Thursday, January 02, 2014

Calumet galleries to offer warmth, art exhibits, receptions for First Friday, Jan. 3

CALUMET -- First Friday in Calumet will kick off the New Year with art exhibit openings, open house events and art activities in the local galleries on Friday, Jan. 3.

Paige Wiard Gallery to present "Celebration of Copper Country Artists"

"Campfire" by Joyce Koskenmaki. (Photo courtesy Paige Wiard Gallery)

The Paige Wiard Gallery will host a "Celebration of Copper Country Artists" with an opening reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on First Friday, Jan. 3. For the month of January the Gallery will be showcasing the many local artists the gallery represents. The Copper Country is fortunate to have a wide variety of talent including: woodworking, pottery, fiber, pastels, and oil.

Wood sculpture by Bill Wiard. (Photo courtesy Paige Wiard Gallery)

Please call the gallery at 906-337-5970 or email for answers to any questions.

Copper Country Associated Artists to offer "Art of Spinning"

Copper Country Associated Artists (CCAA) will present "The Art of Spinning," a spinning demonstration by Jennifer Szubielak and MaryBeth Olson -- fiber artists who live in the Calumet area -- from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on First Friday, Jan. 3. The two artists will be using a variety of spindles and a wonderful handmade wheel. They will be spinning sheep wool but will bring samples of yarn and knitted works using fibers from different animals including alpaca, camel and dog. A few "student spindles" will be available for those who might enjoy trying the art themselves.

Jennifer Szubielak has her handmade yarn for sale in local stores.

The CCAA gallery is located at 205 Fifth St. in Calumet. For more information, please call 906-337-1252 or email

Galerie Bohème to hold reception for exhibit of local artists' work

Galerie Bohème will offer their usual First Friday festivities starting at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 3. The gallery will be displaying feathers and "Barn Owl" by Stuart Baird, painting and posters from Jerome Ferretti, a further examination of Susanne Kilpela's unique sculptures, a new drawing on Herculon presented by Margo McCafferty, a few of Georgi Tsenov's telling cityscapes, an Ursula Vernon steam-punk assemblage, and a couple of new Superior fish from Galerie Bohème host Tom Rudd.

New colored pencil drawing on Herculon by Margo McCafferty. (Photo courtesy Galerie Bohème)

"We need not mention just how much snow we have had so far this season, but for the sake of those living in less fortunate locations: 150 inches as of December 30th (must be some sort of record)," Rudd says. "Stop by and join us with a cuppa, some fresh bread and cheese, and trade complaints on the weather."

Smythtype Design to hold First Friday Open House

Smythtype Design will hold a First Friday Open House from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 3 at 104 Fifth Street, Suite A, above Café Rosetta in downtown Calumet.

Owner Laura Smyth invites you to, "Pop in for something warm to drink and to enjoy the beautiful, whimsical art work of Jack Oyler -- always on my walls, but usually I'm the only one who gets to enjoy it!"

Calumet artist Jack Oyler's colorful work is displayed at Smythtype Design. (Photo by Keweenaw Now)

Information will also be on hand about upcoming creative writing workshops in this cozy space, in partnership with Keweenaw Writers Workshop.*

"As an added incentive to climb those 28 steps up to the 2nd floor," Smyth said, "you can pick up a complimentary 'Adventures in the U.P.' 2014 wall calendar."

* Click here to learn about the Keweenaw Writers Workshop.
Click here to learn more about Smythtype Design.

Calumet Art Center to host First Friday Open House 

Pottery by Ed Gray is on display at the Calumet Art Center. (Photo courtesy Calumet Art Center)

From the glow of the pit fire, sacred clay vessels emerged, with handles made from horn. This pottery is now on display in the Calumet Art Center gallery with an invitation for First Friday participants to enjoy. Find your inspiration while touring the glass bead project and clay studios and learn about the Center's upcoming classes and events.

The Calumet Art Center will host an Open House from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on First Friday, Jan. 3.

The Calumet Art Center is at 57055 Fifth St. in Calumet. Call 906-934-2228 or email for more information.

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