Frantz discusses annual Art for All at Golden K meeting

Linda Frantz spoke to the Golden K Club about the annual Art for All on June 29 at City Park.


For The Daily News

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Golden K’s annual trek across the First Presbyterian Church parking lot began early Monday morning. Thanks to Vance and Dorleen Uhazie securing the key to the Masonic Temple, several hardy members came to transport the necessary materials along with the most important piece of equipment– the coffee pot.

After getting things set in place there was an anxious waiting period for the arrival of the doughnuts. Finally it was time for Vance Uhazie, chairman, to open the meeting.

After singing a few “oldies” with Alyce Derwinski on piano and Al Calcari directing, this group of seniors was ready to get down to more serious business.

Guest speaker Lana Frantz, was welcomed with coffee, doughnut and visiting time. Judging from the chatter, this is one group knows how to use this time efficiently.

Happy Dollar winner was Kirk Olson, who just put in his request to Frantz to draw his name, which she did. There is no guarantee that will work every time.

Uhazie had this thought for the day “A rule of biology — If your parents don’t have children, chances are neither will you.” Leaving the seniors to ponder that thought, he introduced guest speaker, Lana Frantz from the Iron Mountain-Kingsford General Federation of Women’s Clubs.

Art for All is scheduled for June 29 at City Park in Iron Mountain. This will be their 52nd Art Show and goes on rain or shine. Frantz spent many years in Green Bay working as an elementary teacher before moving to Niagara, Wis. It didn’t take long before she became involved with the Iron Mountain-Kingsford Womens Club and began learning about the Art for All project. This project was initiated by Magee Johnson and co-chaired with Joan Flood. These two ladies also sparked the Out to Lunch event and these two events have been popular with visitors and local residents alike since 1967.

The Art For All event co-ordinates dates with Menomonee’s art show as out-of-town artists find it more convenient to bring their items long distances to two locations.

City Park is in high demand for the summer and Frantz soon discovered she needed to be there at 6:30 a.m. first part of January — ready to make her bid for place in June. She soon learned to set dates ahead and has registered dates into 2025. No grass grows under her feet.

Frantz brought many pictures of various artists for the group to see. Many artists with varying talents come to display and sell their work. There is a multitude of art works geared to meet everyones liking. There a hands-on craft area for children, musical entertainment and a silent auction. Proceeds from the auction go toward a scholarship for an area senior art student. This years recipient is Amanda Anderson.

Co-chairpersons include Rickey Steigerwald and Joy Nasi work side by side with Frantz to provide an outstanding art show that will bring young and old to the City Park in June.

Econo Foods and Bishop Baraga Knights of Columbus will be have lunch available for purchase.

The Golden Throats will sing Wednesday at Freeman’s.

The Golden K will meet Monday at back at the First Presbyterian Church in Kingsford. Meeting time at 10 a.m. with program to begin at 10:30.