Wednesday, June 04, 2014

First Friday in Calumet, June 6, to offer variety of art exhibits, art workshop, poetry and more ...

CALUMET -- First Friday in Calumet, June 6, will offer a variety of art activity, June exhibit openings and more. Check out historic Fifth Street and Oak Street in Calumet for the following:

Paige Wiard Gallery

Moth. Drawing by Jason Limberg. (Photo courtesy Paige Wiard Gallery)

The Paige Wiard Gallery is excited to be showing the work of Jason Limberg for the month of June. Jason uses ball point pen and calligraphy pens to create hauntingly beautiful drawings of animals, flowers, human forms and other natural objects

Frog. Drawing by Jason Limberg. (Photo courtesy Paige Wiard Gallery)

Don't miss this first-time showing of Jason’s work in the Keweenaw. An opening reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on June 6.

The Paige Wiard Gallery is at 109 Fifth Street. For more information please contact the gallery at 906-337-5066 or email

Copper Country Associated Artists

The Copper Country Associated Artists (CCAA) Gallery, at 205 Fifth Street, will be offering a watercolor class for its June 6 First Friday activity. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., watercolor artist Ellen Torola will teach one of her famous step-by-step classes in which participants learn the basics of watercolor technique while creating a small masterpiece of their own.

"Copper Harbor Demo Piece," watercolor by Ellen Torola. (File photo courtesy Copper Country Associated Artists)

While the workshop is limited to the first fifteen people, more visitors are welcome to observe the activity and to check out the many new items in the Gallery. All materials will be provided for the beginner, but advanced participants may want to bring their own paints and brushes.

For more information, please call 906-337-1252. This class is available only on a first-come basis and CCAA cannot take reservations.

Calumet Art Center

Stop in at the Calumet Art Center during First Friday, June 6. The Center will hold an Open Studio where you can find the space you need as well as inspiration to start, continue or finish your own personal art project.

Enjoy the camaraderie of like-minded individuals! Find your inspiration while touring the center and open studios featuring looms of all types, lamp work bead station, library and writing studio and the clay studio where there are several works in progress. Learn about the Center's recent classes, projects and upcoming events.

The Calumet Art Center is at 57055 Fifth Street. For more information call (906) 934-2228. Check out the Calumet Art Center Website for info on classes and projects.*

Galerie Bohème

Detail: "Winter Boats," acrylic on canvas, by Georgi Tsenov. (Photo courtesy Galerie Bohème)

Galerie Boheme, 423 5th Street in Calumet, presents new works from Georgi Tsenov. The public is invited to an opening reception from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, June 6. This exhibition of unique and exciting paintings will continue through July 3, 2014.

Regular gallery hours are Tuesday thru Saturday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information or a viewing appointment please call Tom Rudd at 369-4087 or email

Hahn Hammered Copper

Stop in on First Friday at Hahn Hammered Copper, 203 Fifth Street in Calumet, to see the artworks of Susan Stefanowski. Susan lives and works year-round in her Lake Medora studio near Copper Harbor. She paints in the impressionist style and loves bold, contrasting colors. Her inspiration comes from "The Group of Seven Artists" and the abundant natural beauty of the Keweenaw.

"Life in the Keweenaw is truly a gift," Stefanowski says.

She is honored to be a member of the U.P. artist community, and Pete and Shelley Hahn welcome the public to view her work.*

Café Rosetta

Cafe Rosetta will be hosting a Community Poetry Reading at 6 p.m. on Friday June 6. They will also be featuring colorful paintings by local artist Mariana Nakashima.

Café Rosetta is at 104 Fifth St. Regular hours are Monday - Sunday 7 a. m. - 7 p.m.

Cross Country Sports

For the month of June, Cross Country Sports, 507 Oak Street, will feature photography by Joe Kirkish. A retrospective of architectural photographs taken over the years, these black and white images capture buildings and landscapes with Joe’s eloquent sense of artistic composition. Even in stages of decomposition and abandonment, buildings serve as a cultural expression of place and time -- a remembrance of human activity. Many of these "ghosts of place" exist now only in photographs or in the collective memory of the community.

An open house featuring a talk with the artist and refreshments will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 6. For more information, call 337-4520.

* Click here for the Calumet Art Center's list of participants in the newly formed Calumet Art District.

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