Sunday, May 31, 2009

Nature Photography by Keith Amatz

I just received a request to support a colleague. Take a look at this web site:

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Detroit - Artist Moving Out Sale

Let's support a colleague with his transition. It will be sad to see him go. Donn Perez is a very talented artist who I recommend seeing before he leaves. Detail below:

Moving Out Sale
[art work, photography, furniture, booth, tools, materials, drawings, etcetera….]
sitios, art + architecture studio
may 30th 2009 @ 6:00 pm

russell industrial center
1600 Clay St - Detroit, MI 48211
building #2 ≈ I-75 service drive side entrance
second floor – suite 220 [be orange]
donn angel perez, architect / artist. 248.884.3355
hors d'oeuvres, drinks + venezuelan images + music. see map for location of studio:

google address: 1600 clay st. Detroit, MI 48211

Friday, May 29, 2009

Hang Artwork with Picasso Cafe in Novi

Looking for an opportunity to hang artwork? Consider this one:

Picasso Cafe
39915 Grand River
Novi, Mi • 48375
phone 248-427-0600

Detroit - Dozier Announces Art Openings

a n e c l e c t i c c o m p i l a t i o n b y J . H . D o z i e r

FRIDAY: MAY 29, 2009:

6pm-8pm Ann Arbor Art Center:
Michigan Silversmiths Guild: Jewelry+Objects
2000 Membership Exhibition, group show
info: (734)994-8004; 117 W. Liberty St., Ann Arbor, MI.

6pm-9pm Gallery Project:
Race (aren’t homo sapiens inherently africans?), group show
(is race a social/political construction to attain an economic end?)
info: (734)997-7012; 215 S. Fourth St., Ann Arbor, MI.

6pm-10pm 2739 Edwin:
Walking Distance group show
2739 Edwin St., Hamtramck, MI.

7pm-10pm Washington St. Gallery:
Fortunes and Other Visual Responses, art by Valerie Mann
info: (734) 761-2287; 306 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, MI.

7pm-11pm 4th Avenue Gallery:
Turning The Tables Group Show
8pm-12am Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit: Events

To be included on this distribution, send a quick note with the message "please add me to the list" to:

And, of course, I must thank Mr. Dozier for his support of my modest blog!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Cranbrook - Eclipse

Eclipse shines light on evening of celebration at Cranbrook Art Museum

Expect the unexpected as Cranbrook Art Museum opens its doors for Eclipse…A Serious Moonlight Celebration on Saturday, May 30 from 6:30 p.m. to midnight. This spectacular event promises a full night of entertainment filled with auctions, dancing, great food and live music spanning the spectrum from cool jazz to rhythmic dance tunes. And don’t miss out on Cranbrook’s world-famous hummer bar – the perfect way to stay cool on a warm spring night!

Eclipse patron tickets are $125 per person for the first ticket and $100 for additional tickets. These passes include valet parking, hors d’oeuvres, champagne and an opportunity to participate in the live auction. Friends tickets are $75 per person and $50 for additional tickets and provide admittance to the Eclipse main event, starting at 8 p.m. To purchase tickets, please call 248 645.3032 or e-mail at Click here for additional details.

Also, there is lots to see at

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Detroit - Meeting

As posted by on Facebook:

Spacewalk is an infusion of art in the streets, unity of communities, and care for those in need. Can ART make a difference? YES - even more important YOU ARE THE ART that makes the difference. We are seeking participants, sideshows, crafty people, wonderfully helpful people, and those that care about the city and its inhabitants.

United with multiple charity organizations, we are daily holding conversations to do more with everyone.

Our weekly planning meetings have had a weekly increase in attendance of 100% new faces. That means every week we double in potential impact and you can play a part in that in some very simple ways.

Every finger lifted adds momentum to the cause.

There is no cost to attend these planning meetings, we do hold them at restaurants and bars around downtown Detroit to familiarize everyone with the locations we are traveling through. We do not hold planning meetings on a specific day of the week either, each week it moves. This week's meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 27 8-9:30 PM at Cass Cafe.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Movie Industry

Check out the latest on the local film industry:

Monday, May 25, 2009

Detroit - Tracey Vitkay and other local talent in the news

The press releases that I sent out on my current gallery show are catching on with Google News and This show was organized by Laura Deljanin and hosted at the brand new location for Studio 555 Gallery.

Artists exhibited at this Art in Motion show include:

Laura Deljanin
Tracey Vitkay
Dennis Jacobs
Michael Shuster
Edward Vaughn
Judy Cho
Joe Flis
Joey Disaster
and other emerging and established local talent

Thank you to Ted Cantu of

End of year Dance School Shows

With it being the end of the school year, community dance schools are holding recitals, which are excellent community art events to support.

I will check out the performances by Gale's Dance Phase of South Lyon/Wixom the weekend of June 5-7.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Livonia - Art from the Heart

Art from the Heart- Second Weekend of June (13th and 14th)

The annual Arts Festival is held the second weekend in June on the Civic Center grounds, located at Five Mile and Farmington Roads. The Festival features over 100 juried exhibitors, free admission and parking, entertainment and food booths. Applications may be obtained by calling 734-466-2540.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Paris of the West

This is a posting from the Paris of the West (Detroit) as posted on Facebook:

To submit to Paris of the West Issue 1
  • please send 100 copies of your postcard-sized work, by June 1, 2009
  • Paris of the West/E. Isakson Studio 3104731 Grand River AveDetroit, MI 48208
  • Please include your address with your submission to receive a complementary copy of Paris of the West upon the magazine's completion.
Watch for Paris of the West on Facebook for more detail.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Music & Art at the DIA

Friday Night Live!

The Detroit Institute of Arts has always been known for great art, but now it has a reputation for presenting great live music. You can experience music from around the world and around Detroit at Friday Night Live! The new DIA is open late every Friday night with live music, art-making workshops, drawing in the galleries, guided tours and much more. Activities take place from 6 to 10 p.m. and are FREE with museum admission. See below for upcoming Friday Night Live! events. The new DIA. Let yourself go!

Tonight, its Phil Kline's Zippo Songs: Poems from The Front
Friday, May 22, 2009
7 & 8:30 p.m.

Detroit - Electronic Music Festival

May 23-25, 2009 (Saturday-Monday)

As many people know (and remember?), techno music has origins in the city of Detroit going back to the early 90s. Earlier festivals went by different names such as Trance Fest and such. I find it interesting to learn that this festival is now touring world-wide. Take a look at the web site:

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Bravo!Bravo! Fundraiser for Detroit Opera House

BravoBravo! 2009 10th Anniversary
JUNE 5, 2009 7:30 P.M. - 12:30 A.M.

Buy Early - This Event Will Sell Out! $95 thru May 31
$105 starting June 1
On Sale Online or call (313) 961-3500, option 6, ext 3200
Detroit Opera House 1526 Broadway, Detroit, MI 48226(313) 961-3500
"Jazz Age" Sophisticate Attire: 1920s inspired designs or contemporary cocktail. No denim or casual attire. 21+ event.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Creme de la Creme Fundraiser

As posted at

Weekend Events: Creme de la Creme
May 19, 2009

See the Dress Firsthand Fashion fiends, the socially conscious and Detroit's who's who will gather Friday night for an evening of divine elegance known as Creme de la Creme.This exquisite event will feature the premiere of the exclusive "Carrie Dress" by Vivienne Westwood. This handmade creation was hand sown by Westwood herself and is one of only 30 in the world. Worn by Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City this dress became a fashion sensation around the world. The dress will be showcased at the event and offered up for auction. The evening will take place at the Detroit Athletic Club and will include delicious food, top shelf drinks and more. The night will highlight Detroit made products and will toast Detroit's innovative spirit. Sip Valentine vodka, try delicious Detroit inspired food and rub shoulders with local celebrities such as Jon Jordan and others at this incredible event. A portion of the evening's proceeds will benefit the Ilitch Charities as part of a "so-co" initiative promoting social consciousness.

South Lyon - Plein Air Artist Opportunity

Four Seasons Garden Walk which is scheduled for July 11th is looking for some artists to ‘plein air’ paint in various gardens that day.

or call: 248-437-8291

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Detroit - Studio 555 will display my work!

The well respected and newly remodeled Studio 555 in Detroit has accepted my work as part of a show opening this weekend, May 23 at 7 PM and will run through June 13.
Join us at the Opening Night Reception this Saturday, May 23 at 7 PM.
5716 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48210
(313) 894-4202

Northville - Michael Farrell Lecture at Art House

May 20, 2009 - Michael Farrell Lecture Series

The on-going lecture series with renowned art historian, Michael Farrell continues at the Northville Art House on the 3rd Wednesday of the month through May. Attendees will enjoy the featured presentations on Vincent van Gogh.

Location: Northville Art House215 W. Cady
Time: 7:30pm
Fee: Adults ($10 per lecture) Students ($5 per lecture)
Contact: Northville Arts Commission 248-344-0497 or visit them online.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Detroit - Scarab Club Workshops

Scarab Club is in the city of Detroit.

Thursday, May 21, there will be a coctail party from 6-7 and figure drawing workshop 7-10 ($7), with a format of bringing your own sketchpad and tools for short (15-45 minute) poses.

Find drop-in group workshops most Thursdays and Saturdays.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Second City Comedy Club Night

Time: May 19, 2009 from 8pm to 10pm
Location: Novi, MI Second City Comedy Club at Andiamo

An artist in the network has completed her class at Second City Comedy Club in Novi and a group is going to the final performance to show support. Anyone interested is welcome to join ArtsNOVI on Tuesday, May 19 at 8:00 PM at Second City in Novi, just upstairs from Andiamo. Bring a friend! Back to Second City Comedy Club Night

Livonia - Film Series


The Livonia Civic Center Library will be showing a new independent film one Monday evening each month as part of the Film Movement Series. These are award winning films that are released on DVD simultaneously as they are released in theatres and include independent films and foreign productions. The films are intended for mature audiences and may have adult content or subject matter. This month's film will be shown on Monday May 18th at 6:30 pm in the newly renovated Civic Center Auditorium. If you cannot attend the performances, the Film Movement presentations will be added to our DVD collection shortly after this one-time showing. This month's presentation is the 2008 drama from the Czech Republic "The Country Teacher" about a talented young gay teacher and his friendship with a woman and her troubled son. More information on this and upcoming films can now be found on our webpage at

For more information please call the Civic Center Library at (734) 466-2197.

Brighton - Art at the Library

Art at the Library is a popular program for art in public places administered by the Brighton Art Guild. The juried exhibits feature one 2-D and one 3-D Artist exhibiting together for several weeks at the Brighton District Library, which serves over 750 visitors per day. The 2010 Series of Art at the Library is accepting applications through June 12, 2009. Artists must be adult residents of Michigan.

Visit for details and an application form.

Or contact
Peggy Brewer, Art at the Library Coordinator

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Russell Bazaar - Electronic Music Arts Expo

Event: Electronic Music Arts Exhibition

Opening reception is Saturday, May 16th 6:00 - 10:00 pm
Show runs from May 16th - May 26th
Hosted by: The Russell Bazaar
Where: The Exhibiton Center @ The Russell Bazaar

Rochester Hills - Fine Art at the Village

Saturday, May 16, 10-9
Sunday, May 17, 12-6

Friday, May 15, 2009

Detroit - Studio 555 Open House

Support Studio 555 on May 16, 2009 for its Open Studios and Exhibition 7 pm - 12 am

Volunteers have reconstructed six studios that are occupied by local artists and nonprofit community organizations, a photography darkroom, and a communal work space. Gallery space is underway with this Opening Exhibition scheduled for May 16, 2009.

555 Gallery - Studios 4884 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48208
Phone and fax Call: 1.888.495.ARTS

Plymouth - Drive-in Movie Night Out

Looking for a change of pace with a movie?

Sneak Peak Weekends:
May 15, 16
May 22, 23, 24
Open 7 days per week starting
June 12th-September 6th!

The Magic is Back this Summer!
2-for-1 Double Features
Three Large Screens
New Releases Weekly
See the Summer's Biggest Hits!

Detroit Downtown Hoedown

27th Anual WYCD Detroit Downtown Hoedown

Friday, May 15 2:00p
at Hart Plaza, Detroit, MI

As posted by (Detroit News):

"The world's largest free country concert event" will feature Willie Nelson, Rodney Atkins and Lee Ann Womack among the more than 50 artists who have been enlisted for this year's Downtown Hoedown. The free 27th annual concert features 20 national artists and more than 30 local acts of all genres of country music.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

East Lansing Art Festival

2009 East Lansing Art Festival

Saturday May 16, 10am - 6pm
Sunday May 17, 10am - 5pm

Ben Harper at St. Andrews Hall

Ben Harper will be performing May 15 at St. Andrews Hall. This band is one of my creative influences. I hear that his live performances are legendary.

Here is what the Detroit News has to say about St. Andrews Hall:

A legendary live music venue. Historic Saint Andrew's hosted the Chili Peppers, Soundgarden, Nirvana and Pearl Jam. The converted church today continues to host live bands and DJs.

Royal Oak - Wine Stroll

Looking for inspiration?

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Robert Kidd Gallery (Birmingham) - Cathy Daley

Opening May 16, 2009: Cathy Daley
Recent Works on Vellum

Simple elegance through fresh and masterful strokes of the brush... Daley's powerful pastel-wash drawings in rich blacks and subtle translucent grays are sexy and stylish. Her work offers a forceful critique of the fashion industry and the recognition of fashion as an object of pleasure, an embodiment of fantasy, and a vehicle of play.

This Saturday, May 16th, 5-8pm: Bring a friend for an evening with the artist and her stunning recent works.

Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit

Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit will continue its production of Crossing 8 Mile for only three more shows at the DIA on May 15th, 16th and 17th. Check out the rave review by noted Detroit Theatre Critic Donald V. Calamia on LiveJournal.Com:

Among its many other credits, Mosaic was awarded $85,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts for its FY 09 Youth Ensemble and Intermediate Training Programs, the largest NEA grant given to any arts or cultural organization in Michigan.


Star Trec is More than a Movie!

Hear the sounds of Star Trec and Star Wars at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Hall May 14-17:

Good Morning America's Jobs Expo

Good Morning America's Jobs Expo coming to Detoit May 19th @ Cobo Hall, 6 am - 12 pm:

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Open Audition for TV Series "The Wannabes"

(WXYZ) - Producers have put out a casting call for people to appear in the new TV series "The Wannabes."The show, which will be entirely produced in Michigan, stars the group Savvy. It will begin filming this summer at Parker High School in Howell. Ferndale based S3 Entertainment Group is hosting an open casting call this Wednesday. It will run from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 13 at the Radisson Hotel. That's located at 39475 Woodward in Bloomfield Hills.

Detroit Artist Market All Media Open Exhibition

Current DAM Exposition: All Media Open Exhibition (2d and 3d)
on display now through June 6.

Check out Metro Detroit Artist Bob Lezuch as shown at the Detroit Artist Market on opening night:

I was also introduced to the work of Dan Kestler at this show.

Detroit Museum Passes

Did you know that it is possible to check out a Museum Pass from your local library?


In the first year, over 100,000 people visited museums through this program. Start your adventure today! Visit your public library to check out a pass for two or four free admissions, depending on location, to one of these exciting museums. MAP passes may be restricted, per individual library policy, only to borrowers who are registered at the library that serves the community in which they reside. If the library you intend to use is not in your municipality, call to confirm availability and circulation policies before visiting the library.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Exhibition: Souped-up Pontiac at Museum of New Art in Pontiac

Exhibition: Souped-up Pontiac
MAY 10 - JUNE 7
Museum hours: 12 - 6pm, Thursday through Saturday

The museum is located at 7 North Saginaw, Pontiac
Web site:

Artists Supporting Michigan Parks

It was brought to my attention that the Proud Lake Recreation Area in Wixom will be celebrating its 90th anniversary on Saturday, July 18th, 2009 and is looking to involve community Artists!

The objective: to attract visitors of all ages to join in celebrating Michigan's great outdoors!

Proud Lake will be hosting many activities this day, including geocaching, bounce houses, fishing and a music festival.

Proud Lake is extending an invitation to Michigan vendors to be part of this event FREE OF CHARGE and are welcome to sell goods, if applicable. Those who respond early will be included with free publicity too.

For more information:

Proud Lake Recreation Area
3500 Wixom Road
Commerce Twp., MI 48382
or call Bobbi Audette at 248.685.2433

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Ronald McDonald House - Deck the Walls

I will be involved with this art display, fundraiser and open house scheduled for next month. Opening is scheduled for June 18. Artists are enhancing the place with murals and hanging artwork with the intent to sell. More opportunities will follow in future months.

Second Friday in Flint

Check out the art community in Flint every month for the second Friday art walks. Don't miss the Art is in Market on site with the Farmer's market. Also, the Flint Art Council ( will host an event along with the the Flint Institute of Arts ( and area galleries.

Also, Flint has a performance of Cirque Dreams tonight at 7. For more info, visit

Call For Art

Note to artists:

One of the largest hospital displays of artwork is holding its call for art for one more week. Selected Artists will exhibit work throughout the galleries of UofM Ann Arbor hospital for two month intervals during the 2009 - 2010 exhibit season.

Gifts of Art
Call for Entries
300 North Ingalls
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5470

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Hang Artwork at the Oakwood Hospital Galleries

Interested in hanging artwork purposefully? Oakwood Hospital, based in Dearborn, MI is actively searching for area Artists to get involved with the Arts For the Spirit Program. I will be hanging my artwork there in September and October. Other respected area artists that have been involved with this program include Monte Nagler, Michelle Hinz, Jim Smutek, just to name a few. For more information, contact:

Allie Gerlach
Arts for the Spirits Planner
Oakwood Hospital