Sunday, October 15, 2017

"Configurations," new art by Joyce Koskenmaki, now on exhibit at Kerredge Gallery, Copper Country Community Arts Center

Images of trees are part of "Configurations," new work by artist Joyce Koskenmaki, now on exhibit through Nov. 4 in the Kerredge Gallery at the Copper Country Community Arts Center in Hancock. (Photo courtesy Copper Country Community Arts Center)

HANCOCK -- The Copper Country Community Arts Center is presenting "Configurations," new work by local artist, Joyce Koskenmaki in the Kerredge Gallery through Nov. 4, 2017.

In her statement about the exhibition Koskenmaki says, "Configurations is about my responses to two of my closest family members having near-death experiences this year, and also about my own fall and surgery and need for healing. The shapes begin with abstraction and evolve into imagery, mostly trees, as they are my daily companions on my walks with my dog. They are also my helpers and protectors."

This new body of work is comprised of paintings and drawings in a variety of mediums including casein, which is a milk-based tempera paint; gouache; acrylics; water soluble pastels; color pencil; and graphite. They are abstract works that have taken shape as single trees and groupings. The trees are strong and moody and all suggest a personal story.

Artist Joyce Koskenmaki in her studio in Hancock. (Photo courtesy Copper Country Community Arts Center)

Koskenmaki has shown her work nationally and internationally, won awards and residencies, and taught at six different colleges. She came back to the UP because it feels most like home.

This exhibit is supported by a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Copper Country Community Arts is located at 126 Quincy Street in Hancock. For more information visit or call (906) 482-2333.

Community Arts Center to celebrate 25 years at Auction Party Oct. 20

The Copper Country Community Arts Center will celebrate 25 years at a party from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20. The public is invited to enjoy Silent Auctions, a 10-item Live Auction, Artist Demos, Food and Music. For a suggested donation of $10-$20, help the Arts Center celebrate and raise funds for years to come! Auction items of goods, services, and art will be set up in various locations around the Arts Center building with plenty of time to peruse. See an item you really want? Then get it with the I WANT THAT NOW price. Enjoy fabulous food, live music, and drinks. There will also be demonstrations in the letterpress studio, clay studio, and classroom -- plus the unveiling of a new mural by Abigail Tembreull. A 10-item LIVE AUCTION with Ray Sharp, door prizes, and some art surprises will round out a fun evening.

For more info and news, click here to access the current October 2017 Newsletter.

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