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Poor Artists Sale set

36th annual event this weekend

November 27, 2012
By GARRETT NEESE - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

HOUGHTON - Christmas shoppers can take their pick of works from more than 60 artists at the 36th annual Poor Artists Sale in Calumet Saturday. The sale takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Calumet High School Gymnasium. There will also be preview shopping for Copper Country Community Arts Center members from 10 to 11 a.m.

Fifteen of the artists are new to the show, said CCCAC Executive Director Cynthia Cote.

"That's kind of a record for us," she said. "We have a lot of people who've been in the show for many years but it seems to draw people from outside the area too, so we have a lot of people from outside the Copper Country who are coming to the show."

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One of artist Ritch Branstrom’s metal sculptures is seen at the 2011 Poor Artists Sale in Calumet. This year’s event is set from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Calumet High School gymnasium.

There's a balance of media at the show, including jewelry, pottery, photography, fiber, wearable art, wood furniture and utensils.

Cote said a panel meets each year to review applications for the show. The review can take up to three hours.

"It's always kind of a painful process because we can't accept everybody. ... We're trying to keep a nice mix, but keep it fresh to set it apart from everything else," Cote said.

At 36 years, it's one of the longest-running sales in the area, Cote said.

"It's become kind of an institution in our community," she said.

The show also provides a welcoming atmosphere, with a hospitality table of cookies and coffee.

The Copper Country Suzuki Association will also perform holiday music at 1 p.m.

The gym also offers plenty of parking and easy access afterward to other nearby attractions.

"People usually end up spending the whole day; they have lunch, they go to the businesses downtown," Cote said. "It's a nice all-around event."



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