Keweenaw Art Affair Saturday

HOUGHTON – About eight years ago, Ronda Bogan thought it would be a good idea to have a place in the Hancock/Houghton area for artists and crafters to sell their creations, so she and some other people created the Keweenaw Art Affair.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, the Keweenaw Art Affair will take place in the Houghton High School gymnasium, Bogan said. There is no admission fee.

Although there are other art and craft shows in the Copper Country, Bogan thought something was needed for the area around the Portage Lake Lift Bridge.

“There just wasn’t a show in Houghton and Hancock,” she said.

The money raised from the event after expenses stays local, said Bogan, who is chairwoman for the event.

“We try to give it to support the arts,” she said.

Some of the recipients of the money include arts classes at the Hancock and Houghton public schools, and the Copper Country Community Art Center.

Bogan said it’s expected more than 50 artists and crafters will be present at the event. Some will be coming from as far away as Marquette, Munising, Negaunee and even Duluth, Minn.

The Keweenaw Art Affair is a juried event and will include photography, ceramics, painting, wood carving and sculpting and jewelry making, among other media. New artists, including a jewelry maker from Phoenix, Ariz., and a pottery maker from Duluth, will attend this year.

Bogan said attendance at the Keweenaw Art Affair has increased over the years.

“We’ve got the reputation now,” she said.

There is a committee of artists from various media organizing the Keweenaw Art Affair, Bogan said.

The Keweenaw Art Affair will provide those attending an opportunity to get ready for the holidays, Bogan said.

“It gives people a chance to shop for Christmas,” she said.