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#NotUrAssumptions Artist Talk

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Please join us for a conversation with several of the photographers and visual artists responsible for the powerful images in this exhibit. Second Saturday, April 14, 2018, 6-9PM.

Joining the conversation will be: Ifoma, Traci Lombre, Sabrina Nelson, Tisch Mikhail Lewis, Jordyn Fishman and others.

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#NotUrAssumptions Opening Reception

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Mahogany Jones launched #NotUrAssumptions in 2017, celebrating women overcoming gender bias. This year, the focus is on women owners of Detroit businesses. 

Join us on Wednesday, March 28 from 6-9pm at Detroit Fiber Works for an exhibit of images honoring these powerful women, photographed by Nichole Christian, Nancy Rodwan, Jenny Rischer, Abby O, Yvette Rock, Piper Carter, Anahli J Valelquez, Tracy Lombre and Mahogany Jones. Also featured will be visual art by Jordyn Fishman, Sabrina Nelson, Lena Harbali, Jannah Intifada, Judy Bowman, Tisch Mikhail Lewis and Ifoma. 

 

EXHIBITION END DATE: APRIL 28, 2018

 

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The Ballad of Robert Charles: A One-Man Musical Play with Larry Gabriel

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About Larry Gabriel:

Both Author and musician, native Detroiter Larry Gabriel writes the Stir It Up and Higher Ground columns for www.metrotimes.com. He Descends from a long line of New Orleans Jazz musicians, and has played in a number of bands in myriad musical genres, including jazz, rock, punk and acoustic.

Larry's chapter, Rebirth of Tribein the new book Heaven Was Detroit, from jazz to hip hop and beyondchronicles the involvement of Marcus Belgrave, Wendell Harrison, Harold McKinney, Phil Ranelin and others in the Black arts organization.

Larry's book, Daddy Plays Old-Time New Orleans Jazz is available at the Source Booksellers in Detroit (4240 Cass Avenue). Larry also has contributions in Detroit Resurgent and A Detroit Anthology, both available at Source Booksellers.

To hear a great interview with Larry about his family's musical heritage, follow this link: http://detroitsoundconservancy.org/artifact/larry-gabriel/

ABOUT ROBERT CHARLES:

In 1900 New Orleans, when confronted by police, Robert Charles shoots back. Jazz and blues musicians paid tribute to him by playing a song titled "the Ballad of Robert Charles." See the play to learn the whole story!

 

Tickets can be purchased in advance at this link: The Ballad of Robert Charles Tickets

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A Family Affair: Four Generations of Creativity

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We are pleased to present the artwork of this amazing family of artists. Paintings and drawings by Vicki Hart, Rashawn Hart-Campbell, Prince Matthews, Ameriss Campbell, Indigo Campbell, and Miles Campbell will grace the walls of Detroit Fiber Works, all inspired by the family matriarch, Barbara Payton.

Opening: Saturday, January 13, 5-9PM

Artist Talks: Saturday, March 10, 5-9PM, Co-hosted by Detroit Fine Arts Breakfast Club

Exhibit Ends: Saturday, March 24, 2018

 

Vicki Hart

I am a Michigan artist, born and raised in Detroit.

I began my artistic career early in life, exploring arts and crafts in grade school. Later, I attended Wayne County Community College as well as Center For Creative Studies, majoring in painting and drawing and interior design. My work is usually a study in nature: birds and flowers especially!

I also love to explore geometric shapes and bright colors!

My mediums include watercolors, acrylics, oils and colored pencils. I have worked with plaster-of-Paris and with glass, creating mosaics and sculpted pieces on canvas and wood board!

I am a member of the Detroit Fine Arts Breakfast Club.

I live in Downtown Detroit with my grandson where I am teaching art to future generations: my kids and grandkids!

 

PRINCE MATTHEWS

Prince Matthews, age 15, attends Cass Technical High School. He is a 10th grader majoring in Graphic Design but is also studying Photo Shop and Chinese!

Prince loves to work with acrylic paints , manipulating them with rubbing  alcohol and table salts for astounding textural finishes!

Prince has learned the basics of painting from his grandmother, fellow artist Vicki Hart who attended Center for Creative Studies when she was younger and subsequently taught her children to paint.

Prince hopes to also attend Center for Creative Studies.

Prince Matthews has experienced initial success with painting, though he has only been painting a year!

He is also a member of the Detroit Fine Arts Breakfast Club!

Rashawn Campbell

Visual Artist - Muralist  - Painter

Rashawn Campbell is a visual artist, writer and mother from Detroit, Michigan. She has studied art since her teen years, including Commercial and Graphic Arts at Crockett Career Tech, Basic Drawing at Wayne State University and airbrushing at Center for Creative Studies.

Rashawn experienced initial success following her first official gallery showing in 2015. Her art has since been on display at Detroits Sherwood Forest Art Gallery and Rashawn has exhibited with 2016 North Oakland Macomb Chapter of Jack and Jill of America Fundraiser, 2016 Smallish Show at Marygrove College, 2017 Black ID show at The Carr Center in Detroit, and 2017 North Rosedale Park Great Art Great Park Art Auction! Rashawn has even had work exhibited at the Detroit Institute of Arts as a Detroit Public School student! Rashawns artistry covers a wide range of mediums and many subjects from love and beauty to loss and sadness. Her art imitates the realities of life, but in bold, bright, eye-catching colors and breathtakingly intricate detail.

Rashawn is a member of the National Conference of Artists and the Detroit Fine Arts Breakfast Club.

www.etsy.com/shop/thedenimedit http://www.facebook.com/Art-by-Rashawn www.instagram.com/ArtByRashawn www.rawartists.org/rashawnakarayasunshine

Ameriss Campbell

Ameriss Campbell, age 11, has been painting for four years and drawing since she was three years old! Ameriss also writes short stories and loves to draw the illustrations for her stories. Ameriss’ maternal grandmother, Vicki Hart, attended Center for Creative Studies for a time and subsequently taught Ameriss’ mother, Rashawn Hart-Campbell, to paint at a very young age.

When asked about her love for art, Ameriss often mentions her art teacher, Ms. Alverson, from Hillside Elementary School in Farmington Hills.

Ameriss was a part of the Farmington Public Schools Art Exhibit in 2017 at the Maxfield Education Center.

Ameriss received honorable mention for a self portrait in the 2016-2017 Farmington Public Schools art competition, “What’s Your Story?” and placed third place in the 2015-2016 FPS art competition, “Let Your Imagination Fly”!

Ameriss is presently exploring afro-futuristic themes and sweeping dreamscapes with acrylic paint. Ameriss says, “I like the many different ways that painting lets me express myself. I like exploring my creativity on canvas.”

Ameriss now attends Macomb Montessori where she excels in reading, writing and art. She regularly attends the weekly meetings of the Detroit Fine Arts Breakfast Club with her mother, artist Rashawn Hart-Campbell.

When asked about her love for art, Ameriss often mentions her art teacher, Ms. Alverson, from Hillside Elementary School in Farmington Hills.

Ameriss was a part of the Farmington Public Schools Art Exhibit in 2017 at the Maxfield Education Center.

Ameriss received honorable mention for a self portrait in the 2016-2017 Farmington Public Schools art competition, “What’s Your Story?” and placed third place in the 2015-2016 FPS art competition, “Let Your Imagination Fly”!

Ameriss is presently exploring afro-futuristic themes and sweeping dreamscapes with acrylic paint. Ameriss says, “I like the many different ways that painting lets me express myself. I like exploring my creativity on canvas.”

Ameriss now attends Macomb Montessori where she excels in reading, writing and art. She regularly attends the weekly meetings of the Detroit Fine Arts Breakfast Club with her mother, artist Rashawn Hart-Campbell.

Indigo Campbell

Indigo Campbell, age 9, has been painting for four years! She does not describe herself as a painter; she is however a true creative.

Indigo loves sculpture, finger painting, photography and helping her sister make small films on their tablets.

When asked about her inspirations for art, the young creative says, “I just want to do things that haven’t been done yet!”

Indigo Campbell’s maternal grandmother attended Center for Creative studies and taught her children art at an early age. Indigo subsequently received an art education from her mother, artist Rashawn Hart-Campbell.

In 2015 Indigo received Honorable Mention in the Farmington Public Schools “Let Your Imagination Fly” themed art competition for her acrylic painting on canvas titled, Flower. In 2016 Indigo received a participation medal for the “What’s Your Story” themed art competition also for FPS!

Indigo regularly attends the Monday meetings for the Detroit Fine Arts Breakfast Club with her mother Rashawn Hart-Campbell.

Indigo presently attends Macomb Montessori Elementary School and excels at math and art!

 

Miles Campbell

“I like to paint because it’s fun! I like to paint about super heroes and Minecraft!”

When asked how long he’s been an artist, Miles emphatically says, “I’ve been painting since I was a little kid! Since I was four!”

Miles Campbell has in fact been painting for over 2 years. He prefers acrylic paints to other mediums and often includes pencil drawings and spray techniques in his artistry.

Miles attends Macomb Montessori Elementary School where he excels in Math and is in the first grade.

Miles received a participation medal for the Farmington Public Schools Art Competition in 2016 for his acrylic on canvas painting titled “Robin", painted in bold brush strokes of deep red and highlights of blue.

Miles regularly attends the Monday meetings for the Detroit Fine Arts Breakfast Club with his mother, artist Rashawn Hart-Campbell, and his grandmother, artist Vicki Hart.

 

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EKPHRASIS: Poetry and Art in Conversation

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Thursday, February 15, 7-9pm at the Scarab Club, 217 Farnsworth St., Detroit

Ekphrasis is a Greek word for poetry about art. This event takes its inspiration from that word in pairing poets with visual artists. Five poets have been writing about five artists’ work for the last few months. Come hear their poems and see the art that inspired it on display. Join us on Thursday, February 15 for this reading and pop-up gallery and a panel discussion with the artists.

Matthew Landrum holds an MFA from Bennington College. His poems and translations have recently appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, AGNI, Clarion Review, and Pusteblume. His chapbook The Homeland –– Translations from the German of Katharina Müller was published by Coldhub Press in 2017.

Christina Kallery has been previously published in Failbetter, Rattle, The Hiram Poetry Review, The MacGuffin, Poetry Motel and other publications. She holds a BA in English and Creative Writing from the University of Michigan and recently moved to New York from the Detroit area.

Christine Darragh is a poet, bookbinder, and design consultant. Her work has appeared in Structo Magazine and Topology Magazine. She lives in Ann Arbor.

Marlin M. Jenkins was born and raised in Detroit and studied poetry in University of Michigan's MFA program. His writings have been given homes by Indiana Review, Salt Hill, and The Journal, among other publications. He is a former teaching artist in Detroit Public Schools with InsideOut Literary Arts, and a current editor for the social justice poetry journal HEArt Online.

Ronica (Bhattacharya) Dhar was born in Southfield, raised in Troy, and recently returned to Detroit after a dozen years in New York. She authored Bijou Roy (St. Martin’s, 2010), a novel set partially in Michigan. Her tiny collection of palm-in-the-hand stories titled Textiles is available at Signal-Return.

Leah Waldo is a sculptor whose work focuses on self-exploration, introspection, and contemplation. Drawing inspiration from her environment, she is also strongly influenced by living and traveling abroad, especially from her time in Japan and the Middle East. Their traditions, architecture, and reverence for nature have significantly impacted her artistic practice. She has received numerous awards, including the Michigan Ceramic Arts Association’s Emerging Artist (2015), and exhibited at museums and galleries nationally, including the Dennos Art Museum and the Detroit Artists Market.

Michelle Johnston began working in commercial entomology in 2006 while working towards her Bachelors in Fine Art from the School of Visual Arts in NYC. Pinning specimen for museums, editorial, television and fine art displays. Shortly after learning the craft she began dreaming up her own whimsical worlds, started her own business and began teaching insect pinning classes publicly and privately for all ages. Her work is featured in various shops across the United States and she is currently working on online courses for amateur insect enthusiasts.

Angelo-David Sherman is a self-taught mixed media artist whose work reflects on current topics and past history that relates to the African American experience. He received a gold medal from The Scarab Club and received awards from The Grosse Point Art Association. Sherman has exhibited in many galleries in Detroit and has work in private collections in Canada and Chicago He was commissioned by Red Bull Energy Drink Company for the Ann Arbor Art Fair and recently participated in a group art show at the The Charles Wright Museum Of African American History.

Mandisa Smith is a mother, wife, artist and lifelong Detroiter. Her current obsession is fiber art, specifically felting. She is the co-owner of Detroit Fiber Works on Livernois (“The Avenue of Fashion”) in Northwest Detroit, and a former winner of the Knight Arts Challenge. “I am drawn to felting for many reasons. The repetitive actions required to transform wool fibers into an object are very labor intensive, but at the same time, nearly meditative. I like the fact that is virtually impossible to create the exact same thing twice. I like that every piece I create is truly an original work of art.”

Justin Milhouse was born and raised in Detroit. He is a photographer and videographer. His work explores urban landscapes and themes of social justice.

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A Family Affair: Four Generations of Creativity

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This exhibit has been extended until Saturday, March 24. There will be a second "Artist Talks" event on Saturday, March 10.

We are pleased to present the artwork of this amazing family of artists. Paintings and drawings by Vicki Hart, Rashawn Hart-Campbell, Prince Matthews, Ameriss Campbell, Indigo Campbell, and Miles Campbell will grace the walls of Detroit Fiber Works, all inspired by the family matriarch, Barbara Payton.

Opening: Saturday, January 13, 5-9PM

Artist Talks: Saturday, February 17, 5-9PM

 

Vicki Hart

I am a Michigan artist, born and raised in Detroit.

I began my artistic career early in life, exploring arts and crafts in grade school. Later, I attended Wayne County Community College as well as Center For Creative Studies, majoring in painting and drawing and interior design. My work is usually a study in nature: birds and flowers especially!

I also love to explore geometric shapes and bright colors!

My mediums include watercolors, acrylics, oils and colored pencils. I have worked with plaster-of-Paris and with glass, creating mosaics and sculpted pieces on canvas and wood board!

I am a member of the Detroit Fine Arts Breakfast Club.

I live in Downtown Detroit with my grandson where I am teaching art to future generations: my kids and grandkids!

 

PRINCE MATTHEWS

Prince Matthews, age 15, attends Cass Technical High School. He is a 10th grader majoring in Graphic Design but is also studying Photo Shop and Chinese!

Prince loves to work with acrylic paints , manipulating them with rubbing  alcohol and table salts for astounding textural finishes!

Prince has learned the basics of painting from his grandmother, fellow artist Vicki Hart who attended Center for Creative Studies when she was younger and subsequently taught her children to paint.

Prince hopes to also attend Center for Creative Studies.

Prince Matthews has experienced initial success with painting, though he has only been painting a year!

He is also a member of the Detroit Fine Arts Breakfast Club!

Rashawn Campbell

Visual Artist - Muralist  - Painter

Rashawn Campbell is a visual artist, writer and mother from Detroit, Michigan. She has studied art since her teen years, including Commercial and Graphic Arts at Crockett Career Tech, Basic Drawing at Wayne State University and airbrushing at Center for Creative Studies.

Rashawn experienced initial success following her first official gallery showing in 2015. Her art has since been on display at Detroits Sherwood Forest Art Gallery and Rashawn has exhibited with 2016 North Oakland Macomb Chapter of Jack and Jill of America Fundraiser, 2016 Smallish Show at Marygrove College, 2017 Black ID show at The Carr Center in Detroit, and 2017 North Rosedale Park Great Art Great Park Art Auction! Rashawn has even had work exhibited at the Detroit Institute of Arts as a Detroit Public School student! Rashawns artistry covers a wide range of mediums and many subjects from love and beauty to loss and sadness. Her art imitates the realities of life, but in bold, bright, eye-catching colors and breathtakingly intricate detail.

Rashawn is a member of the National Conference of Artists and the Detroit Fine Arts Breakfast Club.

www.etsy.com/shop/thedenimedit http://www.facebook.com/Art-by-Rashawn www.instagram.com/ArtByRashawn www.rawartists.org/rashawnakarayasunshine

Ameriss Campbell

Ameriss Campbell, age 11, has been painting for four years and drawing since she was three years old! Ameriss also writes short stories and loves to draw the illustrations for her stories. Ameriss’ maternal grandmother, Vicki Hart, attended Center for Creative Studies for a time and subsequently taught Ameriss’ mother, Rashawn Hart-Campbell, to paint at a very young age.

When asked about her love for art, Ameriss often mentions her art teacher, Ms. Alverson, from Hillside Elementary School in Farmington Hills.

Ameriss was a part of the Farmington Public Schools Art Exhibit in 2017 at the Maxfield Education Center.

Ameriss received honorable mention for a self portrait in the 2016-2017 Farmington Public Schools art competition, “What’s Your Story?” and placed third place in the 2015-2016 FPS art competition, “Let Your Imagination Fly”!

Ameriss is presently exploring afro-futuristic themes and sweeping dreamscapes with acrylic paint. Ameriss says, “I like the many different ways that painting lets me express myself. I like exploring my creativity on canvas.”

Ameriss now attends Macomb Montessori where she excels in reading, writing and art. She regularly attends the weekly meetings of the Detroit Fine Arts Breakfast Club with her mother, artist Rashawn Hart-Campbell.

When asked about her love for art, Ameriss often mentions her art teacher, Ms. Alverson, from Hillside Elementary School in Farmington Hills.

Ameriss was a part of the Farmington Public Schools Art Exhibit in 2017 at the Maxfield Education Center.

Ameriss received honorable mention for a self portrait in the 2016-2017 Farmington Public Schools art competition, “What’s Your Story?” and placed third place in the 2015-2016 FPS art competition, “Let Your Imagination Fly”!

Ameriss is presently exploring afro-futuristic themes and sweeping dreamscapes with acrylic paint. Ameriss says, “I like the many different ways that painting lets me express myself. I like exploring my creativity on canvas.”

Ameriss now attends Macomb Montessori where she excels in reading, writing and art. She regularly attends the weekly meetings of the Detroit Fine Arts Breakfast Club with her mother, artist Rashawn Hart-Campbell.

Indigo Campbell

Indigo Campbell, age 9, has been painting for four years! She does not describe herself as a painter; she is however a true creative.

Indigo loves sculpture, finger painting, photography and helping her sister make small films on their tablets.

When asked about her inspirations for art, the young creative says, “I just want to do things that haven’t been done yet!”

Indigo Campbell’s maternal grandmother attended Center for Creative studies and taught her children art at an early age. Indigo subsequently received an art education from her mother, artist Rashawn Hart-Campbell.

In 2015 Indigo received Honorable Mention in the Farmington Public Schools “Let Your Imagination Fly” themed art competition for her acrylic painting on canvas titled, Flower. In 2016 Indigo received a participation medal for the “What’s Your Story” themed art competition also for FPS!

Indigo regularly attends the Monday meetings for the Detroit Fine Arts Breakfast Club with her mother Rashawn Hart-Campbell.

Indigo presently attends Macomb Montessori Elementary School and excels at math and art!

 

Miles Campbell

“I like to paint because it’s fun! I like to paint about super heroes and Minecraft!”

When asked how long he’s been an artist, Miles emphatically says, “I’ve been painting since I was a little kid! Since I was four!”

Miles Campbell has in fact been painting for over 2 years. He prefers acrylic paints to other mediums and often includes pencil drawings and spray techniques in his artistry.

Miles attends Macomb Montessori Elementary School where he excels in Math and is in the first grade.

Miles received a participation medal for the Farmington Public Schools Art Competition in 2016 for his acrylic on canvas painting titled “Robin", painted in bold brush strokes of deep red and highlights of blue.

Miles regularly attends the Monday meetings for the Detroit Fine Arts Breakfast Club with his mother, artist Rashawn Hart-Campbell, and his grandmother, artist Vicki Hart.

 

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Handmade Pop-Ups

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Local Detroit Artisans will grace us with their presence and their beautiful wares, including:

Salikas Jewels - jewelry and accessories

In addition, we have new work by Ziwadi Majiisa, Mandisa's "world famous" Body Love Body Butter, and more.

Join Us!

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Handmade Holiday Pop-Up

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What could be better than handmade treasures by a local artist? Join us and our most creative friends on Saturday, December 23, from 11AM-7PM. We'll have refreshments, good cheer, and lots of lovely gift ideas. And we'll be crafting ornaments from 2-5, so do stop by!

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Holiday Pop-Up!

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On Saturday, December 9th from 11AM-7PM, we will welcome local artists selling their handmade wares, including artwork, jewelry, dolls, delicious edibles and more!

And for only $5 per person, you can create an ornament of your very own! Supplies are limited, so this activity is first-come, first-serve, ALL AGES.

We hope to see you there!

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Jimi King Winter Tour 2017

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The One and Only Jimi King returns to Detroit with his exciting collection of Fall and Winter wearable art. Come and be amazed by the colors, the fabrics and the unique designs! If you've never seen Jimi's designs, then you owe it to yourself to check him out. If you HAVE seen Jimi's designs, then rest assured that he will be bringing something you've never seen before.

Jimi King, a native Nigerian, who now lives in Atlanta, is a third generation textile designer. He also studied fashion and textile design in London.  He spends a lot of his time traveling the world in search of unique fabrics 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. When you buy clothing from Jimi King you know you are getting a handcrafted one of a kind work of wearable art.

Saturday, November 25, 11AM-7PM

Sunday, November 26, Noon-5PM

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Women Invitational

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Artist Statement: Tisch Mikhail Lewis

Art has been a constant presence in my life; it has evolved from something that I learned from my grandmother into a tool to help voice suppressed thoughts and emotions. I use it to make sense of the world around me by deconstructing my experiences and examining them in terms of sociological theory pertaining to identity, body image, race, and intersections between the three. My work also explores concepts such as grief and grieving, the idea of home, and the possibilities for imagery using unconventional digital means.

I enjoy exploring a multitude of techniques in which the materials I choose to work with are dependent on what I want to discuss. I primarily work within the realm of painting, drawing, and printmaking. However, I use other media such as sewing, fibers, photography, sculpture, bookbinding, and my formal training as a graphic designer.

The main reason I create work is to make an impact on the viewer, be it myself as a form of self-healing or others by sharing my unique perspective. I use my body as a basis for my work, but I abstract the images to make them accessible to everyone, and to generate a type of kinship with my viewers. In a way, I use my work to try to build a dialogue of mutual understanding and respect for people of varied backgrounds.

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Artist Statement: Fatima Sow

Born and raised in Detroit, I received a BFA from the College for Creative Studies in 2014. As an educator, I teach various courses within art and design at schools in the metro Detroit area and the Detroit Institute of Arts. My body of work extends across mediums, from painting and assemblage, to collage and mixed media. My current body of work is constructed through the process of photo-collage.

From collected memories, photos, stories, and environments, I reflect on travel experiences and daily exchanges to create multi-layered landscapes. I frame and deconstruct photographs in order to connect relationships, spaces, and moments in time. Through this, I investigate parallels of places I visit, from architectural influences, nature, to textures and color palettes.

 

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Artist Statement: Arlinda Holt Crossland

Art has given me a unique perspective! Striving to find the beauty in everyday existence, I work in acrylics, watercolor, pencil, pastels, collage and computer generated art. As a multifaceted artist, I possess skills in the following areas:

  • A photographic eye necessary creating for strong compositions

  • Sensitive drawing skills that lead to dynamic layouts

  • A sensitivity for sights, sounds, vibrant colors harmoniously blended to form exciting textures and visual vibrations; the catalyst for my work!

Growing up in Detroit, I was introduced to art through Saturday morning drawing classes at the Detroit Institute of Art. That led to studying art at Cass Technical High School and later majoring in art at Michigan State University. I worked as an apprentice artist, graphic designer and technical illustrator before shifting my career track towards raising my family. I became an educator (school librarian) while still dabbling in art during the wee morning hours. When an art teacher opening became available in my school district, I took the challenge and my passionate avocation became my vocation! I haven’t looked back since!

Over the past five years, I’ve participated in several local art exhibition sponsored by the following organizations:

Arts Extended Gallery

Detroit Art Teachers Association

Detroit Fiber Works

Michigan Education Association Annual Art Acquisitions Exhibit

National Conference of Artists - Michigan Chapter

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OPENING: Women Invitational

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Artist Statement: Tisch Mikhail Lewis

Art has been a constant presence in my life; it has evolved from something that I learned from my grandmother into a tool to help voice suppressed thoughts and emotions. I use it to make sense of the world around me by deconstructing my experiences and examining them in terms of sociological theory pertaining to identity, body image, race, and intersections between the three. My work also explores concepts such as grief and grieving, the idea of home, and the possibilities for imagery using unconventional digital means.

I enjoy exploring a multitude of techniques in which the materials I choose to work with are dependent on what I want to discuss. I primarily work within the realm of painting, drawing, and printmaking. However, I use other media such as sewing, fibers, photography, sculpture, bookbinding, and my formal training as a graphic designer.

The main reason I create work is to make an impact on the viewer, be it myself as a form of self-healing or others by sharing my unique perspective. I use my body as a basis for my work, but I abstract the images to make them accessible to everyone, and to generate a type of kinship with my viewers. In a way, I use my work to try to build a dialogue of mutual understanding and respect for people of varied backgrounds.

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Artist Statement: Fatima Sow

Born and raised in Detroit, I received a BFA from the College for Creative Studies in 2014. As an educator, I teach various courses within art and design at schools in the metro Detroit area and the Detroit Institute of Arts. My body of work extends across mediums, from painting and assemblage, to collage and mixed media. My current body of work is constructed through the process of photo-collage.

From collected memories, photos, stories, and environments, I reflect on travel experiences and daily exchanges to create multi-layered landscapes. I frame and deconstruct photographs in order to connect relationships, spaces, and moments in time. Through this, I investigate parallels of places I visit, from architectural influences, nature, to textures and color palettes.

 

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Artist Statement: Arlinda Holt Crossland

Art has given me a unique perspective! Striving to find the beauty in everyday existence, I work in acrylics, watercolor, pencil, pastels, collage and computer generated art. As a multifaceted artist, I possess skills in the following areas:

  • A photographic eye necessary creating for strong compositions

  • Sensitive drawing skills that lead to dynamic layouts

  • A sensitivity for sights, sounds, vibrant colors harmoniously blended to form exciting textures and visual vibrations; the catalyst for my work!

Growing up in Detroit, I was introduced to art through Saturday morning drawing classes at the Detroit Institute of Art. That led to studying art at Cass Technical High School and later majoring in art at Michigan State University. I worked as an apprentice artist, graphic designer and technical illustrator before shifting my career track towards raising my family. I became an educator (school librarian) while still dabbling in art during the wee morning hours. When an art teacher opening became available in my school district, I took the challenge and my passionate avocation became my vocation! I haven’t looked back since!

Over the past five years, I’ve participated in several local art exhibition sponsored by the following organizations:

Arts Extended Gallery

Detroit Art Teachers Association

Detroit Fiber Works

Michigan Education Association Annual Art Acquisitions Exhibit

National Conference of Artists - Michigan Chapter

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Global Faces: Photography by Maurice W. Sanders

Exhibition Dates: August 2-September 30, 2017

Opening Reception: Saturday, August 12, 5-9PM

Artist Talk: Saturday, September 9, 5-9PM

Maurice W. Sanders is a metro Detroit freelance photographer whose images have been published in local magazines and have received numerous awards. He has studied both film and digital photography for many years. As a self-taught photographer, Maurice has enriched his craft by attending photography workshops, by networking with other photographers and through online courses.

He is the president of two camera clubs, with membership in several others.  He enjoys the many benefits of club membership, including social interaction, hands-on learning and photo competitions. 

Maurice’s love for photography has taken him to all seven continents. The “Global Faces” collection of photos resulted from the hundreds of pictures Maurice took while traveling to different countries.

He sets himself apart from other photographers by creating photographic images that show emotion, vivid color, eye contact and negative space.

Sanders firmly believes “a great photograph tells a story and creates a feeling within the viewer”.  When asked what his favorite photograph of all his work is, he replied, “The one I’m going to take tomorrow”.

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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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Detroit Design Festival: Light Up Livernois - Help Us Yarn Bomb!

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Do you knit or crochet? Do you have Any unfinished projects lying around?

The Detroit Design Festival is almost here and we need your help! Please join us on Wednesdays from 6-8PM to help us crochet and knit our yarn bombing project. If you can't come but would like to participate, you can bring or send your work to us. Acrylic yarns are best for yarn bombing, and we prefer bright colors- But we'll take whatever you have to offer!

Please pass the word to all of your Crafty friends!

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