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.

About Babs

I'm a narrative sculptor navigating her way through the ever-changing currents in what feels like an art ocean. Whether appreciating the calm rhythm of calls for art and exhibiting, or waiting to catch a big wave of inspiration to take me to the top. I just love being in the water. Formerly a pickle packer, theater major, crisis counselor and occupational therapist with a BA in Communications and a BS in Occupational Therapy, only to discover I've always been an artist. My work grows from a strong connection to people and a passion for discovering the beauty in ordinary things. I sculpt figuratively in clay, utilizing the female form and women’s themes. Frequently my inspiration is drawn from childhood memories and my own short poems. Like each of us as humans every work is uniquely influenced by the past and present and has a narrative.
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10 Responses to Art and Community

  1. Bravo to you Barbara for being committed to your work and connected to the Art Community in such vital ways. Thanks for highlighting these 4 galleries too!

  2. Susan Amstutz says:

    Barbara, thank you so very much for the kind words, supporting our various galleries and giving us the opportunity to show your colorful and imaginative work. Its an honor to show your art work.
    And a great pleasure knowing you! By the way, you sold one of the new pieces on Friday!
    Black Door Gallery

  3. Congratulations on all of your gallery associations. Your activity helps to strengthen the art community in Southeastern Michigan. I have enjoyed our critique group so much over the past few years too. All of your endeavors mean so much!

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