Ed Gray, Calumet Art Center executive director, hosts the Open Studio each first and third Wednesday. On Wednesday, Feb. 2, he joined local artists and worked on twining a rug. (Photos by Keweenaw Now)
Anita Campbell, left foreground, and Sidney Butler use the Calumet Art Center's manual sewing machines to make Storyline panels for artist Mary Wright's project for the coming Pine Mountain Music Festival. In the background, Steve Hecht works on flint knapping -- chipping rock by hand to make arrowheads -- while Lynn Anderson weaves a rug on one of the Center's looms.
Time for homemade soup and yummy corn bread -- and a secret dessert! Artists contribute food for the light supper preceding the work session.
Fiber artist Lynn Anderson weaves a colorful rug.
Anita Campbell struggled at first to adjust to the manual sewing machine, but she and Sidney Butler finally figured out the vintage machines thread from left to right.
Sidney Butler prepares the sewing machine for making Storyline panels.
Artist Jan Manniko finds a quiet corner to work on a portrait.
Alyce Thorpe is exploring the possibility of making dolls out of rocks.
Water color artist Bob Dawson uses several "water media" -- water color paint and water-soluble pencils and crayons.
Jaime Blaksley creates a dream catcher out of sticks she gathered in the fall, while her son Noah, age 6, works on his original drawings.
Noah is proud of the creations he did in one evening!
Noah especially likes his blue whale!
Iris Johnson makes a paper doll of her husband Ray (the guy in the tree).
Cheryl Brouillette enjoys making miniature art with mixed media.
Steve Hecht works on his flint knapping -- chipping rocks to make arrowheads by hand.
Flint knapping is hard on the fingers without protection.
Kristyn Blessing makes a drawing from a photo she took in Korea.
Tom Blessing, Kristyn's Dad, sketches a book illustration.
Just up Fifth Street from the Calumet Art Center, Ed Gray's Gallery is exhibiting miniature art through March 3. Quite a few local artists are represented.