Thursday, July 02, 2015

First Friday in Calumet, July 3: Art exhibits, receptions, activities, and Heritage Rose Garden Grand Opening

Lines of Communication, by Kathleen Conover, is part of the July "Scapes" exhibit at the Paige Wiard Gallery in Calumet. (Photo courtesy Paige Wiard Gallery)

CALUMET -- Celebrate the holiday weekend with an art walk in Calumet and enjoy the new exhibits and art activities. Don't miss the Grand Opening of the Calumet Art Center's Heritage Rose Garden!

Paige Wiard Gallery: "Scapes"

Artwork can be inspired by all types of environments -- real and in the mind, urban and rural, industrial and primitive, coastal and arid, and the beauty and destruction created by Mother Nature. For the month of July the Paige Wiard Gallery, 109 5th St., will be displaying artwork portraying artists' impressions of "Scapes."

Arch and Cliff, photography by Ron Gratz. (Photo © Ron Gratz and courtesy Paige Wiard Gallery)

An opening reception will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on First Friday, July 3. Come and explore the different worlds of "Scapes." For more information please call 906-337-5970 or email

Calumet Art Center Heritage Rose Garden: Grand Opening

Calumet Art Center's new Heritage Rose Garden will have a Grand Opening on First Friday, July 3. This grand wooden arch entryway, wheelchair accessible, was commissioned by Felix and Virginia Fournier, who have been great enthusiasts for the Art Center. (Photo courtesy Calumet Art Center)

The members of the Calumet Art Center heartily welcome the public to join them in celebrating the Grand Opening of their newly planted Heritage Rose Garden from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday evening, July 3. Light refreshments and cups of rose-hip tea will be served.

The garden is the result of the serendipitous meeting last spring of fellow local gardeners Dawn Andersson and Karena Schmidt. About ten years ago Dawn, who can coax life out of all things green and has a particular love for roses, began collecting snippets pruned from roses growing in overgrown, untended cemeteries and abandoned homesteads throughout the Keweenaw. These old roses are survivors -- cold-hardy, fragrant, disease resistant, many petaled and blushing in myriad shades of pink.

Roses bloom in the Calumet Art Center Heritage Rose Garden. (Photo courtesy Calumet Art Center)

Stop inside the Art Center as well this First Friday evening. Learn about the Art Center's many traditional art-based activities and classes for youngsters and adults. The Calumet Art Center is at 57055 5th St. For more information call (906) 934-2228.

Cross Country Sports: Photography by Steve Brimm

For the month of July, Cross Country Sports will be featuring photography by Steve Brimm.

Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada. Photography by Steve Brimm. (Photo © and courtesy Steve Brimm)

Steve has been photographing the wonders around him for over 25 years. His early years found him shooting with film and medium format cameras. Much has changed since those days -- which brings us to this exhibit titled "Have iPhone, will travel." Steve's work has been published in Lake Superior Magazine, Midwest Living and more. He has published two books and operates EarthWorks Gallery in Copper Harbor.

Visit Cross Country Sports, 507 Oak Street, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 3, for an open house, refreshments and a chance to talk to Steve about his work.

Copper Country Associated Artists: From Doodles to Art

From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. this First Friday, July 3, Copper Country Associated Artists, 205 Fifth St., will host a workshop on a new doodling method with Heather McGee. She will be teaching new ways to doodle alphabet letters, greeting cards, and even old coloring book pages.

Use your doodles for a unique house decoration or a handmade gift to a friend.

Galerie Bohème: "Assemblages" by James Russel Cox

This art work by James Russel Cox is part of his exhibit "Assemblages" opening at the Galerie Bohème in Calumet July 3. (Photo courtesy Galerie Bohème)

Galerie Bohème, 423 5th Street, will present "Assemblages" by James Russel Cox from July 3 through July 30. An opening reception will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on First Friday, June 3. The public is invited.

For more information please call Tom Rudd at 369-4087.

Hahn Hammered Copper: "Salvagion Two, Quirky Assemblages"

Hahn Hammered Copper will have a continuation of last months industrial salvage show --  "Salvagion Two, Quirky Assemblages" -- featuring found object art by groovy Calumet artists. They will also have their ever popular, Guess the Mystery Object contest. The person who identifies this month’s odd object correctly wins a copper zipper pull!

Peter and Shelly Hahn welcome visitors to their shop, Hahn Hammered Copper. This First Friday they will be celebrating the 6-year birthday of Hahn Hammered Copper in Calumet. (Keweenaw Now file photo)

Last but not least, Peter and Shelly Hahn will be celebrating Hahn Hammered Copper’s 6-year birthday! So stop in from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, July 3, at 203 Fifth Street, for great art and festive treats!

Café Rosetta: Pencil drawings by Owen Karaniemi

Pencil drawing by Owen Karaniemi, featured artist at Café Rosetta. (Image courtesy Café Rosetta)

Café Rosetta, 104 Fifth Street, will feature drawings by local artist Owen Karaniemi, a 2013 Calumet High School graduate. He just finished his second year at Michigan Tech in the mechanical engineering program. His hobbies include pencil drawing, playing guitar and playing sports. Check out Owen's exceptional pencil drawings!

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