Welcome to 2014

Dear Friends,

Greeting!  2013 was a fairly good year for the CCAA.  Membership has been holding steady at between 50 and 60 members, and gallery sales have been healthy for the most part.  We have had a few new ventures this year.  Pam Hecht has started an Artist Trading Card group which meets on the 3rd Saturday of every month.  Bob Dawson has taught two well attended pastel classes and is thinking of teaching another.  Thanks to John Dodge and helpers, we finally have track lighting, and the difference it makes in the gallery is spectacular!

Now that Christmas has come and winter is upon us, we will be open only for Thursday meetings and gatherings, as well as First Fridays and Special Events.  Now this doesn’t mean that you are prohibited from using the gallery.  If it’s a nice day and you’re looking for something to do; by all means open up shop.  Lots of people come out of hiding on these nice winter days looking for places to shop and things to see.  During the winter months, everyone will be on the 25% commission, and the credit card machine will not be connected.

Our First Friday in January will be a spinning demonstration with Jennifer Szubielak and MaryBeth Olson.  They are residents ofCalumetwho have kindly volunteered to share their art with us.  In February, Heather McGee will be teaching the “Art of Doodling”.  In March the Girl Scouts will be painting faces for the Copperdog 150 as they have done before, but First Friday will be on a different night and we’ll have a separate activity for that.

Our annual after Christmas pot luck lunch will be at the Calumet Methodist Church at 57235 Calumet Avenue.  It will take place at 1pm on January 19th.  There will be a ham and there is a sign up sheet so we’ll have a variety of dishes.  This is always a really nice event and we hope it will be well attended.  We will have the January meeting there after lunch and if you bring a gift there will be one to trade.  The only rule is that the gifts be hand made.

“Greetings from snowy Minnesota. I check the camera in Calumet each day to see how things are there.Keweenaw County reports 185 inches of snow with 33 on the ground. Not so much here but we have a good bit. Freeway travel can be slow. I am fortunate to have my alley plowed and my sidewalk shoveled.  I make these comparisons as I count the time until I return to the ever changing lake and forests of the Upper Peninsula.

I am proud and happy to be a part of the CCAA. What a great organization.

I wish you all a Happy New Year.  Be healthy and WARM”

~Ellie