Thursday, September 04, 2014

First Friday in Calumet offers tour of art galleries, studios Sept. 5

Garden at Sunset, by Sharon Schmeltzer, is part of her September exhibit opening on First Friday, Sept. 5, at the Paige Wiard Gallery in Calumet. (Photo courtesy Paige Wiard Gallery)

CALUMET -- Once again Calumet art galleries and studios will welcome the public for the First Friday art tour TOMORROW evening, Sept. 5. Check out the new exhibits for September and enjoy artist receptions, refreshments and activities.

Paige Wiard Gallery

The Paige Wiard Gallery will host an opening reception from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, for artist Sharon Schmeltzer. With an exploration of color and its subtleties, Schmeltzer's art work expands from a nonobjective abstract focus to what she refers to as surrealistic art.

Garden Thistle, by Sharon Schmeltzer. (Photo courtesy Paige Wiard Gallery)

Sharon’s colors seem to glow with warmth or transmit an almost eerie chill. Viewers will find themselves feeling and reflecting, as much as looking through the layers of emotions swirling through the paintings.

The Paige Wiard Gallery is at 109 Fifth Street, Calumet. Please call 906-337-5970 or email for answers to any questions.

Calumet Art Center

Stop in at the Calumet Art Center on First Friday, Sept. 5, for 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!

Works in progress in the Calumet Art Center's clay studio. (Photo by Keweenaw Now)

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. Several new classes will be offered this fall. Stop in to learn more or visit

Galerie Bohème

An exhibition of new works by Margo McCafferty will begin Sept. 5 and continue through Oct. 2, 2014, at Galerie Bohème. McCafferty will be exhibiting oil paintings inspired by Calumet architecture and drawings from her "Green Series."

Red Building (detail) by Margo McCafferty. (Photo courtesy Galerie Bohème)

The public is invited to view the work and meet the artist at an opening reception from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on First Friday, Sept. 5, at the gallery.

Galerie Bohème is at 423 Fifth Street in Calumet. For more information contact Tom Rudd at 906-369-4086 or email

Copper Country Associated Artists

"Art on a Rock" is the subject of a workshop to be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on First Friday, Sept. 5, at the Copper Country Associated Artists Gallery, 205 Fifth St., Calumet.

Pick up a rock at the beach and learn how to turn that stone into an "art" piece. Peg McNinch of Silver Rae Studio in Houghton will teach participants to express themselves with stone and embellishments. All ages are welcome.

For more information call the Gallery at 337-1252.

Cross Country Sports

For the month of September, Cross Country Sports will feature jewelry by Jen Szubielak. Jen creates unique, one-of-a-kind necklaces from broken shards of antique pottery and dishes found along the Swedetown Trails in Calumet. Jen's necklaces were featured in this year's Great Deer Chase as awards in the women's mountain bike races, and she has donated several of her beautiful necklaces on display to benefit the Swedetown Trails.

The public is invited to meet the artist at an open house with refreshments from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 5.

Cross Country Sports is at 507 Oak Street, Calumet. For more information, call 337-4520.

Hahn's Hammered Copper
Shelly Hahn, left, of Hahn's Hammered Copper invites visitors to guess the mystery object during the First Friday art tour on Aug. 1. Miriam Pickens writes down her guess to submit. This Friday, another mystery object will offer a challenge to visitors. (Photo by Keweenaw Now)

Hahn's Hammered Copper on 5th Street will be open to visitors on Friday, Sept. 5. Stop in and try to guess the mystery object. You might win a hand-hammered copper zipper pull!

Café Rosetta

Café Rosetta will be showing the vibrant, colorful work of Mariana Nakashima for the month of September. Enjoy her drawings depicting the strength and prediction of geometrical shapes contrasting her free contour paintings!

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