Thursday, July 31, 2014

Visit new art exhibits on First Friday, Aug. 1, in Calumet

Currently on display upstairs in the Performance Hall at the Calumet Art Center are 40 quilts from the collection of the late Geraldine Pennington. The display continues through the month of August. (Photo by Keweenaw Now)

CALUMET -- First Friday in Calumet, Aug. 1, offers a variety of new art exhibits and activities -- free and open to the public. Some exhibits reflect Calumet's theme for the month of August: the buildings and architecture of the Keweenaw Peninsula.

Paige Wiard Gallery: Art in Architecture

Late September, by Georgi Tsenov. (Photo courtesy Paige Wiard Gallery)

During the month of August the Paige Wiard Gallery will be celebrating art in architecture. The Keweenaw Peninsula is known for all its natural beauty, but sometimes the man-made beauty is overlooked. Luckily this area has a lot of amazing artists that see the beauty of the local buildings. Artists have captured the ornate designs in the old buildings, the simple structures of every day homes, and ruins from old weathered structures -- and have turned them in to amazing artwork.

Houghton Overlook, by Mark Gregg. (Photo courtesy Paige Wiard Gallery)

The public is invited to an opening reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at the Paige Wiard Gallery, 109 5th Street, Calumet.

"While you are out enjoying Calumet’s August First Friday take a minute to peek in the windows of the store fronts on 5th Street," says owner Paige Wiard. "The Main Street Calumet Design Committee has done a wonderful job with the Art in Architecture displays!"

If you have questions please call 906-33-5970 or email

Galerie Bohème: New Works from Patty Ouellette Watson

Galerie Bohème, at 423 5th Street, will present "New Works from Patty Ouellette Watson" during August.

Patty Watson. Oil on canvas. (Photo courtesy Galerie Bohème)

A reception with the artist will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1.

A native of the Keweenaw, lifelong artist Patty Ouellette Watson now spends her time painting at her homes on Lake Superior near Gay and in the mountains of Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico. Working with oil on canvas, she produces vibrant abstract expressionistic representations complementing both environments.

This show runs from August 1 through September 4. Gallery hours are 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday .

For more information, please contact or Tom Rudd at 906-369-4086.

Copper Country Associated Artists: Jewelry Making

Copper Country Associated Artists Gallery and Studio (CCAA) will be open from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on First Friday, Aug. 1, for a special jewelry making workshop. Come learn the simple basic method of creating your own jewelry. Pamela Hecht will share with you the technique to make a simple bead drop pendant and a pair of pierced earrings.

For more information you can call Pamela at 906-337-2274. Leave a message if necessary. 

Or just stop in to view the gallery filled with art work done by the local artists of the Copper County. You’ll find that unique piece of art that you have been looking for -- at the CCAA Gallery!

The CCAA Gallery is at 205 Fifth Street in Calumet.

Calumet Art Center: Quilt Show, Iversen paintings, more ...

One of 40 quilts from the collection of the late Geraldine Pennington, on display in the Calumet Art Center through August. (Photo by Keweenaw Now)

The Calumet Art Center will hold an Open House on First Friday evening, Aug. 1. Be sure to see the display of 40 quilts from the collection of the late Geraldine Pennington upstairs in the Center's Performance Hall. These quilts were inherited by her daughter Harriett White, and granddaughter-in-law, Kirsten White, who wished to share them with the public this summer.

Some of the quilts were made by family members, and many of the quilts were purchased from auctions in the northern Indiana area from the 1970s through the 1990s. Many patterns and sizes are represented. These quilts will be on display throughout the month of August. Come in to learn about the history of this collection, and to appreciate all the hard work and creativity that went into making these beautiful quilts!

Also on exhibit at the Calumet Art Center are 45 oil paintings by Eric Iversen -- a generous donation by Mr. and Mrs. Eric Iversen.

Oil painting by Eric Iversen. (Photo courtesy Calumet Art Center)

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 recent classes -- including Summer Youth Art Immersion -- as well as projects and upcoming events.

Tie-dye class at Calumet Art Center. (Photo © Mark Gregg and courtesy Calumet Art Center)

The Calumet Art Center is at 57055 Fifth Street. For more information visit their Web site,

Hahn Hammered Copper: Architectural elements salvaged

For August, Hahn Hammered Copper will host "Salvagion" -- Beautiful architectural elements salvaged from our throwaway society and saved from sure destruction. They will also feature "What is it?" -- Guess the mystery object and win a hand-hammered copper zipper pull.

Café Rosetta: Art by Jacquelyn Williams

Café Rosetta's featured artist for August is Jacquelyn Williams from Waterford, Michigan. Jackie displays talent in a wide variety of artistic genres and pulls inspiration from whatever surroundings she may find herself in. Examples of her original artwork include detailed oil pastel sketches, woodburnings done on Lake Superior driftwood, and acrylic paintings that incorporate beautiful textures as well as Lake Superior beach glass, agates, and thomsonite. She also does custom artwork upon request.

Jackie’s original pieces will be on display at Café Rosetta for the month of August, and she would be honored if you would come and share her life’s joy!

Café Rosetta is at 104 Fifth St. in Calumet.

UPDATE: Cross Country Sports: Photography by Adam Griffis

For the month of August, Cross Country Sports, 507 Oak St., will display photography by Adam Griffis, featuring scenes from the Great Deer Chase Mountain Bike Race. Adam's photographs capture the action, excitement and competitive spirit of Calumet's premier mountain bike race, set against the backdrop of historic downtown Calumet and the beautiful Swedetown Trails.

Cross Country Sports will host an open house and refreshments from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, August 1.

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