April 1 - 7:00pm - in Charlotte
On April 1, celebrate with us at Windwalker Underground Gallery in Charlotte for an unveiling of a magnificent sculpture created by our Windwalker team with glass (an expertise) donated by Craig Mitchell Smith. Stay for a concert celebration by the Tia Imani Hanna Project, with Tia, Carolyn Koebel and Elden Kelly. Experience their unique style of improvised music, performed as only they can! Ticket information at https://www.facebook.com/events/257320501387294/.
April 23 - 5:00pm - in Detroit
On April 23, join us for a tribute to Sarah Vaughan, "Me & Sarah" performed by Naima Shamborguer, with actor John Hardy, Ian Finklestein, piano, Ibraheim Jones on bass, Vincent Bowen on reeds, Cassius Richman on reeds and George Davidson on drums at St. Matthew and St. Joseph Episcopal Church in Detroit. This concert is co-sponsored by the Detroit Bureau of Sound.
Tickets available at tributetosarah.brownpapertickets.com.
April 26 - 7:00pm - in West Bloomfield
On April 26, hear Naima Shamborguer celebrate jazz by performing standards with Cliff Monear at the piano, Jeff Padraz on bass and Kayvon Gordon on drums at the gorgeous Steinway Piano Gallery in West Bloomfield all in support of the Morrice High School Band! Proceeds will support this amazing group of young musicians.Tickets available at the door or call Diane at 517-898-4046 or email email@example.com.
April 30 - 6:00pm - in East Lansing
On April 30, join Michigan ArtShare and the Jazz Alliance of Mid-Michigan as they bring the "Me & Sarah" performance to East Lansing! This is a chance to hear and see fantastic Detroit jazz at the Community Music School in East Lansing. You can also enjoy an art exhibition by Michigan artist, Diane DeMott. This is your chance to celebrate Jazz with people who know and support jazz! We can't wait! Tickets available at tributetosarah.brownpapertickets.com.
Michigan Economic Development Corporation
300 N. Washington Square
Lansing, Michigan 48913
Doug owes his artistic career to three factors – a short attention span, support from friends and family, and early recognition by the Lansing Art Gallery. He was accepted in one of the first community-wide competitions the Lansing Art Gallery sponsored. The pieces that he has submitted are a part of his early work as an artist. They are pieces that he loves and cherishes because they represent his beginning as an artist and work that enabled him to continue his career.
His process for these pieces started with going to the Potter Park Zoo or the MSU Farms and drawing large pictures of animals. In these drawings, he would center on body posture and identifying characteristics of the animals more than realistic portrayals. He would then take the loose drawings and begin making stencils from butcher paper, tracing elements of the drawing then cutting a hole in the butcher paper with a utility knife, He would print 25 images of the first stencil and then add to or modify his design with each added color. The quality of the ink, its matte surface and opacity kept him working with this media despite his messy nature.
Michael Magnotta - Sculptures
Artist Statement: "My journey in the arts began some 35 years ago in photography. Architectural studies broadened my artistic horizons as I learned how the integration of materials in a thoughtful design impacts the environment. It is a seamless transition from architecture to sculpture. Direct metal sculpture using the remnants and cast-offs of our mass-produced society to create art is where I find expression today. With inspiration from the masters my work arises from mu experiences and things I love – jazz, space, nature, mankind, and beauty in all its manifestations. The Japanese aesthetic of wabisabi, beauty in the imperfect and the natural time-worn patina, resonates in my art.
My sculptures typically begin with a trip to the metal yard. There I gather my palette, such as a painter chooses their paints. From the shapes and textures I cull, a conversation takes place – a visual conversation – that results in the three dimensional work that comprises my oeuvre."
East Lansing Community Music School
4930 S. Hagadorn Rd.,
East Lansing, MI 48823
I love this earth and all the wonders it holds and that is my inspiration for my art. It is what I know best! With this series of Eagles and Birds of Prey I like showing them doing things we usually don’t get to see, i.e. bathing, nesting, feeding their chicks and so on. This series is not done. There are more things to learn about Eagles and I want to show that also. My favorite mediums are oils, watercolor, ink and graphite. I love to explore new mediums and I have such as colored pencil, powdered graphite and water soluble graphite. Mixing media is something I am fond of such as ink and watercolor and look forward to doing more of that. I am looking forward to exploring what I can do and making more art!
In 1996, I took a design class and the result of that class is a large drawing I call “Coming Home”. My first Eagle! It was a long time after that before I could put pencil to paper again. These birds are the result of my retirement and the time to once again make art! So, I set up and grabbed a pencil. I love working in graphite and seeing the different values that can be achieved. I also work in oils, colored pencils and watercolor. Still graphite in any form (pencil, powdered and water soluble) is my favorite medium. A friend in wild life recovery helped give me my subject matter. He just released an eagle a few weeks ago. I am lucky to have an Eagle that flies over my house and lives just down river from me. I want people with no eagles in their lives to watch to be able to enjoy these! Being an old hippy, nature has always fascinated me, I love being in the woods and along the rivers. I have been to California and seen the coast and in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and lived at the foot of Mt. Whitney, seeing it all through an artist’s eye. I want to bring it all in to other’s homes and lives!