Detroit; Tale of Two Cities


When I think about Detroit it is difficult for me to separate my past from its’ future. Growing up in the ethnically diverse Southwest Detroit, I had a childhood filled with adventure, danger and wild imagination. The neighborhood school playground was gravel and glass. Any fall there resulted in painfully picking pebbles and broken glass from your wound, before cleaning your scrape. I lived through riots and renaissance. There has always been a duality to the city of both death and resurrection. It is the best of times and the worst of times. I believe today more than ever it is the tale of two cities. The piece above illustrates some of those feelings it’s available at the Rivers’s Edge.

The River’s Edge Gallery is currently featuring “Between Heaven and Earth,” an exhibition featuring Birgit Huttemann-Holz, encaustic paintings and Tom Szmrecsanyi, ceramic sculpture, October 5- November 30, 2013. The Opening is tonight 7-11PM.

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Coastal Maine


Being in a coastal town; I inhale the sea air, the breezes splash me, the taste of salt lingers on my lips, while waves wash me with their rhythmic lullabies. The experience is simultaneously invigorating and calming. I don’t want to leave.

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Art and Community

I am grateful for the opportunity to exhibit my artwork in these four galleries. From the soon to open Dancing Dog Gallery, which is looking for support on Kickstarter, to River’s Edge Gallery celebrating 30 years of showcasing Detroit area artists.

Opening Soon Dancing Dog Gallery in Ann Arbor.

Opening Soon Dancing Dog Gallery in Ann Arbor.

Dancing Dog Gallery will be a co-op gallery which will showcase artwork by it’s founding members; Sophie Grillet, Bill Knudstrup, Matruka Sherman, Missy Cowan, Sarah Clark Davis, Molly Indura, Susan Clinthorne and Susan Finley as well as associate and visiting artists. It will also add to the Ann Arbor Art scene by scheduling exhibits, workshops and other community events.

Black Door Gallery Soon to Celebrate it's second year in Tecumseh

Black Door Gallery, soon to Celebrate it’s second year in Tecumseh

Black Door Gallery will be hosting it’s Annual Plein Air Paint Out and Artist Reception in Downtown Tecumseh August 9th. September 26th the gallery will participate in Downtown Diva at Dusk.

Riverside Arts Center in Ypsilanti

Riverside Arts Center in Ypsilanti

Riverside Gallery has a gift shop and exhibitions including Local, Michigan, Regional and National artists. Currently the Gallery is hosting the annual Ann Arbor Women Artists Summer Exhibit. Artists have until September 9, 2013 to enter their “Great Lakes Small Works Exhibit.”. It’s open to anyone 18 or older living in any of the eight Great Lakes States.

River's Edge Gallery in Wyandotte

River’s Edge Gallery in Wyandotte

River’s Edge Gallery did a Pop-Up Space in Detroit in June of this year. Their gallery continues to be a hub of excitement and community after all these years. In August they will host an exhibit of artwork from the board of Women’s Caucus for Art in Michigan.

All four of these galleries are spaces vital to their downtown communities. I’d like to give a special thanks to the gallery founders and directors who have helped to support and influence me as an artist, as I continue to emerge. Thank you; Matruka Sherman, Susan Amstutz, Dee Overly, Patt Slack and Jeremy Hansen.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Golden Hour

Weekly Photo Challenge: Golden Hour

Lake Michigan Sunset

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Vacation; What you carry with you and what you bring home.


Taking time to notice a beetle near the beach.


This beetle found me, landing on my finger. I immediately recognized it as a bug I had spent some summer months with when I was in my teens. My sister had a cottage on an inland lake in Michigan. Growing up in Detroit, sometimes our only relief from heat were the occasionally opened fire hydrants. I traded the simmering city asphalt, for cool dips in the lake. These exotic looking creatures covered my sister’s rose bushes. I appreciate those lazy summer days with the sun as my watch. A time when my accomplishments were measured in thoughts.


“A traveler without observation is a bird without wings” Saadi


“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not” Emerson

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Exploring new themes with angels

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Mary Bachman fills Riverside Arts Center, and your senses with her Retrospective

Riverside Arts Center, a glimpse at the gallery for Mary Bachman Retrospective.

Riverside Arts Center, a glimpse at the gallery for Mary Bachman Retrospective.

Mary Bachman has been making and exhibiting art for many years. A former art teacher and weaver, her skills as an artist encompass a range of media beyond weaving; including oil painting, watercolor, pastels, casein, colored pencil, graphite, photography, pottery and sculpture. She likes to call herself an “all media artist.”

Her retrospective at the Riverside Arts Center in Ypsilanti is a delight of color in range of styles and subjects. Her landscapes feel personal. Viewing them you can almost imagine visiting these places with Mary.

"Trio" bronze sculpture by Mary Bachman

“Trio” bronze sculpture by Mary Bachman

I was especially drawn in by her sculptural pieces. The bronze titled “Trio” is my favorite. In this piece she has created a balance between realism and abstraction. Viewing the sculpture we clearly see how these women are closely connected yet maintain individuality. What a beautiful metaphor for our friendships

Artist Reception will be held Saturday, June 8, 5-7pm
Exhibition runs May 30 to June 29, 2013.
Gallery Hours: Thur-Sat: 3-8pm; Sun 1:30-4pm

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