An ‘invitation’ to Lawrence Street
FERNDALE – Lawrence Street Gallery will host “Invitational ’05” from July 5 – 29 with an opening reception on Friday, July 8 from 5 – 9 p.m.
This all media exhibition showcases artworks of over 50 admired artists from in and around the Detroit metropolitan area. The artists are among those who have influenced and inspired the gallery members and include mentors, muses, peers, and former students.
Some of the artists featured this year include Celeste Roe, Leslie Masters, Craig Linderman, Joanna Quinto, Jed Judcoveyou, Zdzislaw Sikora, Denise Billups-Walker, Lauren Finn, Beverly Booth and Ann Kelly.
Lawrence Street Gallery is located at 22620 Woodward Avenue., Suite A, in Ferndale.
For more information please call the gallery at 248-544-0394 or log on to http://www.lawrencestreetgallery.com.
Summer classes and workshops at Ann Arbor Art Center
ANN ARBOR – The Ann Arbor Art Center will host a series of Sunday workshops and summer classes beginning this July.
The summer’s Sunday workshops will kick off July 17 with a summer necessity: ice cream. During the “I Scream, You Scream… for Ice Cream” workshop, participants will paint their own ice cream bowls. Workshop cost will be $15 per creator.
On July 31, the Art Center will be taking a trip to “Ghana.” An instructor will teach participants about the history and culture of Ghana while teaching the process of making a Kente cloth. Workshop cost will be $11 per creator.
An “Open Studio” workshop on August 14 concludes the Sunday summer workshop series. Participants can pick from an assortment of pottery forms to paint. Workshop cost will be $15 per creator.
All Sunday summer workshops are suitable for all ages. Each workshop will be held from 1-2:30 p.m.
The Ann Arbor Art Center will also offer a number of new and non-traditional art classes for its summer session beginning in July. Registration is currently in progress for youth, teen and adult classes. The Art Center is once again offering an Early Bird Special for the summer term, allowing students who register before June 24 to receive a $10 discount off course registration.
Adult classes include Basic/Continuing Ceramics, Handbuilding, Basic/Continuing Jewelry, Drawing Fundamentals, Fundamentals of the Tool, Basic/Continuing Watercolor, Painting 101, Book Arts, as well as classes in mixed media. In addition, a short Raku glazing method workshop will be offered on July 1. Lastly, the Ann Arbor Art Center will host open studios in Ceramics, Figure Drawing and Jewelry throughout the summer months.
Youth classes to be offered include My First Art Class for ages 2-3 and Young Masters: Painting on Canvas for ages 6-8 and 9-12. In addition, Drawing Fundamentals for Teens will be offered for ages 13-16.
Art Center classes are tailored to all ages and skill levels.
For more information or to register, call 734-994-8004 ext.101 or stop by the Ann Arbor Art Center at 117 W. Liberty. To view the class schedule and register online, visit http://www.annarborartcenter.org.
Nine photographers exposed at UICA
GRAND RAPIDS – A contemporary photography group exhibition by nine artists from around the country and from Michigan will be on exhibit in the Monroe Avenue Gallery of the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts through July 31.
Five of the photographers in the “Exposure x9” are part of a traveling exhibition called “Nothing to be Done.” These artists include: Caroline Burghardt, who received her MFA in photography from Massachusetts College of Art; Carla Cioffi, who has an MFA in Mass Communication and Media Arts from Southern Illinois University Carbondale; Adam Lampton, a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art where he received his Master of Fine Arts in Photography; Lyssa Palu-Ay, a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art as well; and Rebecca Sittler, currently an Art teacher at University of Central Florida in Orlando
These five photographers state that they owe a debt to the absurdist theater of which Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot” is perhaps the most well-known example. Their work represents a thread of contemporary photography which offers the image as a stage on which photographer, object and viewer all perform. There are no particularly traumatic or even special subjects – only the drama of the everyday: decaying food, reflective moments and ironing boards.
UICA is located at 41 Sheldon Blvd. SE in Grand Rapids.
For complete information, call 616-454-7000 or log on to http://www.uica.org
Revisit the era of love, revolution and tomato soup at UMMA
ANN ARBOR – Continuing its tradition of offering vibrant and historic summer exhibitions, the University of Michigan Museum of Art proudly presents “Pop!”
The exhibition revisits the impact of Pop art through more than 100 emblematic images from the 1950s to the early 70s by some of the most iconic artists of the last 50 years, including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Indiana, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Tom Wesselmann, Richard Hamilton, Ed Ruscha and Claes Oldenburg.
Organized by UMMA, the exhibition features works of Pop art from renowned public and private collections from around the country alongside UMMA’s own extraordinary holdings. Drawing inspiration directly from contemporary society-including mass-produced consumer goods, comic books, movies, television, music, illustration, advertising and automobile design, Pop artists often referenced the buoyant mood and boom atmosphere of the post-World War II economy. In doing so, these artists brought the influences of mainstream culture to “high art” in ways never seen before, creating a new-and newly accessible-visual language.
“Pop!” runs now through Sept. 25.
UMMA is located at 525 South State Street in Ann Arbor.
For complete information, call UMMA at 734-763-UMMA or log on to http://www.umma.umich.edu.