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Enjoying art in the park

August 16, 2012
By ZACH KUKKONEN - DMG writer (zkukkonen@mininggazette.com) , The Daily Mining Gazette

COPPER HARBOR - While Art in the Park may hit the quarter-century mark this year, it still offers a variety of new, fresh fine art, music and food.

Everything from ceramics and driftwood to photography and jewelry will be offered at the more than 60 artists at the Grant Township Park in Copper Harbor from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, rain or shine.

"There's a huge range of media,"?said event coordinator Johanna Davis.

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Amy Mahrley, 3, gets her hand painted at the Art in the Park event in Copper Harbor in 2010.

A handful of raffles and bake sales will also be held to benefit various groups.?The Sandstone Piecemakers as well as Aspirus Keweenaw Auxiliary will be raffling off quilts, while Gail English will hold a Keweenaw-inspired glassware raffle to benefit Copper Harbor. For those interested in food, a cookout will be held as well as a large bake sale.

"The fire department does a huge cookout with brats, hot dogs, corn,"?Davis said. "There's also a bake sale going on in the community center with homemade goodies from all the wonderful bakers of Copper Harbor."

Keweenaw Krayons will have its usual booth doing face painting, and there will also be a booth providing information, demonstrations and an opportunity for donations for the Copper Harbor School Playground project.

Music will be featured for a few hours each day. White Water will play from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, while Gail English and the Swing Cats will take the stage from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.

"White Water has been playing with us for more than 20 years,"?Davis said. "Their children have been growing up and playing over the years."

Many people have done a lot of work to keep Art in the Park going for 25 years, including some artists who have been at the event for more than 20 years. Although Davis has been event organizer for 12 years, she still gets a thrill from seeing it come together.

"I really enjoy working with the artists," Davis said. "It's kind of like a family with all the people that come back every year and have the same spot."

If anyone is interested in a booth for 2013, they can contact Davis at 289- or johanna@spiritofthenorthwellness.com.

Nearby, at Grandpa's Barn on South Fourth Street in Copper Harbor, numerous book signings will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Amanda Rogers (10 a.m. to noon), Mel Laurila (noon to 2 p.m.), Lon Emerick?(1 to 2 p.m.), Gretchen Preston (2 to 4 p.m.)?and Lesley DuTemple?(4 to 6 p.m.) will be available Saturday, and Ben Kilpela (10 a.m. to noon), Maria Matson and Lou Helman (noon to 2 p.m.), Deborah Frontiera (1 to 3 p.m.), Jan Kellis (2 to 4 p.m.) and Charlie Eshbach (4 to 6 p.m.) will be available Sunday.

 
 

 

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