Thursday, March 06, 2014

First Friday in Calumet to feature new art exhibits March 7

CALUMET -- First Friday in Calumet, March 7, will offer several new exhibits, receptions, music and art activities -- some with a theme based on the recent Copper Dog race, held last weekend.

Dog Art Show at Galerie Bohème

"Race," woodcut reduction by Margo McCafferty and Tom Rudd. (Photo courtesy Galerie Bohème)

Galerie Bohème will be open from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on First Friday, March 7, and will feature The Dog Art Show: color pencil and pen and ink drawings by Cynthia Coté, drawings on Herculene by Joyce Koskenmaki , casein paintings from Margo McCafferty, wooden copper dog by Tom Rudd, and dog woodcuts from Tom and Margo.

"We will have some new works, artworks that weren't in last Friday's show, but still with the dog theme in mind," says Rudd. "If you're in town stop by and peruse some unique dog art. Have a bread, cracker, cheese and a plastic cup of something, see and talk to friends and art lovers."

Galerie Bohème is at 423 Fifth St. in Calumet.   

Open Studio at Calumet Art Center

The Calumet Art Center will offer an Open Studio from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. this First Friday. Start, continue or finish that art project that you are working on. The Center offers plenty of space. Find your inspiration while touring their clay, glass bead making and weaving studios. Come and see some of the wonderful projects students have been working on. The Gallery has several examples of the latest Snowbank Smoke Fired pottery, paintings and woodcuts for sale. The Calumet Art Center is at 57055 Fifth Street. Email for information.

"Let the Dogs Out!" at Paige Wiard Gallery

Drawings and paintings of favorite dogs are on exhibit this month at the Paige Wiard Gallery in Calumet. (Photo courtesy Paige Wiard Gallery)

March is the month for the Copperdog 150, so join the Paige Wiard Gallery to celebrate how amazing dogs are! During the month of March artists will be displaying not only sled dogs but the dogs that are near and dear to their hearts! So stop in and see the amazing dogs that have touched the lives of the artists in the gallery. An opening reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 7 in the Gallery at 109 5th street, Calumet. If there are any questions, please call 337-5970 or email

UPDATE: Author Laura Smyth will be signing her book, Adventures in the U.P. (all four Jack-o'-lantern stories in one book, including the sled dog adventure) during the First Friday art reception at the Paige Wiard Gallery. Is there a young dog lover on your shopping list? Or a transplanted Yooper who might enjoy a little taste of the U.P.? Check out Jack's adventures in this collection of four stories, each prefaced with a young-reader-friendly article explaining ideas in natural science and history. Perfect for teachers, parents, home schoolers and kids of any age.

Learn calligraphy at Copper Country Associated Artists

Calligraphy by Millie Little. (Photo courtesy Copper Country Associated Artists)

Learn the fine art of calligraphy, a beautiful way to write the alphabet and create a signature, with Calumet artist Millie Little during a March 7 First Friday workshop at Copper Country Associated Artists Gallery, 205 Fifth St. Supplies will be provided, but space is limited and participants should be at least 13 years old. Stop from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and try your hand at this program. This event is free and open to the public, but donations are welcome.

Hand-knit items by Karena Schmidt at Cross Country Sports

Work by Karena Schmidt will be featured at Cross Country Sports for the month of March and at an Open House from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, March 7. Karena is an accomplished fiber artist and designer, specializing in one of a kind, wearable winter garments including hand-knit sweaters, hats, felted mittens, and accessories. Karena's unique designs celebrate the flora and fauna of the Keweenaw and reflect a deep connection to nature. Her intricately knit stitches are reminiscent of traditional Scandinavian patterns where each motif is intended to convey a precious meaning to the artist or the wearer.

This month Cross Country Sports will have some of Karena's beautiful and whimsical knit hats in the shop as well as some springtime festive decorated gift boxes which Karena makes to celebrate the seasons and her love of nature. Cross Country Sports is at 507 Oak Street in Calumet. For more information call 906-337-4520.

"Omphale Goes to the Dogs" at Omphale Gallery and Café

"Omphale Goes to the Dogs" is a mixed media dog-themed exhibition featuring the work of a range of Keweenaw artists. Stop in between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. for art, music and refreshments at the Omphale Gallery and Café, 431 Fifth St.

Café Rosetta features art by Dave Walli

Café Rosetta at 104 Fifth St. is exhibiting pictures by Dave Walli. A poetry reading may be possible Friday, March 7. The Café will be open until 8 p.m.

Editor's Note: Thanks to Laura Smyth of Main Street Calumet for sharing information about these activities via Facebook.

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