Saturday, April 26, 2008

Art Detroit Now! May 8th-10th

River's Edge Gallery is participating in Art Detroit Now May 8th - May 10th with an Arts & Tarts event. Our three floors and the Patricia Izzo Fine Art Photography Gallery will be open for viewing the entire weekend with treats for patrons. Patricia Izzo will be on hand most of the weekend to give studio tours, please call ahead to be sure to catch her (734)246-9880. Our house artists will be stopping by throughout the weekend to visit with all Art Detroit Now visitors. One of our gallery directors will be on hand to give tours and talks as well. Gallery Hours for Art Detroit Now are as follows Thursday, May 8th 10am-7pm; Friday, May 9th 10am-8pm and Saturday, May 10th 10am-8pm. Please stop by and view what the River's Edge Gallery has to offer during this monumental event for all of metro-Detroit.
In celebration of Earth Day and the greening of Wyandotte the River's Edge Gallery will continue its show, Shades of Green: art Rescued, Recovered, Reworked & Repurposed.
Keep reading for details about Art Detroit Now and stop by the River's Edge Gallery for our part of this monumental event!

Art Detroit Now – One Weekend Thousands Of Artists!Detroit Art And Artists Celebrated At 100 Area Galleries And Museums
Metropolitan Detroit has long been known as the automobile capital of the world and the home of Motown. But Detroit will show off its artistic side May 8-10 during Art Detroit Now, featuring thousands of artists whose work will be shown in art galleries, non-profit art organizations, museums and university art centers throughout metro-Detroit.
Art Detroit Now will include exhibitions, demonstrations, and festivals showcasing the great art and talented artists in our area. Organizers estimate that over three days, this first-time event will draw 100,000 people to 100 galleries and museums located in 16 cities throughout metro-Detroit.
Planning for Art Detroit Now began in 2006 with a group of art collectors, patrons and professionals who were committed to finding ways to increase the visibility of Detroit-area contemporary artists and galleries.
"First, there was the opening of Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), then the grand opening of the new Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA),” said Marc Schwartz, event chairperson. “Art Detroit Now is the next step in establishing our area as a major arts center. Virtually every contemporary arts organization in our greater community has come together to be part of this event. Our hope is that everyone will enjoy Art Detroit Now by visiting a gallery or museum May 8-10."
Some of the 100 participating venues include the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Cranbrook Art Museum, DIA, MOCAD and Russell Industrial Center.
MOCAD will open the exhibition, Considering Detroit, on May 10.It is the first exhibition in a series that explores contemporary art of the Detroit area. "One of the motivating principles for Considering Detroit was to support in every way the Art Detroit Now effort because it is so important," said Marsha Miro, founding director at MOCAD. "We saw it as an opportunity that could not be missed, and arranged for both our summer exhibition and programs to highlight contemporary art activity in the metro area."Graham W.J. Beal, director of the DIA, said the newly renovated museum looks forward to participating in Art Detroit Now. The museum will devote its May 9 Friday Night Live to celebrating Detroit-area visual and performing arts. “DIA staff members and volunteers have been among the earliest supporters of Art Detroit Now and we are delighted to participate in this program,” Beal said. “Art Detroit Now is a terrific way to promote and support the artists whose creativity, it is increasingly being recognized, are crucial to a vital community.”
Cranbrook will hold Here and Now: The 2008 Graduate Degree Exhibition, which showcases students’ studio work. “Metro Detroit attracts students in art, architecture and design from around the world, many of whom remain in the region after graduation, breathing new life into our art scene each year.” said Gregory M. Wittkopp, director Cranbrook Art Museum. “Cranbrook Art Museum is delighted to be able showcase Cranbrook Academy of Art's most recent graduates during Art Detroit Now."
For a complete list of participating artists, venues, and a schedule of activities, please visit or For more information, call 248-258-8808 x29.

Founding Members: Michelle Peron CCS Center Galleries - Gregory Wittkopp Cranbrook Art Academy & Museum - Nancy Sizer Detroit Artists Market - Becky Hart, Valerie Mercer & Stephanie James Detroit Institute of Arts - George N'Namdi George N'Namdi Gallery - Marsha Miro MOCAD - Dick Goody Oakland University Gallery - Susanne Hilberry Susanne Hilberry Gallery - Lisa Gonzalez Wayne State University Galleries - Marc Schwartz Community Representative