Peter Spuzak and Rudolph Coran certainly aren’t new to the local arts and crafts scene here but that didn’t stop them from trying something different when the two got together for a private showing of their works at the Red Dog Inn last weekend.
And despite a rather low turnout, Spuzak, who’s also president of the Fort Frances Arts and Crafts Association which sponsored the show, called it a success.
“We had about  people come out. Maybe that’s not as many as might have been expected [but] the show itself was good in terms of art,” he said Monday morning.
“We complemented each other quite nicely.”
“It was pretty good. This was the [first] time we paired up,” echoed Coran, who sold about a dozen pieces of woodworking during the two-day show.
“But I think there were too many other functions going on,” he reasoned.
Spuzak said Fort Frances Arts and Crafts Association wanted to organize the show in such a way as to convey an art gallery environment one would see in the city.
“It was a lot of work and it only lasted two days. That kind of show would really stay up for about a week,” he noted.
Spuzak, who had about 55 pieces of artwork in the weekend show, including original paintings, prints, and photographs, admitted some surprise at seeing that much of it gathered at one spot.
“I’ve never had the chance to put so many pieces together. I never thought about it before," he chuckled. "You don’t realize what your accomplishments are until [you do that].”
Spuzak said the FFACA is planning to hold its annual spring arts and crafts sale April 24-25.