Armory Arts Project holds information session for artists
JACKSON – On Thursday, June 24, The Enterprise Group of Jackson and Artspace Projects, Inc. will hold an informational session for artists interested in living in the future Armory Arts Project. The session is scheduled for 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at The Michigan Theatre located at 124 N. Mechanic St., in Jackson.
The Armory Arts Project is the major cultural economic development effort that serves as the centerpiece of Jackson’s Cool Cities revitalization plans.
Spearheaded by the Enterprise Group of Jackson in partnership with nationally acclaimed nonprofit arts developer Artspace Projects, Inc., the Project will transform the former Acme Industries industrial complex located at the corner of Ganson and Mechanic streets into a unique arts and cultural facility featuring 39 affordable loft apartments designed to meet the living and working needs of a wide range of artists including, painters, sculptors, musicians, actors, writers, dancers, potters, graphic designers, cartoonists and weavers. The Project will also include flexible community/nonprofit rental space as well as space for arts-related and arts-friendly commercial businesses. The Armory Arts Project will break ground this fall with artist tenants scheduled to move in sometime in late 2005.
The informational session scheduled for June 24 will focus on providing individual artists who are interested in living in the Project with information about floor plans, rental rates, shared amenities, eligibility, the application process and timeline. Representatives from Artspace Projects, Inc., developers of the Project, will be on hand to answer questions.
For directions to the Michigan Theatre, visit email@example.com. For more information on the Project, visit www.enterprisegroup.org or contact director Neeta Delaney at 517-788-4455 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘Summer Solstice’ at Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center
BIRMINGHAM – The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center will celebrate the Summer Solstice as “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at its summer gala on Saturday, June 26 with intertwining theater and art.
Guests will enjoy a delectable dinner by Two Unique Caterers and Event Planners as they stroll through the Art Center, which will be transformed into a renaissance atmosphere filled with performers, magic, a fortune teller, plus instrumental and vocal music of Shakespeare’s time. They are invited to join the fun, open their minds to another reality, and celebrate the magic of summer as they enjoy the festive merriment.
This event, from 6:30 p.m. – 11 p.m., attracts over 300 guests to the Art Center which is one of the largest in the Midwest serving over 60 communities and over 4,000 students.
As a special feature, one-of-a-kind art will be offered by over 30 BBAC faculty and local artisans plus wonderful packages for silent auction during the evening. These artisan works will play a major part in the ambiance of the “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” theme for the evening.
Ticket prices are $250 for Merrymakers (patrons), $150 at the door, or $125 for Revelers (paid in advance). Telephone 248-644-0866, ext. 104 to make reservations. A portion of the ticket price is tax deductible. All proceeds support BBAC educational programs.
The BBAC is located at 1516 S. Cranbrook Road, Birmingham. For further information, call 248-644-0866, ext. 104 or visit the BBAC website, www.bbartcenter.org.
Grosse Pointe Farms hosts annual Festival of the Arts
GROSSE POINTE PARK – The Grosse Pointe Artists Association’s 45th Annual Festival of the Arts juried fine art fair, “on the Hill” between Kercheval and McMillan streets in Grosse Pointe Farms, will be held on Saturday, June 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, June 20 from Noon to 5 p.m.
This annual GPAA fundraiser displays the work of local and national artists in painting, sculpture, doll-making, drawing, photography, fiber, ceramics, wood, glass and more. There will be food, live entertainment, children’s activities and a raffle of original artwork.
Admission is FREE. For more information, call GPAA at 313-821-1848.
Wyandotte’s best kept secret goes ‘off-the-wall’
WYANDOTTE – This month, Fuentes Gallery has really done it with a very unique and so out-of-the-norm project that some would think of it as crazy! What’s it called, you ask? “Off the Wall” – and you’ll have to stop in to see what everyone has been talking about.!
Expect the unexpected, as several artists have been coming up with some very odd and one of a kind items. And take advantage of the gallery’s state of the art custom framing at off the wall prices. This will be something to talk about.
“Off the Wall” opens Friday, June 18 and runs through Friday, July 9. Fuentes Gallery is located at 904 Oak, (corner of Oak & 9th) in Wyandotte. For complete information, call 734-285-3715.
Maniscalco Gallery presents father-son retrospective
GROSSE POINTE – The Maniscalco Gallery presents, “Father and Son: A Retrospective Portrait Exhibition,” featuring the portraits of Joseph and Robert Maniscalco, whose careers span a combined 75 years. This is the first time the works of father and son will be exhibited side-by-side and the first exclusively portrait exhibit at the Maniscalco Gallery.
The show is intended as a tribute to the father from his son. Works are being loaned for the exhibit from the private collections of many of the hundreds of subjects who have commissioned Maniscalco portraits over the last forty years. “The exhibit will express the evolution of style and tastes over many years,” says Robert. “Great artists have both supported and expressed themselves by doing commission portraits for centuries. The challenge for today’s portrait artists, as it was for the masters, is to maintain the integrity of the commission portrait as a work of fine art; a portrait is created to outlive both subject and artist.”
The exhibition will also feature an artist talk on Sunday, June 27 at 2 p.m. and a Power of Positive Painting workshop at the Maniscalco Gallery on July 17 & 18, 10-4 p.m.
The Maniscalco Gallery is located at 17728 Mack Ave in Grosse Pointe. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. (Tuesday till 9 p.m.). For more information, call 313-886-2993 or go online to www.maniscalcogallery.com.