See our right-hand column for announcements and news briefs. Scroll down the right-hand column to access the Archives -- links to articles posted in the main column since 2007.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Exhibit of new work by artist Fiona Avocado opens Aug. 12 at Community Arts Center in Hancock

"Burn the Rest. Rise from the Ashes" is the new exhibit in the Kerredge Gallery of the Copper Country Community Arts Centerfrom Aug. 12 - Sept. 3. (Image courtesy Copper Country Community Arts Center.

HANCOCK -- The Copper Country Community Arts Center (CCCAC) is pleased to present "Burn the Rest. Rise from the Ashes" comics, illustration, zines and printmaking by Minneapolis artist, Fiona Avocado. Her new work will be exhibited in the Kerredge Gallery from Aug. 12 - Sept. 3, with an opening reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 12.

Fiona works in mediums that make widespread distribution possible so that her work can be seen and read by many. She describes her art as being multifaceted -- exploring many subjects, including everyday life, current events, alternate universes, and glittery daydreams.

"Sloth," by artist Fiona Avocado, is part of the new exhibit in the Kerredge Gallery. (Image courtesy Copper Country Community Arts Center)

"My art practice is catharsis fueled by my personal experiences and what fascinates me," Fiona says. "I hope my audiences can find at least a small piece of themselves in my work."

Fiona will be teaching two sessions in the CCCAC’s 6th Annual Book Arts Camp. She is working on her own art on site this week. The reception for Book Arts Camp will be held simultaneously in the Youth Gallery this Friday, Aug. 12.

This exhibition is supported by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Copper Country Community Arts Center is located at 126 Quincy Street in Hancock. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Saturday 1 p.m.- 5 p.m. For more information call 482-2333 or visit the website

Sunday, August 07, 2016

North Woods Conservancy’s Second Annual Photo Contest continues

Poster for North Woods Conservancy Photo Contest courtesy North Woods Conservancy.

North Woods Conservancy's "Get to Know the North Woods" photo contest for non-professional photographers of all ages continues through Monday, Sept. 26, 2016.

Explore the five beautiful natural areas owned by the North Woods Conservancy (NWC): Seven Mile Point, Conglomerate Falls, Dore Woods, Gratiot River North, and Merganser Pond. Have some fun doing it! Then submit up to 10 of your best photos that showcase your experiences. What surprised you? Puzzled you? Made you smile? Tell your story through a photo and you could be a winner! No entry fee.

Seven Mile Point: The beach at Seven Mile Point is open from noon - sunset every Saturday, Sunday, and holiday. Abundant sunshine, cool breezes off the lake, fewer insects, warmer water. Camp free for the weekend at Seven Mile Point when you help host!

Beach at Seven Mile Point. The Michigan Natural Features Inventory calls Seven Mile Point one of the gems of the Keweenaw. (Keweenaw Now file photo)

Conglomerate Falls: You can visit the Conglomerate Falls Natural Area anytime. Located at 1600 Conglomerate Falls Lane, off South Farmers Block/Tanskanen Road. Park at the turn around by the porta potty (but don't block the road to the cabin) and head downhill to the river. Click here for info on availability of the cabin.

Click here to read about all the NWC Natural Areas.

Photo Contest Prizes: $50 First Prize, $25 Second Prize, and $15 Third Prize, plus a 2017 membership in NWC for each prize winner. The winning photos will be displayed in the Daily Mining Gazette and the Marquette Monthly newspapers and online at Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula Facebook page, the Keweenaw Now blog and on Pasty Cam. The photos will also be part of a window display at Copper Country Associated Artists Gallery in Calumet.

Did you take photos in the NWC Natural Areas last August after our 2015 photo contest closed? The 2016 NWC Photo Contest is now accepting those photos taken August 4, 2015 and later. Click here for more information on participating.

Click here to learn more about North Woods Conservancy, to volunteer or to make a donation.