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Range Art Association shows off local and regional artwork

Goes virtual this year


July 03, 2020 by Brett LaBore


One of the best ways to show off one’s creativity is to enter an art show. For the Range Art Association, they’re ready to show off all art — they encourage all forms of art to show off different styles from around the community.  

Created 65 years ago, the Range Art Association is a non-profit to help local and regional artists across Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin create and share visual arts and other medium projects in the annual Art Show held in July in Ironwood, Mich.

“The art show has been a tradition that has lasted many years,” president Nancy Korpela said. “Unlike some other shows, Range Art Association shows all art that has been submitted. We provide a show for people with judging and monetary prizes for them to show their work.” 

Korpela said The Range Art Association has continued in a tradition of encouraging artists to produce art locally and continue their endeavors from fine art to fiber arts.

“Usually Range Arts is visual arts, but we do some sculpture and other things, too,” Korpela said. 

The annual Range Art Association Art Show (now in their 65th year) is held yearly each July, however, the 2020 Show, originally slated for July 17-19, has been canceled because of COVID-19. 

“Most of our people are 50 to 60 plus, some are in their 80s, so we just can’t take the chance with the virus going on,” Korpela said. “We’re looking forward to holding our show next year. We have a show every single year, open to everybody, including a student’s section. There is an entry fee for adults to enter 3-6 items; students (18 years and below) can enter three items for free. Everyone who enters gets shown.”

Not only do they show off local art, but several entries are from former residents who are now scattered all over the country. Many have family who still have roots in the area.

“We gather entries from all around the United States,” Korpela said. “One of our members is from New York City, but has family here so she submitted a couple pieces in our last show in 2019.”

Now they’re hoping to expand and go a little bit virtual. 

“We’ve been technically challenged in the past to coordinate ourselves to do something virtual, so we’re working on that,” Korpela said. “In addition, here at the Toriouse in downtown Ironwood we are going to take a comer of our space for the Range Art Association where we will have things for sale on an ongoing basis year round, with all proceeds going to Range Art.”

For more information, visit The Range Art Association on Facebook.

Brett LaBore may be reached at [email protected] or [email protected]


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