Thursday, December 05, 2013

Celebrate Christmas in Calumet on First Friday, Dec. 6

Local musicians and carolers, including members of the Noteworthy women's chorus, lead Calumet residents and visitors in singing during the 2011 Christmas Tree Lighting in the plaza next to the Calumet Theatre. This year the event will take place at 6 p.m. on First Friday, Dec. 6. (Video by Keweenaw Now)

CALUMET -- First Friday in Calumet, Dec. 6, will be part of Main Street Calumet's annual three-week Christmas in Calumet celebration. Before you set out to visit the art galleries or attend the 7 p.m. premiere screening of the documentary Red Metal: The Copper Country Strike of 1913 at the Calumet Theatre, join local residents and carolers for the Village of Calumet Christmas Tree Lightning at 6 p.m. in the plaza next to the Calumet Theatre. Enjoy a cup of hot cider and help carol in the season!

This month the art galleries in Calumet are offering a wide variety of art works suitable to purchase for holiday gifts.

Paige Wiard Gallery: Glorious Gifting

Handmade art work like this ornament by artist Bill Wiard will be featured for sale at the Paige Wiard Gallery's Glorious Gifting show beginning Friday, Dec. 6. (Photo courtesy Paige Wiard)

The art work of local and Michigan artists will be featured at the Paige Wiard Gallery for this season of giving. The Gallery will be filled with wonderful one-of-a-kind handmade unique gifts. An open reception will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on First Friday evening, Dec. 6, in the Gallery, located at 109 Fifth St, Calumet. Come to the Glorious Gifting show and find the perfect Christmas gift.

For information email or call 906-337-5970.

Galerie Bohème: Small art works by local artists

Strolling musicians play holiday music in front of the Galerie Bohème on Fifth Street in Calumet. (Photo courtesy Galerie Bohème)

For the month of December, starting at the First Friday reception from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Galerie Bohème will be showing be showing an outrageous group of artists presenting a unique batch of small art works for sale.

"The walls will be full and crowded," says Galerie Bohème host Tom Rudd. "So be here early and pick your favorites."

Exhibiting artists include Stewart Baird, Cynthia Coté, Shelly Hahn, Susanne Kilpela, Margo McCafferty, Clyde Mikkola, Mike Ramos, Georgi Tsenov, and Tom Rudd.

"I always have some Lake Superior native fish and strange paddles hanging around the Bohème," Rudd notes about his own art.

For out-of-town residents, Rudd says he is willing to send photos of the art works, which will be easy and inexpensive to ship.

Galerie Bohème is also open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. You may also call 906-369-4087 if you are in town and need an art fix, Rudd adds.

Omphale Gallery and Café:   French Buffet and Joyce Koskenmaki exhibit opening

"Tied Yellow Trees," by Joyce Koskenmaki. Oil on linen.

The Omphale Gallery and Café will celebrate First Friday, Dec. 6, with a double event. A reception for the official opening of Joyce Koskenmaki's exhibition "Between Abstraction and Imagery" will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will feature light refreshments and LIVE music. At the same time, the Omphale will also be serving a French buffet of rustic country cuisine, featuring guest chef Patrick Curtin, at $20 per person.

Koskenmaki says the title of the exhibit, "Between Abstraction and Imagery," represents her effort "to put them together" in this recent work.

"Some of the work is purely abstract, some is quite realistic, of animals and birds. An ongoing struggle," Koskenmaki notes.

The Omphale Gallery and Café is at 431 Fifth Street in Calumet.

Copper Country Associated Artists: Holiday Open House

The Copper Country Associated Artists (CCAA) welcomes you to their First Friday Holiday Open House from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 6. You will find ornaments, gifts, stocking stuffers and cards, all homemade in the Copper Country. Many of the artists will be on hand to answer questions about their pieces.

Enjoy an abundance of homemade holiday treats  and door prizes throughout Friday evening.

On Saturday, Dec. 7, the CCAA Holiday Open House will continue from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the "Christmas in Calumet" celebration. The Copper Country Associated Artists Gallery is at 205 Fifth Street in Calumet. It will be open from Thursday through Saturday during the Holiday Season. Call 906-337-1252 for more information.

UPDATE:  Calumet Art Center: Open House

The Calumet Art Center will be holding an open house from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. on First Friday, Dec. 6. You can enjoy the youngest students' art work on display: paintings, weaving, shadow puppets, etc. The Center's Great Inspirations students and instructors have been truly busy. Find your inspiration while touring the weaving, glass bead making and clay studios. Your winter "wonderland" can be more "wonder" full if you sign up for a class!

The Calumet Art Center is at 57055 Fifth Street. Call (906) 934-2228 for more information.

Christmas in Calumet schedule for Saturday, Dec. 7:

JROTC pancake breakfast to raise fund to bring the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to Calumet, 7:30 a.m. - noon.

Santa arrives downtown via horse-drawn wagon, 11 a.m.

Visits with Santa and free goodie bags, Rowe Furniture, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Free horse-drawn wagon rides, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Holiday music by strolling musicians, various downtown locations, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Carolers tour the downtown, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Calumet Theatre: Elvis - Tony Rocker and the Comeback Special Band, plus the Theatre's Grand Raffle Drawing, 7:30 p.m.*

Gallery events, various locations, all day.

The 36th annual Poor Artists Sale at the CLK Gymnasium in Calumet, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.**


* Visit the Calumet Theatre Web site for details.

** Click here for more on the Poor Artists Sale. Visit the Main Street Calumet Web site for a complete schedule.

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