Thursday, April 06, 2017

Welcome spring with First Friday in Calumet Art Walk April 7

Art by Cynthia Coté. This is one of the drawings included in "Remember Me?" -- her exhibit at Galerie Bohème for the month of April. (Photo courtesy Cynthia Coté)

CALUMET -- First Friday, April 7, promises new art exhibits, opening receptions, music and more for the monthly art walk in historic downtown Calumet. Enjoy the beginning of spring, meet the artists and taste the treats offered by the galleries this Friday evening.

Galerie Bohème: Drawings by Cynthia Coté

Galerie Bohème announces its April exhibition, "Remember Me?" by Calumet artist Cynthia Coté. Coté's pen and ink and colored pencil drawings are inspired by vintage photographs, many of which she has collected over the years. Others are from borrowed family albums. The people in the photos are her subjects in small scale renderings, complete with fantastic landscapes or Calumet landmarks.

Drawing by Cynthia Coté. (Photo courtesy Cynthia Coté)

The public reception will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 7, during First Friday gallery hop in Calumet. Galerie Bohème is located at 423 5th Street in Calumet. The gallery will be open on Saturdays 1 p.m.- 4 p.m. through April or by special appointment. For more information call Joyce Koskenmaki at 370-3183 or Cynthia Coté at 337-1214.

Paige Wiard Gallery: Gallery Artist Show

For the month of April, the Paige Wiard Gallery, 109 5th St., will be showcasing artwork by the wonderful artists that are featured in the gallery.

Walnut sculpture by Bill Wiard, part of the Gallery Artist Show at the Paige Wiard Gallery for April. (Photo courtesy Paige Wiard Gallery)

An opening reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on First Friday, April 7. While you are here look at all the other hidden treasures in the gallery. Please call 906-337-5970 or email paigewiardgallery@gmail.com with any questions. Please note: the gallery will be closed April 18 and will reopen April 27.

Supernova Yoga, Gallery and Gifts: Art of Regina Alleman

Supernova Yoga, Gallery and Gifts, 213 Sixth St., invites the public to the opening reception for their April show, "Emergence," from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 7. The gallery features the work of Regina Alleman. The theme honors the arrival of Spring, Earth Day celebrations, and the spirit of this new gallery. Enjoy music with Steve Hamil on guitar and refreshments.

Spirit of Standing Rock, by Regina Alleman. (Photo courtesy Supernova Yoga, Gallery and Gifts)

Regina Alleman's mixed media photomontages combine original acrylic paintings and photography. Compositions are digitally remixed to produce final images. Each piece often combines several photographs and paintings. A process of layering contributes depth, dimension, and texture to her pieces, adding to the complexity of the final image. Regina describes this unique "layering" technique as symbolic of life itself. With it, she explores the complex layers of the human psyche and the layers of complexity in addressing social and environmental issues. Truth emerges from a process of peeling back the complex layers which constitute image. Her probing work explores the fragility and beauty of the earth's vanishing wilderness, cultures, and sacred places.

Regina has a love all things wild and has lived in the mountains of Arizona, California, Idaho and Alaska. Her experience includes summers living in a remote bush cabin in the Brooks Range of Alaska. She currently resides in Houghton, Michigan, and finds inspiration from the power and beauty of Lake Superior and the wilderness areas of the Upper Peninsula.

Calumet Art Center: Empty Bowls

Empty bowls created by Calumet Art Center friends and staff are for sale at the Center to support the 2017 Empty Bowls international project to fight hunger. (Photo courtesy Calumet Art Center)

Calumet Art Center friends and staff are busy creating empty bowls for the 2017 Empty Bowls Project, an international effort to fight hunger. Visit the Center at 57055 Fifth Street on First Friday, Apr. 7, and purchase an empty bowl to show your support. These bowls are high fired, dishwasher and microwave safe. Profits will support local children through the 31 Backpacks program. Click here for more info.

Café Rosetta: Watercolors by Kristina Anderson

Watercolor by Kristina Anderson, displayed at Café Rosetta. (Photo courtesy Café Rosetta)

For April Café Rosetta, 104 Fifth St., is displaying watercolors by local artist Kristina Anderson. Stop in on First Friday for coffee and goodies and enjoy the exhibit.

Cross Country Sports: Photography by Bryan Byrnes

"Elements of the U.P." by landscape photographer Bryan Byrnes is on display at Cross Country Sports, 507 Oak Street, through the end of April, with the addition of new photographs. This exhibit celebrates the timeless beauty of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and the Lake Superior region. Bryan’s work captures the landscapes, seascapes and skyscapes that make this area special. A New York art dealer said Bryan’s modernist style is beyond picturesque -- it’s about elementalism, breaking scenes down into their elements -- and is not considered mainstream. By taking a different and sometimes unconventional approach with angles, perspectives, and lighting, Bryan offers a unique view of nature’s main attractions in the U.P.

Stop in for refreshments from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 7, for an open house and a chance to chat with Bryan about his work. For more information call 337-4520 or check Cross Country Sports on Facebook.

The Vertin Gallery: Superior Spring Fever

Join The Vertin Gallery, Oak and 6th streets in Historic Downtown Calumet, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. this  First Friday, April 7, for Superior Spring Fever. Decorate your world with the many shades of Spring in the Keweenaw. Embrace the sophistication of black and white and revel in the joy of full-out color we are patiently rewarded with. The Vertin has authentic and reflective antiques, modern mid-century furniture, fine art, jewelry, lamps, bar cabinets and accessories, plus sophisticated and kitchy décor for your home. 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. For more info email vertingallery@gmail.com or call 906-934-2655.

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