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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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December 11, 12 & 13: ArtWear Detroit Trunk Show featuring Gilda Snowden's Work

ArtWear Detroit is dedicated to bringing distinctive, authentic designs to handbags, clothing, accessories and housewares called ArtWear, using exceptional source art from Detroit’s artists. ArtWear Detroit's mission is to celebrate regional artists and highlight their valuable contribution to Detroit’s cultural legacy.

Friday, December 10, 5-9PM
Saturday, December 11, 11AM-7PM
Sunday, December 12, Noon-5PM

 

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Sunday, December 6: Sabika Jewelry

Sabika Jewelry, presented by Julie LaFramboise, is handmade and gorgeous!

The entire profit from the sale of Sabika Jewelry on Sunday, December 6 will be donated to Detroit Fiber Works for our Knight Arts Challenge "Fiber Art on the Avenue" project. Support the project by purchasing something beautiful.

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Friday, December 4 through January 30: SOMETHING TO SAY, Works by Arlinda Crossland & George Vary

Exhibition Dates: December 5 through January 30

Arlinda Holt Crossland: Artist and Art Educator

Beauty is my mission! As a graduate of Detroit’s Cass Tech High School and Michigan State University Art Departmens, I’ve been told “Painting is what you do best!”  My body of work encompasses many vivid colors, textures, and dramatic lines as it reflects the world’s complexities and rhythms. Drawings, paintings and collages are illustrated and sometimes merged to create visual vibrations!

 

George Vary: Landscape Architect, Mosaic Artist & Musician

Born in Detroit, George is a new glass artist, emerging from the field of landscape architecture. Inspired by the colors and textures found in nature, he uses reflective and hard qualities of colored glass to realize works inspired by Gaudi, Monet and Gauguin. A graduate of Cass Tech and Michigan State, he has exhibited most recently at Arts Extended Gallery in Detroit. His philosophy is to represent the majesty and wonder of the creator in the work, using light and shadow, intricacy and subtlety. The work is meant to be touched. The goal is to show that glass mosaic art can be not only art but architectural elements in our everyday environments.

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Third Thursday, November 2015 Meet the Filmmaker: Anthony Brogdon & Meet the Artist: Henry Heading

Anthony Brogdon, Filmmaker: The Great Detroit, It Was-It Is-It Will Be

Anthony Brogdon loves Detroit and his documentary shows it.

“The premise of the film is to examine Detroit from a positive perspective,” Brogdon says. “It’s our contention that Detroit gets talked about in terms of its decline in population, abandoned building and high crime but there’s another side to the story.

“We hope to display content on Detroit’s rich history and beautiful landscape with inspiring commentary and highlighting little known facts so people will see this beloved city in another light.”

Brogdon says the film stars people who are making it happen and includes 55 interviewees. It touches on how and why Detroit was founded, the influx of immigrants who make up the cultural mix, many Detroit-based companies that dominated their markets, the history of Motown as well as techno music, Eastern Market, Pewabic Pottery, the Parade company and so many others.

It also highlights Henry Ford’s first office and plant, Detroit’s puppet museum and theater, the second oldest church in America, where Motown recorded many of its hits, the training rink for many former boxing champs, the inside of a 100-year-old hat store, the Detroit River and the hydroplane races, a manmade island and much more.

There’s a segment on various neighborhoods like Indian Village where Bob Cosgrove talks about the many architects who designed homes in that district. It also looks at homes in Boston Edison and Palmer Woods as well as the growth in residential development in Midtown. It shows off Corktown, Detroit’s oldest neighborhood, and the multi-cultural identify that is Southwest Detroit.

Brogdon received the Angelo Henderson Community Service Award from ARISE Detroit! during its 9th annual Neighborhoods Day earlier this year. In 2012, he was named Person of the Week by WXYZ’s Detroit 2020 because his goal reflected the show’s – unify. inspire. act.  

The Great Detroit, It Was-It Is-It Will Be was released in April 2014 and has been shown at various venues including the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Historical Museum, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Main Art Theatre, Senate Theater, Farmington Civic Theatre, Oakland University and various libraries in Ferndale, Hamtramck, Detroit and Dearborn. There are plans for showings at Wayne State University, Madonna College, and nationally in Atlanta, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Washington, DC., Brogdon says.

The DVD is available on Amazon and is 74 minute long. For a video clip or more information go to astrongdetroit.com

Henry Heading: Artist Extraordinaire

Henry Heading is an artist of immense talent. His paintings, in acrylic and oil, are impeccably rendered studies in realism. But what really sets Mr. Headings work apart is the framing of his work. He constructs intricately designed frames that are so creative that to call them frames seems almost an insult. You just have to see them to understand. Join us to hear Mr. Heading talk about his art and his life as an artist.

For Mr. Heading's bio, please go to http://www.detroitfiberworks.com/eventcalendar/2015/9/30/transendence-for-love-of-imagination

 

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Transcendence: For Love of Imagination

Henry T. Heading

Artist Statement & Biography

 “Being able to create is an essential part of my life. It is an extension of my innermost thoughts and imagination. My primary focus of art is realism, using oils and acrylics. Occasionally, there is a need for me to temporarily switch mediums to break up the monotony. So with this, I started designing and building three dimensional pieces. Working in mixed mediums, I use various wood, metal, and paint, thus allowing me to achieve the visual effects I am looking for. Many of my pieces have been derived from my attraction to Art Deco and Ethnic designs. I am not satisfied until each piece, regardless of the medium or size, has reached the highest possiblelevel of aesthetic quality and craftsmanship I can give it.”

Henry T. Heading has enjoyed creating art since childhood. While a student at Martin Luther King Jr. High School in Detroit, his art teacher arranged for him to create and present a portrait to then Mayor Coleman A. Young. Henry continued his art studies on a scholarship as a Fine Art Major at the Center for Creative Studies (now known as the College of Creative Studies).

Mr. Heading understands the joy found in art and how it affects a young person’s heart. He has shared his love for art as a mentor/teacher at the Virgil L. Carr Center in Detroit, Michigan, where his students not only grew in their art experience, but also exhibited at the Ann Arbor Art Fair.

Mr. Heading has often won best of show for art as well as landscaping, and in 2013, he won the MI Great Artist Visual Art Competition. He has also been a featured artist on ASPIRE TV and has exhibited in numerous gallery shows, including the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit Institute of Arts Bal Africain, Ericʼs Iʼve Been Framed Gallery, Arts League of Michigan, ArtRages Gallery, Black Arts and Cultural Center, G.R.NAMDI Gallery, and National Conference of Artists Detroit Chapter Gallery.

Henry’s murals beautifully enhance the walls of homes, churches, and health care facilities. His art and furniture is enjoyed and treasured by collectors across the U.S. and Canada. Kohei Suzuki, the former Mayor of Toyota City Japan, has a box designed by Henry.

His first attempt at mosaic tile was the creation of the Tiger Town Tiger sculpture for the Detroit Tigers Foundation and the Children’s Charities Coalition. The sculpture is located in Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan.

In his Michigan home studio, Mr. Heading creates new works, paintings with unique custom framing, treasure boxes, furniture, portraits and commissioned pieces. His wife Sheryl is also an artist and teacher, and together they own and operate Heading Designs LLC which features fine art, jewelry, t-shirts, calligraphy, educational posters and cards.

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Gee's Bend Quilts: Film & Discussion

Gee’s Bend quilts are incredibly beautiful. Please join us for a special presentation about the quilts and the quilters.

Jan Dolland has a special relationship with the quilters of Gee’s Bend, Alabama. She first met them in 2003, and has made more than 40 trips to visit with them, hear their stories, and share their love of quilting.  Over the years, she has taken or sent more than a ton of fabric for these masterful fiber artists to use in their creations.

On Third Thursday, September 17, Jan will be with us at Detroit Fiber Works, where she will present a short film about the Gee’s Bend Collective and answer questions. She will also bring several Gee’s Bend quilts for viewing. We are asking for a donation of $5 or more and/or quilting fabric for the Gee’s Bend Collective. All cash and fabric collected will go to the Gee’s Bend Collective.

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LIPS Hats Fall Collection Preview

Thursday, September 24       5-9PM

Join Ella Isaac as she brings her LIPS* Hats Fall Collection Preview to Detroit Fiber Works for a very special evening. There will be refreshments, and lots of gorgeous hats made especially for fashion-forward Detroiters. See you here!

*LIPS: Living In Perfect Style

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JIMI KING RETURNS!

Coming Back to Detroit Fiber Works!

Friday, August 7, Opening Reception, 5-9PM

Saturday, August 8, 11AM-7PM

Sunday, August 9, Noon-5PM

Jimi King's clothing is absolutely beautiful. King, a native Nigerian who now lives in Atlanta, Georgia, 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. Don't miss his annual trunk show at Detroit Fiber Works.

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DOURIEAN: EXQUISITE ADORNMENTS

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.

Click here to visit Douriean's website.

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