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Marquette’s Carl Wozniak presents Playing with Pottery on Thursday afternoon at the MooseWood Nature Center in Marquette. The demo was one of many Art Week 2022 events being held that day, with Almost Isle Park as the theme. (Diary photo by Christie Matric)

MARQUETTE – Almost Isle was a great setting – and the daily theme – for many of the 2022 Art Week events that took place on Thursday.

Art, jewelry, food and music filled many of the park’s locations, keeping with the general theme of the week – What does water mean to you? — is surrounded by Lake Superior.

Although it’s closer to Shiras Pond than Lake Superior, the MooseWood Nature Center was the site of the Playing with Pottery demonstration, organized by Carl Wozniak de Marquette, treasurer of the nature center’s board of directors. and former professor of education at Northern Michigan University.

“Actually, it’s a retirement concert for me,” said Wozniak, who has been making pottery for three years. “It’s very fun, extremely relaxing, very zen. It’s nice not to have to do it for a living. So I don’t need to make 50 identical cups or 100 identical plates.

Instead, Wozniak said he just “go with the flow” sell some items but donate a lot too.

For example, he lined up small plates and other pieces at the Art Week event, charging just $1 each for some items and a little more for others.

All sales, Wozniak said, had to go to MooseWood.

Also on the agenda for the day are activities such as plein-air painting, concerts, a pop art activity for young people with stencils and the Almost Isle Art Fair, among others.

One of the artists at the fair, sponsored by Island Beach Road ceramics studio Niik Creative Co., was Amanda Reou of Sands Township, who uses acrylic paint to decorate drinking glasses, ornaments and decorations. other objects.

Reou of MI Woodland Art Studio said the fair was only the second time she had attended an outdoor art fair.

“So far, so good,” she said of Thursday’s event. “Great weather and lots of great talent here.”

Christie Mastric can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250. His email address is

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