Friday, October 02, 2015

First Friday in Calumet offers art, music, poetry TONIGHT, Oct. 2

Art by Patty Ouellette Watson is on exhibit through October at the Paige Wiard Gallery in Calumet. (Photo courtesy Paige Wiard Gallery)

CALUMET -- Art, music and poetry are on the agenda for tonight's First Friday Art Walk in Calumet. Enjoy this weather while it lasts and take a tour of the galleries and cafés.

Calumet Art Center: Mixed media artist Jane VanEvera

Sculpture by Jane VanEvera. (Photo courtesy Calumet Art Center)

To many, corroded metals may symbolize neglect, decay, and a sense of a glory faded.  To mixed media artist Jane VanEvera rusted materials and weathered wood are the vital substances from which she assembles her artistic pieces. The members of the Calumet Art Center are delighted to have on display this month a collection of local artist Jane VanEvera's sculptures. Stop by the Center, 57055 Fifth St., between 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2.

Master potter Ed Gray and intern Jacob Thill continue to create new pieces of their extraordinary pottery -- available for sale in the gallery. Tour the Art Center studio, galleries and gardens, visit with Art Center members, sign up for upcoming art classes this fall. You can also buy a ticket for the 50/50 Raffle. $1 each or 6 for $5. Drawing at 8 p.m.

Paige Wiard Gallery: New Works by Patty Ouellette Watson

Art by Patty Ouellette Watson. (Photo courtesy Paige Wiard Gallery)

The Paige Wiard Gallery, 109 Fifth St., is welcoming Patty Ouellette Watson as  featured artist for the month of October. As a native of the Keweenaw Peninsula Patty has been inspired by the beauty of this area to create her mix of representational, impressionistic and semi- abstract paintings. An opening reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct.2. For more information email or call 906-337-5970.

Café Rosetta: Poetry Open Mic

Café Rosetta, 104 Fifth St., will host a Poetry Open Mic starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2. Share your latest poem or a poem from your favorite poet. Remember, songs can be poems too! Don’t have a poem? Share a tiny story. Don’t want to share? Grab a hot beverage and listen.

Hahn Hammered Copper: "October Macabre"

Stop by Hahn Hammered Copper, 203 Fifth St., from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. this First Friday, Oct. 2, for a glimpse of "October Macabre." The Hahns will have their own hand-hammered copper items as well as their new "Salvagion" pieces -- unique bits of salvaged metal and wood saved from the scrap heap and turned into art. This First Friday you'll note a hint of Victorian Gothic. Try not to disturb or be disturbed by grim Mrs. Morbid in the window next door.

Vertin Gallery Opening!

Fall in love with the Calumet Art District this First Friday at the Vertin Gallery Opening, 220 6th St. Come ready to play. They'll have authentic and reflective antiques, furniture, art, jewelry, lamps, bar cabinets and bar accessories, plus sophisticated and kitchy decor for your home. Wear your best version of your favorite character or come dressed to the nines -- MadMen style!

Cross Country Sports: Cycling photos, posters by Chris Schmidt

Photography by Chris Schmidt. (Photo © and courtesy Chris Schmidt)

For the month of October, Cross Country Sports, 507 Oak St., will feature Chris Schmidt's cycling photos and posters -- a collection cycling images captured during all four seasons over the past several years.  An open house will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2. Enjoy refreshments and a chance to talk to Chris about his work.

Chris’s obsession with bicycles began at a young age, initially, as a way to get around to see friends and commute to school and part-time jobs, later as a way to push himself, compete and escape. Gradually, his passion for bicycle racing merged with an interest in photography and graphics. As a result, he’s spent less time racing and more time shooting and chasing races over the past several years, always trying to capture the emotions, speed and sheer beauty of bike racing.

In addition to shooting races, Schmidt has been creating race posters, stickers, t-shirts and other various forms of cycling propaganda for almost as long as he’s been riding. He now offers graphic design services as well.

Galerie Bohème: "Inside Out"

Galerie Bohème and Clyde Mikkola will present "Inside Out" with the opening reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2. This showing of unique art and works in progress will be exhibited at the gallery through Nov. 5, 2015.

Galerie Bohème is at 423 5th St. Gallery hours are 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information please call or text Tom Rudd at 906 369-4087.

Omphale Gallery and Eagle Café: "A Keweenaw Collective and Recollection"

The Omphale Gallery, 431 Fifth St., presents "A Keweenaw Collective and Recollection" by Stephanie Ryalls and Tom McKeever, proprietors of Artis Books.  This is a display of photography and sculpture. The show will be up through the end of November. Live music and good food are standard Eagle Café fare on First Friday in Calumet.

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