Thursday, August 06, 2015

Calumet Art Center to host New Chamber Music Concert First Friday, Aug. 7

CALUMET -- Members of the Calumet Art Center are pleased to be hosting the fifth year of New Chamber Music musicians, who will be performing upstairs in the auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on First Friday, Aug. 7

Accomplished composer and violinist Paul Seitz, assisted by soprano Christine Seitz, composer and violinist Sylvia del Real, violinist/violist Erica Flyte, cellist Pat Quimby, pianist Jon Ensminger, and flautist Bryan Suits will perform recently composed works by participating composers as well as earlier compositions by Bela Bartok, George Gershwin and Henry Purcell that have features in common with the new works. An $8 donation is suggested.

Paul Seitz, violist, is a composer of opera and music for instrumental and vocal ensembles large and small. He has performed in many United States venues, including The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage and the Pine Mountain Music Festival. He has also played in performance venues in Slovenia, Italy, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Spain and Brazil. (Keweenaw Now file photo courtesy Paul Seitz)

Prior to the concert enrich your senses with a visit to the Heritage Rose Garden in the yard just outside the Art Center.  Many pink and red roses are a'bloom and fragrant, and a host of other garden favorites are blooming blithely through the whims of Copper Country summer weather.

Inside the studio and galleries, located downstairs, take an opportunity to visit with Art Center members, see handsome twined rugs made of re-purposed wool garments and blankets, woven wool rugs warped on functional antique looms, two galleries featuring the extraordinary pottery of Ed Gray, including a new collection of beautifully glazed mugs that cradle within cupped hands.

Calumet Art Center student's twining project. (Keweenaw Now file photo courtesy Calumet Art Center)

New to the studio are hand-thrown plates and bowls of Jacob Thill, who will be demonstrating his clay throwing techniques at the potter's wheel. Jacob is earning a degree in Mechanical Engineering and satisfies that yearning to meld science and art in the enriching environment of the Art Center.  Paintings of artist Erik Iverson, bowls made of hand-pounded copper, jewelry made of Lake Superior stone set in copper wire, clay vessels depicting dragonflies, beaver, and turtle are all on display and available for sale. You may also sign up for upcoming classes on clay, weaving, jewelry and mitten felting and inquire about making use of studio space.

The Calumet Art Center is at 57055 Fifth Street.

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