CALUMET - With First Friday falling on Good Friday this month, the Copper Country Associated Artists have opted to celebrate the holiday with an Easter theme.
The First Friday demonstration this week will be a basket-making workshop with Millie Little. With Little's help, participants will create a small basket made of cloth and rope.
"It's Good Friday so we wanted to do something that's themed like Easter and kind of craft-y," Miriam Pickens of the CCAA said. "Millie came up with these baskets where you take rope and basically cover it with fabric, then weave it around the rope to make the basket."
The baskets, when completed, will stand about 3 inches tall and will be approximately 4 inches in diameter. A variety of fabric will be available at the CCAA Gallery, but participants are welcome to bring their own pieces as well. Although everyone is invited to participate, attendees should be able to do simple stitching to complete the basket. Each basket should take a little more than a square yard to create, so it should be large enough for anyone's Easter plans.
"You can put your Easter eggs in (the basket you create)," Pickens said.
Little, who came up with the idea for the demonstration, is primarily a quilter, but loves to work with fabrics, Pickens said, and is quite skilled in the art.
There will only be one session starting at 6:30 p.m. at the CCAA Gallery on 205 Fifth St. in Calumet, so attendees are asked to come early to assure themselves a place. However, if enough people come where some are turned away, names will be taken down and a second class will be held in the future, according to Pickens.
The workshop is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served, and donations are accepted.
Elsewhere in First Fridays in Calumet, "New Work: Transitions" by local artist Joyce Koskenmaki will make its debut Friday at the Vertin Gallery and run through April 30. An opening reception will take place at the gallery from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. For more information, call 337-2200.
An opening reception will also be held at the Ed Gray Gallery for "Where Roots Run Deep," a fundraiser for the Calumet Art Center. The reception will begin at 7 p.m. For more information, call 337-5970.