For every art gallery in town there are scores of stunning private home-studios where the public can see hundreds of pieces that simply can’t fit into a regular art venue. Take the house of Helen Gotlib and Dylan Stryznski. They have been together since they met at the UM School of Art and Design. She focuses on figurative and botanical drawing, using live models and delicate dried flowers that she sketches with pen and ink and then fills in with watercolor or gouache. Dylan has been exploring an expanding socio-environmental set of themes that he describes as “paranoid” and “cartoon expressionism” using a variety of media including roofing tar. That’s gouache on acid. And in this world, no matter how paranoid you get, you can never keep up. You can find Helen at booth number 166 on South University during the Ann Arbor Art Fair. To make an appointment to see their studio-house: 734-678-7976.
DIYpsi Aug 18 & Aug 19 at ABC Microbrewery I’ve detected an increasing amount of positive energy generating from the independent arts community of Ypsilanti over the last several years, grassroots efforts that stoke a sense of pride and celebration of the local culture scene, from First Fridays and Bona Sera, to the Threads All
If you missed Eighth Grade at Cinetopia, it’s finally officially playing this week at The State! Eighth Grade is this generation’s Sixteen Candles, Breakfast Club, and Welcome To The Dollhouse. If you’ve wondered what adolescence in the digital age is like, this movie’s strength is capturing Generation Z middle school life—while remaining universal.
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When performing plays, actors use props, costumes and set pieces to immerse themselves in the story. Spinning Dot Theatre repertory company members Aya Aziz and Forrest Hejkal, who star in the North American premiere of Chelsea Woolley’s two-hander, The Mountain, had extra help preparing to portray children on a playground; they did some of their