Saturday, December 14, 2013
Located in the quaint city of Berkley, Glazed Impressions by Miles Stearn is the go to pottery studio if you are looking for a one of kind gift. When you enter his studio/gallery space you will always be greeted by Miles or his lovely wife Jill. They both are warm and inviting, and I have to say, never before have I witnessed an artist taking so much time to tell people about his work. Passion comes to mind. Here is a man who loves what he does and it truly makes him happy. Nothing like being impressed by an artist who is living the dream! About 2 years ago Miles bought the building and completely renovated it. "It was a huge mess, but Miles had vision and boy did it show", said his wife and partner in art Jill Kraizman. Jill also teaches art to 6 and 7th graders in Southgate, but whenever she can she is right by Miles' side helping make his art business thrive. And thrive it does. I was there for well over an hour and every customer that came in got the VIP treatment and almost always walked out with a one of a kind piece of Miles' pottery. If you are in Berkley, stop buy the studio. Miles also spends his weekends in the summer participating in art fairs across Michigan, including the Ann Arbor Art Fair. The studio is located at 3784 12 Mile Road in Berkley. Call ahead for open hours, 248-345-7169
Friday, November 29, 2013
It is absolutely amazing what is going on in Detroit in the art world. Last year on a tour of the Quicken Loan offices I spoke to some employees who work at Bedrock, a Quicken company. Something one of them said really stuck with me. They said after all the survey's and studies on how to revitalize the once great city of Detroit, they all had one theme in common. GET THE ARTISTS ON BOARD!! Yes this is true. Not just because the artists will move to Detroit, but because art connects us all. It plays a major roll in many of our lives. Some of us more then others, but you have to admit you see art every day. So now we talk about Innerstate Gallery. The owners are so in touch with the community, they have created a gallery and online art store that is literally booming! The current exhibit they are featuring is Versatile featuring the artwork of graffiti artist COPE2. Also located on the side streets of the Eastern Market, the red dots (meaning sold artworks) were more abundant then any gallery opening I have seen in Birmingham in the past year. If you like art, this is a must see gallery. Check them out on the web and on Facebook. Support these artists and you are supporting our great city of Detroit. http://innerstategallery.com https://www.facebook.com/InnerStateGallery?directed_target_id=0
Something really exciting is happening in Detroit, and so many people still don't know about it. Enter The Red Bull House of Art Detroit. Located in Detroit's Eastern Market district, this cavernous underground space, once used as a prohibition hideaway has been transformed into a raw artist studio space. This is the 6th cycle in the art gallery space where artists who work in a variety of media, from oil paintings, to fiber to steel sculptures get a chance to show Detroit what they can do. It is a chance for a new crop of artists to get some amazing exposure. I have been to every one of the new cycle openings. It is jam packed with people, energy and great music. I even saw one of the members of the band the Rascals getting down on the dance floor this past cycle. The artists have just eight weeks to create an entire body of work for the exhibition. “It’s supposed to represent a variety of different artists and mediums,” said Matt Eaton, who curated the show. “I’m curating personalities, people who are passionate about what they do and the process. I think it turned out being a diplomatic broad selection of work without forcing my taste. "The mission here, obviously, is to give people wings," said Matt Eaton, director and curator of Red Bull House of Art. "It's absolutely not a matter of finding the coolest artists. It's a matter of finding the most passionate artists with the most to lose if they take any risks, and giving them an opportunity to really take risks." Join the Red Bull House of Art Facebook page and get to the next cycle opening!
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Recently I gave notice at work. Not because I hate my job, but because I have decided it is time to move on to bigger and better things. I am considering heading back to college for my Masters in Fine Art and Curation. My last day is November 3, which coincides with the opening of Detroit Assemblage at The Janice Charach Gallery. So I figured instead of deleting my blog, I would become a blogger of gallery openings. So invite me to your openings!!! I will be reviewing the art, the artists and maybe even the food. I mean, who better to blog about these things then me, a reformed gallery director. Stay tuned..........
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Els 4 Gats, "Out With the New, in with the Old" opened to rave reviews from the community. This exhibit highlights a year long collaboration from artists Tony Roko & Bowen Kline. "The exhibit encourages viewers to take an intellectual look at the works, examing the order & process of two contrasting artists working simulaneously, as a 'third' emerges. Join us now through October 10th
Thursday, June 20, 2013
When you get a call from The Beit Hatfutsot Museum in Israel about an exciting exhibit, you do not stop and even think about it, YOU BOOK IT! The exhibit, Let My People Go is the exclusive Midwest engagement. It depicts a heroic chapter in Jewish history, and especially Metro Detroit history, and a powerful example of Jewish Solidarity. The exhibit tells of the struggle by and on behalf of the Soviet Jews to make aliyah and the sacrafices they made to assert their Jewish identity and gain religious freedom. Included in the exhibit: Photos, posters and documentary film clips that tell the story of the Jewish people in the former Soviet Union. Stories of Detroit Russian-Jewish families A Samovar collection A collection of contemporary artists take on the Russian (nesting) Matryouska doll A Russian Graffit installation The Lost & Found Project theatrical group Lectures by Tvi Gitelman & ALexia Zimberg The Detroit Puppet Theater performs in The Berman Center for the performing arts. A SHOWING OF THE MOVIE, Refusnik at the Downtown Synagogue in Detroit. Here are some pictures from opening weekend.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The gallery is happy to once again collaborate with the College for Creative Studies and join Michigan in celebrating Glass month. The featured artists this year are from The Detroit Glass House, Taylor Kurrle and Andrea Oleniczak, both graduates of CCS. In the upper gallery some of the finest ceramic artists from Michigan show off their work. At the opening we had Deanna Clyne do an on site demo of wheel throwing. The exhibit runs now through May 16.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Local Michigan artist Barbara Keidan Guest curates this amazing exhibition on women painters. The artists featured in the exhibit include: Barbara Keidan Leslie Masters Darcy Scott Elizabeth Sylvester Andrea Tama Fran Wolok Join us until February 7th for this beautiful show.