Celebrate the new year at First Friday

The Calumet Art District welcomes 2015 with a wide array of Gallery Shows and the reopening of the famous Omphale Gallery. Works by local artists Greg Green, Chris Schmidt, Karen Runvik and many others will be on display, along with ideas and activities sure to inspire cool winter projects and add glorious color to this very black and white season.

Calumet Art Center

57055 Fifth St.

The Calumet Art Center will be open from 11 a.m. till 4 p.m. on First Friday, but will be closed for the evening. Karena Schmidt is offering a felted mittens class on Thursday evenings in January and February, and there are still a few openings. The staff at the Calumet Art Center wishes you a Happy New Year, and will see you at First Friday in February. For more information call 934-2228.

Paige Wiard Gallery

109 5th St.

Gallery Gems

For the month of January the Paige Wiard Gallery will be showing work from the talented artists that can be found in the gallery every day! Stop in and show your support for the artists that make our gallery so special! There will be an opening reception January 2, 2015 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. For more information call 906-337-5970 or email us at paigewiardgallery@gmail.com.

Cafe Rosetta

104 Fifth St.

We are pleased to host a Community Poetry Reading and Original Short Stories, open mic beginning at 6 p.m. During the month of January, the art of Chris Schmidt, long time bicycle racer and avid photographer, will be featured. Inspired by the Tour de France, Schmidt has been photographing races and creating posters, flyers and t-shirts. A winter collection of skiing and cycling images in photography and graphic art will be on display at Caf Rosetta during January.

Hahn Hammered Copper

203 Fifth St.

Hahn Hammered Copper will be participating in the Marquette based “100 Day Project” again this year. We will be “Exploring Beauty” in the found object and will have new works on display monthly from now until the Spring Equinox. Stop in on First Friday and help us guess the little brass Mystery Object. Whatever your taste, you’re sure to find something at Hahn Hammered Copper!

CCAA Gallery

205 Fifth St.

Dry wall carving will be the featured activity for the First Friday in January. Learn how to create a beautiful carved tile from a material that is readily available as scrap. As this requires the use of exacto-knives, participants will be restricted to older teens and adults. All materials will be provided, and the activity will run from 6 to 8 p.m. Call the gallery at 337-1252 for more information.

During the winter, the CCAA Gallery will be open most Thursdays from 11-noon, first Fridays from about 5 p.m. to 8:30 as well as for special events such as the Copperdog 150.

Cross Country Sports

507 Oak St.

For the month of January, Cross Country Sports will feature new works by Calumet master painter Greg Green. His new works, entitled “Winter, Buddha, and a Trip to the Circus” paintings celebrate paint, shapes and color in an abstract expressionist style. Join us for an open house, refreshments and talk with Greg on Friday, January 2, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Galerie Boheme

423 Fifth St.

Galerie Boheme is pleased to bring you a group show featuring multiple local artists. Check out the six foot long sturgeon that Tom Rudd just completed. The opening reception will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. For more information, call 906 369 4087.

Omphale Gallery

431 Fifth St.

The Omphale Gallery and Caf is reopening with a new menu and a special First Friday meal, courtesy of Chef Mike Porter of the Eagle Caf (Eagle Harbor) and the Miscowaubik Club. January and February, the gallery will feature “The Butterfly Show” with works by Karen Runvik and Miriam Pickens. Karen fills her transparent watercolors with vibrant colors and light as she enjoys capturing the essence of the beauty of flowers and their pollinators. She currently spends her time at her woodland studio in the Baraga area. Miriam has been taking close-up photos of the butterflies of the Maasto Hiihto trails in Hancock. She has photographed over 50 species, and incorporates these and other delightful creatures in her work with ceramics. The two will be presenting their works at the January First Friday. During the opening, enjoy live music, visit with the artists and view their matted photographs, prints and portfolios. Please call Chef Mike at 235-9191 for more information.