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Keweenaw Art Affair

Art for good causes

November 8, 2012
By ZACH KUKKONEN - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

HOUGHTON - For seven years, the juried Keweenaw Art Affair has proved to be a popular pre-Christmas arts show, and it has done some good for the local community as well.

All the profits from the event, which is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Houghton High School, are given to various local arts causes.

"The Keweenaw Art Affair is a nonprofit group and we just do the one show a year," organizer Ronda Bogan said. "Any money we make after expenses, we give it all back to the arts."

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The Keweenaw Art Affair, seen here in 2011, is in its seventh year of providing artists a venue to display their work and provide money to local arts causes. This year’s edition will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Houghton High School.

Among the beneficiaries of donations have been the Houghton and Hancock schools art departments, the Copper Country Community Arts Center summer arts camp, a Great Lakes Showcase award and the Porcupine Mountains Artist in Residence program. The Keweenaw Art Affair also helps artists out as well.

"It's a venue for them to showcase their work," Bogan said. "We try and keep it balanced ... so we can get a good mixed media."

Among the items featured at the Keweenaw Art Affair are photography, glassware, jewelry, rock art, textiles, paintings, candles, scarves, purses, dolls, baskets and stained glass.

"We also have an artist that's going to do a painting demonstration this year, Donna Lenard," Bogan said. "Some of our artists will also be working there."

The event has an abundance of artists - nearly 50 - and a mix of new and returning booths.

"We always try and give first priority to the artists that were there last year," Bogan said.

Coffee and cookies will also be available for a donation, which also goes to the arts. The Keweenaw Art Affair will take place in the old gymnasium.



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