First Friday, February 2012


February 3rd is going to be a very special day at the Copper Country Associated Artists Gallery in Calumet.  We are going to be open to the public for the very first time in our new location at 205 Fifth St. in Calumet, formerly the “CurvesBuilding”, just down the street from our previous site.  Come in, look around, and learn a very “Copper Country” art form from a man who is well known in the Keweenaw for so many things; work with the Omega house, Ray’s Polish Fire Hot Sauce and a founding member of the local chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Ray Weglarz has been fly fishing and tying flies for over 40 years.  As the featured guest artist for the February first Friday, Ray will demonstrate tying patterns for trout and bass.  He will also demonstrate the way these beautiful replicas of insect life can be used in fashioning pieces of jewelry such as earrings.   He will be available to answer questions about this craft that has its roots in ancientMacedonia.   The demonstration will start at about 6:30 pm.  Participants will be able to learn about the art by watching and asking questions, but this will not be a “hands on” event such as we often have.  Ray will have information about where to purchase supplies should a person want to try their hand at this fine craft, and will be glad to take orders for custom flies, earrings or hair ornaments.

Ray has fly fished across the United States and Canada as well as the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  He taught his first fly fishing class in 1977 in Houghton, and has since helped both men and women learn fly tying and fly casting and is available for private and small group lessons