Thursday, August 04, 2016

First Friday in Calumet, Aug. 5, to offer art, music, poetry, more ...

Color pencil drawing by Cynthia Coté from her exhibit, "The Tribe," at Galerie Bohème in Calumet. (Image courtesy Galerie Bohème)

CALUMET -- Art, music and refreshments await visitors to the galleries in Calumet this First Friday evening, Aug. 5. Don't miss the artist receptions and new and continuing exhibits in downtown Calumet.

Galerie Bohème: Drawings by Cynthia Coté

Galerie Bohème, 423 5th Street in Calumet, will host an open house and refreshments from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on First Friday, Aug. 5. Cynthia Coté will be showing her exquisitely unique color pencil drawings, "The Tribe." Cynthia's show will run from Aug. 5 through Aug. 31.

Color pencil drawing by Cynthia Coté. Her exhibit continues through Aug. 31. (Image courtesy Galerie Bohème)

Gallery hours are 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or by chance or appointment. Contact Tom Rudd at 369-4087.

Paige Wiard Gallery: Experimental artist Patti Sevensma

Patti Sevensma is the featured artist for the month of August at the Paige Wiard Gallery. An opening reception for Patti's exhibit of "Some things old, Several new. . ." will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on First Friday, Aug.5, at the Gallery, 109 5th Street. Patti has used the beauty of the lakes and environment around her to influence her work.

"Be Free," by Patti Sevensma. (Image courtesy Paige Wiard Gallery)

Starting with photography she developed a combination of painting, drawing and photography to create unique pieces of art. Patti's ideas and creativity have opened many opportunities for her, including membership in the National College Society and the International Society of Experimental Artists, of which she is president. Stop in, meet Patti and enjoy her amazing works of art. For more information, email or call 906-337-5970.

The Vertin Gallery: "Industrial Places Embracing Spaces"

The Vertin Gallery, Oak and 6th streets, presents "Industrial Places Embracing Spaces" from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug.5. Featured Michigan Artist Rob Zupko brings his photographic perspective of ruins in the Keweenaw along with Live Music from local guitarist Steve Hamil, all surrounded by a fashionably rugged vibe with industrial flair for your space. Enjoy refreshments, vintage and antique décor, jewelry, furniture, barware, and fine art.

The Vertin is a co-op family of artists and lovers all things old and unique. Currently open for consignment of Artwork, Vintage, Antiques and quality furniture. Pre-estate planning and consultation available. Open noon to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday; Wednesday and Sunday by appointment. For more information email or call 906-934-2655.

Cross Country Sports: Josh K. Winkler

Continuing for the month of August at Cross Country Sports is a very special exhibit by Minnesota artist Josh K. Winkler, assistant professor of printmaking at Minnesota State University in Mankato, Minnesota. He works with traditional and contemporary print media, including woodcuts, drawings, etchings and lithographs. The works in this exhibit reflect on the history of Euro-American settlement in the United States and the difficult narratives of American westward expansion -- how the destruction of forests and waterways and the devastation of native peoples continue to teach us lessons on sustainability, the importance of our natural resources, and cultural discrimination.

Sturgis, color woodcut 2016, by Josh K. Winkler. (Photo by Keweenaw Now)

Stop in for the reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 5, at 507 Oak St. in Calumet.

Hahn Hammered Copper: Art and Calumet history

Visit Hahn Hammered Copper this First Friday for a glimpse of Old Calumet. In honor of the Calumet Township Sesquicentennial the Hahns will display the artwork of local artist Jerry Hammes. Jerry’s paintings depict his memories of growing up in Calumet -- neighborhoods, businesses, churches, mining and more. They also have prints of Joanne Thomas’s painting of Ana Clemenc, better known as "Big Annie." Ana was a fearless woman who stood for  the rights of the copper miners in the 1913 Strike.

Painting of "Big Annie" Clemenc, by Joanne Thomas. (Keweenaw Now file photo)

As always, hand-hammered art copper as well as interesting objects are displayed throughout the store. While in Calumet, notice the Main Street Calumet "Windows into the Past" displays in various buildings on 5th Street. This year's display is all about Calumet and can be seen in the windows of former establishments -- the Evergreen Restaurant, Merchant’s and Miner’s Bank, The Calumet Drug Store, Rowe’s Furniture, Herman Jewelers, the Baer Meat Market right next to Hahn Hammered Copper, the JC Penney store and more.

Calumet Art Center: Quilting, Splake and more

Visit the Calumet Art Center Heritage Rose Garden. (Photo by Keweenaw Now)

Visit the Calumet Art Center on Friday evening, Aug. 5, and see the progress being made by the Sandstone Piecemakers Guild members as they continue the Community Quilting Bee - Finish the Quilt! Project! on the beautiful quilt in the performance hall. All are welcome to help on the quilt or to just stop in to learn more. Once again, Connie Boruta will be providing accompaniment on the original pipe organ. Outside, be sure to admire the roses in the Center's Heritage Rose Garden!

Calumet Art Center staff maintain the roses and walking paths for your enjoyment in the Heritage Rose Garden. (Photo by Keweenaw Now)

Meet T. Kilgor Splake, Midwestern poet-photographer-writer to whom the Splake Writing Room and Library at the Calumet Art Center are dedicated. Splake has had many literary award nominations including Upper Peninsula Writers’ Association "UP Writer of the Year" and life achievement recognition. Splake will have on hand his numerous books of prose and poetry writings.

Find many new beautiful works of art for sale in the gallery! Ed Gray is getting ready for another pit fire soon.

Café Rosetta: Poetry, art, and music by Backroom Boys

First Friday, Aug. 5, at Café Rosetta will begin with a Poetry Open Mike session hosted by Renee at 6:30 p.m. Bring your favorite poem or short reading -- original or by someone else -- and share it. Backroom Boys traditional jazz band will entertain with live music from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admire the work of this month's artists, Lena Wilson and sister Sara. You can enjoy the music, art, good food, excellent coffee, and stay as long as you wish. Go tour the art galleries, see all your friends, and bring them back for a refresher and some more down-home jazz and blues. Join the fun!

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