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Copper Country Express/Michigamme Gallery

The Copper Country on display

October 27, 2011
By ZACH KUKKONEN - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

MICHIGAMME - A cross-section of the Copper Country has been transplanted to Marquette County, as a new exhibit featuring local artists will be on display at the Michigamme Moonshine Art Gallery.

"Copper Country Express" will run through Nov. 29 and will have an opening reception with several of the artists from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the gallery.

In coming up with the idea for the exhibit, Gallery Director Friederike Roach wanted to bridge the gap between the two counties.

"I thought it would be a good idea to bring Copper Country art to Marquette County, which would bring Copper Country people to Marquette County and Marquette County people to the Copper Country," Roach said. "A lot of the artists have different backgrounds, different ideas and it's fun to have all of them in the Copper Country."

The eight featured artists include Lynn Anderson, Mary Ann Beckwith, Cynthia Cot, Ed Gray, Margo McCafferty, Tom Rudd, Jack Oyler and Sandra Palmore, who each contribute to the Copper Country in their own way.

"I thought they were good examples from the Copper Country," Roach said. "Some of their art is very whimsical, and some is more serious."

Anderson works in fiber arts, and does so because she enjoys the "doing" as much as the final result, according to a press release. She likes people to respond to her delicate, intricately made creations.

Beckwith is a renowned watercolorist and a professor at Michigan Technological University, and her work is primarily abstracts with embedded meaning.

Cot, the executive director of the Copper Country Community Arts Center in Hancock, creates carefully selected, sorted and folded paper in order to display a narrative experience, according to a press release.

Gray has been involved with art in the community for more than 40 years, and is the owner of the Ed Gray Gallery in Calumet. He has rediscovered and revived traditional pottery-making techniques used thousands of years ago by the Upper Peninsula's "first people," according to a press release.

McCafferty and Rudd - who are involved with the Vertin and Boheme galleries in Calumet - collaborate in numerous media, including complex linocut printing with ink. McCafferty also creates still-life and nature paintings.

Oyler creates scenes with pallets of wood pieces carefully created to produce humorous images and narratives, according to a press release.

Palmore has been creating nature pastels for more than 10 years, and conjures images that invite the viewer to see things in a "slightly different way," according to a press release.

The Michigamme Moonshine Art Gallery is located at 136 E. Main in Michigamme. Its gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sundays by appointment. For more information, call 323-6546.



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