Pop-up art gallery opening for three dates

Illustration courtesy of the Dearborn Community Fund
“Land Memory: Karm el-Meedan” is an example of the work of Dearborn artist and 12 on 12 exhibitor Mohamad Bazzi.

DEARBORN — Visitors to east Dearborn the next three Wednesdays will have the unique opportunity of “popping in” on a new but temporary art gallery.

The 12 on 12 pop-up art gallery will turn an unoccupied office space at 13742 Michigan Ave. into a showcase featuring 12 professional artists from southeast Michigan demonstrating their art forms, answering questions about technique and displaying their artwork.

The gallery is directly across the street from Dearborn City Hall.

The 12 on 12 Gallery will be open from 5 to 10 p.m. July 17 24 and 31.

The gallery will highlight a variety of art forms including painting, sculpture, ceramics and cartoon art. The participating artists will also create new work in the gallery in addition to showcasing finished works throughout the gallery.

Visitors will have the opportunity to interact with the artists, observe the creative process, purchase art and vote to determine three award winners including a People’s Choice Award.

Admission is free. The site and days of operation were selected to coincide with East Dearborn Downtown Development Authority’s Jazz on the Ave summer concert series which is held at City Hall Park.

“Pop-ups have become popular across the country as communities look for new and creative ways to attract visitors and provide options for unused spaces to spur economic development,” said EmmaJean Woodyard, executive director of the Dearborn Community Fund. “The 12 on 12 pop-up art gallery is an exciting addition to the lineup of events that are held in Dearborn to attract visitors to our business districts.”

The 12 on 12 artists, and their websites, are:.
Mohamad Bazzi: Bazzi has extensive experience as a working artist, muralist and graphic artist. www.mohamadbazzi.com

Mark Beltchenko: An award-winning sculptor, Beltchenko specializes in contemporary sculpture, jewelry and designs in metal. www.markbeltchenkostudio.com

Sean Bieri: Bieri is a cartoonist, graphic designer and former art director for Metro Times. www.seanbieri.carbonmade.com

Daniel Cascardo: As a painter and muralist, Cascardo has exhibited in galleries, conducts workshops and frequently appears as an “artist in motion.” www.danielcascardo.com

Keith Coleman: A Taylor native, Coleman sculptures incorporate recycled materials and include the iconic Merrill Lynch bull on Biddle Avenue in Wyandotte. www.facebook.com/pages/Keith-Colman-WELD-ART.

Henry Ford Community College Ceramics: Led by faculty member Steve Glazer, the ceramics program frequently participates in demonstrations and exhibitions. Information on the HFCC program is available at www.hfcc.edu/programs/fine-arts-and-fitness/TheSissonArtGallery.asp.

Lindsey Harnish: Harnish’s paintings are a “blend of techniques from Art Nouveau and Lowbrow to the whims of picture books.” www.lindseyharnish.com.

Ralph Hashoian: A retired art teacher, Hashoian continues to produce sketches and watercolors. www.facebook.com/StudioHUnlimited.

Gwen Joy: An experienced artist, Joy has work featured in galleries such as Gallery 555, Motor City Art Gallery and Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. www.gwenjoy.com

Martine MacDonald: The Allen Park resident’s work includes paintings, drawings and mixed media. Her work is exhibited in galleries throughout Michigan. www.martinemacdonald.com

Elise Mesner: Photographer and fine artist, Mesner also works in mixed media collage, wood and canvas. www.facebook.com/EliseMesnerArts.

Michael Ross: A multimedia artist, Ross is a painter, woodworker and skateboard designer. www.mrossdesigns.com

The “12 on 12″ is a project of the EDDDA with support from Oakwood Healthcare Inc. and the Dearborn Community Fund.

More information about the gallery, Jazz on the Ave” or other EDDDA projects is available by contacting the EDDDA office at 313-943-3141 or at its website, www.eastdowntowndearborn.com.

The Dearborn Community Fund can be reached by calling 313-943-5478 or going to www.dearborncommunityfund.org.