First Friday kicks off big month in art

First Friday

The Calumet Art District will have 11 gallery openings for this First Friday featuring well-known artists from around the Copper Country and beyond.

There will be demonstrations of new and interesting painting techniques at the CCAA and Calumet Floral & Gifts, as well as a fundraiser for the Copper Harbor trails.

August is a great month for art. The Eagle Harbor Fair is Aug. 12-13, as well as Art in the Park in Copper Harbor the following weekend.

Calumet Art Center, 57055 5th St.

Join us at the Calumet Art Center Friday from 6-8:30 p.m, as we host the showing of art works in encaustics by Gray Dawg — Graydon Dagen. Gray Dawg was raised in Michigan but spent 30 years in Florida and 10 in California, where he learned about encaustics. He then returned to Michigan to set up a studio where he pursues a variety of art forms, particularly mixed media.

“My work is inspired by such things as walking outdoors and observing nature in all its splendid diversity. Live flowers, because of their ephemeral nature and exotic beauty are especially fun and gardening conjures up ideas that are the basis for still-lifes and background material.”

His work encompasses many types of media, including cement and alabaster sculpture; mixed media abstract painting; mixed media landscape painting; and whimsical and satirical works.

Café Rosetta, 104 5th St.

We are extending the show by Jill Isaacson, formerly from Minnesota, now enjoying living in the Upper Peninsula. Inspired by her travels, Jill paints nature scenes in acrylics. Café Rosetta will be open for First Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., the normal business hours.

Paige Wiard Gallery, 109 5th St.

The Paige Wiard Gallery is happy to welcome Ladislav and Jana Hanka as our featured artist for the month of August.  Jana creates sculptures that show her fondness for creating rough and unpredictably earthy effects of ash deposits and microclimates by using a traditional Anagama Japanese wood firing technique and raku.  Ladislav uses his etchings of trees, landscapes, fish and birds, to reflect his own connection to nature.

There will be an opening reception on August 4th from 6-9 p.m. Jana will also be performing an interpretive dance that she wrote, choreographed around 7 p.m called “7 Days.”

Hahn Hammered Copper, 203 5th St.

Check out “Objet Trouve All Over Again” at Hahn Hammered Copper this First Friday. Objet Trouve means “Found Object”, and we have lots of them. Artifacts, brass bells, vintage copper tableware, Victorian hardware, fine old photographs, strange mystery objects, omars just in from Huron Bay, copper specimens, galvanized letters, slate tiles, blackboards, copper flashing from an old mansion in Laurium, and groovy art made from all of the above.

CCAA Gallery, 205 5th St.

There will be a demonstration on acrylic pour painting by CCAA Gallery member Pamela Hecht. She will be demonstrating the complete process of acrylic pour painting, including the paint mixing process, different techniques, recipes and equipment, as well as instruction on how to create cells in this interesting process.

Calumet Floral and Gifts, 221 5th St.

Fiber artist Judy Parlato will demonstrate alcohol ink painting on tiles and yupo paper. Judy generally does the painting on these media and then transfers them onto fabric which she uses to make interesting quilts. She will have quilted wall hangings, table runners and bags as examples using this technique.

Vertin Gallery, corner of 6th St and Oak.

Join The Vertin Gallery this First Friday from 6-9p.m. for “Growing Pains,” with featured local artist Justin Plichta.

“When I look at these recent works the phrase that comes to mind is ‘Growing Pains,'” he said. “Ive come to sketching and painting late in life and am currently in catch-up mode. Each of these works represents a challenge I’ve set for myself in improving some technical aspect of my work.”

Cross Country Sports, 507 Oak Street

For the month of August, Cross Country Sports will host “ArtBike.” ArtBike is a poster art show portraying the trails of Copper Harbor by a group of artists collaborating to raise money for trail building. Each artist chose a trail and created a unique artistic depiction with these simple guidelines: the poster must be 13” x 19″, include the trail name, and the location “Copper Harbor.”

The participants were given a 2-month time line to complete their poster. Each artist donated time, talent, and an original submission for the cause. Forty copies of each poster were then hand printed with archival paper and inks and then numbered and signed by the artist. Posters are $25 and every poster purchased directly funds building trails in Copper Harbor.

Galerie Boheme 423 5th St.

Galerie Boheme will be showing new work from Margo McCafferty with a series of egg tempera paintings, and casein and prismacolor paintings. With this series of paintings Margo is solidifying her fascination with colors and juxtaposition of shapes and shadows in urban architecture. An opening reception will be held Friday from 6:30-9 p.m. The show will run through Aug 29.

The Zen Garden, 307A 6th St.

New to First Friday, the Zen Garden will have art on display by local artists Kevin Breyfogle and Tom McKeever. We will offer drinks and hor d’oeuvres to visitors. Kevin Breyfogle is a local artist known for his vivid ultrarealistic paintings of iconic figures and majestic scenery. Tom McKeever, co-owner of Artis Books & Antiques, will have framed photography on display.

Supernova Yoga, Gallery & Gifts, 213 6th St.

An opening reception for “Freshwater and Nature’s Bounty” will be held Friday. The exhibit features new two-dimensional work. The exhibit’s centerpiece is a magisterial work in oil on canvas titled “The Lake” by Jim Dee, a Chicago native who resides in the Keweenaw.

The exhibit also includes new photographs of the Keweenaw in bloom by Natalie Pruett, a photographer from Flint, Michigan. Regina Alleman contributes a new photomontage, a unique multi-media technique, which captures summer blossoms and nature’s enduring bounty.