Thursday, October 02, 2014

First Friday in Calumet to offer new art exhibits, activities Oct. 3

Explorer, by Cynthia Coté, from her exhibit "When I was in Iceland," opening Oct. 3 at Galerie Bohème in Calumet. (Photo courtesy Galerie Bohème)

CALUMET -- First Friday in Calumet -- Oct. 3, 2014 -- promises to offer some great new gallery art openings for the month of October and art activities open to all. Here is the line-up:

Paige Wiard Gallery: "Small Things: Animal Sculptures and Sketchbook Drawings" by Joyce Koskenmaki

Doll sculpture by Joyce Koskenmaki, now on exhibit at the Paige Wiard Gallery in Calumet. (Photo courtesy Paige Wiard Gallery)

Joyce Koskenmaki is the featured artist for the month of October at the Paige Wiard Gallery. For years Koskenmaki has had an interest in the making, history and meaning of dolls. In her research into different cultures, she has found dolls have great power and deep meaning for many people.

While she has taught people how to make dolls at the college level, Koskenmaki says she now makes them for herself.

"Because I am an artist, they are serious sculptures," Koskenmaki says. "But, as dolls, they take on identities of their own; and I find they are capable of providing comfort and friendship, as dolls have done through the ages. I make the heads from clay, fire and paint them, and make bodies from cloth and sticks. I let them shape their own identities as I work, not starting with preconceptions. Each one is different and I feel a connection with them all."

For her "Small Things" show, Joyce has combined her dolls with sketches form old sketchbooks of things that have inspired her: trees, waterfalls and animals.

Sketch by Joyce Koskenmaki. (Photo courtesy Paige Wiard Gallery)

"The sketchbook drawings are ones I have chosen to accompany the dolls," Koskenmaki explains. "It has been fun to go back and look through my old sketchbooks, finding things I wanted to work on longer to develop into finished drawings. They are a kind of mini-retrospective of subjects that have interested me: trees, waterfalls, animals -- and through them all, abstractions, all in pen and ink or pencil."

An opening reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Paige Wiard Gallery, 109 Fifth Street, Calumet. Please call 906-337-5970 or email paigewiardgallery@gmail.com with any questions.

Galerie Bohème: "When I was in Iceland" by Cynthia Coté

Art by Cynthia Coté from her exhibit "When I was in Iceland." (Photo courtesy Galerie Bohème)

Galerie Bohème will present "When I was in Iceland," new works by Cynthia Coté, opening with a public reception from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3.

Cynthia's intriguing pen and ink, and colored pencil drawings were produced and inspired by her art trip to the back country in Iceland.

"Yep Cynthia took an art trip to Iceland and we get to see and perhaps collect a couple of these 28 images," says Galerie Bohème host Tom Rudd. "So come and view, have a cuppa, a crumpet, slice of cheese. Be there."

Galerie Bohème is at 423 Fifth Street in Calumet.

Calumet Art Center: Open Studio

The Calumet Art Center will offer a Lampwork Bead Class Oct. 25 and 26. This is one of several classes offered at the Center this fall.* (Poster courtesy Calumet Art Center)

Calumet Art Center will hold an open studio from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3. Visit the Center to learn about adult classes in line for this fall: Twining on a small portable loom, a Precious Metal Clay class, an intermediate Fun with Clay class, Leathercrafting, Beginning Weaving, and Lampwork Bead Making.*

Explore the weaving, glass bead making, and clay studios to see projects in progress that just may inspire you to enjoy adventures in traditional art forms.

The Calumet Art Center is at 57055 Fifth Street. Call 906-934-2228 for more information.

Copper Country Associated Artists Gallery: "Fall Leaf Collage Print"

Copper Country Associated Artists will offer a workshop, "Fall Leaf Collage Print," from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on First Friday, Oct. 3, at their Gallery, 205 Fifth St.

You are welcome to gather and bring with you some fallen leaves or other greenery from your yard or garden to create your collage print. All ages are welcome. For more information contact the Gallery at 337-1252 or Pam at 337-2274.

Cross Country Sports: "Spirited Houses" by jd slack

jd slack’s pastel paintings of houses evoke the mining houses of the Copper Country in many moods in abstract forms. Meet the artist at an open house with refreshments from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3. Cross Country Sports is at 507 Oak Street in Calumet. For more information call 337-4520.

* Click here to learn more about Calumet Art Center classes or visit their Web site.

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