Poor artists have their day in Calumet Saturday

CALUMET – The snow was falling steadily and the wind was blowing hard Saturday, but that didn’t keep people from attending the 37th Poor Artists Sale, and that made Cynthia Cote happy.

Cote, executive director of PAS sponsor Copper Country Community Arts Center, said although there weren’t as many people attending the event as in past years, it was still a good showing considering the weather.

“There’s waves of people that come through,” Cote said.

All but one of the approximately 60 artists who planned to attend the PAS actually made it in, and some even came from as far away as Manistique and Marquette, Cote said.

“It was kind of iffy for them,” she said of many of the artists who attended.

There were a few new artists with booths at the PAS this year, Cote said.

“We’re seeing a lot of different work,” she said. “A lot of people are doing their first show ever.”

One of the artists attending the PAS for the first time was ceramist Lindsey Heiden of Hancock.

Heiden said she’s been working professionally as a ceramist for about six years, and although Saturday was her first time at the PAS, she’s showed her work before.

“I sell stuff out of the (Marquette Regional History Center),” she said.

Heiden said she was pleased with how her work was moving Saturday.

“It’s going really well,” she said.

Her work includes utilitarian items, such as beverage mugs, but it also includes purely conceptual things, such as masks of varying sizes and themes.

“I’ve always been drawn to masks,” she said. “You can put so much into it.”

Barbara Flanagin of Laurium was one of the people looking at Heiden’s work.

Flanagin said she moved to the area in 2006, and has attended most of the PAS events since then.

“They have a nice selection of things,” she said. “I usually get something every year.”

Jewelry maker Connie Hedmark of Au Train was attending her second PAS, and although more people attended last year, she was pleased with the number of people stopping by her booth.

“It’s a beautiful show,” Hedmark said. “The community supports the arts so nicely.”

Cote said those people who did attend the event seemed to be buying items.

“People are telling me how much they’re spending,” she said.

After each Poor Artists Sale, Cote said the artists who attended fill out a survey and give their impressions of how it went, and some make suggestions for changes. The CCCAC then looks over the surveys. “We assess the show,” she said. Planning for the 2014 Poor Artists Sale will begin this coming summer, Cote said.