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Friday, November 06, 2015

Breaking News: President Obama rejects Keystone XL Pipeline

President Obama rejected the Keystone Pipeline TODAY, Nov. 6, 2015. (Image courtesy Center for Biological Diversity)

From the Center for Biological Diversity:

Victory! President Obama just rejected the ‪#‎KeystoneXL‬ pipeline!

This is a huge win for our climate, wildlife and the millions of you who raised your voices against this disastrous project.

Celebrate with us by helping spread the word about this historic victory. Share this image and then send President Barack Obama a tweet from our Action Page thanking him for standing up for a livable climate:…/com…/public/content…

Editor's Note: See also these comments from and a video with founder Bill McKibben. See also our articles on the Feb. 17, 2013, Forward on Climate march with photos and videos by Keweenaw Now's Allan Baker and a report by his wife, Shirley Galbraith. Thanks to Allan and Shirley also for helping us cover the 2014 Climate March in New York City.

Thursday, November 05, 2015

First Friday in Calumet Nov. 6 to offer art items for early holiday shoppers

Wild and Crazy hats created by local artisans will be on parade and for sale at the Calumet Art Center this First Friday, Nov. 6. Modeling hats here are, from left, Virginia Fournier, Peggy Waara, and Sandy Lindblom. (Photo courtesy Calumet Art Center)

CALUMET -- The galleries and cafés in Calumet will offer art opening receptions as well as artistic items for sale to tempt early holiday shoppers -- from "Wild and Crazy Hats" at the Calumet Art Center (a fundraiser) to antiques, jewelry, and other gifts from local artists at the Vertin Gallery, recently re-opened.

Calumet Art Center: Wild and Crazy Hats and more ...

Be prepared to be amazed this month for First Friday activities at the Calumet Art Center (CAC). The darkening days of November challenge us to find joy within and what better way than to wear a Crazy Hat to evoke laughter from our friends! Crazy hats created by local artisans will be on parade and for sale. Wander into the Calumet Art Center at 57055 Fifth Street between 10 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 6, and help celebrate the Center's Fall Fundraiser. 

If being goofy is not your thing, then how about a hyper-tufa pot planted with winter-hardy hens-and-chicks and lamp work beads? CAC members made over 30 pots and already half of them have sold. Hypertufa is a mix of portland cement, peat moss and perlite. The pots are very porous and favorable for plant growth, especially low-growing alpine plants and sedums. Hypertufa is relatively light in weight and can withstand harsh winter temperatures -- at least down to  -22 °F.  Please inquire about upcoming classes on making your own hypertufa pot and creating lamp work beads.

The Center has a stock of Sayklly's chocolates to satisfy your sweet tooth. The Escanaba-based Sayklly's company is helping the Center with a fundraising activity. For every box of confection you purchase, half the proceeds are donated to the CAC. Order forms are on hand until Nov. 28 for you to make chocolate purchases.

The 50/50 Raffle drawing will be Friday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. New fall and winter hours for the Calumet Art Center are Tues. - Fri. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and First Fridays 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Paige Wiard Gallery: Fiber Inspired by Nature

The Paige Wiard Gallery, 109 Fifth St., welcomes Terri Smith as featured artist for the month of November. Terri processes raw wool, spins and dyes it to create beautiful nature inspired fiber pieces of art. 

Fiber art by Terri Smith. (Photo courtesy Paige Wiard Gallery)

An opening reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 6. This show is the perfect time to pick out some Christmas gifts! Stop in to see Terri’s hand dyed and felted art to wear and display. For more information contact us at or 906-33-5970.

Vertin Gallery: "There's No Place Like Home"

The recently re-opened Vertin Gallery offers a variety of art and gifts. (Photo courtesy Vertin Gallery)

The new exhibition in the Vertin Gallery Art and Antiques is "There's No Place Like Home," which kicks off the Winter Gallery series over the next seven week-ends. The public is invited to a reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6. Special Musical guest is Country Artist Penny Shute Menze. Featured artists include metal sculptures and natural photography by Dave Walli, photographic reflections of the Copper Country by Mark Bukovich, and photographer Eric Hackney's photos from his adventures across Michigan.

Antiques, jewelry, and gifts from local artists and collectors will be featured including vintage, modern, industrial chic, mid-century modern and classic retail items available for the style-minded shopper. The Vertin Gallery is located on the corner of 6th and Oak streets in downtown Calumet. The exhibition will be on display through Nov. 30, 2015.

The Vertin Gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on First Fridays. For more information email or call (906) 934-2655.

Cross Country Sports: Jeremy Rowe's Night Sky Photography

For the month of November, Cross Country Sports, 507 Oak Street, will feature new work by Jeremy Rowe, Night Sky Photography. Jeremy's breathtaking metal prints of the Keweenaw night sky, especially the aurora borealis, have been featured on the Pure Michigan website. Visitors can also order his 2016 calendars. Enjoy the open house and refreshments from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6.

On display throughout the shop will be some very interesting wire push toys or "Galimotos," made by some of Susan Rosemurgy's Calumet High School Art students.  These wire sculptures are modeled after a type of African (Malawian) push toy made of recycled objects such as wire, sticks, fabric and other found objects.

Cross Country Sports will also be having their annual preseason ski sale through Nov. 14 -- so stop in and get ready for winter fun!

Copper Country Associated Artists: Holiday Card Creation

CARD CREATION for the upcoming holidays will be the focus of this First Friday workshop, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Nov. 6, at the Copper Country Associated Artists Gallery, 205 Fifth Street.

Sample of a card for the Thanksgiving holiday. (Photo courtesy Copper Country Associated Artists)

Artists will be demonstrating some techniques -- Watercolor, Doodle Drawings, Finger Painting, Ink Stamping-- to assist you in designing your cards for the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays.

Café Rosetta: Poetry Open Mic

Café Rosetta will host a Poetry Open Mic from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on First Friday, Nov. 6. Read your own poem. Read someone else's poem. Or just sit back and listen.

Café Rosetta, where the coffee is good and hot and YOU are WELCOME, is at 104 Fifth Street, Calumet.

Galerie Bohème: Meet the Artists and their work

Galerie Bohème will be open from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on First Friday, Nov. 6. A variety of local artists are participating in this month's exhibit, including Gustavo Bourdieu, Bob Dawson, Abigail Tembreull, Miriam Pickens, Cynthia Coté, Joanne Thomas, Stephanie Ryalls, Ginny Douglas, Margo McCafferty, Tom Rudd, Clyde Mikkola, Kerri Corser, Georgi Tsenov and Stuart Baird. Come for a light snack and see what the artists have chosen to present to you.

Galerie Bohème is at 423 Fifth St. in Calumet.

Hahn Hammered Copper: "A Taste of Thanksgiving"

Stop by Hahn Hammered Copper this First Friday for a "Taste of Thanksgiving." Peter and Shelly Hahn are offering vintage tableware to dress up your Holiday table -- a one-of-a-kind copper chafing dish with a lovely brown patina, Jewel Tea Autumn Leaf dishes, a bit of Brown Drip pottery, a smattering of tea and coffee pots, and deep amber and ruby red goblets.

As always, the Hahns have their hand hammered copper and groovy re-purposed "Salvagion" pieces. Come in for cider and cookies this First Friday for a "Taste of Thanksgiving."

Hahn Hammered Copper is at 203 Fifth St.

ETHEL, New York string quartet, to perform at Rozsa Center Nov. 6

ETHEL, New York’s "Reigning String Quartet," will perform at the Rozsa Center Friday, Nov. 6. (Photo courtesy Michigan Tech's Rozsa Center)

HOUGHTON -- Experience the electrifying concert and multimedia meditation that is ETHEL: Documerica at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6. Acclaimed as "unfailingly vital" (The New York Times), "brilliant," "downtown’s reigning string quartet" (The New Yorker), and "one of the most exciting quartets around" (Strad Magazine), ETHEL invigorates the contemporary music scene with exuberance, intensity, imaginative programming, and exceptional artistry.

At the heart of ETHEL is a quest for a common creative expression that is forged in the celebration of community. ETHEL's 2015-16 season celebrates the diversity of regional American music, anchored by a national tour of the evening-length ETHEL’s Documerica. Described by The New York Times as "new music bonding with old images in rich, provocative and moving ways," this program directed by Steve Cosson features montages by acclaimed projection artist Deborah Johnson in concert with commissioned work by Mary Ellen Childs, Ulysses Owens Jr., Jared Impichchaachaaha’ Tate and James "Kimo" Williams and new music by the members of ETHEL.

Documerica features video projections that parallel the music, based on the 1971 Environmental Protection Agency’s Project Documerica photographs, which capture America’s sometimes fabled, sometimes fraught relationship to its land. The project created an archive of thousands of photographs amassed over nearly a decade, an enormous artistic project that had been largely forgotten until recent digitalization. The imagery of Project Documerica is the inspiration for ETHEL’s Documerica, which taps the archive’s rich evocation of time and place and brings its visual and emotional impact into dialogue with the 21st century.

With Documerica, ETHEL invites audiences to contemplate individual and collective connections, action, and responsiveness to environmental and social challenges revealed through the repurposing of this distinctly American archive through the unifying language of art.

Tickets for ETHEL: Documerica are on sale now, $19 for adults, $10 for youth, and no charge for Michigan Tech students with the Experience Tech fee. Advance reserved seating is now available. Please order tickets early! Tickets are available by phone at (906) 487-2073, online at, in person at the Central Ticketing Office in the Student Development Complex, or at the Rozsa Box Office the evening of the performance. Please note the Rozsa Box Office only opens two hours prior to performances.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

New slide show: Keweenaw Art Sept.-Oct. 2015, more ...

This pottery by Ed Gray is displayed in the Calumet Art Center Gallery. (Photo by Keweenaw Now)

HANCOCK -- Keweenaw Now has been taking photos recently at several art exhibits, related events and activities. Whether you attended some of these or missed them, we hope you enjoy the photos.

Click here to access the photo page. Then click on slide show in the upper left corner.

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Carnegie Museum to hold opening reception for "The Making of Modern Houghton: 1940-2015" Nov. 3

Poster courtesy Carnegie Museum.

HOUGHTON -- The Carnegie Museum will hold an opening reception for its newest exhibit, "The Making of Modern Houghton: 1940 - 2015," from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. TONIGHT, Tuesday, Nov. 3.

This exhibit was created from the research done by seven Michigan Tech students in Dr. Carol MacLennan’s Spring 2014 Ethnographic Methods class. The museum has since turned their research papers into an exhibit looking at the changes to the City and the Campus that helped redefine Houghton for its second century. This body of work will be used as the foundation for part of a future permanent exhibit, about the history of the city of Houghton, that the museum plans to install downstairs in the Community Room.

Take a walk down memory lane and learn how the Village of Houghton grew into the City that we know today. Meet Professor MacLennan and some of the students that created the exhibit. Refreshments will be served.

The Carnegie Museum is at 105 Huron St., at the corner of Huron and Montezuma. Regular hours are Tuesday and Thursday Noon to 5 p.m. (open later for exhibits and events) and Saturday Noon to 4 p.m. Free admission. Call 482-7140 for more information.