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Works of art

Poor Artists Sale showcases local talent

December 3, 2012
By GARRETT NEESE - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

CALUMET - Coming to the Poor Artists Sale in Calumet is an annual tradition for Meral Jackson.

"It's a great place to get local crafts," said Jackson, of Hancock. "This is where I usually get my Christmas gifts."

Many people did the same at the 36th annual Poor Artists Sale, which took place Saturday at the Calumet High School gymnasium. More than 60 artists took part in the show, spanning photography, fiber art, woodworking and more. The Copper Country Community Arts Council holds the show as a benefit for the Copper Country Community Arts Center in Hancock.

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A line of globes is seen at the booth of glass-blower Rick Shapero at the 36th annual Poor Artists Sale in Calumet Saturday. The Copper Country Community Arts Council puts on the show as a benefit for the Copper Country Community Arts Center in Hancock.

Rick Shapero started blowing glass for fun 25 years ago when he was in college. When the youth program he was working at closed, he decided to pursue glass blowing.

"I took the risk to build a studio, did an art fair, sold some things and I've been blowing glass ever since," he said.

The glass blowing itself can take from 10 minutes to an hour, depending on the complexity of the piece.

His favorite works are diametrically opposed. On one end, there are things like drinking glasses, which he enjoys for being able to provide a function. Then there are the free-form pieces.

"You can try to control them, but I choose not to," he said. "I let them blow open and take whatever shape they want to. It's exciting."

Mark Bukovich had his own works to showcase - nature photography from Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties.

He began shooting photos about 18 years ago.

"Wildlife and the scenery in our area is just interesting to me," he said. "Without sounding corny, we live in a very nice area. And I'm in the outdoors a lot."

Bukovich said he'd had a good show, as had many of the people he'd talked to.

"Everybody that I talked to seems to be up this year more than the past two, three years," he said.

Judy Zurcher of Chassell came to the show to help her mother-in-law. But she also found time to take in the sights.

"It's handmade, nice quality crafts. ... When I come to these kinds of things, it inspires my creativity, what I can make," she said. "And I think a lot of people do come to get ideas."



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