Monday, April 29, 2013

Calumet First Friday art events to be subject of presentation TONIGHT, Apr. 29, by Michigan Tech students

Landscape Abstract, water color, handmade paper, by Kanak Nanavati, part of the April 2013 First Friday exhibit at Ziyad and Co. (formerly the Ed Gray Gallery). (Photos by Keweenaw Now)

CALUMET -- "First Fridays and Community Sustainability," a presentation on Calumet’s popular art gallery open-house program and its impact on the community, will be held at 7 p.m. tonight at the Keweenaw National Historical Park Headquarters, at 25970 Red Jacket Road in Calumet.

Spring in the Keweenaw I, oil, by Mike Ramos, exhibited at Ziyad and Co. in April 2013. This exhibit included several local artists and their interpretations of spring.

Michigan Tech students will discuss the results of a study they conducted in conjunction with Main Street Calumet and the local art community. Working with several community members, the students focused on the First Friday art tours held the first Friday of each month.

Artist and photographer Miriam Pickens presents a slide show of her photos of Copper Country butterflies on First Friday, April 5, 2013, at the Copper Country Associated Artists Gallery in Calumet.

During First Fridays, Calumet’s downtown art galleries and cafés are open late into the evening, offer refreshments and occasionally host special programs for the crowds of visitors.

At the presentation, students will discuss how First Fridays benefit the community and possible strategies for making them even more effective.

Artist Georgi Tsenov with one of his paintings, part of a January 2013 group exhibit at the Galerie Bohème in Calumet. An exhibit, "New Works for Spring," devoted to Tsenov's work, will open this First Friday, May 3, at Galerie Bohème with a reception from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Students in Richelle Winkler’s Rural Community Sustainability seminar conducted the research. The class focuses on what makes communities vibrant and successful socially, economically and culturally, as well as in terms of the environment.

"The students have put in a lot of time and effort, but it’s been very rewarding," said Winkler, an assistant professor of social sciences. "They’ve been engaging with members of the community who are cheering them on and are interested in what we have to say. It’s inspired them to work very hard."

Hand-made historic carpet loom (with peg-locking system construction) donated by Paul and Anita Campbell to the Calumet Art Center. Visitors to the Center use looms to make their own creations. (Photo by Keweenaw Now, taken on First Friday, January 2013)

"I am really excited for the opportunity to present in the community," Winkler added. “The students are proud of what they've put together, and we hope their presentation will spur some dialogue."

Everyone is welcome. Admission is free, and refreshments will be available. For more information, contact Winkler at

More First Friday photos:

Spring Bloom I, painted silk, by Edith Wiard. Exhibited at Ziyad and Co., April 2013.

Painted driftwood by Susan Robinson. Exhibited at Ziyad and Co., April 2013.

Seamstress Carol Bird exhibits her butterfly blouse, worn on the occasion of Miriam Pickens' photography presentation of Copper Country butterflies, on First Friday, April 5, 2013, at Copper Country Associated Artists Gallery in Calumet.

Musician and artist Randy Wakeham exhibited his art and played music for visitors to the Omphale Gallery and Café on Fifth Street in Calumet First Friday, April 5, 2013.

Artist Stuart Baird's wood and feather sculptures, on exhibit at the Galerie Bohème in April 2013.

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