Vertin Gallery Circa 2012
For a number of years the was the website for the Vertin Gallery.
When the domain's registration expired, this site disappeared. The new owner of this domain decided to leave the original content, mainly from 2012 so if a visitor should inadvertently arrive here looking for the Vertin Gallery, there is still information available about the art gallery.
The Vertin Gallery appears to have closed.
Content is from the site's 2008 -2012 archived pages.
WELCOME TO THE VERTIN GALLERY
Located in the heart of downtown Calumet, the Vertin is one of the Upper Peninsula’s premiere galleries. The gallery represents over 130 artists, with artwork changing frequently and featuring art across all mediums including painting, sculpture, copper, jewelry, glass, fiber, photography and fine woodworking. The Vertin also features an eclectic choice of books and art supplies.
The Vertin Gallery features a new artist (or artists) and their work every month, with show openings held on the first Friday of every month.
Vertin Gallery Hours
Monday through Saturday 11 am to 5 pm
Sunday 11 am to 4 pm
Art Gallery · Antique Store · Vintage Store
Vertin Art Studio & Gallery
220 6th Street
Calumet, MI 49913
The Vertin Gallery was built as the Vertin’s Department Store as the center of the downtown in Calumet in 1885, retailing everything a miner or millionaire family might need. Vertin Brother & Co. closed in 1985, as a result of the mine closings. The huge structure served as Hawkin’s Hitching post and a Teen Club briefly in the mid-1990s, and then remained vacant until the fall of 2004. The Historic Vertin Building resides within the boundaries of the Keweenaw National Historic Park ( which was designated in 1992); at the heart of the Village of Calumet, a National Historic Landmark district since 1989, a local Historic District since 2002, and a Michigan Mainstreet location.
In the Autumn of 2004 the Vertin Gallery opened its doors and currently houses the work of over 130 artists. The gallery focuses on work by artists living in, from, or otherwise connected to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, making it a unique culture center for the Midwest. Much of the work featured in the gallery is inspired by or drawn from the local landscape and culture.
In 2007 the Vertin Gallery restructured from an artist co-operative into a consignment gallery. Work is juried by a board of artists and business owners. The business also expanded to include art supplies and an eclectic collection of books, many by local authors or about local areas.
Future plans for the Vertin Gallery hope to include Antiques, web sales and more programming and events.
The Vertin Gallery, a commercial art gallery, maintains and encourages the growth of the visual arts in the Keweenaw Peninsula through exhibition and sales of artwork produced by regional and universally recognized visual artists.
To be a sustainable part of the Calumet business community, the Vertin Gallery will encourage and promote artists and the production of artwork by utilizing our historic, inspiring and inviting space for the exhibition and sales of fine art, and for visual-arts-related educational purposes.
To work with the community, schools, universities and established artists to provide both education and experience for students, emerging artists, and collectors of fine art.
The Vertin’s Department Store
The Vertin family emigrated from Yugoslavia to the Keweenaw Peninsula in the 1870s. In 1881, Matt Vertin and his sons, John and Joseph, began working under the company name M. Vertin and Sons. They sold household goods door-to-door throughout the Keweenaw and Houghton counties. In 1885, the brothers John and Joseph purchased the old Provincial Hotel on the corner of Sixth and Oak streets and tore it down to build a two-story sandstone building to house the Vertin’s Department Store. In 1903, they expanded and added two stories to the building, making the building the size it is today.
Vertin’s was a household name in the Upper Peninsula. Over the years, the family owned Vertin’s stores in Calumet, Houghton, Norway and Ironwood, as well as three Klemm stores in Illinois. Vertin’s Department Store carried all the goods a family needed, whether they were miners or millionaires. They provided for the community’s needs, stocking everything from furniture to tools, from Levi’s overalls to ladies lingerie, filling four floors and a basement with merchandise. At its peak, the Calumet Vertin’s employed 60 sales associates.
In 1985, the Vertin’s Department Store in Calumet shut its doors for good in the wake of mine closures.
ARTICLE ABOUT the Vertin Gallery & Studioscoppercountry.com
A Community of Artists coming together in Calumet that has the potential of creating a powerful impact on the Copper Country. In other areas of the country, whenever a group of artists decide to band together the influence on the community has been deep.
The Vertin building in downtown Calumet will be celebrating its 120 year birthday this year. Always considered to be the center of Calumet and influential by its size and position in the community, Calumet felt its lose when it finally shut its doors in 1986. Thanks to Tim Lyons, the building has been renovated, and a new vision has emerged.
Last June, Ed Grey, a renowned artist with ties to the local area, made a decision to return to the local area after being shown the Vertin building. He made a decision to rent studio space on the 2nd floor and shared a vision of turning the 1st floor into a gallery. Shortly after Ed Grey rented space for his studio, Abbey Green, a stained glass artist rented studio space on the same floor. Presently Abbey and Ed's studios exist side by side, experiencing a synergy from each other's creativity.
In December 2004, the first open house showcased the two studios stimulating much interest and thereafter other artists were drawn to the vision. In mid March the Vertin Gallery opened its doors to the public with a vast array of studio artists' works and consignment pieces from others.
Today, besides Ed Grey and Abbey Green, Frank Dyl rents studio space and creates jewelry as a silversmith. David Wallo, long-time local business owner of Copper Art and now in retirement, returned to his favorite hobby of black and white photography and has a dark room on the first floor. Dave said that he missed being with the public and saw this as a wonderful opportunity to take part in the gallery and to pursue his photography hobby with new zeal. Poet T. Kilgore Splake, who is both writer and photographer, occupies studio space on the 3rd floor and started the Vertin Press with Cliff's Soundings and has already published 2 other volumes of poetry, with idea after idea piling up waiting for further publication. Ed Grey stated that he desires to have a series of artist's book published.
Artis Books is stocking the 1st floor gallery with hundreds of top quality artist books that will be of particular interest to many different artists and craftspeople.
Tom Blessing, another poet, has moved into the building and has had some of his poetry published. Jack Oyler, a painter, has rented studio space and so has Susan Thoreau from Ontonagon, another painter in oils. Ed Grey stated on the day that we visited that 2 other are ready to move in and when the 3rd floor is filled they will be filling up the 4th floor.
Unique to the Vertin Gallery each month a new artist/poet/sculptor will be featured who will either be giving readings throughout the month, displaying their art or creating a work in progress as April's featured artist Phyllis Fredendall, an instructor at the Finlandia University International School of Art and Design, who plans on doing 'Stories and Place, a Celebration' in which she will invite her sculpture students to 'engage the space' with her. Visitors to the building through the month will see the gallery and atrium change shape as the installation evolves. She invites visitors through the month to share their stories and envisions a way to 'weave' them into the piece.
The Vertin Gallery is again a dynamic center of vital activity in the Calumet community and will be extending its influence throughout the Copper Country. A large part of the artists' vision is to engage the local community. Ed Grey is the driving force behind the community concept. While each artisan maintains his/her individuality, they collectively have drawn up certain working boundaries to maintain a positive working atmosphere. Collectively, they make decisions about the type of artist renting space within the building so that all art flows together in an attitude of cooperation.
The Copper Country welcomes such a vision to the area and wishes them great success. Thanks to each person!
My family has lived in Calumet since the late 1800's when the area was known as Red Jacket, apparenetly named for a Native American Chief of the Seneca tribe. This area was known for its copper mines. Unlike many folks my famly did not leave Red Jacket in the 1920s when the decrease in the demand for copper decimated the area. Many folks moved to Detroit, Michigan where the automobile industry was booming. We hung in there even during the Great Depression when almost all the mines shut down. The population continued to drop. I love this small town on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. My elderly parents, one aunt and uncle and two cousins still live in the area. I always try to return the the annual Pasty Fest in August and the Red Jacket Jamboree, an old-time radio variety show, showcases stories and songs from Michigan's Copper Country and the Upper Great Lakes. Musicians, singer/songwriters, poets, and storytellers perform in front of a live audience at the historic Calumet Theatre. I remember how exciting it was when the Vertin Gallery first opened and how sad when they finally closed their doors. Growing up my family rarely took vacations, so attending college in New York City was an amazing eye opener for me. I now travel regularly for both business and pleasure. My husband and I just returned from Maui. Instead of staying in a hotel we decided to look into Kaanapali Royal rentals. These are condo rental units in the Kaanapali resorts that overlook the most incredible beach I have ever seen; three miles of sand offering all sorts of opportunities for water sports, besides the usual sunbathing. When I stood on our lanai sipping wine and watching a gorgeous purple / pink / gold sunset over the Pacific Ocean, I turned to my husband and remarked "We are not in Calumet, anymore!"
Vertin Gallery Upcoming Events
October 7 ~ November 1, 2011
November 4 ~ November 29, 2011
Winter Juried Exhibit
December 2, 2011 ~ January 3, 2012
January 6, 2012 ~ February 1, 2012
February 3 ~ February 29, 2012
2012 LIST OF ARTIST CURRENTLY DISPLAYING AT VERTIN GALLERY
Jennifer Adams - Pottery
Johnene “Sunny” Anderson – Sculpture
Ashok Agarwal- Music and Poetry
Myrtle Barrett – Author
Mary Ann Beckwith – Watercolor
Stephen Bergland- Iron Work
Ingrid Blixt – Mixed Media, Jewlery
Karl Bohnak – Author
Adrienne Bozic – Jewelry
Beth “LaPonsie” Bridgman – Jewelry
Steve Brimm – Photography, Author
Mary Brownell – Fiber
Gregg Bruff- Painting
Keelin Elain Bruff – Ceramics
Cliff Brusso – Author
Kim Buell – Jewelry
Gary “Tucson” Burger – Jewelry, Wood
Sidney Butler – Stained Glass
K. Carlton-Johnson – Painting
Yueh-Mei Cheng – Painting
Lisa Clouthier – Felted Jewelry
Brent Cox- Glass
Terry Lynne Daulton – Pastel
Alysa Diebolt – Glass
Frank Dyl – Jewelry
Ray Ellison – Painting
Charles Eschbach, Author
Meegan Flannery – Painting
Carrie Flaspohler – Painting
Phylis Fredendall – Fiber
John French – Painting
Michael Gage – Wood
Laurel Geis – Painting, Drawings, Mixed-Media
Greg Green – Painting
Linda Hollander Greene – Jewelry Artisan
Jerry Hammes- Painter
Barlow Heider – Wood
Karen Heikkinen – Fiber
Lisa Marie Hermesmeyer – Fiber
Dave Hilty – Glass
Yeshe Linda Helander – Painting
Suzanne Hoppe – Stoneware, Porcelain
Melissa Hronkin – Encaustic, Mixed Media
Michael Huhta – Wood
Deb Karppinen – Fiber-Sculpture
Connie Kerkove – Silk Painting
Mike Keranen – Acrylic
Paul Keranen- Wood
Sandy Kilpela – Wood
John Kinne – Wood
Joyce Koskenmaki – Oil, Drawing
Emily Lanctot- Painting and Jewelry
Mark “Ake” Larson – Author
April Lehman – Painting
Yvonne Lemire – Metal Sculpture, Jewelry
Erv Lewandowski – Drawing
Eugenia Lind – Fiber
John Lundeen – Painting
Margo McCafferty-Rudd – Painting, Collage, Bookmarks, Prints
Michael McDermott – Painting
Clyde Mikkola- Painting, Drawing
Clayton Miller – Wood
Nathan Miller – Wood
Beth Millner- Jewelry
Kayo Miwa – Oil, Block Prints
John Mooy – Sculpture
Eric Munch – Photography
Susan Musi – Ceramics
Kanak Nanavati – Watercolor, Oil
Cindy Naumann – Jewelry
Dave Niec – Painting
Len Novak – Wood, Drums, Sculpture
Peter Oikarinen- Author
Arnold Oja – Copper, Drawing, Painting
Bob Orton – Wood
Paul Osmak – Acrylic
Bernard Park – Encaustic and Oils
Graham Parsons – Music
John Pence – Painting
Don Perrow – Woodturning
Carol Phillips – Painting
Linda G. Powless – Pottery
Andrea Puzakulich – Fiber
Donna Quiriconi – Ceramics, Jewelry
J Renee – Beading, Jewelry
Jeff Richter – Photography
Seri Robinson – Wood
Carol Rose – Photography, Painting
Paul Rose – Photography, Watercolor
McCafferty Rudd Studio - Painting, Prints, Paper
Tom Rudd – Sculpture
Max Rudd – Paper
Christine Saari – Photography
Patrick St. Germain – Painting
Peg Sandin – Watercolor
Max Seel – Digital Photography
Mike Shupe – Photography
Adria Simpson – Fiber, Jewelry
Pete Skellinger – Wood
J.D. Slack – Pastel
Jessica Speer – Fiber
Dave Stimac – Wood
Blaire Surgent – Wood
Amanda Szot – Jewelry
Ellen Torola – Acrylic, Oil, Watercolor
Lyn Torola – Painting
Stephanie Trevino – Photography
Jane Turner – Pottery, Watercolor
Kristian Venalainen – Sculpture
Kristy Walden – Copper, Agate
Dave Walli – Photography
Patty Watson- Oil Paintings
Bill Wiard – Wood
Edith Wiard – Painting, Mixed Media
Rita Williams – Pastel
Elizabeth Yelland – Cards