I have yet to meet a Washtenaw County artist who doesn’t relish having guests at their home studio. Janet Kelman and friends go one step further. On Saturday, June 11, from 10am to 6pm, they are staging a block-party/happening, with food, drink, live music and yes, of course, art. At Kelman’s studio you can see her incredible glass work and back yard studio and garden. I’ve been watching her career blossom since 1975 when she had her store front and glassblowing furnace (that she welded together herself) in Royal Oak. It was all second nature to her, having just come off a degree in chemistry from the University of Michigan. For the past decade she has developed her “seafan” technique, cutting and carving large glass plates, then “slumping” them in her electric kiln to create what you see if you’re scuba diving in the tropics. At Kelman’s house will also be Claudia Hershman and her amazing technicolor collagraph prints. Hershman makes her plates, inks and prints, but then adds additional elements that she sews or glues on. 1410 Barnard, 734.389.0454.
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