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September 2014

I must admit I am glad that the busy summer season is winding down. I would like to thank all those who visited the museum and stopped by my booth in Moose Lake and Ishpeming. Special thanks go out to those who purchased items and gave donations to support the museum. I am happy to report that the rumor suggesting that the museum has closed is not true. I have not had time to crunch the numbers, but I think sales are up in August over the same period last year. Since the season started slow and because July sales were just so-so, total revenue is probably about even with last year. That is an improvement and plans are to continue museum operations, at least for another year. However, it would help if extra sales can be generated. Thus, if any of the Gitche Gumee Museum supporters have been considering having me make a custom agate window or lamp, please place an order by sending an email to I am all caught up with custom orders and would have time this fall to make you some awesome mineral art!


Happy rockhounding!

Karen Brzys
Gitche Gumee Museum
E21739 Brazel Street, PO Box 308
Grand Marais, MI 49839 or
906-494-2590 Home and art studio number (Please call this number first)
906-494-3000 Museum (I do not maintain this phone during the winter months)
906-450-5033 (Cell phone -- not always turned on. I use it only when I travel.)
Regular web page
Photo Blog
Facebook: Karen Ann Penegor Brzys (private page)
Gitche Gumee Museum (business page)

The museum's hours are:

End of May, beginning the week before Memorial Day. Sunday thru Friday 2-5 pm
Saturday 12-5 pm
June—Open every day Sunday thru Friday 2-5 pm
Saturday 12-5 pm
July and August—Open every day Monday thru Saturday 11-6 pm
(New Hours)
Sunday 2-5 pm
September—Open every day Sunday thru Friday 2-5 pm
Saturday 12-5 pm
October – end of May I am traveling a lot during these months exhibiting my mineral art at shows. Please call 906-494-2590 at least a week in advance if you would like to set up a private museum visit. A donation or purchase is requested for all private appointments.

Art and Mineral Show and Agate Talk Schedule

  • September 14 & 15, 2014
    • EXHIBIT BOOTH and AGATELADY TALKS – 6th Annual Muskellunge State Park Annual Rock On Agate Show. Located at 30042 County Road 407 in Deer Park, MI half way between Newberry and Grand Marais. Show hours are: Saturday, Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Camping is available, but may be sold out well before the event. I will be giving a talk on both days. The show includes rock dealers, food dealers, kids games, presentations, demonstrations, rock cutting and polishing services, silent auctions, and more. For more information please call 906-658-3338. Information about the show is available at:,4570,7-153--310784--s,00.html.
  • October 24-26, 2014
    • EXHIBIT BOOTH -- 49th Annual Central Michigan Lapidary & Mineral Society Show. Main Arena, Ingham County Fairgrounds, 700 E. Ash Street, Mason, MI 48854. Event hours are Friday 6:00 to 9:00, Saturday 10:00 to 7:00, and Sunday 11:00 to 5:00. Show includes vendors, exhibits, crafts, art, jewelry, demonstrations, displays, flint knappers, rock identification, kids’ activities, free prizes for kids, door prizes, rock cutting, and more, For more information please go to
  • December 5-7, 2014


September 2014 Update

Mineral of the Month
Black Corundum
Black Corundum
History’s Gem of the Month
Michigan Beach Stones
Michigan Beach Rocks
On-line Gift Shop
New How to Find Agates DVD
(NEW version that has been professionally mastered!)
Gitche Gumee Gatherings
Information about
scheduling private, in-home private art shows
Gitche Gumee Gatherings
Arizona Trip
Media Coverage
Petoskey News
Agate Photo
Testimonial from a Mineral Art customer
Laura's Lamp


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