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Friday, July 07, 2017

First Friday Art Walk in Calumet July 7 offers new exhibits, receptions, music, more ...

Keeping the Peace, by Kathleen Conover, is part of the July exhibit on birds at the Paige Wiard Gallery in Calumet. (Photo courtesy Paige Wiard Gallery)

CALUMET -- Join the First Friday Art Walk in Calumet tonight, July 7, and enjoy opening receptions, art activities and music in the galleries.

Paige Wiard Gallery: Birds

Birds are the source of limitless creative inspiration that connect us to the rhythms of life. Their migrations mark the shifting seasons, their music heralds each dawn, and their shoreline searches highlight the flow of the tides. As we aspire to sing, soar, and preen like them adorned in brilliance attire, avian art inspires in many ways. For the month of July talented artists from throughout Michigan celebrate avian marvels through fresh interpretation in original painting, photographs and sculptures. The public is invited to an opening reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Paige Wiard Gallery, 109 5th St., on First Friday, July 7. For more information call 337-5970 or email

Calumet Art Center: Art works by Lyn and Mark Reed; Sandstone Piecemakers Quilt Guild

Artists Lyn and Mark Reed will exhibit their work during First Friday, July 7, at the Calumet Art Center. (Photo courtesy Calumet Art Center)

Visit the Calumet Art Center from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, July 7. Demonstrations and more. See an exhibit of clay artwork by Lyn and Mark Reed, who have been married for forty years. Both are recently retired from teaching in K-12 schools in northern Minnesota. Lyn is an Australian who received her degree in Art Education from Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane and a Masters in Art from U of W-Superior. Lyn has pursued ceramics throughout her teaching career and is now continuing her endeavor at Calumet Art Center. Mark received his degree in biology and education from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He has recently pursued ceramics as an outlet for his interest in fishing and is continuing his ceramics training at the Calumet Art Center.

Interested in quilting? Already an avid quilter or just want to learn more? The Sandstone Piecemakers Quilt Guild members will be upstairs in the Calumet Art Center’s Performance Hall each First Friday restoring the beautiful quilt that was donated to the center. They invite beginners and experienced quilters to help out. For more information, please call (906) 934-2228 or visit .
Hahn Hammered Copper: Celebrating 8 years!

Stop in at Hahn Hammered Copper this First Friday, July 7, for a glimpse of what’s old -- the Hahns' own hand-hammered art copper, vintage copper items, fine old photographs, architectural tidbits, salvaged and re-purposed items, odd objects, and more! Not only are they celebrating First Friday, but they are also celebrating 8 years of being in business in Beautiful Downtown Calumet! Stop in for a treat and a glimpse of the past this First Friday at Hahn Hammered Copper!

Supernova Yoga, Gallery and Gifts: "Keweenaw Blossoms"

Supernova Yoga, Gallery and Gifts, 213 Sixth St., invites the public to the opening reception for their July exhibit, "Keweenaw Blossoms," from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 7. Enjoy live music and refreshments. The July exhibit features a series of photographs by Natalie Pruett, a photographer who resides in Flint, Michigan. The centerpiece of the series reflects the sublime beauty of the Keweenaw wilderness in bloom. Her photography captures life, light, and beauty through images of the natural world. A native of Flint, Natalie frequents the Keweenaw for inspiration, family connection and enjoyment. For more info visit

Galerie Bohème: "Now and Zen" by Kerri Corser

Art by Kerri Corser is the July exhibit at Galerie Bohème in Calumet. (Photo courtesy Galerie Bohème)

Galerie Bohème, 423 5th Street, will host the exhibit "Now and Zen" by Kerri Corser, with an opening reception from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 7. With these paintings Kerri takes inspiration from selected elements used to develop the Zen garden -- the many elements that are purposely selected and precisely placed to guide the traveler through a garden journey. The exhibit continues through Aug. 1. Hours are 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information contact Tom Rudd at (906) 369-4087.

Café Rosetta: Art by Jill Isaacson

Café Rosetta is exhibiting art by Jill Isaacson. (Photo courtesy Café Rosetta) 

Café Rosetta, 104 Fifth St., welcomes Jill Isaacson and her art! Inspired by her travels, Jill paints nature scenes in acrylics. A former Minnesota resident, she is now enjoying the U.P.! Usual business hours for first Friday: open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Copper Country Associated Artists (CCAA) will host an open community exhibit, MINIATURE MARVELS, through July. (Photo courtesy CCAA)

The Copper Country Associated Artists' Gallery will host an OPEN COMMUNITY EXHIBIT for the month of July -- MINIATURE MARVELS with local artists exhibiting their artwork of 5x7 or smaller -- a must-see exhibit! Stop in for the Opening Artist Reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. this Friday, July 7, while enjoying a walk about Calumet. Some of the artists will be around to explain their artwork for the gallery exhibit. Please vote for the "Viewers Choice Award." If you can not attend the 1st Friday event, the exhibit continues through July, so you can still stop in to view the art and do some shopping.

Vertin Gallery: Week of sales

Some of the many treasures found at The Vertin Gallery in Calumet. (Photo courtesy The Vertin Gallery)

The Vertin Gallery, 220 Sixth St., will be open during the First Friday Art Walk July 7. It's Red, White, and Oooh time at The Vertin! Come on by for this great week of sales on all the dreamy treasures for your home and gifts for you and your loved ones. The Vertin  specializes in Fine Art, Vintage, Retro, Mid-Century Modern, Antiques, Industrial, Re-purposed, Farm Style, and Hand-Crafted items.

Cross Country Sports: Let the Good Times Roll: Art of KRG

Cross Country Sports, 507 Oak St., will host Let the Good Times Roll: Art of KRG (Keweenaw Roller Girls) -- an eclectic and colorful show featuring vibrant poster art and design by Katie Jo Wright, Jonathan Soper and Terri Frew. Further roller derby related art will also be presented from artists Melissa Williamson, Sam Flora, and Joe Mac. Select items will be available for purchase.

Much like KRG themselves, this art is unique and individual -- a true sight to behold. Visit Cross Country Sports from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 7. In conjuction with First Friday Festivities, artists, KRG league members and friends will be present at the opening to discuss the works and local roller derby opportunities. 

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Portage Library, Community Arts Center to host Butterfly Talks by Miriam Pickens

Butterfly near Maasto Hiihto Trails. (Photo © and courtesy Miriam Pickens)

HOUGHTON-HANCOCK -- Miriam Pickens, artist and photographer, will offer two presentations on butterflies this week --  on Thursday, July 6, at the Portage Lake District Library in Houghton and on Saturday, July 8, at the Copper Country Community Arts Center in Hancock.

Portage Lake District Library: "Butterflies, Skippers and Their Place in the Lepidopteran World"

The Portage Lake District Library will host Miriam Pickens for an evening learning about species of butterflies that live in the Keweenaw at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 6.

Pickens’ slide show presentation, "Butterflies, Skippers and Their Place in the Lepidopteran World," will feature species of butterflies that are likely to visit local gardens and fields. Participants will learn butterfly basics that include how butterflies differ from moths, what kinds of flowers butterflies feed on, and more. There will be time for questions from the audience following the presentation. Signed copies of her recently published book, Butterflies of the Maasto Hiihto Trails, Hancock, MI, will also be available for sale. The event is free and open to the public.

Copper Country Community Arts Center: Photographing Butterflies of the Maasto Hiihto Trails

At the Community Arts Center's Second Saturday Coffee Talk at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 8, Miriam Pickens will share stories and discuss her adventures butterflying in the Keweenaw. She has self-published a book on these insects, and her photographs are sold as cards and 8X10 prints. She also uses her butterfly photos as inspiration for painting on pottery. Learn about the local butterflies, and get some pointers on photographing them successfully.

Coffee Talks take place at the Copper Country Community Arts Center, 126 Quincy Street in Hancock. Coffee talks with artists are free and informal. Coffee is provided by KC Bonkers Toys and Coffee. Please call the Arts Center at 482-2333 if you’d like to attend.