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

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