Friday, Sept. 7. Stimac will be present at the reception to answer questions and talk about his process.

Rocking chair. Wood carving by Dave Stimac. (Photo courtesy Vertin Gallery)

Stimac was the last head sawyer at Henry Ford's sawmill located in Alberta, Michigan. Self taught, Dave has been creating custom furniture and art objects for over twenty years. He works primarily in birdseye maple, an expensive and rare wood found in the northern Upper Peninsula, sometimes using accents of other beautiful, local hardwoods such as cherry and walnut.

Dave's furniture -- including a bed, rocking chairs, and tables -- will be featured in the exhibit.

In addition, Vertin Gallery is excited to welcome musician AJ Fisher, who will be gracing visitors with her musical talents throughout the opening.

If you can't make it to the reception Friday, be sure to stop in anytime this month and marvel at the beautiful wood creations on display.

Some of Dave's work can be seen on his website,

Omphale Gallery to exhibit "Teapots and Opposites: New work by Lynne Farris"

At the top of Fifth Street, be sure to stop in Friday evening and see the new exhibit at the Omphale Gallery and Café: "Teapots and Opposites: New work by Lynne Farris."

Check out the Omphale's coffee and gourmet treats. Music will be provided during evening by musician/composer Robin Oye.

Other than First Friday evening, new autumn hours at the Omphale are Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed on Sunday.

The Omphale is at 431 Fifth Street, just a few doors above Gallerie Bohème. Visit the Omphale on Facebook for more information.

UPDATE: Calumet Art Center to host pottery demonstration

The Calumet Art Center will have a demonstration in throwing clay on the potter’s wheel on First Friday evening, Sept. 7. Visit the Center and also tour their performance hall, writing room and library.

The Calumet Art Center is at 57055 Fifth Street. For more information call 906-934-2228.

UPDATE: Ziyad and Co. Gallery to host wood artistry of Bill Wiard

The wood artistry of Bill Wiard will be featured in the September show at the Ziyad and Co. Art Gallery in Calumet. An artist's reception will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on First Friday, Sept. 7, at the Gallery (former Ed Gray Gallery).

Wood art by Bill Wiard. (Photo courtesy Ziyad and Co. Art Gallery)

Wiard's concept of wood turning is to work in harmony with nature. Each block of wood evolves into an adventure revealing the inherent natural characteristics of the wood. Natural elements found in wood, often called imperfections -- such as bark inclusions, distressed areas, unusual figure including birds eye and spalting along with contrasting heart and sapwood colors -- are all employed to achieve striking and unusual character that complement the finished form.

The Ziyad and Co. Art Gallery is at 109 Fifth St. Call 906-337-5970 for more information.

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