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.
“can’t hold on // I can feel time as it bends…” Just some lyrics from a composition called “Endings” by award-winning jazz vocalist Estar Cohen; and this propulsive image aptly fits for her music career, as each year since her 2015 graduation from the University of Toledo has gotten busier, faster, more exciting. You can
An essential way to craft a resonant piece of music is to unpack the existential pondering, the fleeting but insistent anxieties, the hard truths and easy reminders, that are swimming around up inside the head of the songwriter. The sublimity of Saline-based folk/Americana artist Monticello Van Odom‘s album is in how its spilling out all
Toledo’s future beat/psy-jazz/hybrid electro duo Heavy Color recently premiered a new music video that commemorates an inspiring musical odyssey charted by one of its songwriters back in 2015. The group formed several years ago around the collaborations of Ben Cohen and Sam Woldenberg. Their Toledo’s answer to cerebral ambient electronica acts like Four Tet, Caribou,
An elite black pianist tours the segregated south with a white roughneck chauffeur. Green Book combines two crowd-pleasing formulas—the road movie and the true story—with two stellar lead actors, Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali. Mortensen plays Tony Lip, a white, working class second-generation Italian-American from the Bronx who works as a nightclub bouncer. Ali plays