37th Poor Artists Sale is Saturday

CALUMET – For the 37th year, artists from the Keweenaw and other parts of the Upper Peninsula are offering their works in time for Christmas shopping at the Copper Country Community Arts Center Poor Artists Sale.

The PAS takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Calumet High School Gymnasium.

Cynthia Cote, executive director of the CCCAC, said the Poor Artists Sale began as a way for local artists to show their work and make themselves known to the art-buying public.

“Back then there weren’t venues for artists,” she said. “We didn’t have any galleries, then.”

Although there are many galleries in the Copper Country now, Cote said the PAS still offers artists the opportunity to present themselves to the public.

This year, Cote said only one artist is coming to the sale from Marquette. “Most of them are from the Copper Country,” she said.

The media used by the artists attending the sale are varied, Cote said, and include water colors, photography, stained glass, pottery, jewelry, basketry, sculptures, fiber artists, and candle and Christmas wreath makers.

Some of the artists will be attending the sale for the first time, Cote said.

There will be opportunities for those attending the PAS to see the artists at work, Cote said.

“Some of the artists will be demonstrating,” she said.

Shoppers at the PAS will have access to baked goods and other refreshments during the event, also, Cote said.

“We’ll have our wonderful hospitality table,” she said.