Thursday, August 31, 2006

Artist of the Month, September!!!

This month we are proud to feature Martin Hirchak, an underground Detroit icon for comics and 60's style cartoons. Martin is known for POP ART FUNNIES, a for adults only comic.
Come in and see his work in person!

Monday, August 28, 2006

News, and other events.

Just a reminder that the Screen Printing Demonstration is Saturday September 23rd, from Noon-2pm. You can sign up for it under "Comments" below, just leave your name and phone number. This is a free to the public event.

Dally in the Alley will be NEXT WEEKEND, Fri. Sept. 8- Sun. 10th. Come join the masses.

Synergy Fine Art Gallery in Berkley is having a very interesting show. "The Power of the Word" is a group show of Artists of Arabic decent. Please find the time to go see this one, it is a MUST SEE!

Thursday, August 24, 2006

It's almost here...can you feel the tension?

Yep, pretty soon student will be milling around campuses all over the country for back to school. And this is no exception in Midtown Detroit. For this reason I just wanted to say a few words.
Since back to school is coming and there will be a large surge in the pedestrian traffic levels, please take care when driving around here. It is basic common courtesy that the pedestrian has the right of way. You do not have to speed, we will be open, and if by chance you miss us, we will be open the next day, I promise you. There is no need to race around the Wayne State Campus, or near CCS.
So...just be careful, be curteous, and be safe while driving around all of the students.

Other Good Stuff----

We still have up the artist oppurtunities board in the store. I just refilled it with lots of fantastic things. So come on in and pick up some info for your next show!!!!

Saturday, August 19, 2006

OK...the good news....

The good news is that since yesterday I have had 6 people sign up for the Screen Printing Demonstration. The bad news is that you all aren't signing up for it here yet. What's the dealy yo!

How easy it the link below that says "Comments" and enter your name and phone number in as a comment. We will call you two days in advance to remind tou that you have signed up. This is not an obligation, but we would love to see all o your shining faces there. It makes the artist happy when people show up too.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Next Demonstration Information and other good Stuff

Demo Info!
The next demonstration that we will hold is for Screen Printing. Saturday, September 23th from Noon-2pm. Sign up is available here, as always. Under the comments link below please leave your name and phone number. We will call you 2 days before the demo to remind you of the date and time. There is no obligation to attend but we would love to see everyone there!

Other good information
Russell Street Antiques in Downtown Detroit is looking for a new framer. This is a great oppurtunity for anyone who would like to go into business for themselves and has framing experience. The space is for rent and you make payments to Russell Street Antiques. Great if you already have clientele, or if you have a good out going personality to attract customers.
Please contact Rodney during regular store hours Wednesday-Saturday 11am-5pm. Please come in person, NO phone calls.

Myself: Visions & Versions
Deadline: September 2, 2006
The 2006 Juried Fine Arts Exhibition at the Crooked Tree Arts Center for 2006 will focus on an exploration of self entitled: Myself: Visions & Versions. Entries into the competition must be either a literal or figurative portrait of the artist. All mediums are eligible except those based on the photographic techniques. Artists are encouraged to examine what makes them who they are and what makes them unique. Works are being accepted at CTAC between the dates August 29 and September 2, 2006 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Myself: Visions & Versions will open on September 9 from 2-4 p.m. The exhibition will be on display from September 9 through October 14, 2006.
Gail LambertVisual Arts / Education DirectorCrooked Tree Arts Center
461 East Mitchell Street
Petoskey, Michigan 49770
(231) 347-4337

PCCA Open Submissions-Upcoming Seasons
Deadline: September 14, 2006
Seeking submissions for Main Gallery Group Shows and First Floor Gallery Featured Artist Solo Shows for 2007 exhibition season and beyond. Two deadlines for review of submissions: March 16 & September 14, 2006.
For prospectus, call PCCA at 248-651-4110 or e-mail
Mary Fortuna
Paint Creek Center for the Arts
407 Pine St.Rochester, MI 48307
Phone: 248-651-4110

Good luck to everyone, hope that some of this information can be put to good use.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Oh the wonder of it all.

Keep your hats on people, and some of you should sit down for this news. We now have Iwata Airbrushes in the store! Yay! It's been a long time coming as most of you know, and we now have them here in the store for you to purchase.

In other news...

The Detrioit Artist Market held their very first open group critique last night. This was really a great experience. For all those who are looking for some general feedback on completed work, or works in progress this is a great oppurtunity. Approximately 13 people of all backrounds came in, and five artists signed up to display their work.
DAM will be holding this event every month (excluding november and December due to the Holiday show) on the third Wednesday of the month. For more information please contact Sara at DAM.

Saturday, August 12, 2006


Wow, what fun this was. Our Inventory Manager, and general go to girl, Allison demonstrated how to make a cast of someones hand as well as making a cast of someones face.

So many people. A shame if you missed it.

Mixing Plaster.

Beginning a hand.

Both sides of the mold for the hand.

Face time. Rachel was a wonderful model.

Applying Plaster Gauze.

The whole face in the Plaster Gauze mold.

Finishing the mold to pour the cast.

Friday, August 11, 2006

BACK TO SCHOOL IS COMING!!!! Extended hours just for you.

We have NEW hour for Back To School!! These hours are just for two weeks, after the mad rush of eager students we will be returning to normal business hours.

September 5th through 10th-
Monday-Friday : 9am to 8pm
Saturday : 10am to 7pm
Sunday : 12pm to 5pm

September 11th through 15th-
Monday-Friday : 9am to 7pm
Saturday : 10am to 6pm
Sunday : 12pm to 5pm

We've extended our hours to make life a little easier for everyone, hopefully. But remember this is just for Back To School.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

20% off for Artist of the Month!!!

As a chosen artist for our Artist of the Month feature, you will recieve 20% off of all non sale items during your month!

yeah, we said it 20% OFF as ARTIST OF THE MONTH for your whole month. So if this sounds like a tittilating idea to you, submit no more than 3 jpegs. to, along with your contact information and a brief bio. The subject line on you email should read ATTENTION ALLISON, or it may not be read.

2 Days left.....

There are two days left until the Mold Making and Casting Demonstration. We would love to see everyone come out and join us. The artist will be demonstrating how to make molds of faces, and hands. She will also show how to make a one part mold, and a two part mold. Techniques in plaster, plastic, resin, rubber and wax will be talked about.

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO GET DIRTY!!!! But if you would like to get more of a hands on feel while learning, please bring some studio clothes.

We hope that everyone can make it out to see this. Kids are more than welcome. And parents should see this as an opputunity to learn some activities for you and you kids. (great rainy day, stay at home projects!) Our Colored Pencil Demonstration was a big success, so if you missed that one, and deeply regret it, here is a chance to make up for your absence!

Friday, August 04, 2006

Artist of the Month

Artist of the Month Carl Oxley!!!!

"I started painting in High School. My art teacher showed my class a video called 'Drawing the Line; A Portrait of Keith Haring'. That video made me want to paint, and planted the seed that has become my life.
I love painting. Most of all I love making people laugh and smile. My art is almost always happy and humorous, with bright colors and crazy characters. I make art of all sizes. From 4'x8', to 5"x7" and everything in between. I believe art should be accessable to everyone. It is extremely important to me that the people who ejoy my work the most, can afford to take home the piece they love."

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Artist Oppurtunity Board

Hey! Guess what I have for everyone in the store!!!

Oh yeah, we have a very nice bulletin board set up for everyone who is looking for artist oppurtunities. Posted are copies of Calls for artists, Artist job openings and lots of other things of the sort. There are about 5 copies of each article/item, so no worries there is plenty to go around. Most of the Calls for Artists have deadline way in the future, so you have time to get everything together that you need. Many are out of state as well, so if you found that you have exhausted all galleries here in Detroit or would rather show out side of Michigan, we can help you. All packets have the necessary information any artist will need to know, such as deadlines, slides or photographs contact information etc.

So stop crying that there isn't any place to show your art work, we have a large listing of local galleries and other venues. Plus, we have a great collection of galleries to show outside of Michigan.

We are your best resource for places to show and what you need to get that show.
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