Thursday, April 02, 2015

First Friday, April 3, in Calumet to offer art, music, poetry, more ...

Mask of amphibious cat, sculpture by Tom Rudd. Read the story behind the mask below! (Photo courtesy Galerie Bohème)

CALUMET -- First Friday in Calumet, April 3, 2015, will offer new exhibits, art activities, music, refreshments and more.

Galerie Bohème: "More Good Art" and story of cat sculpture

Galerie Bohème will exhibit "More Good Art," a presentation of new works by local artists. The opening reception for this April exhibit will be from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on First Friday, April 3.

Artist and Galerie Bohème host Tom Rudd recounts this story behind his cat sculpture, part of the new exhibit:

"On a perfectly calm summer day I had the good fortune to canoe Lake Superior, specifically the inside passage between Eagle Harbor and Esrey Park on the windward side of the Keweenaw Peninsula. I paddled and drifted between submerged rocks, dodged ancient basalt outcroppings and small islands.

"Just east of the largest small island I came upon something startling and exciting.

"For the past many decades I have searched for the true Lake Superior monster, and here stretched out on the rocks in front of me were the ghostly remains of the very beast.

Lake monster ghostly remains. (Photo courtesy Tom Rudd)

"Questioning the life of this critter I came to the conclusion that this had been a cat, an amphibious cat! I decided to render my impression of the amphibian creature in the form of a mask to at least give her a face. Perhaps later I will guess the remaining anatomy, the life style, feeding habits, etc., of the aquatic feline.

"So for now check out the mask that scared the bejeepers out of our cat."

Galerie Bohème is at 423 5th Street in Calumet. Call 906-369-4087 for more information.

Paige Wiard Gallery: "Poetry Takes Flight"

Poets have a long association with birds and bird song, and in appreciation of National Poetry Month Paige Wiard Gallery is hosting a special First Friday literary event. Local author, Laura Smyth, will be on hand from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. to sign copies of her newly released poetry chapbook, Wandering In My Mind (Finishing Line Press, 2015).

Laura Smyth left years of urban existence behind for life on the Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan. Her poetry is often inspired by the intersection of human nature and the natural world. She holds an MFA from Columbia University, has published in online and print journals and anthologies, and is a founding member of the Keweenaw Writers Workshop. She is also a book designer by profession and the owner of Smythtype Design.

Inset photo: Cover for Laura Smyth's poetry chapbook, Wandering In My Mind. Reprinted with permission.

The gallery will also feature a special show of paintings, photographs, sculpture and prints of all things birds by some of the gallery's best artists.

Woodpecker, by Ladislav Hanka. (Photo courtesy Paige Wiard Gallery)

The Paige Wiard Gallery is at 109 Fifth Street in Calumet. For additional information, please call 906-337-5970, or check out

Calumet Art Center: "Sock Puppet Workshop"

If you are young at heart and enjoy a cool project, stop by the Calumet Art Center between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. to join a "Sock Puppet Workshop" led by Anna Ehl. From socks to inspiration, all necessary ingredients will be provided, and donations are accepted but not required. While you’re at the Art Center, explore the ongoing projects and check out the upcoming class offerings. For more information, call 934-2228 or check out the website at

The Calumet Art Center is at 57055 Fifth Street.

Copper Country Associated Artists: Flint Knapping Demonstration

Artist Steve Hecht will demonstrate the ancient art of flint knapping from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on First Friday at the Copper Country Associated Artists (CCAA) gallery, 205 Fifth Street. Learn about selecting good stones and creating arrowheads using techniques that have been passed down through the centuries. Check out the new works by CCAA artists, and sign up for classes being offered this spring. For more information, call 337-1252 or check out the website at

Hahn Hammered Copper: Vintage Copper

Stop in at Hahn Hammered Copper this Good First Friday and see what’s "new" in old copper! Examine some very nice vintage Cobre copper pieces hand-crafted in Mexico and, as always, the Hahns' very own hand-hammered copper. See also their ever evolving assortment of odd and unusual items. Come in and nibble on a cookie and have a sip of tea at Hahn Hammered Copper.

Hahn Hammered Copper is at 203 Fifth Street.

Cross Country Sports: New for Spring

See what’s new for spring at Cross Country Sports, 507 Oak Street!  Photography by Jeremy Rowe and Eric Ollis; pottery by Jess Kane and Elaine Eikenberry; and jewelry by Heather Mroz, Jen Szubielak and Annele Sakari will be featured this First Friday.

Café Rosetta: Poetry and Art

In addition to the regular First Friday Open Mic Poetry reading from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Café Rosetta, 104 Fifth Street, will feature works by local artist Laura Cooley. Her work focuses mainly on single subjects in a contemporary style using acrylics.

Omphale Restaurant and Gallery: Food, Art and Live Music by the Backroom Boys

The Omphale Restaurant will feature a great mix of appetizers and entrées and live music by the Backroom Boys from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. "Lake and Sky," a multimedia exhibition by K Carlton Johnson will be featured in the gallery.

The Omphale Restaurant and Gallery is at 431 Fifth Street in Calumet.

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