Thursday, November 01, 2012

First First Friday in Calumet: Gallery openings, art activity, lively jazz and swing to enjoy Nov. 2

CALUMET -- First Friday in Calumet will be the scene of art gallery openings, art activity and music by the Backroom Boys Jazz Band on Nov. 2.

Ziyad and Co. to feature fiber art

"Sun" by Bill and Linda Sumner. (Photo courtesy Ziyad and Co.)

The art work of fiber artists from across Michigan and the country will be featured in the November show, "Fiber on Fifth," at Ziyad and Co. art gallery in Calumet. Each artist puts a unique, personal spin on the natural elements of fiber to create pieces of art that express the artist's passions.

An opening reception will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on First Friday, Nov. 2, at Ziyad and Co. art gallery at 109 Fifth St, Calumet. For more information call 906-337-5970 or email at

Call for Entry: Glorious Gifting Christmas Show

The Christmas Holiday will soon be here. So it is time to start thinking about the Christmas show at the gallery. Ziyad and Co. (formerly known as the Ed Gray Gallery) in Calumet is accepting submissions for the Christmas show, "Glorious Gifting." The show will be on display from Dec. 7 to Jan. 4. There will be an open reception where all artists are welcome on Dec. 7.

This will be a juried show open to all artists. The art work should reflect the holiday and have a winter theme. This is the perfect venue to display your special items for the holidays. Up to three pieces may be submitted and must be the artist's own artwork. Any artists that are interested in participating are welcome to call for information at 906-337-5970 or email Photos of art work may be emailed or may be brought to the gallery. All artwork should be submitted by Nov. 20, 2012.

Copper Country Associated Artists to host Matchbox Ornament Workshop

For First Friday, Nov. 2, the artists at the Copper Country Associated Artists (CCAA) along with local fabric artist Karena Schmidt will be leading a Matchbox Ornament Workshop from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Matchbox ornaments for the holiday season. (Photo courtesy Copper Country Associated Artists)

Little matchboxes have been a source of inspiration for art for a very long time. They are fun to decorate for all occasions, but the Christmas matchbox advent calendar is a classic: twenty-four boxes decorated in holiday colors, each filled with a special treat and stacked like blocks or used as ornaments hanging from a tree.

Each participant will use paper, fabric, sequins and beads to create about four handmade ornaments fashioned out of matchboxes. Inside the matchbox there is often a message. These are fun to think up ahead of time. All materials will be provided, but participants may want to bring treasures from home like tiny photos and keepsakes to incorporate into this project. Participants can drop in any time during the workshop, but supplies are limited.

CCAA members have been making very special Christmas Angel ornaments for the 2012 season, and these are available at the Gallery, which is located at 205 Fifth Avenue in Calumet and is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Please call 337-1252 for more information.

New art by Randy Wakeham at Vertin Gallery

"Falling Forward," painting by Randy Wakeham. (Photo courtesy Vertin Gallery)

Please join the Vertin Gallery in welcoming local artist Randy Wakeham and his new body of work. A reception for the artist will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at the Vertin Gallery, 220 Sixth Street in Calumet.

The show will remain on display at Vertin through the month of November. For more information call (906)337-2200.

Backroom Boys Jazz Band to entertain at Café Rosetta Nov. 2

The Backroom Boys will play jazz and swing on First Friday, Nov. 2, at Café Rosetta in Calumet. Pictured here, from left, standing, are musicians Oren Tikkanen, John Munson, Bob Norden and, seated, Randy Seppala. (Photo courtesy Backroom Boys)

While the galleries are open for First Friday in Calumet, the Backroom Boys Jazz Band will be playing traditional jazz and swing from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Café Rosetta. If there's room, they may have a pre-election second-line march, so bring your red, blue, or purple umbrellas.

Café Rosetta is at 104 5th St, Calumet.

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