Copper Country Community Arts Center Opens 28th Annual ‘The Shaft’ Community Arts Expo


HANCOCK, Mich. (WLUC) – The Copper Country Community Arts Center (CCCAC) in Hancock opened its 28th annual “The Shaft” community art exhibit.

24 mining-focused artworks were submitted this year by 17 artists.

“Some of them are professional artists, some are community members,” said CCCAC Executive Director Cynthia Côté. “People who have never shown before, and that’s the beauty of this exhibition. It really is a community show.

The exhibit includes John Haro’s award-winning artwork ‘Locomotive’, which was donated to the center by his family.

Community members can vote for their favorite pieces both at the gallery and online at the hub Facebook page.

“The community can vote for their favorites throughout the month of November,” Côté continued. “There’s a ballot box here, so you can pick your favourites, and we’ll count them and give out cash prizes to the winners.”

According to Cote, the artists were commissioned to provide their own interpretation of the area’s mining history.

“We simply asked the artists to interpret how they view our history and what mining has meant to us over the years,” Côté added. “A lot of people interpret with a landscape, some of the mining ruins and some people go a little deeper into the effect it had on our culture.”

The votes will be counted towards the end of the exhibition which will be open until December 2.

A public reception at the center will be held on November 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


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