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Saturday, December 03, 2011

Sen. Carl Levin: Summary of Detainee Provisions in the Senate-passed Defense Authorization Act

Posted Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, as a press release on Sen. Carl Levin's Web site*

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued a summary today (Dec. 2, 2011) of detainee provisions approved Thursday by the Senate (part of Senate Bill 1867, National Defense Authorization Act):

"Because of the many questions that have been raised relating to the detainee provisions in the defense authorization bill, I felt it was important to provide this summary of the language approved by the Senate," Levin said. "I hope it will be a useful reference for those who are interested in this important issue."

Section 1031: Affirmation of Authority of the Armed Forces of the United States to Detain Covered Persons Pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force.
  • Section 1031 reaffirms the military’s existing authority to detain individuals captured in the course of hostilities in accordance with the law of war. The authority extends to any person who: (1) planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001; or (2) was part of or substantially supported al Qaeda, the Taliban, or associated forces in hostilities against the United States. This provision codifies detention authority that has been adopted by two Administrations, has been upheld in the courts, and has a centuries-long foundation in the law of war. An amendment adopted on the Senate floor by a 99-1 vote confirms that nothing in the provision "shall be construed to affect existing law or authorities relating to the detention of United States citizens, lawful resident aliens of the United States, or any other persons who are captured or arrested in the United States."
Section 1032: Requirement for Military Custody.
  • Section 1032 provides that a narrowly-defined group of people -- foreign al Qaeda terrorists who participate in planning or conducting attacks against us -- shall be held in military custody. The provision is subject to waiver by the executive branch. The provision specifically exempts United States citizens. It also does not apply to lawful resident aliens inside the United States, except to the extent permitted by the Constitution. The procedures for determining who is covered by the provision are left up to the Executive Branch to establish. Those procedures are to include procedures for determining how and when persons determined to be subject to military custody would be transferred from civilian law enforcement to military officials, and to ensure that such determinations do not interfere with ongoing intelligence, surveillance, or interrogations. The provision expressly authorizes the transfer of detainees for trial in civilian courts. An amendment to strip out this transfer authority (which would have prohibited civilian trials for detainees) was defeated in the Senate Armed Services Committee by a bipartisan vote of 19-7.
Section 1033: Requirements for Certifications Relating to the Transfer of Detainees at United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Foreign Countries and other Foreign Entities.
  • Section 1033 continues for another year conditions on the transfer of GITMO detainees to foreign countries which have a track record of being unable to prevent released detainees from returning to battle against us. The provision continues the requirement that the Secretary of Defense certify that appropriate steps have been taken to reduce the risk of renewed terrorist activities by detainees who are released. Section 1033 is less restrictive than provisions included in previously enacted legislation signed by President Obama, because it includes a new national security waiver.
Section 1034: Prohibition on Use of Funds to Construct or Modify Facilities in the United States to House Detainees Transferred from United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
  • Section 1034 continues for another year the limitation that has been included in past authorization and appropriations Acts, precluding the use of DOD funds to build facilities inside the United States to house Guantanamo detainees. This provision does not require the closure of Guantanamo, it applies only to DOD funds, and it does not prohibit the use of Department of Justice funds that might be needed in connection with the transfer of a Guantanamo detainee for trial.
Section 1035: Procedures for Periodic Detention Review of Individuals Detained at United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
  • Section 1035 requires DOD to issue procedures implementing the Executive Order issued by the President earlier this year addressing ambiguities in the process for periodic status reviews established for Guantanamo detainees. The periodic reviews are to determine whether a detainee no longer represents a continuing threat to the security of the United States and therefore can be released from detention.
Section 1036: Procedures for Status Determinations.
  • Section 1036 requires DOD to establish procedures for determining the status of detainees -- i.e., whether or not we have legal authority to detain them. These procedures include, for the first time, a military judge and a military lawyer for any detainee held in long-term military custody.
Section 1037: Clarification of Right to Plead Guilty in Trial of Capital Offense by Military Commission.
  • Section 1037 clarifies the procedures for guilty pleas in trials by military commissions. The provision requires a separate trial on the penalty with a unanimous verdict needed to impose the death penalty. The Supreme Court has held that defendants in the federal courts have a right to plead guilty in capital cases. The omission of this provision would leave defendants in military commission cases without a similar right.
* Editor's Notes:

See also the Dec. 1, 2011, post on Sen. Levin's Web site: "Levin Floor Statement on Compromise Detainee Language in NDAA"

On Dec. 2, 2011, Sen. Levin also posted this press release: "Levin Announces Michigan-Related Projects in National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2012."

On Nov. 30, 2011, before the Senate passed this bill, an op-ed article by William Rivers Pitt on Truthout is critical of the detainee language in the bill and cites strong objections by Amnesty International, whose members call for President Obama to veto the bill if it comes to his desk. See "A Gut-Check Moment for Mr. Obama."

Friday, December 02, 2011

Updated: Backroom Boys to play music at Vertin Gallery Dec. 2

CALUMET -- As part of First Friday in Calumet, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. TONIGHT, Dec. 2, the Vertin Gallery will be bringing in the Backroom Boys to play some bayou-swing and swamp-jazz.

The Backroom Boys play a repertoire of favorite jazz, swing and more for both dancing and listening at the Omphale Gallery and Café Nov. 4, 2011, for last month's First Friday in Calumet. Tonight, Friday, Dec. 2, they will play for the art opening at the Vertin Gallery in downtown Calumet. Musicians are, from left, Oren Tikkanen, Matthew Durocher, Bob Norden, Randy Seppala, and John Munson. (Photo by Keweenaw Now)

"It's an opening, and a Holiday Party, so stop by for art, music, and good cheer," says musician Oren Tikkanen. "Also, Café Rosetta is opening a month-long exhibit of selected photographs by Don Curto, the celebrated chef, writer and photographer -- swing on by and take a look."

The Vertin Gallery will host a Winter Juried Exhibit of a group of artists, opening Dec. 2, 2011, and continuing through Jan. 3, 2012.

Update: The Vertin Gallery exhibit features pieces from many Vertin artists working in a variety of media. Joyce Koskenmaki, Margo McCafferty, and Kerri Corser are among the artists whose work is on display. The reception is from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., offering a great selection of snacks and beverages.

Also, don't miss the Christmas Show art opening tonight at the Ed Gray Gallery on Fifth St., right across from Café Rosetta. This show continues through Jan. 3, 2012.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

African Food at Dec. 2 Khana Khazana to fight famine

HOUGHTON -- A deadly combination of drought and rising food prices has left more than 10 million people in Africa facing famine. At Khana Khazana (food treasure) Friday, Dec. 2, the African Student Association at Michigan Tech will cook traditional African dishes to raise money to help the starving children in their homeland.

The menu features beef fried rice, grilled peanut butter chicken, couscous and samosa, a spicy stuffed pastry.

Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Michigan Tech Memorial Union Building Commons. A full meal costs $6 and includes a free coffee, hot tea or fountain soda. Individual entrees are available for $2 each.

Khana Khazana is a collaborative effort of Michigan Tech international students and Dining Services.

35th annual Poor Artists Sale to be Dec. 3 at CLK Gym, Calumet

CALUMET -- The 35th annual Poor Artists Sale will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the CLK Gymnasium in Calumet.

Artist Sue Stevens with her colorful scarves at the 2010 Poor Artists Sale. This year -- on Saturday, Dec. 3 -- more than 60 artists will exhibit their work for sale. (File photos by Keweenaw Now)

The Poor Artists Sale is hosted by the Copper Country Community Arts Council as a benefit for the Community Arts Center in Hancock. This year’s sale offers the work of more than 60 artists. Shoppers will find handmade jewelry and pottery, holiday wreaths, ornaments, baskets, wood art, glass, fiber arts, candles, photography and much more.

Keweenaw photographer Charlie Eshbach offers his photos of local landscapes and historical sites during the 2010 Poor Artists Sale.

Shop and visit with friends in a relaxing, social atmosphere, renew your Arts Council membership (or join for the first time) and enjoy homemade treats at the hospitality table.

Volunteers Sue Fouts, left, and Emily Newhouse serve hungry shoppers at the hospitality table during the 2010 Poor Artists Sale.

For more information stop by the Community Arts Center at 126 Quincy Street in Hancock or call 482-2333.

Copper Country Associated Artists to hold Open House on First Friday, Dec. 2

Quincy Shaft by Calumet artist Jerry Hammes, whose work is featured at the Copper Country Associated Artists Gallery in Calumet. Hammes will be at the Gallery on First Friday, Dec. 2, to autograph prints of his paintings, available for sale. (Photo courtesy Copper Country Associated Artists)

CALUMET -- Among the art gallery events during First Friday in Calumet, Dec. 2, will be an Open House at the Copper Country Associated Artists on Fifth Street.

CCAA members have been working like Santa’s little elves preparing decorations to brighten up your holiday season. From Dolly Luoma’s felted Penguins to Nancy McCabe’s fused glass Christmas trees, the studio will be stuffed to the brim with ornaments and treasures. Refreshments will be plentiful and tasty.

Best of all, Jerry Hammes, CCAA's featured artist for the winter months, will be at the studio from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. to share recollections and autograph the prints of his paintings available for sale.

Winter hours at the CCAA studio are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on First Fridays.

"Christmas in Calumet" begins Dec. 2 - 3 with family events

A horse-drawn wagon turns onto historic Fifth Street in front of the Keweenaw Heritage Center at St. Anne's during the 2010 Calumet holiday celebrations. The wagon rides are free again this year and will be part of "Christmas in Calumet" events between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. (File photo © 2010 Joanne Thomas for Keweenaw Now)

CALUMET -- Main Street Calumet's "Christmas in Calumet" will begin this weekend with First Friday events on Friday, Dec. 2, and -- on Saturday, Dec. 3 -- with the arrival of Santa, free horse-drawn wagon rides, strolling carolers and musicians, the Poor Artists Sale and more.

Friday, Dec. 2, events:

On Friday, Dec. 2, festivities begin at 6 p.m. with the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Calumet Theatre Park. This will be followed by First Friday art gallery events and exhibits and shops and eateries open from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The women's chorus Noteworthy, the area's only choir specializing in barbershop music, will join in Calumet's First Friday celebrations by singing popular songs and traditional favorites in stores and galleries from approximately 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday. Everyone is invited to visit downtown Calumet to enjoy their four-part, a cappella harmonies.

Saturday, Dec. 3, events:

On Saturday, events for the whole family will follow this schedule:

11 a.m. -- Santa arrives downtown via horse-drawn wagon

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. -- Visits with Santa and free goodie bags, Rowe Furniture

11 a.m. - 3 p.m. -- Free horse-drawn wagon rides; holiday music by strolling musicians in various downtown locations; carolers tour the downtown; judging of the downtown window decorating contest; "Calumet Celebrates the Arts" gallery events, various locations, all day.

11 a.m. - 4 p.m. -- Poor Artists Sale at CLK Public Schools Gym.

Michigan Tech's Rail Transportation Program to host documentary film on Qinghai-Tibet Railway Dec. 1

HOUGHTON -- A year ago, Dr. Pasi Lautala traveled to the Tibetan Plateau in China to participate in a National Geographic documentary on the 1,000 kilometer Qinghai-Tibet Railway, an extraordinary feat of engineering that crosses some of the planet's toughest terrain at high altitude. In the film, Lautala follows the train’s route and looks at the structural solutions devised by China’s top engineers.

The Rail Transportation Program (RTP), a part of the Michigan Tech Transportation Institute (MTTI), and the Railroad Engineering and Activities Club (REAC) will show the film from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. TONIGHT, Dec. 1, in Fisher 139 on the Michigan Tech campus.

The film (50 minutes) and following discussion (including refreshments) are free of charge and open to the campus and community audience. More information can be found from this link:

Click here to read about the Rail Transportation Program at Michigan Tech.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club to hold moonlight ski and bonfire Dec. 3

Gromit the Trail Dog posted this 2010 photo of the KNSC moonlight ski and bonfire. "I'm in my the middle of all the kids!" she says. The event will happen again this Saturday, Dec. 3, despite lack of snow. (Photo courtesy Gromit, from her Trail Mutt Reports blog)

HANCOCK -- Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club's moonlight ski and bonfire will take place as scheduled at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. Because of lack of snow, the event will be moved to the Chalet, located at the Houghton County Fair Grounds/Hancock Driving Park. KNSC will provide refreshments and a light meal to say "thanks" to the numerous trail supporters and volunteers.

For the evening's special entertainment, all skiers will perform the Heikki Lunta dance so trail grooming and skiing can commence soon. And, of course, a fire will be going.

"Woof!" says Gromit. "We had so much fun (last year), we're doing it again!"

If anyone would care to see how to train your very own trail mutt, a quick demonstration will precede the dancing. This event is open to the public, but RSVP by email or phone is required. You can RSVP or ask questions by emailing or by calling Arlyn and Sandy Aronson at 906-370-2911 (work) or 906-487-9229 (home).

Gromit did most photos from past moonlight bonfires on her adventure blog. She also reports on trail work and improvements and fun in the snow. See her trail mutt reports at

KBIC to host two films in "Mining Impacts on Native Lands" film series Dec. 1, 2

BARAGA -- This week the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) Natural Resources Department will host two more films in the "Mining Impacts on Native Lands" film series.

The Return of Navajo Boy will be shown at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, in the Ojibwa Casino Chippewa Room. This film is a 57-minute, award winning documentary directed by Jeff Spitz. It tells the story of Navajo woman’s ongoing struggle for environmental justice and how Navajo communities have been impacted by more than one thousand abandoned uranium mines. The film reunited a Navajo family and triggered a federal investigation into uranium contamination.

A repeat showing of Red Gold: The Pebble Mine Debate will take place at 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, at the Ojibwa Senior Citizens Center. This film is a 55-minute documentary regarding a large proposed gold mine at the headwaters of Alaska’s Bristol Bay -- the world’s largest salmon spawning grounds. It highlights the conflicting perspectives surrounding this mining proposal, including Native, commercial and sport fishermen whose way of life depends on this extraordinary fishery.

The goal of this monthly film series is to increase community awareness and capacity in the midst of growing mineral interest throughout Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and the Lake Superior basin.

Featured films look at the environmental and social impacts of mining, particularly on Native communities. Each film is followed by mining updates and opportunity for questions and discussion.

NOSOTROS to host cultural presentation Dec. 1 at Michigan Tech

HOUGHTON -- The NOSOTROS Student Organization invites the public to the sixth presentation of the series "A door to Latin culture" from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, in Fisher Hall Room 138 on the Michigan Tech campus. Rocio Jimenez Vazquez will talk about her country, Mexico.

Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. This event is supported by the Parents' Fund of the Michigan Tech Fund.

Finlandia to celebrate Finnish Independence Day, Finnish American Art exhibit Dec. 1

HANCOCK -- The Finlandia University Finnish American Heritage Center (FAHC), Hancock, will host its 94th annual Finnish Independence Day celebration beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1. The event is free and open to the public.

This year’s Finnish Independence Day celebration is presented in conjunction with an opening reception for the Finlandia University Gallery Contemporary Finnish-American Artist Series 20th Year Retrospective Exhibition.

Eric Aho, First February Night, 2009. Oil on linen, 24 x 22 inches. (Photos courtesy Finlandia University)

At the event, honored guest Anneli Halonen, cultural counselor of the Embassy of Finland, Washington, D.C., will present a talk titled, "Cultural Identity and Finnish Art." Several artists whose work is featured in the Retrospective exhibit will speak about the influence of their Finnish American heritage on their artwork.

The Finnish Independence Day program will also include musical performances, announcement of the 2012 Hankooki Heikki awardee, and refreshments, followed by a reception and gallery viewing.

Bruce Niemi, Protected. Bronze, 2005, 15" x 21" x 12."

Artwork by each of the 19 artists featured in the annual Finlandia University Gallery Finnish-American Artists Series exhibit will be on display. (A 10-year retrospective exhibit was held in 2002.)

Artists exhibiting work are Tarmo Watia (series artist in 1991), Joyce Koskenmaki (1992), Kathleen Oettinger (1993), Peder Kitti (1994), Yeshe Linda Helander (1995), Gerald Immonen (1996), Elsa Bekkala (1997), Marlene Ekola Gerberick (1998), Rudy Autio (1999), Gladys Koski Holmes (2000), Arno Rafael Minkkinen (2001), Eric Aho (2003), Petri Flint (2004), Vaino Kola (2005), David Salmela (2006), John Lundeen (2007), Desiree Koslin (2008), Bruce A. Niemi (2009), Dina Kantor (2010).

Rudy Autio, Twisted Tree. Digital Print of Acrylic Painting, 1997. Collection of Finlandia University.

"Inspiration found in their ancestry often plays a strong role in the work of these Finnish-American artists," says Carrie Flaspohler, director of the Finlandia University Gallery. "Some draw from stories of Finland heard in their youth, while others incorporate life lessons from their immigrant grandparents. Some summon the strong connection to nature so prominent in Finland, and others are influenced by the strength of contemporary Finnish art and culture."

Finlandia University Gallery has published a 48-page exhibition catalog that includes full-color reproductions of each of the artworks included in the Retrospective exhibit, along with biographical information about each artist. The catalog will be available for purchase at the reception/Independence Day Celebration and at North Wind Books.

The exhibition and exhibition catalog are supported in part by Finlandia Foundation® National, Finn Spark, Inc.; Patricia Van Pelt; and a gift in memory of The Hon. Dr. Gloria Jackson.

The Finnish American Heritage Center is located on the campus of Finlandia University at 435 Quincy Street, Hancock.

For more information, contact Hilary Virtanen, FAHC programming coordinator, at 906-487-7505.

"20 years of Contemporary Finnish-American Art" is on display at the Finlandia University Gallery through Jan. 14th, 2012. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday noon to 4 p.m., or by appointment.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

"Across Water," paintings by Ray Ellison, to open Dec. 1 at Community Arts Center

HANCOCK -- The Community Arts Center in Hancock is pleased to present "Across Water," an exhibition of new paintings by Lansing artist Ray Ellison, from Dec. 1 through Dec. 24 in the Kerredge Gallery. The artist was inspired by a large "X"-shaped lakeside dock structure.

"Across Water" by Ray Ellison. (Photo courtesy Copper Country Community Arts Center)

In his artist's statement Ellison explains, "The pylons were at all angles and of different sizes. The slatted planks floated, disappearing into the distance. I grabbed some old cardboard and did a quick sketch. The forthcoming paintings seemed to be more than just a dock. They seemed to be a bridge between two worlds -- or a flyway across the water."

Cynthia Coté, Community Arts Center director, says, "Ray has an interesting way of capturing the essence of his subjects with a wildly energetic brush stroke."

Ellison earned his MFA from Michigan State University in 1976. He has participated in group exhibitions in Lansing and East Lansing and has had several solo exhibitions in local galleries. He and his partner, Deb Karppinen, own a garden design business in Lansing so their seasonal home in New Allouez is enjoyed in the wintertime.*

An opening reception for the exhibit will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Community Arts Center, 126 Quincy Street, Hancock.

This exhibit is supported in part by a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information call (906) 482-2333 or visit the website

*Editor's Note: Deb Karppinen's exhibit of textile sculpture has been on display at the Vertin Gallery in Calumet during November. Click here to see some of her work in our slide show, Calumet Art: Nov. 2011.

"Art with a Repurpose" to open Dec. 1 at Reflection Gallery

HANCOCK -- The Finlandia University Reflection Gallery will present a juried exhibit of artwork by Finlandia students, faculty, and staff Dec. 1, 2011, to January 29, 2012.

The exhibit, "Art with a Repurpose," is co-presented by the Reflection Gallery and the Finlandia Campus Enrichment Committee.

An opening reception will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Reflection Gallery. The reception is open to the public and refreshments will be served.

The artwork in the juried exhibit will use repurposed materials in a creative way. Materials may include magazines, water bottles, scrap metal, and other repurposed materials.

"In this day and age, manufactured goods should be used to their full potential," says Yueh-mei Cheng, Finlandia professor of studio arts. "With this exhibit, the Reflection Gallery wants to encourage students and others to see purpose in previously discarded products."

The Reflection Gallery is on the second level of Finlandia’s Jutila Center campus, 200 Michigan St., Hancock.

For information, e-mail or call Yueh-mei Cheng at 906-487-7375.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Gromit the Trail Dog posts more photos of Maasto Hiihto trail work

Gromit the Trail Dog supervises volunteers building a temporary fence to separate the Maasto Hiihto ski trail from the snowmobile trail. See Gromit's posting with more photos of Sunday's trail work in Hancock, organized by John Diebel of the Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club. (Photo courtesy Arlyn and Sandy Aronson)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Letter: Volunteers needed to package sustainable seeds

HANCOCK -- For the past three years, Organic Heirloom Plants of Hancock, owned and operated by Wendy Wiegert, has been one of the main donors of Organic Heirloom Seed crops, supplying Organic Heirloom seed for a National Non-profit effort of the "Need For Seed" program initiated by a Gardening Organically yahoo group. This group has provided sustainable seed for those families in "Need For Seed" that could not otherwise afford them. The purpose of the project is to help these families become sustainable on their own.

Organic Heirloom Plants nursery in Hancock, MI. (Photo courtesy Wendy Wiegert)

Organic Heirloom Plants has provided thousands of seed packets that they have raised, collected, cleaned, packaged and shipped to hundreds of families -- both locally and throughout the United States. This year, the growing deer population took all of their seed crops, particularly the vegetable seed. Despite the loss, the group decided to do a Wholesale Bulk Buy of seed by pre-selling over 16,000 packets of seed at wholesale price to customers across the U.S. in order to purchase the bulk seed that will continue to provide thousands of seed packets to those families in "Need For Seed."

The group has met its goal and is now looking for local volunteers to package this seed, which must be shipped out by Dec. 20, 2011, to all who have participated as well as to all the families who are in "Need for Seed."

Volunteer seed packers can help by cutting out the seed card instructions for each variety of seed and/or packaging them at their own home and leisure. In exchange, all volunteers will receive plenty of seed to enable them to plant their own gardens.

All "Need For Seed" families are anonymously nominated, while other families put in their request to the group moderator or Wendy Wiegert of Organic Heirloom Plants. Wiegert has volunteered to head this huge effort by utilizing her wholesale Nursery license to purchase the bulk seed at wholesale, designing and printing all seed direction cards, maintaining seed orders, distributing to "Need For Seed" families and obtaining all supplies and materials necessary to put it all together.

If you'd like to be involved in this worthwhile effort and help enable hundreds of families locally and nationwide to sustain and feed themselves with the help of Organic Heirloom seed, please contact Wendy Wiegert as soon as possible at:

Please forward a contact number and best time to call for details on how you can help!

Thank you!

Wendy Wiegert
Organic Heirloom Plants
Hancock, MI

New slide show: Calumet Art: Nov. 2011

"Sunset," by Sharlene Schollmeyer, is part of the November fiber art show at the Ed Gray Gallery in Calumet. (Photo by Keweenaw Now)

CALUMET -- Keweenaw Now presents a new slide show on November 2011 art events in Calumet. On First Friday, Nov. 4, the Ed Gray Gallery opened their annual fiber art show, with work by several artists, on exhibit through November. The Vertin Gallery features the colorful textile sculptures by Lansing artist Deb Karppinen. At the Copper Country Associated Artists Gallery, a large group of visitors of all ages enjoyed making holiday ornaments and decorations at the First Friday holiday workshop.

Click here and then click on slide show to view our photos of these events. The slide show, now featured at the top of our right-hand column, will also be archived with other previous slide shows.