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Market-born Tret Fur kicks off Marquette Art Week in style during Monday’s opening concert at the Presque Isle Band Shell. The festival has activities, art installations, concerts and others planned throughout the week. (Photo in the diary by Randy Crouch)

MARQUETTE – Music and culture are in the forefront this week as the City of Arts Week takes place.

The edition of Marquette Art Week for 2022 will focus on everything related to water, and urban art installations will have a theme “What does water mean to you?”

A full week of activities began on Monday when Hiawatha Music Co-op presented The Driftless Revelers and Tret Fure at Presque Isle Band Shell.

Activities and art installations will be permanent throughout the week throughout the city. Monday focused on the city’s coast, with several activities taking place on Presque Island, Lakeshore Boulevard, the Marquette Yacht Club and the Marquette Maritime Museum.

Today’s activities will focus on South Marquette. Some of the highlights include a performance by the musical duo father and son Streaking in Tongues. The band will perform music inspired by the area, while also playing background music for local poets. Streaking in Tongues is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. in South Beach Park, located at 501 South Lake Street.

Anishinaabe-based local rock band Waawiyeyaa will bring their local-themed rock band to South Beach Park, starting at 7:30 p.m. and Dr. Martin Reinhard.

Wednesday will be the day for activities in the center. The art walk in the center of the Market will last from 13 to 17 hours and will be coordinated by the Zero Degrees Gallery. Several local art studios, galleries and companies will work together to offer a wide variety of artist demonstrations and art activities for all ages.

Ore Dock Brewing Company will host “What water wants to be” at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The event is a public panel reviewing water conservation efforts. Michigan singer / songwriter and activist Seth Bernard will provide music.

Presque Isle Park takes center stage on Thursday when the Presque Isle Art Fair kicks off at noon. The fair includes stands by many artists from the Upper Peninsula. Food and drink will be available to attendees while live music from WhoDat Brass starts at 5pm

The Marquette City Band will perform at 7:30 pm at the Presque Isle Band Shell as part of a series of concerts for 2022. The band will perform a new song, “Sweet Seas” (Sweetwater Seas) by Canadian composer Dr. James Bichigo, who will conduct the performance and speak to the audience.

The Lower Port will host events on Friday. Art in the Park will include many local artists who will showcase their water-themed works and offer demonstrations of their creative processes. Local non-profit environmental organizations will also be involved. The art in the park starts at 3 pm in Mattson Lower Harbor.

The partnership of the brothers in the Market area and the Market Symphony Orchestra are the hosts Friendship Beyond Water Friday at 19:30 The event is a celebration of the 25-year partnership between Marquette and the Finnish twin city of Kajaani. The Marquette Symphony Orchestra will be joined by the MSO Summer String and special guest musicians as they celebrate the intimate relationship between UP and Finland.

Lighthouse Park ends with Art Week style on Saturday. The contemporary dance company TaMaMa, in collaboration with Maria Formolo and Patrick Booth, will perform a modern dance piece that explores the themes of curiosity, exploration, ritual and gratitude on the beach behind the Maritime Museum Market at 5 p.m.

Arts Week ends on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. “We’ve always been home” closing concert at Market Lighthouse Park with music by local singer / songwriter Michael Waite and friends. Waite will perform music from his new album, which he has been working on for a decade.

A comprehensive list of installations and activities, as well as a schedule and a complete map, can be found online at www.mqtcompass.com/artweek/.

You can contact Randy Crouch at 906-228-2500, ext. 242. His email address is [email protected]

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