Arts, antiques event in Ishpeming a fine diversion

Proponents of the local arts and antiques scenes have been quietly enjoying an event in Ishpeming this week that brings both worlds together.

Starting Thursday and ending today, people have been able to purchase or simply enjoy the artwork and antiques throughout the first floor of Pioneer Square in the old Gossard building in Ishpeming.

A story in Friday’s Mining Journal authored by Staff Writer Zach Jay had full details.

Although many people including artists have been involved, the entire affair was overseen by Renee Michaud, the owner of Nook and Cranny Art Studio of Ishpeming.

Jay wrote that Michaud visited four local antique stores – Ishpeming’s Main Street Antiques and Birdcage Antiques, Lowenstein’s Antique Marketplace and Old Bank Building Antique Shops in Negaunee – and picked out antiques from various time periods and in a variety of styles. She then matched those antiques with the artwork of 14 area artists.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today. A wine and cheese gathering is set for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

We like this kind of grassroots event, especially since it provides respite from a winter that just won’t end.

So, if you’re out and about today, you might consider a trip to Ishpeming.