The painting process is a mystery that never fails to inspire and challenge me. I choose the subjects I do to connect with people. I want a reaction, and I hope my paintings lead the viewer to see the object in an entirely different way. Broken color, chiaroscuro, temperature shifts, intense color, and dramatic sizing are some of the methods I employ to draw my audience in. I am particularly drawn to iconic imagery from American Life. I find everyday objects we take for granted to be rich in character, history and beauty if we just take the time to look at them.
These images may be of a lone object: a rotary telephone, a gum ball machine, a car or a beat up baseball.
I want to captivate the viewer through the outer shell of technique. Once I get the viewer’s attention, I want to activate thought and discussion about my subject, the cultural relevance to be recognized, and the feeling emulated to be contagious.
Luden's, oil on canvas, 40 x 30
Gum Balls, oil on canvas, 30 x 40
Sprinkled, oil on canvas, 20 x 20
Pink With Swirls, oil on canvas, 20 x 20
Julian Wong is an artist and designer. The Kresge Foundation and various collectors all over the world have collected his work. He exhibits frequently in the USA. Aside from being a fine artist, Julian is also an accomplished industrial designer. His designs can be found in collections at The Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel, and Target. Julian also illustrates children’s books and is currently working on several children’s projects.
Julian was born in Boston but grew up in Hong Kong. He studied traditional Chinese painting in Hong Kong, and then continued his fine arts training at UC Santa Cruz. Afterward, he studied industrial design at California College of Art. Currently he lives with his wife and two sons in Detroit, Michigan dividing his time between design and illustration.
Dream, ink and paint on wood panel, 36" x 48"
Snake Eat Frog, ink and paint on wood panel, 36" x 48"
I describe myself as a whimsical expressionist, combining my love of painting, mosaic, and paper sculpture. Exploring color, texture, and design, my creations are inspired by everything. My style is whimsical - inspired by life, enhanced by my imagination.
I work in acrylics, painted papers and re-purposed materials.Most recently experimenting in print-making without a press (monotype and linocut), and mixed media on paper (watercolor, gouache, gesso).
Lake Series, acrylic and hand-painted papers on canvas, 48" x 24"
Mother Earth Series; Petal ; Leaf ; Wing, acrylic and hand-painted papers on canvas, 20" x 20" each
Born in Detroit in 1974, Weatherly Melchers Stroh comes from a long lineage of artists including sculptor, Julius Melchers and American Impressionist painter, Gari Melchers. Continuing in the family tradition, Stroh is an oil painter and sculptor specializing in animal portraits and landscapes.
Stroh’s career as a painter and sculptor brings together a variety of aspects of her life - as a young art student at Cranbrook-Kingswood, as a girl growing up on a horse farm in Metamora, and as an avid, nationally ranked horsewoman. With this foundation, Stroh returned to her love of painting after following other professional, personal and artistic pursuits. A graduate from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art and a Master’s degree in Education, she turned her focus from using art as an educational tool to painting full time in 2010.
Stroh’s work can be found in a myriad of public and private art collections both in the United States and abroad. A class member of L. Brooks Patterson’s 2013 Elite 40 under 40, a 2013 MI Great Artist finalist, and the 2014 MI Great Artist winner, Stroh currently works out of her studio in Birmingham, Michigan.
As an advocate for all animals, a portion of the proceeds of her painting sales goes to the Michigan Humane Society.
each original oil on canvas, panel or linen:
Sunlit Grey #2
Isle Royale #1
I have been making art, in one way or another, for most of my life. I feel fortunate to be able to experience the joy that comes from being creative. After studying art for many years, learning about different techniques and a variety of media, I decided to forget the rules and experiment. Observing how children make art with no parameters, I was inspired to explore my creative process with such freedom.
I work intuitively with each piece. I have some overall themes in mind when I begin, but once the first few strokes are on the canvas, the painting takes over and decides my next step. My interest in abstraction, geometric shapes, color, and line, greatly influence the construction of each painting. The work of Paul Klee, Romare Bearden, Cy Twombly, Hundertwasser and Charles McGee, have been my inspirations.
each original mixed media on canvas :
Artist Mike Sivak has a varied professional and creative background. Born and raised on the eastside of Detroit, he spent his college years playing bass in the Bluegrass band Stony Creek while earning a B.S. in Biology & Chemistry from Eastern University, Ypsilanti, MI. In the early 70’s he moved to Southern California to be a musician, but ultimately worked in the gold industry of Los Angeles as a courier, flying to New York and the Far East on a regular basis.
After winning the lottery while in L.A., he went back to school to pursue his true passion: Art. In 1995, Mike graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA with a B.F.A. in Illustration. Soon after graduation, he moved north to the Bay Area to work for an internet startup company. Working in the SOMA district of San Francisco during the booming dot-com era, Mike worked with teams designing online 3D worlds for clients that included Steven Spielberg, IBM, British Telecom, MGM, Aerosmith, Britney Spears, and David Bowie, among others.
In 2001, Mike returned to Michigan, taking up residence in Ann Arbor with his wife Julie Renfro, also a professional artist, and their (many) cats. His work has been exhibited in galleries and fairs throughout southeast Michigan.
Throughout his life Mike has pursued art making and processes, and he continues to explore different techniques and mediums. His body of artwork includes painting, collage, mixed media assemblage, and sculpture. His work has been exhibited in galleries and fairs throughout southeast Michigan.
New Series: acrylic paint, archival digital print, hand-painted frames 14" x 17";
My Circus, My Monkeys
Peace For Our Time
MARY ANN GRAUF
MaryAnn has been doing ceramics for 30 years. She has taught children and adults and has been a studio potter making functional and decorative ceramics. She received her BFA in ceramics from College for Creative Studies where she also was an adjunct instructor for eight years. Currently Mary Ann teaches ceramics at Historic Pewabic Pottery in Detroit, and also maintains a studio in downtown Detroitwhere she focuses on conceptual and sculptural work.
I am a creator with an insatiable curiosity who is fascinated with the beauty and symmetry of nature’s gifts. I seek to preserve the energy of nature with clay and honor my sense of wonder of the architecture of seeds, pods, and leaves. I continually explore new avenues to problem solve different arenas by combining a multitude of shapes within a contained format. I am drawn to positive and negative space and how it relates to the total arrangement of form. Spatial relationship serves to compliment the vignette of repetitive patterning and elevate the details. Botanical shapes are used tocreate images in clay to compliment each other with a simplified harmony and invite the viewer for a closer observation of the design elements in our surroundings. I am inspired by the dramatic effects of light and shadow and I continue to explore this through my practice as I believe it brings a new interactive dimension to my work. Mary Ann Grauf
Sweetgum, porcelain, 8" x 8"; 6" x 6"; 4" x 6" :
These mixed media paintings begin with lines. Lines drawn out-of-doors with rapid gestures from my Asian brush dipped in a paper cup of ink. Back in the studio, I glue layers of colored papers (translucent Japanese kozo sheets, French opaque Mi-Teintes, candy-wrapper foils…) over the original drawings, sometimes razoring through the colored papers to reveal the lines below. A final layer of acrylic protects and unifies the many layers.
In this way, drawings that begin in the visual world of individual flowers and Great Lakes grasses quickly become abstract, focusing on the rhythms and layered patterns of our world much as jazz or classical music bend and transform simple melodies into musical journeys.
Meighen Jackson holds a MFA in painting from the University of Cincinnati and a BFA with honors from Michigan State University. She is represented by Walter Wickiser Gallery in NYC and shows locally and internationally.
Danae's Garden, mixed media: ink, art papers, foil, on canvas, 50 x 36
July 3, 4, 5
paper collage and acrylic ink on canvas
8 x 36 x 3 each
Raised in South Bend Indiana, David attended Indiana University and then the University of Michigan Law School. He practiced with a large law firm in Detroit for 36 years. He has embraced making art full-time for 15 years, with a studio in Detroit’s Pioneer Building.
Largely self-taught, David also studied fine art at Wayne State University, under the instruction of wonderful teacher-artists, including Peter Williams, Adrian Hatfield, John Hegerty, Mel Rosas, and Kristen Beaver.
David has enjoyed success in one-person and group shows in Detroit, Grosse Pointe, Cleveland, Ohio, in addition to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where he spent winters for more than 10 years.
Totems, oil on wood
Fall 1955, oil on canvas 33 x 28
Sunday Morning, oil on canvas 20 x 24
Kyle 'RISE' Irving
I am Kyle ‘RISE’ Irving, and I am a Detroit artist.
The finished product is not the only story told by my work. It starts with a sketch, to the layers, and builds an image from blank canvas to the final piece hanging on the wall. Each one of my pieces tells a story unto itself.
Over the years, I have evolved from a student using charcoal and pencils, to diving into the world of graffiti and spray paint, and eventually fusing all these techniques together into a style that I have dubbed “Hooligan Art”. I do not like to stay stagnant; I push, move and constantly evolve as a person and as an artist. This is how you become great.
Here I am, to RISE above.
Refined Beauty, mixed media on canvas 16 x 20
Irish Fields, mixed media on canvas18 x 24
In The Wind, mixed media on canvas, 16 x 20
Sea Foam Stag, mixed media on canvas, 16 x 20
I started as a painter but soon became interested in printmaking. Enjoying the process of the print, I began layering the color and chemically amending the components of the inks, deeply fascinated with the way ink reacted with pigments, varnishes and various mediums. This interest in reactionary versus stable colors has changed the palette in which I paint and the way I perceive color.
As my experimentations with color and imagery suggest, the emotional tenor of my art over the last year has evolved from hard edge, highly active compositions of curved and angular segments (“Perennial”) to soft, veiled images that now, to my surprise and delight, verge on quietude and resolution.
With a BFA from Wayne State University majoring in Painting and Printmaking, Ed currently works in his studio in the Burton Building in Midtown Detroit.
A graduate of the College For Creative Studies – BFA, printmaking, Janet Hamrick has been an important, active member of the Detroit art community for more than four decades. With more than six solo exhibitions in addition to inclusion in more than 30 group exhibitions, her work is also included in the permanent collections of The Detroit Institute of Arts; DaimlerChrysler, Detroit; Oakland Community College, Farmington, MI; Sprint Communications, as well as Stowers Institute, Kansas City, MO.
My desire to paint stems from a need to express the compulsion of a repetitive movement, on the way to becoming the artwork.
Water lines Water shadows Water depths
I find myself drifting into the tension between these forms, based on both a rational dialectic of design, and an irrational weave of color and spatial elements. The technical possibilities of each medium, the watercolor precision, the flexibility of oil on canvas, or the stark formal air of printmaking, lend a special texture to each kind of tension. And there seems to be no end to the weave.
Whisper, oil on panel, 12 x 12
Always, oil on panel, 12 x 12
Red Jewelweed 2, oil on linen on panel, 12 x 9
Red Jewelweed 1, oil on linen on panel, 12 x 9
Lisa Farris has been working in ceramics for over 30 years, at first as a part time passion and more recently as a career. She earned her BFA from the University of Michigan, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She continued her ceramic education at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in Atlanta and Oakland Community College in Michigan.
This is what happens when I sit down to work: I think about the charm and beauty of my own children’s drawings when they were about 4 years old. How great and strange and uninhibited their art was when they saw themselves as nothing more than a giant head, long skinny legs and maybe some hair. Then I think about cave paintings and African masks and celebratory tribal costumes with crazy juxtapositions of shapes and scale. I think of all the old stuff I love in the Met or the Field Museum -- all of those ancient objects dug up from some long-lost island or jungle or desert. I think about Egyptian mummies and their crazy-elaborate necklaces and baubles. How when they died, they loved their objects so much, they had to be buried with them. These vast and varied influences get all jumbled up in my brain -- to me it seems like everyone, for thousands of years, is just trying to express joy in the everyday world.
Most recently, Lisa has ventured into the art fair circuit, where she has won numerous awards.
Garden Totems, ceramic with metal base. May be enjoyed indoors and outdoors. Approximately 4' - 6' tall:
Snake, side one
Snake, side two
Kelly Kaatz graduated from Wayne State University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts focusing on metals and sculpture. Years later after taking a ceramic class at Oakland Community College, Kelly fell in love with clay and built a studio in her home in Ferndale, Michigan.
The creation of my forms using hand-building techniques, with minimal use of tools, enables me to further the idea of clay as a natural material. In a visceral conception, my hand in clay produces a powerful finished piece, which captures a moment in the process. The nature of my methods is embodied in my work, and each serve as narrative to the other.
All of my functional pieces are organic and fluid which makes them comfortable and exciting to use on an everyday basis.
Kelly Kaatz Ceramics was started in 2013 and focuses on contemporary hand-built creations that are sculptural and functional.
Christian Helser (b. 1986) explores the convergence of the historiographical, social history, and pedestrian life
in his paintings. By alternating loose brush strokes with controlled representation nodded to Bernd and Hilla Becher school, Helser’s work reveals that history is not only autobiographical but draws an affiliation of identity through styles reminiscent of American Regionalist artists such as Edward Hopper and Andrew Wyeth while promoting, in essence, a sense of personal propaganda. His current series of Maybee, Michigan explores how individual and collective memory inform each other to create a communal sense of personal identity through familiar nostalgic places, memorials, and objects.
Earning his BA in ceramics from Siena Heights University in Adrian, MI (2010), Helser then attended Eastern Michigan University’s Post Graduate program (2010 -2012) to pursue graduate studies in painting. Completing his MFA in painting at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University in 2016, Helser now lives in Grand Rapids, MI where he teaches Painting and Drawing.
A creative professional, I have a penchant for identifying and enhancing beauty in the seemingly mundane. I like the use of color and the obvious sense of freedom of abstract expressionism. Wanting that freedom lead me to explore abstract painting.
I do not know where I learned to drip and scrape paint but had been doing it long before studying formally, unbeknownst that others were also doing it. I believe my art shows the influence of abstract expressionist artists of the 1940's and 50’s such as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Sam Gilliam, and a lesser known female artist, Janet Sobel.
I prefer the freedom of working on larger canvases, relying on household items, hardware tools, sticks, etc. Most of my paintings are created without a brush. As I tell the curious, I drip, drag, splash and scrape. This requires many layers, often taking weeks to complete. Most of my paintings are purely intuitive. I don't think ahead. I gather different hues of paint, and then let my mind and hand go as gravity does its thing! I considered the painting done when I get a certain feeling of satisfaction, knowing that the viewers will interpret things that I usually do not see, resulting in stimulating discussion.
Syncopated 7, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 36
untitled, acrylic on canvas, 16 x 40
Woven Again, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 40
Syncopated III, acrylic on canvas, 16 x 40
Since I was a young boy living in the Southwest desert, in El Paso, Texas, I have been collecting found objects and making assemblages. For the past 30 years I have exhibited through out Metro Detroit, Canada, Mexico and Germany, with the highlight of my career showing my collages at Cranbrook Museum in a 1995 exhibit curated by Gilda Snowden.
In the 1990's I received two grants from Michigan Council for the Arts to organize and exhibit Contemporary Latino Art Exhibit that traveled statewide. Also in 1994 I received an Individual Artist’s Grant from Michigan Council for the Arts.
For the past thirty-plus years I have taken bronze casting classes at the
College for Creative Studies Foundry taught by Professor Todd Erickson.
Through my long association with first generation Cass Corridor artist, James Crawford, I’m a second-generation Cass Corridor artist. And also from my long association with second generation Cass Corridor Artist, Gilda Snowden, I’m a third generation Cass Corridor artist.
In late 2016, I was part of the wonderful exhibit, BIG SCULPTURE at THE FACTORY in Highland Park, where my WALL LIGHT SCULPTURES were very popular. These antique toy truck wall sconces have been the best selling art pieces in my entire article career.
Antique Toy Truck Wall Light Sculptures
Fine art photographer Myles Gallagher was born and raised in Detroit City. Inspired by the school of thought See the Unseen, he uses this method of a relationship that rotates between chance and intention. At the same time a love affair exists with Neo–Noir, a grey area of focus.
Myles graduated with a BS from the College of Arts and Science at Western MI University: studies included
Fine Art, Humanities, English and Dance.
His work is in many private collections in the United States, in addition to corporate collections, including Lear Corporation. Myle’s work is featured in numerous galleries in Texas, California, Maine, as well as some major art-photography publications.
Award for Distinctive Interpretation of Theme;
Still Point Arts Quarterly FALL 2017 and Art Gallery exhibition The Art of Structure.
2016 Single Image Contest winner in the Pattern/Texture category of Black & White magazine.
Working daily as a professional digital retouching artist in the Detroit area, I lie every day. I make products and models look perfect. I combine images to essentially fool the public through photography and I get paid for it.
After decades of working in this field, I know how easy it is to manipulate the truth through an image.
In my own photography, I challenged myself to stay true to only light, shadow, and composition, steering clear of any digital trickery. That is, until my Dream Series. In 2013 I started combining my images in a way that would set the stage for a dream and invite the viewer to participate. Fusing my passion for minimalist photography and my skill as a retoucher, I’m able to tell a story through this new series that I’ve not been able to tell before.
Dream 17, digital photograph
Dream 7, digital photograph
Dream 11, digital photograph
Dream 6, digital photograph
Portraits series statement :
A charismatic face, witty personality and playful, but often stoic demeanor inspires me to create him on canvas. Whimsical and intelligent is his humor, and knowledge is his bargain. A series of portraits that guide me, a journal of his colorful world that helps make sense of his complex personality. Laugh and enjoy laughing, explore and try to make sense of his reality. The figures are not resolved, but somehow complete. Abstracted figures and bold colours are elements of his mood, colours bring him forward and help tell his story.
all original mixed media on panel, 16" x 20" :
In The Name of Sunday
I am an emerging artist working primarily in wood. I design art that will inspire and instill calm and restfulness in those who experience my work.
I grew up in several states along the east coast and mid-west. For college, I went to The Pennsylvania State University, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, then the University of Michigan for a Masters in Library and Information Studies. After working in libraries for several years, I started carving wood as a creative outlet. What started as a means of self-expression turned into an expression of passion. Over the years, I have been exploring different styles and techniques while finding my creative voice. My pieces are now in private collections across the country, and it brings me satisfaction knowing my work brings joy to others.
I believe art can appeal to people on an individual and community level. When we experience art, we have emotions, thoughts, and opinions. Art can inspire people to talk to others and share their personal experience. I want people to experience my work on both levels.
I work with the wood, actually allow it to lead me. The grain of wood isn’t only visual, it dictates how the wood should be cut and carved. It knows how it wants to flow. My goal is to have a sense for that organic flow, to learn from the wood, and create pieces that are both beautiful and peaceful. I believe that the most restful pieces will follow the path started by the wood.
I describe myself as a whimsical expressionist, combining my love of painting, mosaic, and paper sculpture. Exploring color, texture, and design, my creations are inspired by everything. The Sisters began with acrylic base paintings from models posing in studio, to which I added hand-painted papers, repurposed materials (in this case wine labels) and faux leather. I also make masks, glass and wood mosaics, murals, photo-op posters for parties, color portraits from old black & white photos, and most recently monotype print-making.
Sister #1, East Coast Rose
painted papers, wine labels, faux leather
Sister #2, Moonlight and Sunflowers
painted papers, faux leather
August - October 2016
Jeremy Martin has done art since the age of 3. He has worked in many traditional mediums such as painting, drawing, digital art and ceramics to name a few. Jeremy graduated from Wayne State University (Detroit, MI) in 2012 with a Bachelors of Science in Fashion Merchandising. He also completed a minor in Fine Arts. Jeremy purchased an iPad in 2015 and began creating his portrait series.
Jeremy is inspired by fashion, music, and pop culture. He has painted over 200 paintings. Jeremy has been acknowledged by celebrities such as PRINCE, David Bowie, IMAN, Aretha Franklin, Michael Strahan, RuPaul, Queen Latifah. June Ambrose, and James Goldstein to name a few. For his 100th portrait He painted Pope John Francis. Jeremy has painted top figures in pop culture, such as Prince, Aretha Franklin, David Bowie, Lupita Nyong'o, Anna Wintour, The Weeknd, Drake, Nick Jonas, Miley Cyrus, Alexander Wang, Lenny Kravitz, Beyonce, and Pope Francis to name a few. Recently Jeremy was asked by super model Iman to create a portrait of her that was featured on her Instagram. Jeremy paints his portraits from reference photos displayed on his desktop. He uses his iPad as a canvas on which he paints. Portraits are created using the Drawing Desk application.
iPad / Drawing Desk Celebrity Portraits
Madeleine Barkey is a Michigan born artist and educator. She has a BFA from University of Michigan and a MFA in Printmaking from Ohio University. Barkey currently teaches drawing at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and has a studio in Detroit's Pioneer Building with many other working artists. She especially loves printmaking, woodcuts, but will work with whatever else is around.
Madeleine Barkey, Dressed, mixed media on wood, 20" x 16"
Madeleine Barkey, Dressed, mixed media on wood, 20" x 16"