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Jimi King Textile Design Workshop FEE REDUCED! ONE Day ONLY!

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World renowned artist and textile designer Jimi King is returning to Detroit on Saturday, August 12, 2017, to present a one-day only textile workshop at Dabls MBAD Museum, 6559 Grand River, corner of West Grand Boulevard.

The workshop fee has been reduced to $200 for the day, and all materials and supplies will be provided as well as a light lunch. 

On Saturday, August 12, from 10:00 am-4:00 pm, Mr. King will teach Origami and Vintage techniques, as well as discussing indigo dyeing and discharge techniques.

For further information and registration please contact Gloria Bradley@ 313-309 3659.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

Mr. King, a native of Nigeria, is a third-generation textile designer and fabric artist.  He studied fashion and textile design at the Chelsea School of Art in London. Mr. King has been in the fashion design business for over 30 years.  The Jimi King brand of clothing is known and enjoyed by fashion lovers worldwide.

“It is my desire to pass on the art of textile design to those interested in learning the craft I love,” said Jimi King.  The workshops will provide hands on knowledge of this art.  For those truly interested, it will provide an economic development opportunity.  Participants will learn a craft they may transfer to a life skill.  Join us as Mr. King passes on his vast knowledge of textile design.  You will not want to miss this opportunity.

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Kaee Johnson: Hidden Agenda

About Kaee Johnson:

The artistic sensibilities of Liberian-born artist, Kaee Johnson, were in large part inspired by the experiences of his early years. From Liberia, he traveled the globe with stops in France, Spain, and Haiti, where he lived for two years during his early, teenage years, and also the West African nations of Cameroon and Ivory Coast. Kaee also later traveled to South Africa, Madagascar, and Mauritius Island, as well as residing off and on in Montpellier, France for a total of seven years.

At the age of 21, he arrived in the United States and commenced his study of art at Harris-Stowe University in St. Louis, Missouri. After earning a degree in Art Education, he embarked on a rewarding career as an art teacher, including 14 years with the Pontiac (MI) public school system. Having been inspired by his travels and experiences as a child and young adult, Kaee has always sought to instill a similar sense of artistic inspiration in his students.

All the while he has pursued his passion for creating unique and evocative pieces of art. His works have adorned the Kendeja Gallery in Liberia, the Harris-Stowe University Artistic exhibition, Frame Art Gallery in Birmingham (MI), Elegance by Design furniture store in Ferndale (MI), P O E M (People on Earth Matter), an online art studio/gallery, and now, Detroit Fiber Works.

This is Kaee’s first exhibit in nearly a decade, and we are really excited to have the opportunity to show his work.

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Sisters Celebrating and Honoring a Legacy of Love & Creativity

Statement by Mildred Baldwin regarding the Baldwin Sisters Retreat:

In 2005, I organized an artist group with my eight sisters (the Baldwin Sisters Retreat). We exhibit art and crafts to showcase and celebrate the legacy and life of our mother Clara Bell Etheridge Baldwin after her sudden death due to a car accident on Veterans Day, Tuesday November 11, 2003. She also was an artist who taught all of her daughters many artistic skills.
Each year our Sisters Retreat and annual art exhibition is held in the hometown of one of the sisters and this is determined by birth order, from the youngest to oldest. Our oldest sister Mattie Pearl Hightower hosted our 9th annual retreat and art exhibition April 2013. This was a great accomplishment for all sisters to have been able to host the retreat.
However, we regret having to also celebrate Mattie’s life and legacy as an artist and seamstress after losing her battle with cancer on Dec 29, 2015. Our mother Clara and sister Mattie had worked together for many years designing clothing for men and women, as well as beautiful wedding dresses.
Holding them in our memory will help us to continue to do many more monumental things.
Sincerely,
Mildred Baldwin

4/7/17

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'Jide Aje

About ‘Jide Aje: (pronounced gee-day, ah-jay)

‘Jide Aje is a Detroit visual artist of Yoruba/Nigerian ancestry. Although he primarily paints for personal pleasure, his work also explores the meaning and intersection of contemporary African art and the wider world. This is quite evident from the mining of West African textile motifs as jumping off points for his vivid, texture rich creations.

'Jide's work has been shown locally and nationally with the National Conference of Artists (Michigan Chapter), the Charles H Wright Museum of African American Art and History, HATCH, 2739 Edwin and the WCCCD Brown and Juanita C. Ford galleries.

He currently works out of his studio space in the Corktown district in the city of Detroit, Michigan.

'Jide is also a strong supporter and active member of various local arts and cultural organizations.

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Artist Talks: Great Lakes United Presents OVERSIGHT

About Great Lakes United:

GREAT LAKES UNITED is a collaborative initiative started by three creative minds.

Laura Rwiliriza, Gloria Lwakabamba and Katie Hawley are creative art enthusiasts in different respects but with a common overall goal: to innovate and create sustainable artistic projects that aid in conflict resolution and development for healing communities.

Laura, Gloria and Katie are three women hailing from Rwanda, Africa (Gloria & Laura) and Detroit, Michigan (Katie). Both locations are the heart of the Great Lakes region in their respective countries and both regions are known for "rising from the ashes." 

Their collective mission is to promote:

  • sustainable creative arts initiatives,

  • art therapy in troubled communities and

  • artist exchange programs between the two Great Lakes regions, that ignite their mantra of "The GLU that binds us".

About the Founders:

Laura Rwiliriza - Content and Communication Strategist

Laura was born to Rwandan parents in Kampala,Uganda. After the disappearance and subsequent murder of her father in the early 80's, her mother smuggled the family to neighboring Kenya.

Laura enjoyed a stable upbringing in Kenya where she went on to complete her initial schooling, before being accepted into an American university at age 17. Laura spent two years in the US before finally transferring to Canada's McGill University to complete her undergraduate studies.

In 2006, Laura returned to her native Rwanda, where she immediately become involved in the promotion of creative arts. Laura has worked and nurtured across East Africa since returning home. Together with Gloria, she formed Loud Ink Productions-  a multi disciplinary production house with unique expertise in the different sectors of motion, animation and audio-visual production, as well as new media and communication strategies.

Laura has worked on numerous productions as a screenwriter, script editor and director. Notable credits can be found on documentaries, commercial film work as well as award winning music videos. Her list of satisfied clients include: Inyange industries Rwanda, UPRONA Party, Burundi, Revolver Studios, New York, North End Studios, Detroit, MTV Base Nairobi, Kenya.

Gloria Lwakabamba - Research and Project Management

Gloria Lwakabamba is from Rwanda and was born in Tanzania. She grew up criss-crossing the African continent in countries like Nigeria, Kenya before finally landing in the US for her university education.

Gloria moved back to her native Rwanda  in 2005, where has worked for organizations like the Clinton Foundation and Organization of African First Ladies. She also sits on the board of Rwanda's IMBUTO Foundation, whose aim is to Engage - Educate - Empower the youth.

With over ten years of work experience, Gloria’s expertise is in project management, communication strategies, recruitment, research and development in the public and private sector, in East Africa and USA, lending a unique advantage to our GLU team. She is also well known to deliver multiple projects on time and under budget.

Katie Hawley

Katie Hawley moved to Michigan over a decade ago, searching for her roots, as she was born in Michigan but adopted and raised in sunny Arizona and Southern California.

There she embraced the outdoors and studied Child Development, Art and Psychology. She has  always painted and has been drawing since age two.

She moved to Ferndale, Michigan near 8 Mile, and furthered her education at the College for Creative Studies (CCS) in Detroit. Graphic Design was her first choice at CCS but after three years doing Graphic Design she changed her major multiple times and fell in love with every aspect of Fine Art with a concentration in Art Therapy.

Katie was selected by her peers and professors as the Senior Selection Award of Excellence in Fine Art upon Graduating in 2009,  with honors, and her work is in the CCS Fine Art permanent collection.

She continued centering her life on communities in Detroit. She was hands-on involved in the “Illuminated Mural” project on East Grand Blvd. During this time a group of friends and colleagues developed a studio and gallery event space run by artists to give a voice to emerging artists of all flavors and ages, as well as studio space to work.

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CLOSING RECEPTION:Great Lakes United presents OVERSIGHT

About Great Lakes United:

GREAT LAKES UNITED is a collaborative initiative started by three creative minds.

Laura Rwiliriza, Gloria Lwakabamba and Katie Hawley are creative art enthusiasts in different respects but with a common overall goal: to innovate and create sustainable artistic projects that aid in conflict resolution and development for healing communities.

Laura, Gloria and Katie are three women hailing from Rwanda, Africa (Gloria & Laura) and Detroit, Michigan (Katie). Both locations are the heart of the Great Lakes region in their respective countries and both regions are known for "rising from the ashes." 

Their collective mission is to promote:

  • sustainable creative arts initiatives,

  • art therapy in troubled communities and

  • artist exchange programs between the two Great Lakes regions, that ignite their mantra of "The GLU that binds us".

About the Founders:

Laura Rwiliriza - Content and Communication Strategist

Laura was born to Rwandan parents in Kampala,Uganda. After the disappearance and subsequent murder of her father in the early 80's, her mother smuggled the family to neighboring Kenya.

Laura enjoyed a stable upbringing in Kenya where she went on to complete her initial schooling, before being accepted into an American university at age 17. Laura spent two years in the US before finally transferring to Canada's McGill University to complete her undergraduate studies.

In 2006, Laura returned to her native Rwanda, where she immediately become involved in the promotion of creative arts. Laura has worked and nurtured across East Africa since returning home. Together with Gloria, she formed Loud Ink Productions-  a multi disciplinary production house with unique expertise in the different sectors of motion, animation and audio-visual production, as well as new media and communication strategies.

Laura has worked on numerous productions as a screenwriter, script editor and director. Notable credits can be found on documentaries, commercial film work as well as award winning music videos. Her list of satisfied clients include: Inyange industries Rwanda, UPRONA Party, Burundi, Revolver Studios, New York, North End Studios, Detroit, MTV Base Nairobi, Kenya.

Gloria Lwakabamba - Research and Project Management

Gloria Lwakabamba is from Rwanda and was born in Tanzania. She grew up criss-crossing the African continent in countries like Nigeria, Kenya before finally landing in the US for her university education.

Gloria moved back to her native Rwanda  in 2005, where has worked for organizations like the Clinton Foundation and Organization of African First Ladies. She also sits on the board of Rwanda's IMBUTO Foundation, whose aim is to Engage - Educate - Empower the youth.

With over ten years of work experience, Gloria’s expertise is in project management, communication strategies, recruitment, research and development in the public and private sector, in East Africa and USA, lending a unique advantage to our GLU team. She is also well known to deliver multiple projects on time and under budget.

Katie Hawley

Katie Hawley moved to Michigan over a decade ago, searching for her roots, as she was born in Michigan but adopted and raised in sunny Arizona and Southern California.

There she embraced the outdoors and studied Child Development, Art and Psychology. She has  always painted and has been drawing since age two.

She moved to Ferndale, Michigan near 8 Mile, and furthered her education at the College for Creative Studies (CCS) in Detroit. Graphic Design was her first choice at CCS but after three years doing Graphic Design she changed her major multiple times and fell in love with every aspect of Fine Art with a concentration in Art Therapy.

Katie was selected by her peers and professors as the Senior Selection Award of Excellence in Fine Art upon Graduating in 2009,  with honors, and her work is in the CCS Fine Art permanent collection.

She continued centering her life on communities in Detroit. She was hands-on involved in the “Illuminated Mural” project on East Grand Blvd. During this time a group of friends and colleagues developed a studio and gallery event space run by artists to give a voice to emerging artists of all flavors and ages, as well as studio space to work.

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Art in the Park with CANVAS x Detroit

BOUNDLESS is a street art installation designed to challenge perceptions about graffiti and street art by placing graffiti/street art outside of the negative contexts of vandalism and property defacement. The installation offers participants the opportunity for creative expression using aerosol paints on a floating, transparent canvas allowing everyone to experience the joys of creating street art. Anyone over 8 years old can engage in BOUNDLESS.

 

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Woven Energy: Heather Marie Macali

SECOND SATURDAY ARTIST TALKS, SEPTEMBER 10, 2016, 4-8PM

Heather Macali will join us to discuss her work and answer questions. She will speak at 5PM and 7PM.

ABOUT HEATHER MACALI:

As a contemporary fiber artist, Heather has focused primarily on color, pattern, texture, distortion and memory. Her frequent use of colors and patterns is a product of a childhood rich in experiences from the 1980’s and 1990’s Midwest material culture. Macali grew up in Munroe Falls, Ohio and received her Bachelors of Arts (focus in Crafts) from Kent State University. She continued her art research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison receiving a Masters of Fine Arts in Textiles in 2009.

Macali’s work has recently been published in the books: Art Yellow Book #1, by Leejin Kim, Digital Jacquard Design, by Julie Holyoke, and Textiles: The Art of Mankind, by Mary Schoeser. She worked in the fashion industry for four years as a print and pattern designer at Abercrombie & Fitch and La Senza. Macali currently resides in Detroit, Michigan working as a fiber artist and a professor at Wayne State University.

HEATHER MACALI: ARTIST STATEMENT

As a contemporary artist my work focuses on memory and the innocence of childhood, also the purity of the creative spirit and energy throughout this era of ones life. I remember the feeling of discovery and exploration as a child and that is something I always try to keep in mind when creating. 

The use of vibrant color and pattern stems from my recollection of the colors from the 1980s, more specifically the cartoons from this time period.  For example Rainbow Brite and The Carebears had many characters that were each associated with a specific color and responsibility. Whether it was to make all the green in the world beautiful and vibrant or to provide people with sweet dreams each night, they all had a job.  These cartoons have stayed with me especially the positive feel good spirit of them. 

My art crosses the boundaries of fine art, textile and interior design, upholstery, and craft. The decorative qualities of my pieces and the sound absorbing character of them create an interior application.  By stretching them over foam, I am able to generate a bulging effect that resembles an upholstered look, which is associated with interior and textile design.

Pattern is a significant subject matter in all of these fields and the underlying theme in my work. I view pattern as a visual language that can cause physical reactions to the viewer. The use of pattern is interesting because it can be chaotic and busy, but it is still a form of repetition and order.  The repetition and rhythm of a pattern generates visual movement, a central characteristic of my work that will keep the viewer visually engaged.  After spending countless hours doing independent research and tediously trying to link the gap between my three interests of fine art, craft, and design, I believe my work highlights and integrates the best aspects of all three.

Ultimately I am attempting to create fabric that carries ideas of color and pattern that I have had in my imagination for as long as I can remember; that are part of the visual world I was surrounded with as I grew up.  I am hoping to put these visions into a concrete form for both myself and for others to enjoy.  If I could choose, I would be surrounded by ordered color at all the times; it both exhilarates and comforts me.

I still have a physical reaction to color and pattern as an adult and want to create work that can provide this reaction to others and myself.

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L.I.P.S bY Ella Isaac: Summer Hats!

About L.I.P.S. Hats:

Living In Perfect Style (L.I.P.S.) is a company that creates a range of seasonal hats for women and men who are unique in spirit, progressive in thought and fearless in his or her individual expression of style. All hats are hand-made with an emphasis on quality and longevity. L.I.P.S.’ mission to always be unique is dedicated to the style pioneers who dare to be different, think from the heart and express fearlessly.

The Process

All hats are produced in Philadelphia under the direction of owner/designer Ella Isaac using both traditional and innovative millinery techniques. Fabrics are chosen for their tactile and malleable qualities. Design involves a mix of creative thought given to both color and texture with a very organic approach. Rather than drawings, Ella uses the feel of the cloth and the vibrant hue of the raw or dyed material to lend itself to the aesthetic design of each hat. She also keeps in mind the wearability of each style, wanting it to be a favorite among your accessories and a joy to wear, year after year.

Ella Isaac, the Designer

Originally from England, Ella Isaac is an accomplished and award winning hat designer who began her hat making career in London under the tutelage of Gabriela Ligenza. While living in New York, Ella set the trend for a new style of hat design by creating a playful and stylishly urban line of hats not just relegated to formal occasions. For over a decade she continued to raise the bar and innovate the American hat industry, producing eagerly awaited new shapes and new techniques from her own store in Philadelphia. Since its initial creation, the label L.I.P.S. has continued to evolve into a distinguishable and very individual brand, and Ella continues to nurture it’s expansion with a detailed eye.

“Ella is a quiet force with a visionary perception of life which she applies to her design esthetic. To her every moment is a potential drop of inspiration. She designs hats with the modern, sophisticated hat wearer in mind, giving them accessories that can transcend the ordinary.”

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Artwork by Anita Sewell

Please join us as we welcome Anita Sewell to Detroit Fiber Works during the months of June and July, 2016. 

Anita Sewell, is a Detroit native who embarked upon her artistic journey in her teenage years as a means of seeking to be understood. As she so poetically states, “if you understand my art, then you understand me.”

Abstract art is her first love and she enjoys experimenting with color and unconventional materials. She seamlessly incorporates rocks, charcoal, and a vast range of earth tones into her pieces. Her use of black and white in each collection is her trademark as it symbolizes, to her, closure and new beginnings.

Anita Sewell’s art has been featured at The Collective, Motor City Brewing Works, Arts Extended Gallery, as well as Detroit Riverwalk events. She is frequently sought out by collectors in search of one-of-a-kind conversation pieces. There is no end to her creativity and is she is available for commissions.

Opening: Saturday, June 11

Artist Talk, Saturday, July 9

Show Ends: Saturday, July 30

http://anitasewell.com

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Jimi King Returns!

We are delighted to have Jimi King back at Detroit Fiber Works! His clothing designs are incomparable. This native Nigerian is a third generation textile designer who studied fashion and textile design in London.  He spends a lot of his time traveling the world in search of new ideas that he can incorporate into his designs. His artistic techniques range from batik to tie dyeing to hand printing and silk screening. He also uses a variety of fabrics such as Dupioni silk, cotton, spandex and traditional African fabrics.

Come and see these exciting, vibrant dresses, jackets, skirts, tops and more. When you buy clothing from Jimi King you know you are getting a handcrafted one of a kind work of wearable art. We look forward to seeing you!

THURSDAY, JUNE 23: Opening Reception (Ladies Night on Livernois), 5-9PM and Jimi King Fashion Show, 7PM

FRIDAY & SATURDAY, JUNE 24 & 25: Trunk Show, 11AM-7PM

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April 16-May 28: Abstractions by Ifoma

IFOMA

Ifoma (pronounced EE-Foo-Ma) (Cornell ) Stubbs has been known in the Detroit area primary for his photography and photographic art, which has been shown at local galleries, fairs and art exhibitions over the past 25 years.  Ifoma also worked with the City of Detroit as a photographer during the Archer and Kilpatrick administrations. His noted photographic Marcus Garvey Centennial documentary exhibited at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African History and Dusable Museum in Chicago.  He has participated in several solo and group exhibitions which have included The African World Festival, The University Arts festival and the Comerica TasteFest to name a few.  His photographs have been published in Black Enterprise magazine, Ebony, The Detroit News, The Detroit Free Press, Michigan Chronicle, Michigan Citizen, MetroTimes and other publications.

Ifoma is also an avid painter, creating vivid abstract images on paper, canvas and wood. These imaginative shapes and colors also grace a myriad of wearable items, including men's and women's shoes, t-shirts, caps and jewelry.

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Artist Talk: From the Heart with Ron Scarbough & Waleed Johnson

Ron Scarbough and Waleed Johnson will join us on Saturday, March 12 from 4-8PM to discuss their work and answer your questions about their inspiration, motivation, techniques, evolution or any other topic you can think of. Please join us for this stimulating conversation! To learn more about Scarbough and Johnson, please visit our current events page: http://www.detroitfiberworks.com/eventcalendar/2016/2/10/from-the-heart-paintings-drawings-by-waleed-johnson-ron-scarbough-through-april-2-2016

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Get Ready for Spring! Jewelry & Hats by Adrienne Lockett & Ella Isaac

Fashion-forward designers, Adrienne Lockett and Ella Isaac will bring their latest designs to Detroit Fiber Works, March 11-13.

About L.I.P.S. Hats:

Living In Perfect Style (L.I.P.S.) is a company that creates a range of seasonal hats for women and men who are unique in spirit, progressive in thought and fearless in his or her individual expression of style. All hats are hand-made with an emphasis on quality and longevity. L.I.P.S.’ mission to always be unique is dedicated to the style pioneers who dare to be different, think from the heart and express fearlessly.

The Process

All hats are produced in Philadelphia under the direction of owner/designer Ella Isaac using both traditional and innovative millinery techniques. Fabrics are chosen for their tactile and malleable qualities. Design involves a mix of creative thought given to both color and texture with a very organic approach. Rather than drawings, Ella uses the feel of the cloth and the vibrant hue of the raw or dyed material to lend itself to the aesthetic design of each hat. She also keeps in mind the wearability of each style, wanting it to be a favorite among your accessories and a joy to wear, year after year.

Ella Isaac, the Designer

Originally from England, Ella Isaac is an accomplished and award winning hat designer who began her hat making career in London under the tutelage of Gabriela Ligenza. While living in New York, Ella set the trend for a new style of hat design by creating a playful and stylishly urban line of hats not just relegated to formal occasions. For over a decade she continued to raise the bar and innovate the American hat industry, producing eagerly awaited new shapes and new techniques from her own store in Philadelphia. Since its initial creation, the label L.I.P.S. has continued to evolve into a distinguishable and very individual brand, and Ella continues to nurture it’s expansion with a detailed eye.

“Ella is a quiet force with a visionary perception of life which she applies to her design esthetic. To her every moment is a potential drop of inspiration. She designs hats with the modern, sophisticated hat wearer in mind, giving them accessories that can transcend the ordinary.”

About Adrienne Lockett:

Adrienne Lockett has been creating one-of-a-kind and limited production jewelry for the past 20 years.

Her line has evolved over the years to include beaded jewelry made from both old and new glass beads and semi-precious stones, and one of a kind pieces of sterling silver and brass.  Unmatched and asymmetrical earring pairs are a trademark of her work.

Much of her inspiration comes from a lifelong love of viewing jewelry collections in art museums. Her work has been described as having an acient opulence and ethnic vibe.

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From the Heart: Paintings & Drawings by Waleed Johnson & Ron Scarbough through April 2, 2016

About Waleed Johnson:

Waleed Johnson is a recent graduate of the University of Notre Dame’s Dual Degree Program. Waleed graduated with a BS in Computer Engineering, a BA in Studio Art, and was selected as a 2015 Reilly Scholar— a special honor given to exemplary dual degree students at Notre Dame.

Waleed's concentration for his BA was painting. He received the 2015 Barbara H. Roche Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Painting as well as the Mabel L. Mountain Painting Prize at Notre Dame. Additionally, Waleed served as an officer of the Voices of Faith Gospel Choir for three years including serving as President in the ’14-’15 school year.

Although painting is his main focus, he also enjoys photography. In 2014, Waleed created a poster featuring buildings in Detroit, using photographs he had taken, that was displayed at the Detroit Historical Museum  along with an accompanying postcard.

As a passionate native Detroiter, Waleed decided to return to his hometown after graduation to be a part of the ongoing change.

In Waleed's Words:

"My work primarily consists of portraits. There are few things I find as compelling as looking into the eyes of the person and attempting to see what they see and feel what they feel. Portraits can convey so much about a person; however, for every one thing a portrait reveals, there are countless things that remain unknown. My work is an attempt to get the viewer to realize this truth. The objective is presenting users with an image that may make some of them a little uncomfortable and then subsequently challenging them to assess their preconceived notions.

Black males, a group that is often looked down upon by society, are most frequently my subject. Scale is a key component of my work: the large scale monumentalizes the subject. The portraits offer a sly rebuttal to the viewer, looking down upon them, and returning the gaze so often used to judge them.

Current events and the personal experience of being a black man at a majority white university have significantly impacted the development of my work. Color and shadow are the principles relied upon in the creation of these paintings."

About Ron Scarbough:

The name and work of visual artist Ronald Scarbough is well known in the Detroit area. Ron, born in Detroit and the oldest of 11 children, started drawing in kindergarten. By the time he was in third grade, his teachers recommended that he take special art classes. His love for and interest in art grew, and he continued to develop his talent in high school. Ron attended the Center for Creative Studies (now the College for Creative Studies), where he started drawing children and decided that was what he liked best. However, he was drafted and served as a technical illustrator in the Air Force for four years. That was where he developed his fondness and respect for the pencil and cross-hatch technique.

After military service, Ron worked as a commercial artist but decided to devote his life to being a fine artist. He has exhibited his art in many states, had numerous one-man shows and participated in group shows. Ron captured first place at the Tripoli International Art Fair where he presented one of his works to King Idris of Libya.

Although his work has hung in galleries, Ron prefers exhibiting at fairs and street festivals where he can meet the people and "show them, especially younger black kids, they can be artists."

Ron has been profiled in magazine and newspaper articles and has appeared on local TV shows such as “Profiles in Black.” His prints can be found in numerous private residences and many Detroit schools. His original illustrations appear in books, one of which is called “Inside of Me.” Ron himself describes his pencil (sometimes ink) drawings as “Norman Rockwell type renderings with an ethnic mix.”

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DOURIEAN is Back in Detroit!

Douriean Fletcher is a wearable artist based in New Orleans, LA. Her mission is to inspire and support women to boldly express their beauty by telling their stories through adornments. She uses the original purpose of jewelry; a non-verbal communication tool to inform others of who we are. Douriean believes adornments are an ideal way for women to define their beauty on their own terms and express themselves authentically.

Through her own experiences as an evolving woman, she has used her creativity to explore facets of her growth in all aspects: spiritual, sexual, emotional, cultural, and social. She evolves through her work as she redefines her own concept of femininity.

Douriean is currently creating a project that provides a space for young women to express their creativity through wearable art workshops at a charter school in New Orleans, LA. Proceeds from her sales go towards this project to support financing for tools, materials, and programming.

Her new collection, Nina, is inspired by the talented Nina Simone as she pays homage a woman she believes wholeheartedly and boldly expressed her God given gift to the world.

Douriean has participated in the International Show of New Designers, Labo Ethnik in Paris, France and her work has also been featured in Essence Magazine's Street Style segment, “What We’re Wearing In….”, Scene Magazine, a 2 page spread in AfroElle Magazine in Kenya, and has been featured as one of New Orleans Magazine's 2012 People To Watch.  Some of her clientele are Grammy award winning artists and members of creative industries.

Since her last visit to Detroit, Douriean has worked on the set of the History Channel's remake of Roots, the legendary mini-series.

Click here to visit Douriean's website.

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From the Heart: Paintings & Drawings by Waleed Johnson & Ron Scarbough

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 13, 4-8PM

About Waleed Johnson:

Waleed Johnson is a recent graduate of the University of Notre Dame’s Dual Degree Program. Waleed graduated with a BS in Computer Engineering, a BA in Studio Art, and was selected as a 2015 Reilly Scholar— a special honor given to exemplary dual degree students at Notre Dame.

Waleed's concentration for his BA was painting. He received the 2015 Barbara H. Roche Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Painting as well as the Mabel L. Mountain Painting Prize at Notre Dame. Additionally, Waleed served as an officer of the Voices of Faith Gospel Choir for three years including serving as President in the ’14-’15 school year.

Although painting is his main focus, he also enjoys photography. In 2014, Waleed created a poster featuring buildings in Detroit, using photographs he had taken, that was displayed at the Detroit Historical Museum  along with an accompanying postcard.

As a passionate native Detroiter, Waleed decided to return to his hometown after graduation to be a part of the ongoing change.

In Waleed's Words:

"My work primarily consists of portraits. There are few things I find as compelling as looking into the eyes of the person and attempting to see what they see and feel what they feel. Portraits can convey so much about a person; however, for every one thing a portrait reveals, there are countless things that remain unknown. My work is an attempt to get the viewer to realize this truth. The objective is presenting users with an image that may make some of them a little uncomfortable and then subsequently challenging them to assess their preconceived notions.

Black males, a group that is often looked down upon by society, are most frequently my subject. Scale is a key component of my work: the large scale monumentalizes the subject. The portraits offer a sly rebuttal to the viewer, looking down upon them, and returning the gaze so often used to judge them.

Current events and the personal experience of being a black man at a majority white university have significantly impacted the development of my work. Color and shadow are the principles relied upon in the creation of these paintings."

About Ron Scarbough:

The name and work of visual artist Ronald Scarbough is well known in the Detroit area. Ron, born in Detroit and the oldest of 11 children, started drawing in kindergarten. By the time he was in third grade, his teachers recommended that he take special art classes. His love for and interest in art grew, and he continued to develop his talent in high school. Ron attended the Center for Creative Studies (now the College for Creative Studies), where he started drawing children and decided that was what he liked best. However, he was drafted and served as a technical illustrator in the Air Force for four years. That was where he developed his fondness and respect for the pencil and cross-hatch technique.

After military service, Ron worked as a commercial artist but decided to devote his life to being a fine artist. He has exhibited his art in many states, had numerous one-man shows and participated in group shows. Ron captured first place at the Tripoli International Art Fair where he presented one of his works to King Idris of Libya.

Although his work has hung in galleries, Ron prefers exhibiting at fairs and street festivals where he can meet the people and "show them, especially younger black kids, they can be artists."

Ron has been profiled in magazine and newspaper articles and has appeared on local TV shows such as “Profiles in Black.” His prints can be found in numerous private residences and many Detroit schools. His original illustrations appear in books, one of which is called “Inside of Me.” Ron himself describes his pencil (sometimes ink) drawings as “Norman Rockwell type renderings with an ethnic mix.”

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