Fine art showcased in Eagle Harbor

EAGLE?HARBOR?- The Keweenaw Peninsula is a popular location for artists, both residents and visitors, if the number of art galleries and art fairs in the area is any indication.

One of the longer-lasting area art fairs is the Copper Country Associated Artists Fine Art Fair and Exhibit in the open air in the church yard of St. Peter’s by the Sea and the area surrounding the historic Rathbone School in Eagle Harbor. There will be 65 artists setting up their tents for the 54th Annual event. Come sunshine or clouds, wind, rain or any combination of Keweenaw weather the Art Fair will take place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Miriam Pickens has been chosen as the Featured Artist for the 2014 Eagle Harbor Fair. Originally from Canada, Miriam graduated in Biology from McGill University and received an MEd in Science Education from the University of Georgia. She moved to the Copper Country in 1985 when her husband Jim became faculty in the School of Forestry at Michigan Tech. The local art community provided wonderful opportunities for her to develop skills, first in acrylic painting with the late Curt Storhok, then in ceramics with the help of mentors like Dennis Sotalawho loaned her a potter’s wheel for several months, teachers at the CCCAC, and Jon Brookhouse. Recently she took classes with Kenyon Hansen and Lindsey Heiden and enjoyed the use of the Soda Fired Kiln and the opportunity to be part of the Finlandia art community. “I’ve never seen a more dedicated and supportive group of teachers than the Finlandia Art Faculty” says Miriam.

Miriam brings her painting and ceramic skills together to create functional dinnerware embellished with pictures of butterflies and birds. Over the past three summers, she’s photographed over forty different local butterfly species in the vicinity of the Maasto Hiito Trails in Hancock. She started doing so to find pictures to paint on her pottery, but the hobby became a passion, and both the photos and local butterfly guide books she’s created are available for purchase.

A major event for the community of Eagle Harbor, several local organizations will be offering food and beverage services. All the Keweenaw County Historical Sites will be open.

Copper Country Associated Artists maintains a gallery at 205 Fifth St in Calumet where they offer workshops and classes. For more information, contact Eagle Harbor Fine Art Fair Chairperson Linda Dodge at 337-3969.