One-of-a-kind

. May 18, 2012.

They’re busy people, often on the road for art fairs, but full-time artists and U of M grads Helen Gotlib and Dylan Strzynski wanted to curate an exhibition of their own; something small and of exceptional quality that would enhance the independent Ann Arbor art scene. And what materialized was TINY Expo, a multi-medium show, now in its second year, that gathers some of the best area artists to display their work in one of the coziest of environments —
a house. What better way to celebrate art during the
holiday season?

First year success

Last year, when the idea surfaced, they knew they would need a little help from their friends. They brought it to the attention of artists and fellow UofM grads Pete and Michelle Baker, who jumped on board, providing the needed partnership and ideas that helped make the TINY Expo happen — including creating the name.
Which, actually, came spontaneously from the first planning meeting.
“We were describing the event while trying to come up with a name,” says Strzynski. “Pete casually said ‘tiny expo’ because we all knew it was going to be a small show. The phrase became the name!” The first year of any event is always the hardest, but last year’s turnout was a success, attracting community members from all walks of life. So, as the cold rolls in this holiday season, it’s time for round two.

This time around

It’s a friendly, welcoming kind of place. Be prepared to be met with coffee, food and a smile when you walk up to this year’s TINY Expo, which takes place on December 10, featuring over 20 artists, at 327 Braun Court, across the street from the Kerrytown Market. Gotlib and Strzynski, who recently participated in the world-famous Grand Rapids ArtPrize, as well as Michelle Baker will be showing their work. The event also features notable area artists Janelle Songer, Sandra Durkin, Miss April, Jocelyn Gotlib, Silent Giants and Sarah Jones. So, whether you’re looking to buy a unique gift for the family art fanatic, browse threw some wonderful work or meet new people, don’t be this one-day happening. www.tinyexpo.com