The Big Picture

Detroit Gallery Crawl

Explore the art scene As the weather in Michigan turns cool, if you are curious about Detroit’s art scene and in the mood for a short 45 minute road trip, now is a great time to head downtown. When I began exploring Detroit several years ago, my hunt for significant art and artists was more

PowerArt! Three favorites From Ann Arbor’s Open-Air Museum

By K.A. Letts We expect public art— all those fountains, sculptures and murals— to express our civic soul, our collective values and our aspirations, providing visual relief from right angles and concrete. Ann Arbor’s PowerArt!, an ongoing project sponsored by the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority, the Ann Arbor Public Art Commission, The Arts Alliance

Detroit’s Lester Johnson’s Solo Exhibit, Clarion Calls

This thoughtful mini-retrospective of the artist’s work traces his visual journey as an African American contemporary artist from the 1970’s until today.

Experimental Artist Learned The Rules, Then Broke Them

Master printmaker and experimental artist Takeshi Takahara is a restless spirit. Rather than working comfortably within established print traditions, he prefers to skate near the edge of the unknown.

Helen Gotlib

A visit to the artist’s studio and her “Secret Beaches”

The Art of Paying Attention

Mother and son make high art of “the tiny majority” We live in an age of attention deficit disorder, surrounded and distracted by devices, games, apps, and ads competing for our eyeballs and mouse clicks. But if we pay attention, a pair of artists, Karen Ann Klein and her son Barrett Klein, show us the

The Quick Sketch

Westside Art Hop

Ann Arbor’s whole Westside neighborhood will be transformed into an art showcase this month, with local artists and up to 50 visiting artists displaying their goods in homes, on porches and in garages. Explore the historic neighborhood and shop all kinds of arts and crafts, from paintings to prints to glassware to fiber arts. Local

Holy Bones Halloween Market

An entire market just for creepy and crawly crafts this Halloween? No, it’s not a trick! Browse spooky art, watch witchy performances and join in the frightening festivities. All proceeds from space fees, sponsorships and donations go to the Ypsilanti Performance Space, Inc., a renovated church-turned-community cultural space. 10am | Saturday, October 5 Ypsilanti Performance

Glass Pumpkin Fest

For the 7th year, the Ann Arbor Farmers Market will be filled with glass pumpkins just in time for Halloween. The Glass Academy will hold live glass blowing demonstrations for all ages, and all pumpkins will be available for sale. Get into the fall spirit, watch art being created, and pick up beautiful locally-made Halloween

Ann Arbor Wayzgoose & Printing Festival

Visit the Ann Arbor District Library downtown for this two-day festival celebrating everything printmaking. Events include artist presentations, author readings, hands-on workshops, gallery talks, speakers and a vendor fair. Learn about local printers, the mediums of letterpress, screen printing and block printing, along with the history of the printmaking industry. Over 40 vendors will be

The Second City @ The Ark

by Grace Jensen Chicago’s self-described “next generation of comedy superstars” is coming to the Ark for two nights only! A leading brand in improv-based sketch comedy for over fifty years,the troupe has produced comedians such as Tina Fey, Chris Farley, Bill Murray, and Keegan-Michael Key. These performers could very well be the next big names!