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Saturday, October 06, 2012

Deadline for Poor Artists Sale booth application is TODAY, Oct. 6

HANCOCK -- Today, Oct. 6, is the booth application deadline for the 36th annual Poor Artists Sale. The Poor Artists Sale is a juried art fair and will be held at the CLK Gymnasium in Calumet on Saturday, Dec. 1. Artists who would like to apply for a booth space should pick up an application form at the Copper Country Community Arts Center in Hancock. Applications must be received by TODAY, Saturday, Oct. 6. The booth fee is $65.

The Poor Artists Sale is organized by the Copper Country Community Arts Center -- located at 126 Quincy Street, Hancock. Contact Cynthia Coté at (906) 482-2333 for more information or stop by the CCCAC to pick up a booth application or email TODAY.

Friday, October 05, 2012

UPDATED: Free screenings of film on Italian Hall tragedy to be Oct. 5, 6 in Calumet

[Editor's UPDATE: There will be two screenings of this film on Saturday, Oct. 6: at 2 p.m. and at 7 p.m. at the Calumet Theatre. We apologize for the error posted on Friday, Oct. 5.]

CALUMET --  Following numerous trips from New York City to Calumet, and spending several years in the editing room, filmmakers Louis Galdieri and Ken Ross are returning to Upper Michigan’s Copper Country to show their now-finished film, 1913 Massacre, in Calumet.

Inspired by the famed Woody Guthrie song of the same name, Galdieri and Ross capture the thoughts and feelings of the last living witnesses to the disaster, as well as those of descendants and Calumet residents at-large.

UPDATE: The film’s local premier will be held at the historic Calumet Theatre at 7 p.m. TONIGHT, Friday, Oct. 5, and at 2 p.m. AND AT 7 P.M. on Saturday, Oct. 6. A question and answer period, and an opportunity for open discussion with the filmmakers will follow each showing. The screenings are free and open to the public, courtesy of the Keweenaw National Historical Park Advisory Commission.

The film follows singer / songwriter Arlo Guthrie to Calumet, a once-thriving copper mining community still haunted by the tragic events that inspired Woody Guthrie’s ballad, "1913 Massacre." The film reconstructs Calumet’s past from individual memories, family legends and songs -- and traces the legacy of the tragedy to the present day.

"We’re really excited to be coming back to Calumet," said filmmaker Ken Ross. "“It’s a homecoming for the film, and we’re humbled by the opportunity to screen the film for the community it’s about."

Calumet galleries present new art openings for First Friday, Oct. 5

CALUMET -- First Friday in Calumet, Oct. 5, will offer exhibits of new art in the local galleries.

"Maple and Birch," by Margo McCafferty and Tom Rudd. (Photo courtesy Gallerie Bohème)

Gallerie Bohème, 426 Fifth Street, "Autumn Prints," Collaborative Works by Tom Rudd and Margo McCafferty, will open with a reception from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday.

Ziyad and Co. (formerly the Ed Gray Gallery) will exhibit "Visions of Nature," art by Ginnie Cappaert, during October.

 Art by Ginnie Cappaert. (Photo courtesy Ziyad and Co.)

Ginnie Cappaert combines colors and textures in a playful and intuitive working style creating depth and spatial relationships derived from nature as well as incorporating abstracted landscape imagery. Layers of oil paint and cold wax on wood panels create visual and emotional connections with the land and tell a story and complexity of various life experiences.

A reception for the artist will be held  from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, at Ziyad and Co., 109 Fifth St. Calumet.  Please call 906-337-5066 for more information.

The members of the Copper Country Associated Artists Gallery in Calumet are shifting into autumn mode in many ways. Handfuls of "fallen leaf" pins created by artist Fredi Tadeucci were brought into the gallery recently. The group is painting a new batch of silk scarves, and a 2013 Copper Country Calendar by photographer Mark Upton is for sale.  Watch for a display of autumn scenes produced by the WorldWidePhotoWalk, taking place mid-month with local participants in Copper Harbor.

Copper Country Associated Artists will host a wire pendant workshop for First Friday, Oct. 5. (Photo courtesy CCAA)

The CCAA will be hosting a wire pendant workshop for the First Friday activity Oct. 5. Participants will take round reed and form it into a circle, then weave copper wire and small beads into the center to form a small pendant that can hang as a necklace or pin to a shirt -- a perfect accessory for your fall attire. The project is suitable for teenagers and adults, and there will be two classes -- one at 6:30 p.m. and one at 7:30 p.m. The activity is free and open to the public, and donations will be accepted.

Clyde Mikkola, long time member of the CCAA, has works on display this month at the Omphale Gallery and Café.

The CCAA Gallery is located at 205 Fifth Street in Calumet  Call for more information at 337-1252.

 "Built on a Rock," pastel by jd slack. (Photo courtesy Vertin Gallery)

Artist jd slack will be exhibiting new work in pastel from October 5-31, 2012, at the Vertin Gallery in Calumet. "The Places we Dwell" is a collection of works exploring the house and home, both literal and conceptual.

"We dwell, not just in buildings, but in the fourfold coming together of the material world, living creatures, meaning, and felt sense of place," slack writes in her artist's statement. "We build, not just structures, but the structures of that coming together."

jd slack’s pastel images of dwellings bring into being versions of that structure: relations among earth, sky,  matter, suggestions of the presence or absence of living creatures, and, always, a sense of occupying that particular place. Never simple, these paintings depict what is complex in as simple and direct a way as possible.

A reception for the artist will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at the Vertin.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Calumet Art Center to host final Empty Bowls event Oct. 5

CALUMET -- Join the Calumet Art Center and BHK Great Explorations at the Calumet Art Center at 57055 5th St., Calumet, for the final Empty Bowls event from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on First Friday, Oct. 5.

Frank Fiala, right, owner of the Fifth and Elm Coffee House in Houghton, hosted the fourth Empty Bowls event on Sept. 5, 2012. He is pictured here outside the Fifth and Elm with Sherry Rivard, regional coordinator for BHK Great Explorations. The final Empty Bowls event will take place at the Calumet Art Center on First Friday, Oct. 5. (Photo by Allan Baker for Keweenaw Now)

For a $10 donation select a bowl made by local potters and enjoy a meal of soup and bread. 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to these local food pantries to fight hunger: CLK Food Pantry, St. Vincent DePaul (Hancock and L’Anse) and Community Action Food Pantry.

Through BHK Great Explorations, children from third through eighth grade have participated in the Calumet Art Center's Empty Bowls project by decorating the bowls. Volunteers of all ages have also decorated the bowls, made by local potters. Local restaurants and cafés have served soup to customers who donate $10 for one of the decorated bowls. The café/restaurant serves the soup in one of their own bowls and the customer takes home the decorated bowl.

The Art Center will also be holding a Fall Silent Auction as a First Friday event. This auction will benefit continuing programs at the Calumet Art Center throughout the fall and winter.

Michigan Tech to host Lake Superior Water Festival at Great Lakes Research Center Oct. 5

HOUGHTON -- The 2012 Lake Superior Water Festival will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at Michigan Tech's new Great Lakes Research Center.

A view of the entrance to Michigan Tech's new Great Lakes Research Center. (Keweenaw Now file photo)

The Water Festival will give 1,000 students in grades 4-8 the opportunity to learn about the Great Lakes, careers, research, art, science, and more from Michigan Tech scientists, staff, university students, government agencies, community organizations and more.

Michigan Tech scientists, staff and students, the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and other organizations will present activities on a wide range of topics related to Lake Superior and water resources.

Some of the offerings include:
  • Aquatic Invasive Species: their impacts and control
  • Remotely-Operated-Vehicles used to study the Great Lakes
  • Computer simulations
  • Geo Wall illustrating changing Lake Superior temps throughout the year
  • Great Lakes dance and creative expression
  • Writing a Great Lakes position statement
  • Assessing the health of the Great Lakes through water sampling and data collection
  • Low impact development to protect water quality and reduce water use
  • Discovering what aquatic insects tell us about stream health
Click here for information and registration.

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Sumi-e Paintings by Alison Starr at Reflection Gallery Oct. 4-27

Artwork by Alison Starr. Her work will be on exhibit in Finlandia University's Reflection Gallery at the Jutila Center Oct. 4-27, 2012. (Photos courtesy Finlandia University)

HANCOCK -- The Finlandia University Reflection Gallery, Hancock, will host "Breath of the Brush," an exhibition of sumi-e paintings by Minnesota artist Alison Starr, from Oct. 4 to Oct. 27, 2012.

An opening reception for the artist will take place at the gallery from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4. The reception is free and open to the public; refreshments will be served.

Starr, a professional musician turned artist, combines in her artwork her love for music and the outdoors. She says her paintings express her goal for "chi," a mystical energy force created by a perfect balance of self and nature.

Starr uses the ancient techniques and tools of China to create contemporary pieces of art work. Her paintings are steeped with her love of nature, both in the Chinese brush paintings created in her studio and her watercolor impressions painted on location.

Artwork by Alison Starr.

Starr has studied with numerous national and international masters of her trade. Now almost 80, she enjoys teaching her craft to school children and art groups through workshops in Duluth, Minn. She has shown her work nationally and internationally in both juried and solo shows.

The Reflection Gallery is located on the second level of Finlandia’s Jutila Center campus, 200 Michigan Street, Hancock, MI 49930.

For additional information, call 906-487-7500 or e-mail

Orpheum to host Golden Boy, New Familiar Oct. 4

HANCOCK -- Goldenboy, Featuring the New Familiar -- Shon Sullivan's new project-- will perform at the Orpheum Theater in Hancock as a part of their current national tour.

Shon has been been a touring and recording guitarist with the EELS, Rentals and with Elliot Smith. His new project, Goldenboy backed up by The New Familiar, will mesmerize you with their ultra mellow folk grooves.

The Copper Country's own Gratiot Lake Road will open with their own brand of mellow folk for an unbelievable night not to be missed.

This show is only $5, which is crazy cheap for a show this good. Be there, or you'll be sorry! Music starts around 8 p.m.

Community Arts Center to exhibit new photography by Dan Beers Oct. 4-28

HANCOCK -- There are FLOWERS in the Kerredge Gallery in October. The new exhibition of photographs by St Paul artist Dan Beers will include his new work in what he calls "run on" images. While Beers does occasionally use digital format, these photographs were produced in the camera on film and printed in the darkroom.

Beers, whose work typically centers around both abstract and representational landscapes, recently won an honorable mention at the Minnesota State Fair for his fine art photography. Dan Beers also worked at Cardazo Fine Art for five years as a master printer for a collection of Edward S. Curtis plates in silver, platinum/palladium and goldtone.

The exhibition will open on Thursday, Oct. 4, with a reception and gallery talk from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will be on display through Oct. 28.

The Community Arts Center is located at 126 Quincy Street in Hancock. For more information call (906) 482-2333.

Youth Encounter Group to perform free concert Oct. 4 at Finlandia

HANCOCK -- Captive Free-West Lakes, a traveling Youth Encounter music ministry, will present a free concert at 7 p.m. this Thursday, Oct. 4, at Finlandia University in Wargelin Hall, Room 303.

The five young adults who make up Captive Free-West Lakes have made a year-long commitment to help carry out Youth Encounter’s mission, which is to partner with Christian communities to strengthen their youth ministry programs.

The group will share some music and speak about their ministry.

Youth Encounter is a Christian non-profit organization that partners with Christian communities to strengthen their youth ministry. Visit for more information.