Features portraits and figurative work created in graphite, mixed-media, oil and pastel by 12 female artists. Each artist captures the likeness of an individual through impressionistic, realistic or other distinct style. Portraits reveal the beauty, virtue, mood and various qualities of the sitter while figurative representations tell unique, narrative stories about the costumed model. The artists included Susan Perrish, Mary Step, Sara Hadley, Kathleen McNamee, Kathleen Connell, Kathleen Boettcher, Candace Brancik, Jayne Brophy, Janet Kondziela, Nina Ashraf Asmi, Lynn Newman, and Rose Rhodes.
-The 11th annual exhibition showcased over 60 works by 35 artists. Detroit artist and juror Tony Roko made selections based on art and artists that pushed the boundaries of art imagery, practices, and theory. Boundaries include those set by traditional concepts, art history, genre, subject matter, personal experiences, and societal norms. Artists were also encouraged to explore and employ new techniques, technologies, and media to create compelling two-and three-dimensional artworks.
August 2 – 24: MARKED: The Art, Body, & Soul of the Tattoo Artist
–This exhibition featured 17 artists from four Metro Detroit tattoo and art studios each with their own individual style and body of work influenced by the tattoo culture. Work included illustrations, mixed-media, paintings, pyrography, sculpture, and more. Artists includes: John Andres of Dark Sky Tattoo, Ferndale; Josh Barg and Keith Opalinski of Electric Parks Tattoo, Detroit; Joey Gonyea, Dennis Halbritter, TJ Hodge, Brook Jacoby, Corey Lewis, Andrew PK, Kyle Pryce, Cheryl Tash, and Trent Thompson of Eternal Tattoos Inc., Livonia; Bill Crawford and Ginny Neumann of Grand Boulevard Tattoo Company, Detroit; and Aura Dalian, Aaron Ruby and Jay Wheeler of North Main Tattoo Studio & Art Gallery, Plymouth.
This exhibition features plein air and studio oil and pastel compositions by two Michigan artists highlighting the rural landscapes of Michigan. Tom Tomasek’s pastel compositions depicting Michigan landscapes and nature are known for highlighting the interactions between land, sky, water and light. Alan Maciag’s oil landscapes strike a balance between form, distance, color and content, creating a sense of calm and bucolic reverence for the rural heritage of Michigan, the wonderland of its vacation lakes, or the sanctuary within a garden or public place.
This exhibition, sponsored by John Goci of eXp Realty, showcased the beauty, richness, and versatility of colored pencil through 44 works and 25 artists selected by juror Barbara Goodsitt. The artists included: Emily Adelman, Fay Akers, Andrea Arbit(HM), Denise Bickel, Marchelle Brotz, Mary Byrne, Tracey Chaykin, Travis Erby (3rd), Jan Fleming(HM), Brandy Gerber, Sophie Grillet, Jim Grogan, Angela Helt, Tina Hotchkiss, Linda James, Karen Landrigan, Suzanne Lienhart, Melinda McMonagle(4th), Christine B. Miller, Dean Rogers (1st), Lynne Schaffer (2nd), Jennifer Stefanek, Gretchen Vandenberghe, Virginia Wait, and Nancy Warner(HM).
The Northville Art House presented the artwork of student finalists and winners from Northville Public Schools who participated in the 2018-2019 National PTA’s Reflections program. The students, K through 12thgrade, submitted completed works of art based on the theme, Heroes Around Me, in the one or more areas of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and the visual arts.
MARCH 25 – APRIL 17: NHS Students’ International Baccalaureate Art Exhibition
A presentation of work by 23 students from Northville High School’s International Baccalaureate (IB) visual art program. In the program, students developed problem-solving skills and proficiency as artists by exploring and experimenting in a variety of contemporary practices and media. Image designed by Naia Hunt.
MARCH 1 – 23: The 13th Annual Members’ Exhibition
Held in appreciation of members, this exhibition showcased the talents of over 60 current member artists through original works of art created in a variety of media and styles. See our Current Members.
This exhibition featured figurative and landscape drawings and paintings inspired by human dynamics, animal forms, and natural scenery. Ann Kelly captured human and natural subjects using charcoal, pastel, and watercolor. Her work reflected the appreciation of nature’s fleeting design whether found in a distinguished facial expression or a play of light across a river. Nora Venturelli is captivated by human dynamics — how people move, communicate, interact, and present themselves. Her mixed media paintings revealed the layers and intricacies of the human form as well as human character. Fran Wolok captured the transient effects of light and color on natural forms. She added calligraphic brushstrokes to depict nature’s subtleties and tweaks the composition to guide the viewers’ eye in and around her acrylic and oil landscapes.
JANUARY 4 – 26: TEXTILE GEOMETRY: Compositions by Katie McGrath and Kathryn Schmidt
Geometric shapes are the building blocks of fascinating textile construction. This exhibit featured work by Michigan artists Katie McGrath and Kathryn Schmidt which emphasized the use of color in fabric choices and thread embellishments for surface design. The work was designed to appeal from a distance and draw the viewer in to enjoy the intricate details.
December 7 – 15 : Painting with Parkinson’s – A Retrospective Exhibition
Co-curated by Instructor and Educational Therapist, Sasha Roberts-Levi, this exhibition featured the creative expressions of 9 adult student artists with Parkinson’s disease. A collection of paintings produced in vibrant acrylic colors depicting various subject matter were on view. Famous artists with Parkinson’s include Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso and Claude Monet.
November 2 – December 15 : TransFORM: Contemporary Works in Ceramics, Glass and MetalThis exhibition featured the innovated expressions of six Metro Detroit artists — Herb Babcock, John Beckman, Pamela Day, Ray Katz, John Albert Murphy and Ann Smith. Working primarily in clay, glass, and metal, each artist has transformed their media into compelling decorative works of art.
October 5 – 27: PATTERNS + SYMBOLS: The Art of Hiroko Lancour
PATTERNS + SYMBOLS featured hand-dyed fabrics, ink drawings, acrylic paintings and paper weavings by Hiroko Lancour. Born and raised in Japan, Royal Oak artist Hiroko shared a body of mixed media work with repetitive motifs and underlying symbolism. Visitors to the exhibition learned more about the work through a unique interactive drawing where chance dictates the outcome.
September 7 – 29: WEST OF CENTER: Juried All-Media Exhibition
In its tenth year, West of Center presented compelling works of art created by artists nationwide and selected by exhibition juror Jeff Cancelosi. The works revealed a fresh approach to traditional art forms through the use of interesting techniques, unique concepts, and striking imagery.Award winners included: 1st: E.J. Cobb, 2nd: Took Gallagher, 3rd: Sarah George, 4: Gail Borowski, Honorable Mention: Christine B. Miller and Janis Walker.
August 3 – 25: HOUSE OF WAX: Juried Encaustic Competition
The competition featured artists nationwide who demonstrated the visual possibilities of working with cold wax and encaustic. The works selected by juror Candace Law revealed the inherent qualities of the media such as depth, texture and luminosity, as well as the unique style of the artists. Awards winners included 1st: Maria Latour, Winnie Chrzanowski, 2nd: Jason Merriman, 3rd: Ruth Warnock, 4th: Paula Zammit, Honorable Mention: Jennifer Stefanek and Lisa Wight.
June 1 – June 30: THE END OF NOWHERE: Stories and Photographs by Thomas Pickarski
New York artist Thomas Pickarski holds a BFA and MFA from Arizona State University. Each summer he travels alone on month-long journeys equipped with a few supplies, a little tent, and a pocket camera. In this narrative and photographic journey, Pickarski shared his explorations of the natural landscape of Iceland, Greenland and Patagonia and more, through lighthearted storytelling and 32 dramatic black and white photographs.
May 22 – 25: National PTA Reflections – Northville’s Finalists and Award Winners
-Each year, the National PTA offers local, regional, state, and national opportunities for young artists to be recognized for their creativity. Join us as we present Northville’s best in the areas of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and the visual arts. The 2017-18 theme was “Within Reach.”
May 4 – 19: The 19th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition
This annual exhibition presented two- and three-dimensional works created by over 60 students from Meads Mill, Hillside, Our Lady of Victory Catholic School and Novi Middle Schools and Northville and John Glenn High Schools.
The exhibit aims to promote the appreciation and importance of art in schools as well as demonstrate to students the experience needed to work as art professionals or pursue degrees in the fine arts. We thank our community for supporting the talents and creative interests of students.
April 6 – 28: The Art of the Family: Donald, Robert, Susan and William Perrish
Art of the Family featured paintings and sculptures from a family of award-winning artists. The exhibition answered the age-old question of nature versus nurture by demonstrating the existence of both innate talent and learned skills in shaping the artist. Regardless of their beginnings and how their artistry is expressed, one common trait among each artist is a sense of passion for art.
March 27 – 29: Northville High School International Baccalaureate
This final exhibition was the culmination of the students’ IB Art experience. The students from Northville High School present a selection of their best work in the form of a curated final show, and defend and articulate their purpose and intention in a written rationale.
“The visual arts are an integral part of everyday life, permeating all levels of human creativity, expression, communication and understanding (www.ibo.org).”
March 2 – 24: The 12th Annual Members’ Exhibition
The Annual Members’ Exhibition is held in appreciation of members who have generously supported the growth and creativity of the organization and arts in the community over the past year. This exhibition showcased the talents of 57 current member artists through original works of art created in a variety of media and styles.
In 2017, our members contributed over 100 works to Art House exhibitions, participated in numerous classes, workshops and camps, and instructed over 750 artists of all ages and skill levels through in-house and outreach programs.
February 2 – 24: POW! Juried Comic Art Exhibition
Comic art for this exhibition was defined as an image or series of images, displayed together and combined with text, to tell a story. For many of the participating artists, comic art also functioned as an avenue for visual experimentation and a mode of self-expression.
POW! featured 38 works of comic, or comic-inspired, art created by 22 artists, selected by our juror, James Anderson, creator of the comic strip Ellie On Planet X. Winners: Kayleigh Fogle (1), Emily Zelasko (2), Shayauna Glover (3), & Joanne Cook (HM).
January 5 – 27: Contagious Curiosity: Todd Burroughs with Students & Instructors from the Atelier
This exhibition featured 23 works by Metro Detroit artists including Todd Burroughs, Patrice Lockwood, Fran Seikaly, John Carlson, Karen Bobier, Martin Brill, Beth Cox, Amy Foster, Clinton Snider, Golsa Yaghoobi, Claudia Selene, Vincent Cervantez, Kristin Carey, Sophie Linden, Elizabeth Hungerman, Joe Kay, and Jessica Hosmer. Each work revealed classical techniques developed in European ateliers during the 18th Century. Artists who are well known for using this approach include Sir Henry Raeburn, Charles Bargue, and John Singer Sargent.
Emerging Artist Wall
January 5 – February 24: Ink and Watercolor Drawings by Jennifer Kesler
The biennial Small Works exhibition featured over 150 works by 55 artists from Michigan and around the country. The exhibition included photography, paintings, ceramics, fibers, jewelry, and more. All works are for sale and measure 12 inches or less in all dimensions. The majority of art was on sale for under $300, making them perfect holiday gifts. Awards Winners: (1)Candace Brancik, (2)Kathy Forzley, (3)David Breuch, (HM) Zach Pool, and (PP) Irina Bondarenko.
In a nod to our location, as well as our philosophy of bringing the community something unexpected, West of Center is an annual effort to showcase contemporary artworks. For the exhibition, juror Brian Nelson, Professor of Sculpture at Eastern Michigan University, selected 32 works of art from 22 artists based on his vision with an emphasis given to compelling works of art presented in new, imaginative and unexpected ways. Winners: Eugenia Hoag (1), Gail Borowski (2), Rosemary Lee (3), and David Bartlett (HM).
The Graded Wash featured 29 artists who painted with watercolor, gouache, and other mediums to create 44 colorful works including landscapes, seascapes, and portraits, as well as, animal, plant and abstract motifs. Juror Jill Stefani Wagner selected these remarkable works from 86 diverse entries. In the news: The Oakland Press. Winners: Jean Canavan (1), Denise Willing-Booher (2), Julia Pangborn-Harley (3), and James Velthoven (HM).
Confluence merged the talented world of two Michigan fiber artists who use both traditional and contemporary materials and techniques. Influenced by nature year-round and abstract non-objective shapes and wild colors, Jennifer Gould’s pieces involve a wide diversity of techniques combined with unusual fabrics. Gould creates unique wall-hung and freestanding textiles as well as textile figures to express her place in the world. Boisali Biswas has always had a deep-rooted attachment to traditional art forms of India and owes some of her stylization to the captivating traditional patterns and the rich array of colors. Adapting to Western Styles and techniques, combining them with her lifelong fascination for ethnic arts around the world, have all been a melting pot for her to create a multicultural ‘canvas’ of fiber assemblages, art quilts and wallpaper weavings.
May 5 – 20: The 18th Annual Student Art Exhibit
The Student Art Exhibit features two- and three-dimensional works of art in various mediums created by talented middle and high school students. In its 18th year, this exhibit is a collaboration with local art educators to promote the appreciation and importance of art in schools and aims to demonstrate to students the experience needed to work as art professionals or pursue post-secondary degrees in the fine arts. We encourage all of our students to participate in the arts and this annual exhibit. We also thank our educators, parents, guardians and community members who support their creative interests. Special thanks to Lucia Danes, Bob Wesley, Jim Roth of Custard Time, Biggby Coffee and Subway for donations of awards and prizes.
Each year, the National PTA offers local, regional, state, and national opportunities for young artists to be recognized for their creativity. Join us as we present Northville’s best in the areas of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and the visual arts. The 2016-7 theme is “What’s Your Story?”
– IMPRINT was devoted to Livonia artist, Kate Paul, whose described style of “Whimsical Surrealism” often reveals in her works a balance between abstraction and representation. The exhibition presented a unique opportunity to study the artist’s evolution over the last decade, beginning with her early works, influenced by her background in theatrical scenery painting, and concluding with her final works, transformed by her introspection and perseverance after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2010. The exhibition featured over 50 works, including paintings, etchings, sketches, sculptures, and prose, by this self-taught artist who left an indelible imprint on the regional arts community. The Northville Art House donated 15% of the gallery sales to the Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance with matching funds provided by Gordy Paul.
This final exhibition was the culmination of the students’ IB Art experience. Students presented a selection of their best work in the form of a curated final show, and defend and articulate their purpose and intention in a written rationale.
“The visual arts are an integral part of everyday life, permeating all levels of human creativity, expression, communication and understanding (www.ibo.org).”
Featured over 60 original works in all mediums, including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, jewelry, clay, and mixed media. The exhibition showcased the talents of member artists as well as recognizes the people who support the growth and creativity of the arts in the community.
Featured 24 lithographs, intaglios, and relief prints by Robin Gibson, an Associate Professor of Art at Penn State University. Her work has been widely exhibited and are in numerous collections including the San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts; the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Smithsonian Institution.
Ms. Gibson is “interested in images that suggest rather than define; a landscape view that remains anonymous, devoid of identifying details that might reveal any particular place or viewpoint.” Though specific places may be hidden and recognizable only by their title, such as Yosemite, her multilayered prints, on closer look, reveal fluid lines, subtle coloring, and rich textures to capture the natural world.
Featured 50 ceramic works of art, both sculptural and functional, created by artists from the Clay Gallery. Drawing from both pottery and handcraft traditions, each artist puts a contemporary spin to figurines, vessels and other decorative and utilitarian objects. These fine examples of original clay work conveyed “the importance of art in everyone’s life” and make beautiful holiday gifts. The artists represented included: Shirley White Black, Royce Disbrow, Craig Hishaw, Shirley Knudsvig, Yiu Keung Lee, Brigit Macomber, Susie Stephenson, Kris Stewart, Joe Szutz, Debbie Thompson, and Donna Williams.
In a nod to our location, as well as our philosophy of bringing the community something unexpected, West of Center is an inspired effort to showcase contemporary works of art selected by a highly-regarded juror (Kate Paul).
Winners: Rosemary Lee (1st Place), Eugenia Hoag (2nd Place), Judith Waterman (3rd Place), & Nicole Pelc-Church (4th Place).
The Northville Art House presented the work of six compelling and award winning artists in our first Assemblage Invitational, Piece by Piece. Rick Cronn of Ann Arbor, Cre Fuller of Ypsilanti, Ozie of Wixom, Catherine Peet of Royal Oak, Stephen Palmer of Traverse City (see Sawtooth Fish) and Mike Sivak of Ann Arbor each brought a unique perspective to the art of Assemblage.
Featured Janet Kondziela (seeLa Femme Fiere), Nina Ashraf Asmi and Mary Step are award-winning, metro Detroit area artists who meet weekly to paint the human form. This exhibition showcased their diverse artistic styles as they capture portraits of their subjects. Sponsored by Dan Delano of Edward Jones Investments.
May is student art month in Northville. The Student Fine Art Exhibit, featured an array of exceptional two and three-dimensional work from talente middle and high school students. This exhibit is a collaboration with Northville’s art educators to promote art appreciation among the community’s youth. National Art Contest “Reflections” award winners were are also showcased. Sponsored by The Northville Gallery Artwork & Framing.
Showcased the work of Richard Rochon (1931-2009) and examined his artistic influence on four generations of the Rochon Family. Rochon is well known in the field of architecture for his masterful renderings of buildings throughout the world and his personal drawings in colored pencil as well as watercolor and oil paintings offer an atmospheric sense of place. The exhibition also included artwork in a variety of mediums by his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Pictured: Richard Rochon, Edinburg, Scotland
As a member and supporter of the Northville Art House, we would like to invite you to participate in our upcoming 10th Annual Member Exhibition. This exhibition was developed to showcase our local talent and to say thank you to everyone who has supported the growth and creativity of the arts in our community. Over 60 artisted participated in this annual exhibition sponsored by Tracy Wick of Keller Williams Realty.
Barbara Bushey, Associate Professor and Art Department Chair at Hillsdale College, and Susan Moran, Instructor at Detroit’s Center for Creative Studies, are two award-winning fiber artists whose work develops from close observation of the Michigan landscape. They use the techniques of resist dyeing, quilting, collage and stitching to construct, enhance and emphasize their imagery that reveals the details of surfaces and structures, of our woodlands and waterways, throughout the seasons of year.
This exhibit showcased works of art limited to 12″ x 12″ by artists from throughout metro Detroit and several other states. We chose 120 artworks from over 270 entries, with painting, drawing, sculpture, jewelry making, and many other disciplines represented. Pictured: Tomato and Onion Goblet by Jean Donegan
Featured creative interpretations by members of the Northville Camera Club including: nature, animals, family, culture and architecture.
Features over 30 digital photograph manipulations by Ann Arbor artist and photographer Denise Rohde. Rohde uses her traditional training in photographic processes, while embracing digital editing to create a style of her own. By deconstructing and reconstructing familiar subjects, Rohde takes the viewer on a dream-like journey to a remarkable world. Rohde’s visual stories reveal a sense of solitude and mystery, often heightened through a prop like an old tattered doll or a rusty cart filled with skeleton bones.
The exhibition represents the individual, artistic interpretations of the studio model. Featured are 14 artists who have been meeting weekly at the studio of artist Mary Step for the past 10 years. Exhibiting artists are: Jan Brown, Janet Kondziela, Kathy O’Connell, Nina Ashraf Asmi, Jeff Cancelosi, Sara Hadley, Barbara Eko Murphy (Pictured: Madame Butterfly), Kathleen Boettcher, Daria Fileta, Linda Logan, Sandra Bozer, Lynn Newman and Mary Step.
As a life-long landscape artist in the Midwest, Barbara White tells a story with her new works to reveal images that flow through the composition. With a strong emphasis on intense color and design, her ultimate goal as a painter is to evoke an emotional response in the viewer by capturing the soul of the scenery to create visual impact and convey a painterly message in a semi-abstract, representational style. (Pictured: Peaceful Panorama)
In a nod to our location, as well as our philosophy of bringing the community something unexpected, West of Center is an inspired effort to showcase contemporary works of art in all media selected by a highly-regarded juror (Topher Crowder).
Witness in a Shooting Gallery, by Kate Paul (Best in Show)
May is student art month in Northville. The Student Fine Art Exhibit, featured an array of exceptional two and three-dimensional work from talente middle and high school students. This exhibit is a collaboration with Northville’s art educators to promote art appreciation among the community’s youth. (Pictured: Yellow Salt Teapot by Aurora Gross)
Showcasing the work of seven accomplished pastel artists curated by Bob Wesley. Pastel is made by mixing powdered pigments with a binder, usually gum arabic, shaping this mixture into sticks, and leaving it to dry. These crayons or sticks of pigment are very crumbly and their colored powder adheres only loosely to paper, which traditionally was roughened in advance to create a surface for the material to cling to. Works in pastel are thus fragile, as movement can loosen the powder. Pictured: Jill Stefani Wagner – Cypress Lane
“To live in the mad world of manmade incantations & hocus pocus gives me not any special knowledge to understand the mystery of life. The knowledge is knowing that I don’t know and cannot know the magic that surrounds me. The lessons learned are of experimenting with colour, paint, and images that define me. The mystery lesson is the comedy of errors and insights that lead me to play on! Kate Paul, 2015)” Curated by Took Gallagher. Pictured: Morning
The Northville Art House is proud to present its 9th Annual Member Exhibition showcasing over 70 works of art in this all-media, non-juried member show. This exhibition was developed to showcase local talent and to say “thank you” to everyone who is supporting the growth and creativity of the arts in our community. New, emerging and experienced artists come together to present some of their favorite works of art in this highly anticipated exhibition.
“We move through a variety of industrial, post-industrial, modern and post-modern environments and then work to resolve landscape and nature within this cacophony of place. These compositions are offered to the viewer to visually explore and chronicle that complex relationship.”
John’s paintings are composed in order to confront a variety of environments and perspectives at once. They bring together a number of complex contemporary spaces for the purpose of an immediate comparison.
This auction collection of 141 mosaic artworks from artists represented 13 countries was an example of the diverse creativity in this again-burgeoning art form, benefitted Doctors Without Borders at the online auction website: www.biddingforgood.com.
The event was curated by Lin Schorr, an award-winning mosaic artist from Novi, Michigan with a passion for this ancient form of art.
Showcased in the lower level gallery of the Northville Art House, “The Art of Light” was the theme of this year’s Northville Camera Club exhibition. This exhibition was the club’s biggest event of the year. Members were invited to participate in this show and it’s the one time of year that their local photographic talent can be seen in one place. The Northville Arts Commission invites photographers of all skill levels to join the Northville Camera Club. Monthly meeting include guest speakers and opportunities for members to display and discuss their w ork. Meetings take place from 7:30-9 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month in the lower level of the Art House. There is a $25 annual membership fee.
Showcased both early and current work, this exhibit illustrates the evolution of Art Quilts in techniques, trends, styles and materials of the “Art Quilt” genre by fiber artists and members of Ann Arbor’s “Paradigm Fiber Art Group”, including Mary Andrews, Jill Ault, Mary Bajz, Deborah Danko, Cindy Geist, Mary Gentry, Sonja Hagen, Donna Hamilton, Sue Holdaway-Heys, Pat Holly, Patricia Ingersoll, Carolyn King, Gretchen Jackson, Barbara Kilbourn, Linda Larsen and Carol Wineman. These talented and award winning artists have exhibited with distinction in prestigious national and international shows and are known throughout the international fiber art community. Pictured: Omega Turtle by Mary Gentry
What’s Your “Line”? This was the question posed to artists who entered the exhibition. Is it a smear of paint from one dot to another? A quick note penned on a card? A group of people standing in a row? The words that start a lifelong conversation?
With no specific definition in mind, the Northville Art House presented the personal interpretations of the word “lines” in this eclectic show. Artists include: Sandra Ackerman, Clarine Boles, Danna Wolke Bowersox, Peggy N. Brewer, Nancy Cassel, Daria Fileta, Jack Glaab, Judy Gilmer, Jennifer Helner, Claudia Hershman, Rosemary Lee, Ellen Leigh, Jan Lucking, Michael McNamara, Aileen Mozug, Barbara Eko Murphy, DeAndre Norman, Sarah Olson, Kate Paul, Janice Polzin, Patricia Riascos, Joanne Rochon, Ellen Sherman, Lori Zurvalec.
“Painting is a passion I have had since childhood. The process of creativity is what interests me and drives me. I enjoy capturing the objects I see, people I know, and the beautiful scenery around me with my brushes. I strive to evoke emotions in my paintings by expressive brush strokes, and passionate rich colors. It is perpetually fascinating to me how an object of art could speak to us without any language barrier. I would like my paintings to speak of life, of love, and of humanity. My favorite painting medium is oil on canvas and my painting subjects include cityscapes, figures, and the beauty of nature.”
In a nod to our location, as well as our philosophy of bringing the community something unexpected, West of Center is an inspired effort to showcase contemporary works of art in all media selected by a highly-regarded juror. Pictured: Smoke Face by Joanne Rochon and Relentless by Amy Fell.
May is student art month in Northville. The Student Fine Art Exhibit, featured an array of exceptional two and three-dimensional work from talented middle and high school students (6th through 12th grades). This exhibit is a collaboration with Northville’s art educators to promote art appreciation among the community’s youth. The art showcases a variety of disciplines–from photography and metals to painting and ceramics. Please join us in celebrating the achievements and creativity of these young artists. Pictured:”Untitled” by Julia Miyahara
“Detritus” featured the work of Detroit cultural icon and acknowledged airbrush master, Tom Thewes. Thewes’ compelling artwork has been described as masterful firestorms of line and color–still images that are anything but still. Painted facets and planes, the visual impact of tectonic plates that shift and collide, capture pop cultural insights from the artist’s own underground experiences and brave influences.
1. debris: debris or discarded material
2. rock fragments: fragments of rock that have been worn away
“Sustained Patterns” interprets human biology as a common theme. Wilt, who is in her 90s, examined working parts coming together and focuses on depicting human anatomy. Moucoulis was inspired by the recent birth of her grandson. Estep depicted her own birth story.
Featured the work of three generations: Ellen Wilt, Eastern Michigan University professor, taught Ellen Moucoulis, Schoolcraft College art professor, from 1983-1986, who in turn taught artist Natalie Estep from 2004-2007.
The Northville Art House was proud to present the 8th annual exhibition showcasing the varies styles and mediums of our artist members. This yearly show was designed to say “Thank You” to everyone who has supported the growth and creativity of the arts in Northville.
A life-long artist, Jan Brown began her journey into abstract expressionism three years ago. Her paintings force viewers to alter their perceptions on how a painting can move them, how pre-conceived ideas can change, and how color, line and shapes can cause reactions that sometimes force people out of their comfort zones. Through her nonrepresentational work, the audience is forced to confront memories, hidden images and emotions, and find their own messages within the art.
The art in our Small Works is perfect for the holiday gift giving season. This exhibit showcased works of art limited to 12″ x 12″ by artists from throughout metro Detroit and several other states. Artwork mediums such as painting, drawing, sculpture, jewelry making, and many other disciplines are represented.
Showcased in the lower level of the Art House is “The Art of Light”, the theme of this year’s Northville Camera Club exhibit which was the club’s biggest event of the year. Members were invited to participate in this show and it’s the one time of year that their local photographic talent can be seen in one place.
(Bourbon Street Lady by Nancy Cassel)
What is it that inspires an artist? Personal mythologies, guardians and guides, spirits and ancestors, fairy tales, folklore, music, dreams? The Northville Art House is pleased to present a group exhibition which offers a glimpse of what inspires eight individual artists and moves them to create.
The show features the work of: Anita Andersons, Renee M. Dooley, Mary Fortuna, Diane Hawkey, Leann Meixner, Juana Moore, Kate Paul and Mike Sivak. Pictured: The Guardian by Diane Hawkey
Can a building be autobiographical? Yes, in the hands of artist-architect Terry Lee Dill. For the past 20 years, Dill has conceptualized fantastical buildings as metaphors of his daily life. His drawings–elaborate creations of black ink and gold leaf, shot through with imagery of nature, religion and desire–are constructions entirely for the mind to explore and enjoy. There are hints of Dr. Seuss, M.C. Escher and Erich Mendelsohn in this work. As a result, “Dimorphism” will appeal to adults and children alike!
Terry Lee Dill holds degrees in architectural engineering, painting and sculpture, has taught at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies, and has lectured on his work at numerous universities, including Stanford, Yale and Harvard.
An installation of the works of two renowned Detroit-based photographers who have collaborated in various ways throughout their careers, first in a student-teacher relationship at the College for Creative Studies (CCS), later as colleagues, and most recently, photographing the people and the landscape of carnivals. The work demonstrated the artists’ diverse stylistic and thematic approaches.
Carlos Diaz, Professor of Photography at CCS, offers photographs that are staged portraits of carnival ride attendants as well as images of the carnival landscape. Bill Rauhauser, Professor Emeritus of Photography at CCS, presents “street photographs,” finding his subject, as did Baudelaire’s flaneurs, while mingling with the crowd.
The show was curated by Mary McNichols, Ph.D., Professor of Art History at CCS.
The 5th annual “West of Center” contemporary arts, all-media show featured work chosen by juror Matt Eaton, a renowned artist and Director and Curator of Detroit’s Red Bull House of Art. The show featured a wide range of accomplished pieces, including wood sculpture, acrylics, mixed media, glass and steel, assemblages, pastels, oils, ink stamp, photography, graphite pencil, fiber and more. Pictured: “Hidden Secrets” by Peggy Kerwan and Spirit of Bad Dolls by Juana Moore
May is Student Month at the Northville Art House. Each year, the upper gallery presents work done by Northville High School students in their art classes and the lower gallery displays work by local middle school students. In addition, the Art House hosts a reception honoring the Northville winners of the National PTSA “Reflections” art competition. Pictured: Skelton by H. Ramsden and Stout by S. Young
Featured the work of Amy Foster and Vianna Szabo. Friends and instructors who share a love of capturing the human form, Foster is a master draftsman who loves line and gesture while Szabo’s passion is paint and color. Their collaboration has produced an exciting collection of work that showcases visions of traditional figure and portrait in line and brush.Pictured: Becca by Vianna Szabo and Portrait Demo by Amy Foster
Words. Inclusive yet expansive, questioning, deciding, negating, affirming, entertaining. A private conversation inviting public discourse. The work of Dennis Michael Jones is all about words. Integrating words and objects into deceptively simple images, Mr. Jones draws the viewer into an internal dialogue. Because Mr. Jones’ pieces inherently involve direct interaction with viewers, each individual experienced the show differently and we were delighted to open the conversation with this dynamic exhibit.
The annual Member Exhibition at the Northville Art House is always a favorite. In its 7th year, the member show highlights the work of Art House Members in a variety of mediums and subject matter. This exhibition was developed to showcase local talent and to say “thank you” to everyone who is supporting the growth and creativity of the arts in our community. New and experienced artists come together a show off some of their favorite works of art in this highly anticipated exhibition.