Thursday, December 24, 2009

Happy Holidays

All the best this holiday and through the new year!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Novi (and National) Call for Sculpture Art

Take a look at the following call for art. This is an organization that collects a database of sculpture art available for public exhibit. The city of Novi is currently raising money with a goal to bring in 15 sculptures from national and local artists. This will be a blind juried process, so the winning artists could come from any part of the country. All submissions will also be available for consideration with other communities listed at the web site.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Artists Taking Action!

The creativity needed to revive our state will not be found beyond the Great Lakes - it is already here at home.

At Let's Save Michigan, we're activating Michiganders to take grassroots action in their local communities to bring about the policies and legislation that will create vibrant cities and a more resilient economy. We believe you and your neighbors have the vision Michigan needs.
This is why we're excited to be partnering with the Detroit Institute of Art to present the Let's Save Michigan Poster Contest. We're calling all artists, illustrators, and graphic designers to create an original poster to inspire Michiganders to revive our state - and we need your help!
Do you know a Michigan artist whose work captures the spirit of our state and has a vision for a strong future for Michigan?

We're asking artists to share their creative vision of Michigan's future -- whether that's renovating historic homes, planting community gardens, expanding public transportation and bike lines, or public art. The possibilities are endless.

Now through February 15, participants can submit their entries online through our website. Judges will select 25 finalists whose work will be featured on the website, and visitors will be able to vote for their favorites.

The winner will be awarded $1,000 and the runner-up will receive $250. The remaining finalists will be eligible for other prizes.

You or someone you know could win the Let's Save Michigan Poster Contest and inspire countless other Michiganders with your vision for our future. Make sure your friends don't miss the opportunity to enter. Go to

Thanks for being a part of the Let's Save Michigan movement. By acting together, we are creating a stable future for Michigan and the cities we all want to call home.


Let's Save Michigan

P.S. Need inspiration? The DIA exhibition Government Support for the Arts is on view now through March 21, 2010 and features around 100 prints created under the Federal Art Project, a unit of the WPA. The era represents a very specific moment when art for the people was a true rallying concept.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Pontiac - The Art Experience

2009 Ports O'Call

Sunday, December 6th 5:00 - 8:30 p.m.

The Crofoot

1 S. Saginaw

Pontiac, Michigan

Join us at this historic downtown Pontiac venue for an evening of creativity, food, drinks and entertainment. Mingle with artists and patrons at the evenings events - silent auction, grand raffle, artist treasure boxes, and works of art. $25 before December 1, 2009; $30 at the door!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Detroit (Midtown) - Noel Night


Noel Night - Saturday, December 5, 2009, 5-9:30pm

Friday, December 4, 2009

Plymouth - New Gallery Grand Opening

Opens in Plymouth Township, MI.
15095 Northville Rd.
Plymouth, MI
(in Provincetown Center)

As posted at:

“Art & Ideas” takes position that art will always transcend a “bad economy”
A new art gallery and teaching studio is holding its grand opening Dec. 5, 2009, in the midst of troubling economic times. Yet this has not deterred Art & Ideas Gallery and Studio’s director and owner, Mike Tolinski, and its artist-in-residence, teaching artist Shaqe Kalaj. The gallery, located just north of Plymouth’s Old Village, will be showcasing over 40 of Kalaj’s drawings at this first opening, which will be followed periodically by new openings and shows of Kalaj’s work throughout 2010.

At Art & Ideas we believe that art is a transformative agent that is needed in our society. It contributes to well-being and societal relationships in multiple ways through every stage of life. To this end, we offer workshops, classes, lectures, and events in the community to contribute to this social change.
Grand Opening
Reception: Saturday, December 5, 7-11pm
1st showing
Dreaming Identity
Shaqe Kalaj
Dec 5 - Jan 14
Artist Talk 7:30pm, music 8pm

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Ferndale - Think Small Show

Think Small Show runs December 2 - 26
Opening Reception: Friday, December 4 6-9 pm

A juried competition exhibition of artwork of all media no larger than 12x12x12

Monday, November 30, 2009

Novi - Picasso Cafe Show

Picasso Cafe - Novi

Located on Grand River West of Haggerty

Favorite Things by The Muses - Pat Bombach, Sandra Bozer, Amy Fell Burford, Candace Brancik, Jeff Cancelosi, Daria Fileta, Peggy Kerwan, Linda Logan, Barbara Eko Murphy and Mary Step.

Dec. 2-Jan. 30 .Various Medias and subjects.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Detroit - Art League

311 E. Grand River in Paradise Valley

IT’S NOT TOO LATE to grab the perfect spot at the Carr Center for your Holiday Party. Simply contact Dianne Bradley at 313-965-8430.

Friday, December 4th, dance and party at 8:00 p.m. at the ‘Holiday Dress Up Party’ for just $10. The Dancing Queen, Paulette Brockington will help you boogie down with the Latin Hustle in her 6:30 p.m. class for only $10 which includes a spot for you to Move It! at the After Party.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Detroit - America's Thanksgiving Parade

Don't miss Detroit's own America's Thanksgiving Day Parade for its 83rd year. Woodward Avenue will be the place for art and entertainment fans young and old.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Detroit - Campus Martius Tree Lighting

Holiday Happenings

Don't miss the tree lighting tonight!

Also, get in the festive spirit with the following event as posted by

Bar Tours (21+ only) Pre-Lighting Happy Hour Bar Tour - The biggest event of the year! Before heading to Campus Martius for the Tree Lighting Ceremony let Inside Detroit show you a few of Detroit's near-by watering holes. Live the life of in "insider" by hob-nobbing with owners and getting drink specials and free shots. We'll end the evening at the park for the tree lighting. Meet @ The Well, 1228 Randolph

Friday, November 20 5:00PM - 8:00PM
$10/advance/ $15 day of event

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Detroit Fun Fact

Did you know that Detroit has the second greatest number of theater seats, just after New York City?

According to:

Detroit Locations and Districts: Theater District - Detroit, Michigan (MI), USA
Another culture rich Detroit district, Theater District is second only to Broadway in providing the world's greatest number of theater seats and is home to some of the city's most beautiful refurbished buildings. Among these are the Fox Theater, which features on Michigan's National Historic Landmarks list; the Detroit Opera House, formally known as the Capitol Theater; Gem Theater; Century Club; State Theater; and the Second City Comedy Theater, all of which still actively supply entertainment to Detroit's residents and visitors.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Lansing - Lecture with Dana Schutz

AAH Guest Lecture: - Exhibition
Dana Schutz
S. Kedzie, 109
Time of Event: 7:00pm
Price: Free

Young, up-and-coming painter, Dana Schutz is best know for macabre depictions of autopsies, people eating their body parts, headless animals, and birthing scenes. Her work was featured in the 2003 Venice Biennial and is represented in the collections of major museums including the MOMA, Whitney, and Guggenheim. Sponsored By: Department of Art and Art History

Contact: Michelle Word-

This event is open to the public

Friday, November 6, 2009

Plymouth - Art Opening

Detroit - DAM Art for the Holidays


November 6 - December 23, 2009
Opening Reception: Friday, Nov. 6th, 6-9pm

Art For The Holidays returns! This DAM annual favorite offers original art from more than 100 local artists in a fun and festive market setting.

With hundreds of artworks at every price point, Art For The Holidays helps you shop local, shop smart, and shop with style! DAM Members ("Individual" member level and up) get a 10% discount on purchase during Art For The Holidays.

DAM Members "First Grabs" - 5-6pm
Open to the Public - 6-9pm

Noel Night - Saturday, December 5, 2009, 5-9:30pm

NEW THIS YEAR- Sunday Hours in December! December 6th, 13th, 20th - 12noon-5pm- Can't decide? Give a DAM Gift Certificate or DAM Membership

Detroit Artists Market
4719 Woodward Ave., Detroit MI 48201

Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat, 11am-6pm

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Ferndale - Bead Collaboration Reception

Bead Collaboration Show Runs November 4 - 28
Opening Reception: Friday, November 13, 6-9 pm

This is a project co-sponsored by the Southeastern Michigan Glass Beadmakers Guild (SMGBG or GlassAct) and the Great Lakes Beadworkers Guild (GLBG). This exhibit features 21 teams from two organizations showcasing wearable pieces of beaded art with a theme of "Water All Around Us".

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Kresge Grant Information

Kresge Artist Fellowships for Literary and Performing Arts for 2010 have been announced. Get details from the official web site:

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Detroit - Haunted in the House

Haunted in the House
Saturday, October 31, 2009 10pm - 1am
Detroit Opera House, Detroit MI, 1526 Broadway, Detroit
Min Age: 21+
Dress Code: Costume
Music: Dance Obscura/Club

Call for Art

As posted by James Dozier:

The Benjamin Franklin Exhibition has returned to the land of Lincoln…and Fords…for an unprecedented fourth installment of our grand experiment of bridging the economic divide between buyable art and viable mart.
Often imitated, but never duplicated, the Ben Franklin Project once again establishes the unit of economic exchange at the proper increment of $100 dollars per item of art. Not $20, $50, or even $250.
As Curator-at-Large-For-Life for the Project, I extend notice that the new venue will be located at the gallery space 4731, at 4731 Grand River, near Warren. This locale was made available by the gracious consideration of Ric Geyer and Richard Mishler, of “4731 Consulting”, for the purposes of staging an exhibition of affordable juried art.
Along with the change of venue, there have been a number of alterations to the proceedings that were made in response to a number of concerns made over the policy of charging a “submission fee” to the participating artists. Let me tell you that the Ben Franklin Project is a democratic exercise…and I realize that the complaints made were done purely out of ethical concerns…I hear you loud and clear. I have substituted that admittedly flawed idea for another one: What if instead of money, an accepted artist should bring in an item of foodstuff or such for the buffet?? The point being that as I would personally find the idea of an artist not showing up at his own opening as more than a little off, why not bring in something that will help insure the success of the venture? The original fee was meant to purchase buffet items, anyway….
The list of buffet items will be numbered. When an artist is accepted by the juror, a number will be given…. this is to prevent redundancy.

No box wine, please. Any box wine found will be poured into the harbor.
As before, the commission is set at 35%. All items are one hundred dollars ($100) each. All media encouraged. Photography and Lithography are also encouraged, but no knock-offs, copies, or editions. Original Art Only. Sculpture is encouraged, but we have a limited number of display stands…so excellence is recommended. Artwork, otherwise, should be “ready to hang”.
Submission instructions are as follows: every entrant will be allowed to submit five (5) jpegs of their work for the expert and professional examination of our longtime patron emeritus, James Dozier, who has once again accepted the role of master jurist for the exhibition. The jpegs are not to be more than 150 KB in size.
All submissions are to be sent to: re: BFP curator
Include, for each item, the artist’s name, title, and medium. The submissions will be immediately relayed to Mr. Dozier for consideration. Once the selections are made, the results will be sent back to me for notification. Along with the notice, I will assign a buffet item for the artist to bring, or make competent arrangement thereof. The submitter is under no obligation to spend more than $10 dollars for the assigned item as this is to be considered his entry fee.
The submissions deadline will be set for Tuesday, November 3, 2009.
No submission will be accepted after that date.

Indoc of all accepted artwork will be made during the week of Sunday, November 15 thru Saturday, November 21, 5-7pm. The work will be brought in thru the parking lot entrance to be registered and stored, prior to hanging.
Barring metaphysical catastrophe, the opening reception will commence on schedule; the evening of Saturday, December 5, 2009, from 7-11pm. No offer of purchase will be accepted prior to 7:00pm on that date, nor will any artist either hang an “already sold” work for display or engage a sale of an accepted item of art with a patron prior to 7:00pm.
No “cash and carry” during exhibition. The work will remain up until the conclusion of the show. Patrons can secure a selected item with a 50% deposit, provided the balance is remitted upon the exhibit’s closing.
The exhibition’s duration will run thru the following week until Saturday, December 12, when it will officially close with a reception at 7:00pm, as the purchasers may feel free to claim their acquisitions.
Gallery sitting thru the week is highly encouraged, as it will increase opportunities for additional sales after an especially successful opening. A volunteer schedule will be passed around at the opening ( I would recommend that two artists be in attendance each day ).
People work during the week…hours during that time should be reasonable, say 6-8pm..?

To subscribe to the postings and announcements from James Dozier, inquire at with the subject "add me to your Openings distribution"

Friday, October 30, 2009

Detroit - Artist Village Event

Planning for Nov 25 event @ Artists Village

Planning meeting for a fashion / food event at Artists Village on the eve before Thanksgiving.

This is a week following the National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week Nov 15-21. Seeking designers, models, performing talent, sponsors, and more. Planning meetings will be held at least weekly for this event. The event is being planned in affiliation with, the Detroit Fashion Movement and staff from Artists Village.
When - Fri Oct 30 12pm – 1pm Eastern Time
Where - Artists Village, Detroit MI (map)

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Birmimgham - Bloomfield Art Center, Drawing Music

DRAWING MUSIC / THURS., OCT. 297-8:30 pm
$12 per person to watch & listen or participate!


Explore the intersection of music & visual art.

Cellist Nadine Deleury & violinist Andrew Wu perform while Gail mally-mack leads the "drawing music." Deleury is principal cellist for the Michigan Opera Theatre orchestra.

Wu is a member of the MOT orchestra as well, & is also a glass artist.

Gail mally-mack is a well-known painter who teaches classes at the BBAC.

Ann Arbor - UMMA Lecture Series

Take note of the The University of Michigan's UMMA is hosting weekly Screen Arts & Cultures' events:

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Detroit Free Press Article

Detroit Free Press 10/28/2009, Page A07

Artists aim to freeze a house Ice sculpture would tell Detroit’s story


Talk about cool new local art. Two New Yorkers want to transform an abandoned house near downtown Detroit into an ice sculpture for the winter. Architect Matthew Radune and architectural photographer Gregory Holm, a metro Detroit native, want it to represent the nation’s and Detroit’s economic woes, Radune said Tuesday.

The ice project is scheduled for January or February. Their idea is to demolish the home when the ice melts and possibly donate the lot to a local architectural-salvage or urban- farming group. “We’re trying to make a statement about where the real estate market is at, where the economy is at this time,” Radune said. “We’re attempting to make one abandoned eyesore of a house disappear, in effect.” He said he had the initial idea several years ago, but pinpointed Detroit with Holm’s help in September. Holm, in turn, was inspired partially by a tree that is covered in ice on Belle Isle every winter.

The logistics still need to be worked out, though — how water will be poured over the house, what kind of home to use, whether and how they will pay for it and how to contend with a freak warm winter day. “I think over the course of several days, we’ll build up a thick enough coating that we can leave it and not worry about it,” Radune said. They also talk of doing a film about it. “It’s Detroit’s distinctive history that makes it so resonant for this kind of work,” said John Beardsley, an adjunct professor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Ann Arbor - Art Center Fundraiser

The Art Center
117 W. Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI. 48104
Tel: 734-994-8004 X101
Fax: 734-994-3610

18th Annual Sommelier Dinner - October 27th

Support the Art Center by attending the 2009 Sommelier Dinner

Enjoy an evening of great food, prepared and served by the staff of the Earle Restaurant, and fine wine, recommended and served by your favorite "guest" sommelier.

The cost of this special evening is $75 which includes dinner and your first pour. A portion of the proceeds from dinner and wine sales, along will all tips will help support the programs of the Ann Arbor Art Center. For details and reservations click here:

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Birmingham - Museum of Art for Families

Saturday, October 24, 11-3

FREE. Bart the Art Bat invites everyone to his Spooktacular Party to get your whole family in hauntingly happy spirits just before Halloween (Bart’s favorite holiday)! Spooktacular activities include making a trick-or-treat bag, visiting with American Village’s costumed forefathers, and snacking on all-American treats. Party! Be ready for a BOO-liciously spooky time!

Specially themed spooktivities:
Noon- Meet a horse (like the Headless Horseman rides)!
12:30pm- March to the beat of the Homewood Patriots Marching Band and show off your costume on stage.
1pm- Listen to a spooky story told by friends from Birmingham Children’s Theatre.
2pm- Watch Disney’s classic The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad on the big screen!

Check out the community partner, Birmingham Children’s Theatre, for exciting information about their performance of The Electric Company at 10am! Thanks to BCT for storytelling at Bart’s Books and Family Day!

Information found at:

Novi - Haunted Kingdom

This group has a goal of creating the largest Halloween party and have even filed with the Guinness World of World Records.

Saturday, October 24th, 2009
9:00 PM to 2:00 AM Eastern

Rock Financial Showplace
46100 Grand River Ave
Novi, MI 48374 (US)

Robert Kidd Gallery presents a remarkable collection of the most relevant figurative artists in the contemporary catalogue: Bods: Rethinking the Figure.
Join us (and bring a friend) for this very special opening reception, Saturday, October 24th from 5 - 8pm.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Detroit - Scarab Club Opening

6-9 PM October 23 at the Scarab Club.

Photography Exhibition, group show, Lounge Gallery: Mind Maze, art by Donna Cyrbok.

Taken From James Dozier's "Openings" announcement. To sign up and receive more information, inquire at

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Livonia - Networking for the Arts

Interested in making a living painting, sculpting, designing, writing, or just have a hobby with an artistic flair?

Mark your calendar for Thursday, October 22, 7:00 PM and join project co-chair Livonia Council Vice President Terry Godfroid Marecki and Bill Joyner for an evening of Livonia Networking for the Arts - FREE.

The evening will include refreshments and beverages at a location to be determined. Sign up by sending an e-mail to

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Detroit - MOCAD Event with Cedric Tai

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
4454 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

Sunday, October 18, 2009 12pm-4pm

Kresge Foundation Fellowship winner Cedric Tai presents his own multi-media workshop for kids to construct an interactive envirnment with their family.

For more details, visit

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Westland - Haloween Festival

Halloween Festival
Games, entertainment, hayrides, candy and fun.
Saturday, Oct 17 1:00p
Hines Park-Nankin Mills ..., Westland

Friday, October 16, 2009

Ferndale - Gallery Walk

Head to downtown Ferndale for Gallery Walk night. Shuttles will be available to transport guests between galleries. Participating Galleries include Affirmations' Pittmann-Puckett, Beautiful Home, Lawrence Street, Paramount Bank Community Arts Gallery, Sense Design, and State of the Art Gallery. Exhibits will include a number of area artists.

For more details, visit

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Novi - Great Lakes Art Festival (indoor)


Friday, October 16th ~ 10 am - 6 pm
Saturday, October 17th ~ 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday, October 18th ~ 10 am - 5 pm

$7 Adults
Children 12 & Under ~ FREE


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Wyandotte - Parlor Series

Parlor Series

Thursdays, 7pm - 9pm
Facilitated by: Pete & Sharlet DiGiorgio

October 15: Edgar Allen Poe
November 19: Autumn Leaves
December 17: Out of the Darkness; Into the Light

FEE: free

Taken from:

Monday, October 12, 2009

Livonia - Potters and Painters Mixed Media Reception

Monday, October 12 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Art Exhibition of four artists in jewelery, sculpture, photography, watercolor, acrylics and ceramics. Artists include Dan Neville, Loretta Neville, janis Madias and Fabrizio Rizzo.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

West Bloomfield - Call for Art

Covenant's Fine Art Gallery - Fall Art Show
Fall Art Exhibition
Show Dates: November 8, 2009 - January 21, 2010

Entry Deadline: October 28, 2009
Fee: $12 for up to 3 entries

Opening Reception: Sunday, November 8, 2009 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Covenant Baptist Church 5800 West Maple Rd. West Bloomfield, MI 48322
Phone: 248-855-9191
Glenna Livingston, Gallery Chairperson

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Michigan - Art Serve Update

Watch for the new ArtServe web site:

it is expected to be fully up and running by Oct 14.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Ann Arbor - Art Walk

10th Annual Art Walk
Friday, October 9, 5-10pm and
Saturday, October 10, 12-5 pm

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Rochester Hills - Yappy Hour Benefitting MARL

***CANCELLED*** watch for new date soon!

For one night only, the Royal Park Hotel in Downtown Rochester will be holding a benefit for the Michigan Animal Rescue League. Guests will sip specialty “pup-tails” and enjoy delicious “hound-d’oeuvres” while their dogs enjoy the finer things right alongside them with gourmet dog food and treats. With live music by Detroit pop/rock artist Robin Horlock, a silent auction (including memorabilia by Tiger Woods), art park, exclusive doggie boutique (where Priss Makeup’s Puppy Love lipstick will be on sale) and pet and owner photo portrait opportunities– Yappy Hour promises to be a fabulous evening of music, art, food, socializing and fun.

600 E. University
Rochester, MI 48307

Check it out on

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Detroit - Mosaic Youth Theater Presents:

MEDEA - Written by Christopher Durang
A comical twist on a classic Greek tragedy
Written and originally directed by Mary Zimmerman
A play with powerful Greek gods and a high-stakes plot
Written by William Mastrosimone

Monday, October 5, 2009

Novi - New Gallery

From Chris Unwin:

Come to my new gallery at 12 Oaks Mall. A State of Mind Art Gallery is located on the 2nd floor near Macy's. Opened Oct 1st Grand Opening is scheduled for Oct 16th 5 pm -9 pm. Join us!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Novi - Japan Festival

Japan Festival

Featuring a special pottery throwing demonstration of Shigaraki-Yaki, 2-2:30 PM & 3-3:30 PM.
At 2:30 PM, the BBAC's ceramics department director Paul Young will demo his own throwing techniques.

Sunday, Oct. 4th, 1-4 PM, Novi Civic Center

The Japan Festival is a family event for all ages with many opportunities to experience Japanese culture, including food favorites by authentic Japanese restaurants. (The event is free, although the food & some attractions require fees.)

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Northville - First Presbyterian Church Art Show

Sharing the Gift With You - show runs Oct 3-9
The First Presbyterian Church
Artist's reception Fri. night. Oct. 2.
200 East Main
Northville 48167
Oct. 3 ...11-4
Oct.4... 12-4
Mon. Oct.5-Oct.6 ...11-6
Oct.7-Oct.9 ...11-8
Juror's Talk Fr. Oct. 9...1:30
Cafe Luncheon there...Oct. 8 & 9 (11:30-1:30)

Friday, October 2, 2009

Art Detroit Now

This weekend, October 2-3!

Art Detroit Now includes over 50 participating organizations, in and around metro Detroit, working together to celebrate great comtemporary art and artists in our community. For more details, visit

Events include:

Friday 5-10 pm: Cultural Corridor Art Crawl
Saturday 6-8 pm: Cranbrook Art and Science Museum Opening
Saturday 7-midinight: Russell Industrial Complex Open House

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Deroit - Cedric Tai Opening at the Russell

Cedric Tai - Producing a System of Drawing Requires a System of Seeing
Host: Russell Gallery
Type: Music/Arts - Exhibit
Network: Global
Start Time: Friday, October 2, 2009 at 6:00pm
End Time: Sunday, November 8, 2009 at 6:00pm
Location: Russell Gallery - Russell Industrial Center - Bldg 3
Street: 1600 Clay Ave
City/Town: Detroit, MI
Phone: 313.972.7009

As posted on Facebook:

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Hamburg - Community Fine Art Fair


Postmark deadline extended to October 2, 2009
Check out entry form and rules at
Nice art fair in their Library.


New! Spotlight Series 1
Thursday, October 1 6-8 pm

Join the Livonia Symphony for a special evening with LSO Music Director/Conductor Volodymyr Shesiuk for an intimate look at the beginning of his career, music influences, experiences as Conductor-in-Residence with the Bolshoi Theater and much more.

Greenmead Historical Park, Alexander Blue Hours
Newburgh Road, south of Eight Mile Road
$30 per person includes wine and appetizers

Reserve now - limited tickets
Call Rose Kachnowski 734.591.0266

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

ArtServe Impacted by State Government Cuts

BREAKING NEWS (as posted by ArtServe): Arts Budget Takes 71% Cut

About an hour ago the General Government Conference Committee released its budget for Fiscal Year 2010, making a near $6 million cut to the grant budget of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, leaving the council with a total grant budget of just under $2.3 million. Additionally, the council's staff was cut from five full time employees to two.

The only upside to the report was that the committee rejected the Governor's recommendation to use grant funding for capital planning as well as a $1,000 application fee. The committee revised the council's boilerplate language to allow it to redesign a grant program that fits its funding.

We will now strictly focus our efforts in an attempt to be inserted into any revenue enhancement enacted by the Legislature as well as advancing Senate Bill 263. While we have made some inroads, there is still much work to be done on both as we continue towards our goal of recapitalizing the MCACA. Your continued advocacy will be vital to the eventual advancement of any option that provides sustainable funding to the state arts council.

If you haven't already, please take a minute to click the link below to send a pre-drafted email to your elected officials asking them that, if a revenue enhancement is unavoidable, they consider a proposal to dedicate a small portion to recapitalize the MCACA.

Overall, I know you all are just as upset and disappointed as I am. I know that, between ArtServe's work as well as your incredible advocacy at the grassroots level, we have done all that we could have over the past 9 months to fight the Governor's recommendation to nearly eliminate the state arts council. I think there's a lot to say that we have survived - even though with only $2.3 million. The bottom line is that we are able to survive to fight another day and that fight will surely endure.

My thanks to all of you for your incredible advocacy efforts as well as your continued support!

As always, if you have any comments or questions please feel free to reply to this email or call me directly at 248-379-5897.


Mike Latvis

Detroit - Cultural Passport

The purchase of a single passport will grant access to six performances presented by seven metro Detroit cultural organizations, including Wayne State's very own Hilberry Theater.

Enjoy meeting the artists, experience backstage tours of the venues and find access to a new group of adventurous people. Support the Hilberry Theater and the arts in Detroit for an exceptionally low price. To purchase your passport, go to:

This message is brought to you by the Office of the Dean, Colege of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Livonia - Call for Art

The Livonia Arts Commission proudly announces a Call to Enter their 12th Annual Fine Arts Exhibition being held from November 1 to November 28, 2009 in the Fine Arts Gallery on the second floor of Livonia's Civic Center Library.

Over $2000 in prizes will be awarded. Roumen Boudley, an internationally recognized and award-winning artist and educator, will be Jurist.

All artists living or working in Michigan are invited to submit up to five entries. There is a nonrefundable fee of $30 for the first two, and $10 for each additional entry. Submissions must be postmarked no later than October 3, 2009.

For a Prospectus please e-mail your name and address to or call Community Resources at 248.466.2542.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Clinton Township - Festival of the Senses

Check out Festival of the Senses at the Clinton Township Civic Center. This event celebrates art, music, food theater and literary works.

Stop to visit the booth for my colleague Sara at Unique Graphics and Gifts.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Grand Rapids - ArtPrize Opening

Meet me at Biggby of downtown Grand Rapids for an ArtPrize reception.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Festival of the Senses
Celebrating Art, Music, Theater & Literary Works

Saturday, September 26, 2009 10am-5pm
Sunday, September 27, 2009 10am-5pm

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Mt. Clemens - Anton Art Center LIVE ART DEMOS

18th Annual ArtParty
5:30 - 8 pm on Thursday 9/24/09

Don’t miss a spectacular ArtParty, Co-Chaired by AnnMarie Anton and Maria Cardasis-Malliaras. This year’s event will feature dozens of caterers and restaurants, along with a silent auction, entertainment by Rennie, plein air painting demonstrations by area artists. Tickets are required at $40 per person.

125 Macomb PlMt Clemens, MI 48043-5650
(586) 469-8666

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Art Prize Voting Begins

Voting runs from Sept 23 - Oct 10. Check out my entry at

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Northville - First Presbyterian Church Juried Art Show

Sharing the Gift...First Presbyterian Church of Northville

Juror: Glen Mannisto
Jurors Choice Award $300
Art Intake Sept. 27 for jurying
All Media Show Oct. 2-9

Monday, September 21, 2009

Detroit - DIA Big Art Sale

Mark your calendars for October 1 and 2, 2009, because the Big Art Sale is debuting in Detroit! The Detroit Institute of Arts and DuMouchelle Art Galleries are giving you the opportunity to support the museum, while also purchasing high-end art pieces. The invite-only Preview Night party, October 1, will feature a live and a silent auction. The live evening auction on October 2 will be open to the public. Daytime viewing will be available on both days, along with online viewing and pre-bidding in the weeks preceding the auction. Auction items will include donated fine art, such as paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs, ceramics, jewelry, tapestries, carpets, small scale furniture, decorative service pieces and crystal. If you are interested in donating a piece of art to the Big Art Sale, please use our item donation form. Have questions? Call (313) 833-6760 or email

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Birmingham/Bloomfield - Art Center Classes

BBAC Youth Classes Begin the Week of Sept 21st
There's still time to sign u!

Is art essential for your child? Or are you looking for an authentic creative outlet for children?

Phone 248.644.0866 to Register


Sundays at the Center: Small Art
Studio 1 Drop-In Workshop
Sept 20th and 27th 1-4
$5 non-members

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Royal Oak - Fashions in Metal and Art

We hope you can attend the premiere social event of the season! Fashion in Metal and Art September 19, 2009 7 pm at 400 S. Main St. Royal Oak, MI
248 379 9997 RSVIP

Friday, September 18, 2009

Northville - Plein Air Painting FREE

Plein Air Artists Painting
Victorian Models in the Art House Gardens
September 19, 9-4 p.m.
Northville Art House, 215 W. Cady Street

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Detroit - Vote 4 The Best

Winners of the annual WDIV contest, Vote 4 the Best are announced today!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Oxford - Call for Art

Entry form:

Margot's Gallery & Frame
Creatures Great and Small
Mixed Media
Oct 2-23, Drop off Sept 18-25
5 S. Washington Street
Oxford, MI 48371

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Monday, September 14, 2009

Detroit Opening!s

Be sure to take note of the local e-mail publication "Opening!s" by J. H. Dozier for the word on where to find the hottest local art events.

To receive these announcements, send an e-mail to with "add me to Opening!s distribution" in the subject line.

Also, the affiliate web site is

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Livonia - Call for Art

12th Annual Livonia Exhibition of Fine Arts-All Media

Display Dates: Nov 1-28
Juror: Roumen Boudev
Deadline: Oct. 3 Postmark
Awards Best of Show: $750 and others
Pick up forms at Livonia City Hall (0n 5 mile - east of Farmington), VAAL, Livonia Library
or contact Livonia Fine Arts Exhibition

Community Resource Dept
33000 Civic Center Drive
Livonia , 48154

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Detroit - Dally in the Ally

32nd annual Dally in the Alley - TODAY

Festival hours are 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Rain date is Sunday. Admission is free. For more:

Here's what the FreeP has to say:

Friday, September 11, 2009

Detroit - MOCAD Event

MUSIC and PERFORMANCE: Friday, September 11, 2009 at 7PM
Caroliner with Apetechnology
Admission: $6.00 All ages are welcome

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Amherstburg Ontario - Shores of Erie Wine Festival

Once again, the Shores of Erie International Wine Festival is here! Check it out Sept 10-13

In addition to the wine, there will be entertainment, culinary demos, food and more!

Samples of the music lineup:
Bedouin Soundclash
The Stills
Serena Ryder
Kathleen Edwards

Detroit - Gallery 555 View and Movie Night

As posted at:

Thursday's View and Movie Night - Fine Art Show
Host: 555 Gallery and Studios
Type: Music/Arts - Exhibit
Network: Global
Price: Movie $3
Date: Thursday, September 10, 2009
Time: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Location: 555 Gallery and Studios
Street: 5716 Michigan Ave.
City/Town: Detroit, MI
Phone: 888.495.ARTS

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Northville - Call for Art

Sharing the Gift within You
First Presbyterian Church Northville

Deadline Form and fees Sept. 17
Art Intake Sept. 27
Oct. 2 - Oct. 10
Juror: Glen Mannisto- CCS/Metro Times
Juror's Choice Award $300, and others

For More Information:

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Rochester - Art and Apples

September 11-13 visit Rochester at its best for Arts and Apples as presented by Paint Creek Center for the Arts.

The acclaimed Art & Apples Festival was founded in 1965 and has subsequently grown into one of the Top 30 Festivals in the Nation! Seventeen years after its inception, the festival's founders took proceeds earned from the event and established Paint Creek Center for the Arts.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Detroit - Book to Film Panel & Networking

Book To Film Panel & Networking - Detroit
How to Change Your Book to Screen

Host: Motown Writers Network
Price: FREEE
Date: Friday, September 11, 2009
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: The Java Exchange
Street: 440 Buroughs in TechTown
City/Town: Detroit, MI
Phone: 313.822.6456


Speak to Industry Professionals on How to Change Your Book to Screen Hosted by The Trinity Film Festival Coalition and Motown Writers NetworkFREE TO PUBLICUpdates posted at:

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Grosse Pointe - Call for Art

Calling all artists 9/3/2009

More than $2,000 in prizes is available for Michigan artists in University Liggett School’s first fine arts competition and juried arts show.

The show will be jurored by Detroit artist and College for Creative Studies professor Gilda Snowden. Art historian Dennis Alan Nawrocki will provide a lecture, "Stalking Public Art in Metro Detroit," as part of the exhibition’s series of events that run Nov. 6 and 7.
To enter or for show rules and regulations, download the Liggett Celebrates Michigan Artists entry form from the link below. All entries must be postmarked by September 17, 2009. For more information, contact Jim Pujdowski at or 313-884-4444 ext. 366.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Holly - Renaissance Festival

Weekends and Labor day through October 4

There is a special event for supporters of local produce and art - the Harvest Market on September 26th & 27th. Don't miss the amazing arts and crafts from local artists, delicious local produce and great deals from other local businesses!

For more information and a schedule of special events:

Hamtramck - Labor Day Festival

September 4-7
Free Admission! Free Parking!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Pontiac - Arts, Beats & Eats

Celebrating 12 years of art, cuisine, music and humanity thruought downtown Pontiac.

Sept 4-7
Friday: 11am-10pm
Saturday: 11am-10pm
Sunday: 11am-10pm
Monday: 11am-8pm

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Detroit - Jazz Festival

Downtown stretching for several city blocks from Hart Plaza to Campus Martius September 4-7.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Detroit - Call For Art

Join DAMNED II on Oct 29 and 30 at Tangent Gallery/Hastings Street Gallery (Detroit) for the largest assembly of sinister, controversial, macabre and dark fine art from across the nation. This is NOT Halloween themed art but a submergence within the shadowed realm of consciousness - from deeply depraved to downright disturbing. Art that captivates, repulses, intrigues and disturbes!

Artists of ALL MEDIUMS are invited to submit their work for review.
Deadline to submit - Sept 25
No fees!
For complete submission info, visit the DAMNED website at

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

ArtPrize Announces its Event Schedule

Check here for the schedule:

Voting begins September 23
Vote for me at:

Rochester - Michigan Animal Rescue League Donations of Art

Vitkay Visions, LLC has agreed to curate the Yappy Hour event benefitting the Michigan Animal Rescue League on October 8. The event will be held from 6-9 pm in Rochester and all money raised goes directly to this organization. If interested, please respond to with interest in donating animal-themed artwork for this event. All donating artists will be granted free admission to this event.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Ferndale - Call for Art

Call for Art
Celebrate the Print
Lawrence Street Gallery
Sept 30 - October 30
Juror - Lynne Avadenka
Walk in 2 entries by Sept 25 at 5 pm $25

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Detroit - Institute of Art Family Sundays

Target Family Sundays as posted at:

After a hectic week of car pooling, homework and after-school activities, it's time for the whole family to relax and recharge at the DIA's Target Family Sundays. Take in family performances, storytelling, art-making workshops and much more. The new DIA. Let yourself go!

Target Family Sundays Storytelling: Summer Breezes Sunday, August 30, 2009

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Friday, August 28, 2009

Novi - Sidewalk Series at Twelve Mile Crossing

Sadly, this weekend will conclude the Novi Summer Sidewalk Series hosted by ArtsNOVI and Twelve Mile Crossing at Fountain Walk. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the music of Spangler/Tope Trio (Jazz). Area artists, including myself will have artwork on display.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Northville - Call for Art

Northville Art House All Media Show
Entries accepted through August 27
Walk in CD if you miss the mail. Thurs. 1-5.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Oxford - Call for Art

Oxford-Call for EntryTo: All Creatures Great and Small, Mixed Media
Juror: Kimberly Santini

Margot Gallery & Frame
5 S Washington St.
Oxford 48371

Drop off: Sept. 18-25
Juror Notify: Sept. 29
Show: Oct. 2-23
Download on line:

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center - Classes

August 31-September 2 / 9 AM-Noon / "Crafty" Workshops
MONDAY - silk scarf painting & special paper dying
TUESDAY - wire-wrapped sea glass jewelry
WEDNESDAY - journals incorporating hand-dyed paper
BBAC Members $61; guests $101; plus $16 materials fee

August 31-September 2 / 12:30-3:30 PM / Plen Air Painting
MONDAY - BBAC grounds - pastels or traditional oils
TUESDAY - "off campus" - water color pencils & water color
WEDNESDAY - "off campus" - sketching & composition
BBAC Members $61; guests $101; plus $15 materials fee

Diane Roach Smith, Instructor

PHONE 248.644.0866 to register or for more information.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Detroit - Motor City Movie House Film

"Head Trip"TIME: 8pm

LOCATION: 5th Floor Russell Industrial Center, Motorcity Moviehouse.

The film is called "Head Trip" and its a story about taking a SanFrancisco roadside attraction to New York. A Road Trip across the country featuring, Dick Cheney, George Bush, a few rodeo bicyclists, and MORE.This film is showing tonight only, John Law is a michigan guy who has returned to live in the belly of the Rouge after leaving Michigan as a child and 30 years in SanFrancisco. If you haven't met him yet, he's very worth meeting; someone who truly appreciates Detroit for its strength and character and the momentum with which this city is creating to be an example around the world. He's back in town for a little while, and he has made a film that is being shown TONIGHT - in a casual, intimate, pre-screening kind of way.
There is a suggested donation of 2 dollars for the space, no one turned away for lack of funds. Cash bar or BYOB. We are also planning on showing Nicole McDonald's film again in case you haven't seen this masterpiece titled "A City to Yourself"

CONTACT:Kate: 248-885-4530

One to Watch

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Detroit News - Farmington Artist

Detroit News 08/23/2009, Page A11
Project aims to find vets’ inner artist Goal is to get art kits in their hands

A Farmington Hills man is set to distribute art kits to disabled veterans through his new nonprofit.
Ray Bakerjian, who served in the U.S. Army from 1974 to 1977, has been an artist all his life — mainly for fun, although he’s sold a few paintings here and there. Looking for a way to help veterans, Bakerjian started volunteering at the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center in Detroit about two years ago. He teaches art to vets there once a month.
Through his volunteer work, Bakerjian said he learned that his students — mostly men in their 50s and 60s — were expressing themselves in different ways through art. The idea for the Wounded Artist Project was born.
“These soldiers have a lot of downtime while they are recovering,” said Bakerjian, 52. “This can help by giving them something to do.”
The Wounded Artist Project, which Bakerjian launched earlier this summer, seeks to put art kits — containing art books, a sketch pad, pencils, erasers and an instructional DVD — into the hands of disabled veterans coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan. He plans to distribute a few dozen kits at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington in the coming months. Bakerjian also hopes to make the kits available to every disabled veteran through donations to his nonprofit organization.
According to Hubert Hess, chief of staff for Michigan’s Veterans Affairs Directorate, there are 69,531 disabled veterans in Michigan, out of about 724,000 veterans.
Each kit costs about $25, Bakerjian said, and he’s looking for donations, grants and other fund-raisers.
Michael Harris, executive director of the Michigan chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America, has been assisting Bakerjian with his project.
“This program is a means for a soldier who is holding things within him or herself to express themselves through art,” Harris said.

■ CONTACT KORIE WILKINS: 586-826-7262 OR KWILKINS@FREEPRESS.COM “THIS CAN HELP BY GIVING THEM SOMETHING TO DO.” RAY BAKERJIAN , on the Wounded Artist Project, which seeks to put art kits in the hands of disabled veterans coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan
PATRICIA BECK/Detroit Free Press Ray Bakerjian, 52, of Farmington Hills talks about his Wounded Artist Project at the Farmington Community Library earlier this month. Behind him is a drawing he did that shows an infantryman in Iraq.

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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Detroit - Variety Show

Lust for Life

The only place to be Saturday, August 22, 2009, is at “Lust for Life”. The event will be a variety show celebrating the birthday’s of Metro Detroit Event Cordinator, Laura Deljanin and local Film Producer, Ed Gardiner.

The night will start promptly at 9 pm with a live comedy set, followed by a fashion show by three local designers and a performance by local aerialist, Warrior Girl. Then things really get heated with performances local burlesque artists; needless to say this will be a 21 and over show. House and Techno DJ’s will be spinning all night.

This event is to kick off the Edgewise Gallery, a permanent gallery in the city of Detroit. Laura Deljanin is making it her full time job, to represent new local artists as well as established professionals, creating ongoing art events, on the cutting edge of tomorrow’s trends. Ten artists will be showcasing their latest works with the Lust for Life theme. Don’t miss it.

Motor City Movie House
Inside The Starbrite Theatre at the Russell
1604 Clay St. Bldg 1, Floor 5
Detroit, MI. 48211

Friday, August 21, 2009

Wyandotte - Third Friday

As posted at:

Third Friday Event

Event Date: August 21st, 2009 at 5:30 PM until end
This is a family friendly event.
(Recurs on the third Friday of every months)
Event Location: Downtown Wyandotte Biddle Avenue
Wyandotte , MI 48192

Event Description

Wine Crawl! Many of the shops and restaurants in the downtown district stay open later than usual, offer freebies, specials and discounts on these special nights. In addition, there is musical entertainment and free trolley and horse and carriage rides throughout the downtown district.

Marching Chiefs Car Wash and Tag Day will be held in conjunction with Third Friday on Friday August 21st. All proceeds to offset band camp costs. Band members will be throughout the downtown area collecting donations until 7:00 p.m. Car Wash will be held at the Roosevelt High School Parking Lot, 540 Eureka from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Milford - VFAA Call for Art

2009 Views and Visions

Sept. 19 & 20
Milford Senior Center
Entries take in Aug. 23
Milford Presbyterian Church

More Information:
Sue Gallon 248-685-0157

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Canton - Call for Art

Canton fine Arts Exhibition at The Village Theater at Cherry Hill
50400 Cherry Hill Rd.
Canton,MI 48187

Best of Show $750...$1,950 in cash prizes.
Juror: Robert Throne - Known as a works on paper artist. Concentration Watercolor, Printmaking and Drawing

Show: Oct. 2-25
Entries due: Aug. 21
call Jennifer Tobin 734-394-5484
or download

Opportunities for Art Visionaries

Deadline: August 31, 2009

20UNDER40 is an initiative to engage new leaders in the arts field by compiling an anthology of 20 essays about the future of the arts and arts education, with the goal of addressing the impending generational shift in leadership. Twenty essays will be selected for final publication. Successful chapter proposals will identify a problem within the field and pose a solution; highlight a need and articulate a new vision; and/or debunk an accepted theory or practice and posit a new one.

For more information please visit

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Detroit - Opera House Take Action Tuesday

GET INVOLVED! Take Action - MOT Needs Your Help

BravoBravo! is an important fundraiser for MOT, but it isn't nearly enough to keep our organization alive. As a non-profit, we rely on donations from the community to ensure our survival, now and for the future. If you enjoyed BravoBravo! this year or in the past, if you ate and drank and danced your money's worth or more, please consider making a donation to further support Michigan Opera Theatre, the Detroit Opera House, and world-class opera and dance in Detroit.


August 18, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. For a limited time, the Community Foundation will match by 50% your donation to support Michigan Opera Theatre. Beginning on Tuesday, August 18 at 10:00 a.m., go to to make a donation and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan will match it - making your gift worth 50% more to Michigan Opera Theatre. Click below for all the details.


Detroit - Artist Market

Community Foundation Challenge – Arts&Culture

Posted on July 28, 2009 at 1:31, from

DAM has been selected to participate in an exciting online giving program. The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan is providing up to $1 million of general operating support to match gifts designated to support participating arts and cultural organizations made online to the Community Foundation. A match of $1 will be provided for every $2 contributed. 75 area arts and culture organizations are participating.

The ONLINE challenge program will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 18, 2009, and will end as soon as the $1 million dollars of match is exhausted , or no later than September 18, 2009, whichever is first.THIS MATCH FUND WILL DISAPPEAR VERY QUICKLY - PLAN NOW TO MAKE YOUR ONLINE CONTRIBUTION AT 10am ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 18TH!

For more program details, please visit the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan .

Monday, August 17, 2009

South Lyon - Menagerie Room Call for Entries

All-Media Fall Show Call for Entries

The Menagerie Room Gallery would like to extend an invitation to all area artists who are interested in selling or exhibiting their work.

The show runs from Sat., Aug 29 through Sat., Oct. 24. Call 248-446-0411 or email

This is a cool new business, which just opened earlier this year that is an upscale hair salon with an art gallery in the back. For more information:

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Brighton - Art Guild Call for Art

Brighton Art Guild's Fourth Annual Juried Fine Art Show
Location: Howell Opera House
Juror: Mark Mehaffey
Awards: Best of Show $400 and $1000 in additional awards
Deadline: CD Entry Aug. 22
Show: Oct. Oct.2-4

For More Detail:
Anne Buckman 810-225-8197

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Novi - Summer Sidewalk Series

Check out this week's Summer Sidewalk Series at Twelve Mile Crossing at Fountain Walk. Visual Artists are Peggy Kerwan and Patty Dombecki.

Free Concert by Gia Warner/Bobby Lewis:

Detroit - Pewabic Pottery

Pewabic Pottery is a living treasure and offers visitors an exciting glimpse of a little known part of American history. Founded in 1903 during the Arts & Crafts Movement, Pewabic is nationally renowned for its tile and pottery in unique glazes. Today it is a non profit ceramic art education center which welcomes 70,000 visitors annually.

Saturday Aug 15 (10am-5pm) & Sunday 16 (12-5pm). Free and open to the public. 50% discount on seconds and imperfect giftware as well as 50% discounts on overrun floor & wall tile. Bring your own packing material. No other discounts apply.

For More Information:

Friday, August 14, 2009

Ann Arbor - Art Center

Ann Arbor Art Center’s 2009 All Media Exhibition

Opening reception by area works juried by Mitch Cope.

In celebration of the longevity of The Print, area artists the Opening Reception will be held on Friday, August 14, 6-8pm.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

North Oakland County Art Festival

North Oakland County Art Festival
Olde World Canterburry Village
August 14-16, 2009
Lake Orion, MI
Friday, August 14, from 6pm-9pm
Saturday, August 15, from 10am-8pm
Sunday, August 16 from 10am-5pm
Olde World Canterbury Village is a 19th century village and designated historical landmark; it is host to 18 specialty shops and wonderful features including Aldridge’s Always Christmas shop & carousel, Canterbury Toy World, The Celtic Connection, Village Quilt shop, Canterbury Fudge Shoppe. Restaurants include Kings Court Castle Restaurant or the Clansman Gaelic Pub. There’s something for everyone. More info at

Approximately 125 high quality juried artists from around the world will participate. There are all mediums of Art work including paintings, Clay, Glass, Fiber, Wood, Jewelry, Sculpture, photography and more. In addition to the great Art work, there are live Art demonstrations happening throughout the Event, free entertainment, great food and Tween Art Competition for kids ages 13-19 which allows them to enter their Art work to be publicly displayed and chance to win a cash prize. There is free admission and free parking.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Monday, August 10, 2009

Detroit - Dale Teachout Art Opening

"Off the Cuff" - Friday, August 14 at 6:00pm

Event: Off the Cuff "The Art of Dale Teachout"
What: ArtExhibit
Host: Russell Gallery
Start Time: Friday, August 14 at 6:00pm
End Time: Sunday, September 13 at 6:00pm
Where: Russell Gallery, Russell Industrial Center - building 3


My interview with Dale Teachout:

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Orchard Lake - Call for Art

Juried Fine Arts Show at Orchard Lake Community Church
Saturday, November 7, 2009
10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Setup: Friday evening 4:30 – 6:30 pm; Saturday 7:00 am
Booth fee: $75; no jury fee (because we are a first year show and times are difficult, we have decided to waive the jury fee this year).

Just in time for the holidays, the show will feature art inspired by faith. Art submissions can be obvious or subtle in their inspirational nature and are open to creative professionals of all mediums, including but not limited to painting, printmaking, sculpture, jewelry, drawings, photography and mixed media. All submissions will be juried based on the quality of artist’s work, quantity of applicants in a selected medium and relativity of the product to the theme of the show.

The show is located at:
5171 Commerce Road in Orchard Lake.

Please email Joanne Ewald at and an application will be forwarded to you for submission. The application must be returned with the booth fee of $75 written to Orchard Lake Community Church, Presbyterian. The check will be voided if you are not accepted in the show. All accepted booth fees are to support OLCCP’s Campaign and Mission funds.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Novi - Sidewalk Series at Twelve Mile Crossing

Novi - Sidewalk Series at Twelve Mile Crossing

This series will host its second event today! My artwork will be included, along with Mark Wissinger and Nik Epley. Don't miss music from the Randy Brock Group.

Bring a chair and join us Saturday, August 8 - 4 to 7pm at the center roundabout at Twelve Mile Crossing @ Fountainwalk.

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT! Support ArtsNovi, local music, local art and local business! Thank you in advance - ArtsNovi Board

Friday, August 7, 2009

Milford - Milford Memories Festival

Great event this weekend in Milford

Deroit - Artist Market Opening

DAM SMALL SHOW August 07, 2009 - August 22, 2009

Detroit art collectors won’t want to miss this LARGE selection of SMALL art works by more than 70 recognizable (and new) Detroit area artists, who have been specially invited to showcase their work in a unique format. Pieces for this show are limited in size to 12” by 12” and each of the artists represented have been able to feature MORE, highly collectible, original pieces in an extremely affordable price range. ALL work is priced under $250.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Detroit - Kresge Grants

Kresge Foundation to Provide $200,000 for Arts and Community Grants in Detroit

The Kresge Foundation of Troy, Michigan, is piloting a new community arts and engagement project in Detroit, Baltimore, Maryland, and St. Louis, Missouri, that encourages residents to use art and culture as a tool to address issues in their communities. The Detroit program is titled Kresge Community Arts. The foundation is investing $200,000 over two years in each city. Grants will range from $2,500 to $10,000. The project is designed to test Kresge's belief that grassroots arts and cultural projects can be an effective tool to unite communities, address pressing social issues, and uplift spirits in difficult times. Individuals and groups are encouraged to apply, including local artists and historians, neighborhood and homeowner associations, youth with parental consent, service agencies, municipal governments, community development corporations, and arts and cultural organizations, among others.

For more information:

Northville - Art House Opening Featuring Darcel Daneau

This is just one of the stops for the monthly First Friday Art Walk in Northville.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Detroit - DIA Fitting Room

General Event Family Fitting Room
Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in August 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Beginning August 5

Get the most out of your DIA visit by making the Family "Fitting Room" your first stop. Have your interests sized up, and have a special tour built for a visit that's tailor made for you and your family. Free with museum admission.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Art Prize Status

Registration is now over for ArtPrize and I have secured a venue for my painting, The Swiftness. Come out to Biggby Coffee next month to see it, or view it on the following link:

Monday, August 3, 2009

BBAC on the Radio with Artist Ricki Rad and Zdzislaw Sikora

BBAC's graffiti exhibit on WDET

Host Craig Fahle interviews Detroit artist Ricki Rad & exhibit curator Zdzislaw Sikora about graffiti art & the creation of the graffiti exhibit currently showing @ the BBAC. Tune in to DETROIT TODAY on Mon., Aug. 3, between 2 & 3 PM...WDET 101.9-FM.Check out the exhibit -- "Let the Silence Have Its Say" -- through Aug. 21.

Gallery Shop Sale - 20% Off!

Take advantage of the BBAC's annual August Gallery Shop Sale with 20% off everything. Jewelry, glass, ceramics, fiber, 2-dimensional art & more. Through August 31.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

St. Clair Shores - SPLASH Fundraiser for Karmanos!

Tired of the usual parties @ clubs? This event is like no other in Metro Detroit. "Splash" is bringing some of the best Metro Detroit has to offer in Fashion, Style, Magazines, Jewelry, Photography, Footwear, Beverages & Eyewear. All to benefit a cause that is dear to all our heart!Ambassador Magazine, P&M Elite Events & Detroit Shock would like you to escape your busy, hectic fast paced city life for a little Beach with us for one night only!
Doors open @ 8 PM Sunday August 2nd
The Beach Grill
24420 Jefferson Ave
St. Clair Shores, MI (Nautical Mile)
This event will feature a Geftaki Swimwear Runway show @ Dusk (9 PM)
Geftaki was made famous by Paris Hilton!
21 & UpLimited VIP Booths & Packages available
Please contact Naomi - 519.791.2036 & for more information

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Ann Arbor - Dixboro Arts and Crafts Show

Artisans on the Green at the Dixboro Fair

16th annual juried arts and crafts show that is part of the Dixboro Fair. This event sponsered by the Dixboro United Methodist Church is set in a beautiful outdoor surrounding with all day entertainment, food and games. As in the past, part of this years net proceeds will go local charities.

Hours: Sat. 10 am-6pm
Venue Name: Dixboro United Methodist Church
Address: 5221 Church Road
City: Ann Arbor
Price: free

Friday, July 31, 2009

Detroit - Russell Indoor Art Fair

OPEN TO PUBLIC: The First Weekend of each month, The Russell Bazaar will present an Indoor Art Fair.

In addition to our over 130 unique and exciting shops, you can browse and find some unique art to purchase. All created by local and regional artists.

CALL FOR ARTISTS: Bazaar Indoor Art Fair will be held the first weekend of each month. You can have, on a space available basis, a nice indoor, away from the harsh elements, display booth. Register early for your space.Cost for each weekend? Only a $25 Registration fee and a $25 refundable security deposit, a total of $50.00.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Novi - Sidewalk Series at Twelve Mile Crossing

This series begins this week, August 1st. My artwork will be featured on August 8.
Summer Sidewalk Series @ Twelve Mile Crossing

Please bring a chair and join us for the 1st of this wonderful series (see attached poster).

Saturday - August 1 - 4 to 7pm
Center roundabout at Twelve Mile Crossing @ Fountainwalk

Live music from Michael May and the Messarounds - Swinging Blues

Art from Richard Kawucha - Scrimshaw Artist and Darl Papple - painter


Support ArtsNovi, local music, local art and local business!

Thank you in advance - ArtsNovi Board

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Rochester Hills - Opportunities to Hang Artwork

Daniel’s Salon & Studio
Rochester Hills, MI

Daniel’s Salon & Studio has installed a hanging device on three walls of their business with the idea of giving local artists recognition and providing their clientele with an ever-changing d├ęcor. It has surpassed their intentions, having drawn attention from international artists. Please visit their website or drop by to see the "studio." If interested, they can fax the agreement contract. Please call with any questions: 248.656.8608

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Livonia - Highland Games

Highland Games - First Saturday in August (the 1st)

During the first weekend in August, thousands of Scots and non-Scots flock to Historic Greenmead to partake in the Annual Highland Games. Whether your pleasure is observing the Heavy Athletic competition like the Caber Toss, cheering on your favorite Highland Dancer or Pipe Band, or having a wee pint of ale while listening to the latest Celtic entertainers, the Annual Highland Games is sure to tickle your fancy.

For more information, call 248-593-5064 or click here to log on to their Web site.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Northville - Buy Michigan Now Week

"Downtown Northville has announced it will partner with Buy Michigan Now to be the host location for “Buy Michigan Week” July 27-August 2. The week long festivities will include various Michigan entertainment, educational seminars and Michigan-made products.

Launched in 2007 by Lisa Diggs, Buy Michigan Now is a statewide initiative to inform, educate and encourage Michiganders, organizations and consumers alike, to support the local economy by purchasing products and services made in Michigan and from Michigan-based companies.

“The Buy Michigan Now campaign is about heightening awareness and revitalizing our state’s economy one product, one purchase, and one business at a time. We are very excited to be working with Northville to celebrate Buy Michigan Week. Their vibrant art, restaurant, and retail community is representative of great towns all over the state, and provides an ideal showcase for the bright spots in Michigan’s blossoming new economy,” said Lisa Diggs.

The Buy Michigan Now initiative is further enhanced by the official proclamation from Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm stating that the week of July 27, 2009 is Buy Michigan Week in Michigan. In the proclamation, Governor Granholm states her support of the initiative “I encourage all residents of this state to take advantage of the many great products and services that the state of Michigan has to offer by buying Michigan first.”

Huntington Woods-based Ta-Dah Productions will produce the week’s festivities. For information on vendor opportunities, contact Ta-Dah Productions at248-548-2324 or Conta or download the Vendor/Exhibitor form. A full list of events and Michigan vendor opportunities for the week of July 27-August 2 will be announced soon".

Our Pledge: I hereby pledge to play an active role in building a strong, vibrant, and diverse Michigan economy. I will be a part of the solution by speaking positively about the state, learning about our products and services, and making a concerted effort to buy from Michigan businesses. I will Think Michigan First! I am asking you today to join with me and take a stand. If you haven't taken the Pledge yet, please click on the link below or cut and past it into your browser, and add your name and city to demonstrate your commitment to the state. It literally takes only a moment. If you already have, thank you so much! Either way, please also forward this on to friends, family, colleagues, and anyone else you know who wants to be a part of Michigan's revitalization. C'mon, lend a mitten to our great state today! Thank you in advance!

Catherine Woods

Sunday, July 26, 2009

One to Watch

See what's going on in and around Detroit at:

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Detroit - Corktown Music Festival

Corktown Music Festival

Detroit - Michigan State Fair Fine Art Show

Entry form due Aug. 1
Deliver entries for jurying Aug. 8 or 9
Reject pick up Aug, 25
Show Aug. 28-Sept. 7
Pick up Sept. 8 or 9

For entry forms and other information:

Friday, July 24, 2009

Birmingham - Art Center Graffiti Art Opening

Six Detroit artists were invited to paint the walls of the Robinson Gallery at the BBAC, a total of nearly 200 running feet of amazingly powerful, colorful and energetic activity.

Let the Silence Have Its Say is curated by Zdzislaw Sikora, who says, "This is an opportunity to see a very interesting group of urban artists working within a more formalized setting. The step from the street to the gallery is one that many contemporary graffiti artists are taking with extraordinary results."
OPENING RECEPTION, FRI JUL 24, 6-8 PM free & open to the public
Great Lakes Beadworker Guild
Paintings by Jim Piotrowski

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Orchard Lake Fine Art Show

Orchard Lake Fine Art Show
St. Mary's Schools
Orchard Lake, MI
July 24 - 26, 2009

Friday 6pm - 9pm Ticketed Artist Pre-Party
Saturday 10am - 7pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm

Voted in the Top 100 Art Shows in the Country 2 years in a row by Sunshine Artist Magazine.Winner of 3 prizes from 2008 - Michigan Festivals & Events Fun Awards.Orchard Lake Fine Art Show focuses solely on the visual arts. While music and food are a part of the experience, they are not permitted to intrude in the relationship between Artist and patron. This is a quality juried Art show with about 150 of the Nation's finest artists. Many of these artists produce enough Art to do only a few Events each year. This may be their only Midwest appearance.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Detroit - Motor City Brewing Works Features Area Artists

Motor City Brewing Works hosts area artists on a weekly basis. It is well worth the trip to visit this eclectic venue right on the campus of Wayne State University. For more detail, visit their web site

7/22/09-- the featured artist is Elizabeth Youngblood

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Monday, July 20, 2009

Sherry Washington Gallery

July 25 – September 12, 2009

iDeas and iCons – The Art Of:David Driskell, David Fludd, M. Saffell Gardner, Lenore Gimpert, Richard Lewis, Nora Mendoza, Chun Hui Pak, Gilda Snowden, Shirley Woodson, Jocelyn Rainey, Mark Schwing.


Tuesday - Friday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Private showings and consultations, by appointment only.


Sherry Washington Gallery 1274 Library Street Detroit, Michigan 48226


313.961.4500 - F: 313.961.4584


Sunday, July 19, 2009

Detroit - Style Review

One to watch:

The purpose of this blog is to serve as a resource for local women on stylish fashion and beauty options, both locally and beyond; and to promote local designers, boutiques and fashion events.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Dearborn - Call for Art

Wayne County Residents who live, work, or attend a Wayne County educational institution:

All Media Show
WCCAHH-Artists Among Us
Due July 24
Paderzieski Art Gallery-Dearborn
In Ford Community & performing Arts Center
15801 Michigan Ave
Dearbon, Mi 48126

Friday, July 17, 2009

Detroit - Concert of Colors

Concert of Colors offering FREE BOOTHS to orgs who work with kids

The Concert of Colors, Metro Detroit's annual diversity festival, brings global artists and audiences from various racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds together to showcase our diverse musical traditions.

The festival will take place on Saturday, July 18th, and Sunday, July 19th, 2009 at the Max M. Fisher Music Center located at 3711 Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Michigan. This year, the festival organizers are offering booth space free of charge (Concert of Colors outdoors exhibit area) to groups/organizations that will provide a free children’s activity to the public on both days.

For additional information, please contact Marshalle Montgomery at 313-664-2036 or by email at

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Sterling Heights - American-Polish Festival

The American-Polish Festival draws thousands of festival goers each year. Our Craft Show, will be showcased in a high traffic area of the festival grounds. For an entry fee of $50.00, you will be entitled to set up your display in a 15 ft by 10 ft area for the entire weekend. You will be responsible for your own canopies, tables and chairs. Space is limited. Admission to this festival/craft show is free to the public, however the county will charge a $7.00 per day parking fee to all crafters.

Hours: July 16 Friday 6-9, July 17 Saturday 12-9 and July 18 Sunday 12-6
Venue Name: Freedom Hill County Park
Address: 15000 Metro Parkway
City: Sterling Heights
Where: Sterling Heights-MI Venue
Price: Free, $7.00 Daily Parking charged by the County
When: 12:00pm Thu 7.16.09 with 2 other showtimes 7.16.09 through 7.18.09

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Ann Arbor - Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA)

If the Ann Arbor Art Fair weekend gets rain or to get a break from the heat, consider this an alternate plan:

On March 28, 2009, the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) opened a landmark 53,000-square-foot expansion and major restoration of its historic, 41,000-square-foot home, Alumni Memorial Hall. Designed by principal architect Brad Cloepfil and his team at Allied Works Architecture, the $41.9 million transformation not only more than doubles the space available for collections display, temporary exhibitions, programs and educational exploration, but also fulfills the Museum’s mission to bridge visual art and contemporary culture, scholarship and accessibility, tradition and innovation.

Art Equipment for Sale


Please contact Francia Williams for Appointment
313-580-9440 OR

Wood Crank Easel - accommodates paintings up to 6 ft tall. $600.00 *
Sarkis Sarkisian metal Easels - 2 - each: $60.00*
Drawing table (wood): $40.00*
Canvas - yards: Best offer
Wooden Travel Box with acrylic paint & brushes: $30.00
Wooden Stretchers - all sizes - .50 per piece.
18" - 20" - 22" - 24" - 30" - 32"
34" - 38" - 42" - 46" - 46" - 58"
Miter Saw: Best offer Circular Saw: Best Offer
Mat Cutters: 1 - Simplex Plus -Mat Cutter by Logan Model *750 $75.00*
2. Graphic Products - Professional Mat Cutting System - Framer's Edge #650 $150.00*
Mannequins: 2 Full: $50.00* 2 Torso: $30.00*
Drawing Paper (large): .25 per sheet
General's Pure Powdered Graphite - 6 oz: $5.00
Louvre Artists Soft Pastels (24 count) (wooden box): $25.00
Pastels - Oil: Pastels - Soft
Sketchbooks Drawing Boards Frames
Lighting: Fluorescent fixtures & bulbs (best offer) Spot Lights: $3.00
Tool Cabinet (on wheels): $20.00
Hardware Organizer: 5.00
Rotating fan on pedestal: $5.00
Assortment of sculpting and ceramic tools: $10.00

Monday, July 13, 2009

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Novi - Free Summer Sidewalk Series

12 Mile Crossing at Fountain Walk Novi - FREE Summer Sidewalk Series

Live music outside all 5 Saturdays in August from 4 - 7pm. There will be a featured artist each Saturday. ArtsNovi will have a canopy set up and the artist will display a few pieces and do a demonstration. No fee. Any artists interested please respond (or if you know of an artist who may be interested). Everyone please bring a chair and join us on a Saturday or two in August!

Thank you, The ArtsNovi Board

Music Lineup:

Aug 1 - The Mess-Arounds (Blues)
Aug 8 - Randy Brock Group - (Rock)
Aug 15 - Gia Warner/ Bobby Lewis (Pop)
Aug 22 - Grievous Angel (Americana)
Aug 29 - Spangler/Tope Trio - (Jazz)

Visual Artists:

Still not finalized

Ann Arbor - UofM Hospital Gifts of Art Employee Art Opening

Each year Gifts of Art presents an exhibition of the artwork of University of Michigan Health System employees and volunteers. This eagerly anticipated event showcases the exceptional talent and creativity of our staff. It is our pleasure to display the artistic accomplishments of our UMHS family.
This year's exhibition will be juried by Katherine Talcott, fresh from curating the Three Rivers Arts Festival (Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh), and now serving as the administrator for the Ann Arbor Public Art Commission. There will be prizes and ribbon awards for "Best in Category" and "Best in Show." A "People's Choice" award will be determined by the votes of visitors to the exhibit.
The Employee Art Exhibition will be on display June 22-August 17, 2009 in the Taubman Health Center Lobby, South Gallery, Level 1. Art submissions will be accepted June 8-12. Please fill out the form available at the link above – instructions are included.A reception honoring employee artists and their guests will be held on Tuesday, July 14, 2009 from 11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the gallery. Dr. Timothy Johnson, Bates Professor and Chair of OB/GYN and Professor of Women's Studies, will be hosting the event. All UMHS employees are cordially invited, and refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Detroit - Summer Fest Artist Reception

Join area artists Sewd and Pharoah's Treasure Box for this free two day Artist Reception and Sales Event.
July 11th 10am-6pm
July 12th 2pm-6pm
19503 Livernois Avenue
Don't forget the Jet Set event at the Whitney Saturday night, July 11 at 9 PM

Detroit - Jet Set at the Whitney

New information just in on how to ensure attendance at Jet Set at the Whitney Saturday, July 11 at 9 PM:

Friday, July 10, 2009

Ann Arbor - Shrines and Altars at Gallery Project

Artwork, above, "Christian World" by Dan Hernandez,

taken from Gallery Project Announcement

215 South 4th Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Royal Oak Art Fair

Outdoor Art Fair

Saturday, July 11, 2009 10 am to 6 pm

Sunday, July 12, 2009 10 am to 5 pm

Royal Oak Memorial Park, Corner of Woodward Ave and 13 Mile Road in Royal Oak

This is a juried fine art show sponsored by the Royal Oak Arts Council and Royal Oak Recreation. For more information please call 248.246.3180. Each year, artist applications will be available mid-January. All applications are due back in our office March 1. The show is set amoung the beautiful trees of Memorial Park and offers a unique blend of fine art and fine crafts. The show attracts artists from across the country and has national ranking as one of the top fairs in the United States. Artwork will be for sale in many categories including: drawing, painting, photography, clay, collage, glass, metal, wood, jewelry, leather/fiber, and mixed media. The Art Fair offers an excellent opportunity to purchase an original item for your home, office or as a gift. Food concessions will be on site for lunch and dinner. No dogs allowed in the Park.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

North Oakland Fine Arts Festival

July 10-12, 2009
North Oakland Fine Arts Festival

Olde World Canterbury Village is a 19th century village and designated historical landmark; it is host to 18 specialty shops and wonderful features including Aldridge’s Always Christmas shop & carousel, Canterbury Toy World, The Celtic Connection, Village Quilt shop, Canterbury Fudge Shoppe.

Restaurants include Kings Court Castle Restaurant or the Clansman Gaelic Pub. There’s something for everyone. More info at Approximately 125 high quality juried artists from around the world will participate. There are all mediums of art work including paintings, clay, glass, fiber, wood, jewelry, sculpture, photography and more. In addition to the great art work, there are live art demonstrations happening throughout the event, free entertainment, great food and Tween Art Competition for kids ages 13-19 which allows them to enter their art work to be publicly displayed and chance to win a cash prize. There is free admission and free parking.

Location: Olde World Canerbury Village
Contact: Patty Narozny
Phone: 248-684-2613

Additional Info: Hot Works Web Site