Difficult Treasures (meet the artists reception) 7-9pm October 18
Oct
18
to Dec 4

Difficult Treasures (meet the artists reception) 7-9pm October 18

Difficult Treasures :An art exhibit of new works by Laura Atkins, Amy Chenier and Con Lustig presented by River’s Edge Gallery in Downtown Wyandotte

Where: River’s Edge Gallery 3024 Biddle downtown Wyandotte

When; Opening October 18th with a meet the artist 7-9 pm. The show will continued to be displayed until November 6th.

Gallery Shows History Through 3 Artists

As River’s Edge Gallery (REG) gets ready to celebrate 40 years representing mainly Michigan artists the Gallery Director, Jeremy Hansen, and founder, Patt Slack, wanted to present a show that would represent a time flow. The flow of the gallery itself as it shows three artists who are from different time periods in the growth of the gallery but who, when showing together, seem connected and timeless.

The three women artists chosen use traditional painting techniques and style and would be referred to as realistic surrealist. All three use difficult techniques and execute them in the most difficult of ways, using layering and shadowing on canvas or board. Subject matter is deeply ingrained in the use of figurative gestures and simple objects used to convey symbolic messages. The intent behind each work is thoughtful, personal, even secretive…..

Hansen explains the title of the show as “Art is a difficult treasure in many ways. Historically it has been revered by the rich, celebrated by the poor and driven with passions and cravings by the artists and collectors. Paintings have been fought over, lost in disputes and hidden from public view. Paintings have shamed politicians, promoted ideas and represented movements.”

The three artists chosen to reflect these time periods are:

Con Lustig: New to River’s Edge she is an artist with a background in Art History.

“My work often draws from many styles but most often Late Renaissance and Dutch Old Masters in conjunction with modern digital art.” Since Con only recently began to paint in ernest and is primarily self-taught her style is in a constant state of evolution and growth but Con states her paintings “always tend toward the illustrative and symbolic.”

She says that her inspiration comes from “unnamable feelings that perplex us and concepts like fate and faith that have existed for millennia but still fascinate us. My art draws on figures, symbols and archetypes from myth, the occult, fairytales and our daily lives. Each piece is meant to be an act of communication between the concept, the viewer, and myself.” Jeremy Hansen added that “even though she has only recently come into the public eye, she has been discovered by several top collectors.”

Laura Atkins: Laura has been with River’s Edge for about seven years. Laura works primarily in oils on canvas or panel. According to Hansen, “ Laura’s paintings are often described as haunting and addictive. Her atmospheric vignettes are filled with metaphors and her subjects could be said to have a timelessness.” Laura also is mostly self-taught but seeks the training in the old atelier style of seeking out artists that she admires. She has recently attended Portrait Artist Paul McCormack's portrait oil painting workshop. She has also been a studio assistant for Portrait Artist Leslie Adams and continues to study the Art of the Old Masters in the Detroit Institute of Art and the Toledo Museum of Art.

Laura has often stated that she feels she is living in a modern-day Renaissance as there are some very wonderful living Artists that she admires.

Amy Chenier: Amy has been with the gallery for about 25 years. She originally came from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and now resides in Detroit.

Patt Slack and her late husband Jim Slack spied her work at a local art show and knew that this was a young artist already showing a mature potential. At this time she had made her reputation as a sports artist, a male dominated area. She was in the top sports museums and on the cover of prestigious sports magazines.

This continued with the gallery as her agent as she was commissioned to do pieces for the new Comerica Park

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Presenting ANRA  at River's Edge Gallery
Jul
5
to Aug 24

Presenting ANRA at River's Edge Gallery

Presenting ANRA at River’s Edge Gallery will be their first American Exhibition

German Twins Transform Trash to Treasure in Detroit This Summer

 Meet The Artist Reception July 19th 6pm-10pm at River’s Edge Gallery

Brothers will transform trash to art, blending ecology and social commentary throughout Detroit and Downriver

 

Wyndotte, Mich. - Andreas and Ralph Hilbert, twins from the German-Swiss border region did not set out to be artists.  One was a baker and the other an electrical engineer when they went to see a Salvador Dali art exhibit.  What they saw changed their lives.  They were so moved by Dali’s art that they abandoned their careers and became artists under the single name ANRA.

Jeremy Hansen, co-owner of River’s Edge Gallery, in Wyandotte, met the Hilbert brothers while visiting Berlin several years ago, and was struck not only by their work but their sensibility. 

 

"ANRA’s art, which they refer to as 'Eco-Trash', utilizes the detritus of consumer society to fashion new objects and installations," Hansen said.  "They re-contextualize and transform materials that have been discarded and devalued, while commenting upon the inevitable waste and destruction that accompanies a consumerist society." 

 

Hansen is bringing ANRA to Southeast Michigan for a month-long residency this summer. The Hilbert brothers will explore and salvage materials to incorporate into their art objects and collaborate with local partners such as Friends of the Rouge and Downriver Delta CDC to create site-specific installations.

 

ANRA's mentality is perfectly suited to the Motor City, where middle class consumerism was arguably born in the mid-20th century, and where today’s rivers, fields and alleys are often choked with trash. 

 

Paul Draus, a professor of sociology at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, who also sits on the board of directors for Friends of Rouge, remarks that our river banks reflect all the stuff we consume and how much of it we throw away. 

“The Rouge River is like the drainpipe in your house that reveals all your secrets.  It all ends up in there.”  The banks of the Rouge River will be a key scavenging location for the artists.

 

“The Hilberts come from a very clean town where trash is actually scarce.  Having access to all our primo garbage will be a real revelation for them,” Hansen laughs. 

 

A meet the artist reception is scheduled for July 19th 6pm -10pm Click here

Here is our link to the Fox 2 segment with Amy Lange http://www.fox2detroit.com/news/local-news/twin-bothers-from-germany-collected-trash-from-detroit-rivers-they-re-displaying-it-as-art

 

For more information about ANRA's residency and work contact River's Edge Gallery – info@artattheedge.com  

734-246-9880

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"Talking to Bruce"    an intimate interview with Bruce Gerlach about "Facets Of Inspiration"
Jun
8
3:00 PM15:00

"Talking to Bruce" an intimate interview with Bruce Gerlach about "Facets Of Inspiration"

River’s Edge Gallery is pleased to present “Talking To Bruce”

Portraits of those whose callings are filled with wonder!

Join us as Jeremy Hansen has an intimate conversation with artist Bruce Gerlach. Enjoy a refreshment and listen to Bruce talk about his latest series “Facets Of Inspiration” ; enjoy a conversation about art, artists that have changed the game and drink in some history with a creative twist.

So…to recap…. a brief intimate chat with the multi faceted Bruce Gerlach, a cold brew or fine wine and…. some fresh hot pizza from our friends across the street at Silver Ballroom!

Conversation starts at 3pm followed by za & art party sponsored by Silver Ballroom!

“Talking To Bruce” June 8th, 3-5 pm at River’s Edge Gallery, 3024 Biddle ave, Historic Downtown Wyandotte, 734-246-9880

Learn more about Bruce and the show below

Bruce was never that artist who as a kid drew cartoons and other stick figure related images on the walls of his home. Nope, he was the kind of kid that drew spacemen on his sheets. In ink.

 Since then, he has spent his early years absorbing and being influenced by 50’s and 60’s sci-fi/fantasy movies, Hammer Films, Godzilla and ape flicks, comic books and Looney Tunes. And his imagination formed into the finely tuned clunker that it is now. Bruce now spends his creative pursuits in combing the depths in search of that elusive wreck or some hidden treasure of one kind or another.

 As a freelance illustrator and sculptor, Bruce has worked with many licensed properties, such as Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Deadworld, and others for such clients as Lucasfilm, Topps, Caliber Press, Hogsnot, Deadbeat Dads Greeting Cards, The Rehab Tribune, Debaucheri Magazine and Caprice Brands, among others. And he helped to construct a weathervane based on his design for the Belle Isle Aquarium in Detroit, MI.

 His cartoons have been seen in various publications nationwide, as well as overseas. Currently, Bruce does cartoons for the Belle Isle Aquarium and for the web comic stoopidstuf.com.

 You can view his artwork at www.tattooed-sky.blogspot.comwww.stoopidstuf.com and at the River’s Edge Gallery in Wyandotte, MI.

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Stories Upstairs (STORMS)
May
23
7:00 PM19:00

Stories Upstairs (STORMS)

River's Edge Gallery is pleased to present "Stories Upstairs". An open-mic storytelling event every 4th Thursday of the month. Held on the second floor space (upstairs) at River's Edge Gallery in Wyandotte.

Each month will have a different theme and ALL are welcome to share a story! Stories can be up to 7 mins and can be read or just told. BYOB if you need some courage.

River's Edge is especially pleased to partner with storyteller/podcaster Shannon Cason (WBEZ Chicago's The Trouble & Homemade Stories).

MAY 23rd’s theme is STORMS!
Can't wait to hear your stormy stories!

Check in is at 7pm if you want to tell a story and story time starts at 7:20pm. If you have any questions please contact the gallery at 734-673-6890 or by email at info@artattheedge.com

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Facets Of Inspiration, portraits by Bruce Gerlach
Apr
18
to Jun 8

Facets Of Inspiration, portraits by Bruce Gerlach

Portraits of those whose callings are filled with wonder!

Works by Bruce Gerlach

Opening reception April 18th, 6-9pm at River’s Edge Gallery, 3024 Biddle ave, Historic Downtown Wyandotte, 734-246-9880

Bruce was never that artist who as a kid drew cartoons and other stick figure related images on the walls of his home. Nope, he was the kind of kid that drew spacemen on his sheets. In ink.

 Since then, he has spent his early years absorbing and being influenced by 50’s and 60’s sci-fi/fantasy movies, Hammer Films, Godzilla and ape flicks, comic books and Looney Tunes. And his imagination formed into the finely tuned clunker that it is now. Bruce now spends his creative pursuits in combing the depths in search of that elusive wreck or some hidden treasure of one kind or another.

 As a freelance illustrator and sculptor, Bruce has worked with many licensed properties, such as Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Deadworld, and others for such clients as Lucasfilm, Topps, Caliber Press, Hogsnot, Deadbeat Dads Greeting Cards, The Rehab Tribune, Debaucheri Magazine and Caprice Brands, among others. And he helped to construct a weathervane based on his design for the Belle Isle Aquarium in Detroit, MI.

 His cartoons have been seen in various publications nationwide, as well as overseas. Currently, Bruce does cartoons for the Belle Isle Aquarium and for the web comic stoopidstuf.com.

 You can view his artwork at www.tattooed-sky.blogspot.comwww.stoopidstuf.com and at the River’s Edge Gallery in Wyandotte, MI.

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LIGHT! The fine art photography of Myles Gallagher
Mar
23
to Apr 23

LIGHT! The fine art photography of Myles Gallagher

WHAT:  One man show "Light" New photographic works by Myles Gallagher.

WHEN:  Opening and meet the artist on March 23rd 6-9 pm.  Exhibit runt until April 19th    

WHERE:  River's Edge Gallery 3024 Biddle Downtown Wyandotte   

Contact:  Jeremy Hansen   734-246-9880   artattheedge.com  

 

                                                    Artist Brings Varied Background to His Art 

River's edge Gallery is please to present "LIGHT!" a new photographic series by Myles Gallagher of Grosse Ile.

Myles Gallagher has had featured works in  Black & White Magazine and Still Point Arts Quarterly and has had shows in such prestigious galleries as The Scarab club (Detroit),  Jules Meighet (San Francisco).  Myles has also been an awarding winning photographer in many national and international. 

 Myles' creative career started in music then went on to dance and now has found "comfort & peace in stillness behind the lens".  His performing arts background includes being part of the  Blue Lakes International Choir and touring Scandinavia with the choir.  His love of  Classical Ballet and Modern Dance led him to studying dance at the  American Dance Academy, Western Michigan University and with the Nonce Dance Company at Saint Andrews Hall in Detroit.

When asked about his influences he gives credit to Fine art photographer Patricia Izzo  who has been a good friend of Myles.  "She has been a fabulous role model helping me find my rhythm.", stated Myles.  Izzo, whose studio is housed in River's Edge Gallery, is a world renowned photographer and well known in the Metro Detroit area as an artist who works tirelessly to help other artists.  

 Myles goes on to explain his work, "It's all about the light! Light and shadow have been the foundation of photography since the beginning. While illumination is important, darkness is an equally compelling component and together are the elements of a successful photograph."  You can see a concentration of this approach in the show "Light".


Untitled© Myles Gallagher.jpg
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36 CHANCES - ARTIST TALK
Jan
18
7:00 PM19:00

36 CHANCES - ARTIST TALK

36 Chances, The Fine Art Photography of Patricia Izzo ARTIST TALK

Artist Talk -

Friday, January 18th 7pm, River’s Edge Gallery,

3024 Biddle ave Wyandotte, MI, 48192, 734-246-9880

A good time to have a conversation with the Artist regarding how she captures the fleeting magic of the moment and your reactions to her work. Feelings encouraged as Patricia often says!

Refreshment an light hors d’oeuvres will be served.

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"36 Chances "     The Fine Art Photography Of Patricia Izzo
Nov
10
to Jan 20

"36 Chances " The Fine Art Photography Of Patricia Izzo

“36 Chances” is a long awaited solo show by Patricia Izzo showcasing her fine art film photography.  River’s Edge Gallery co-owner, Patt Slack, has been encouraging Izzo for years to curate her own show, to display a group of photographs that she felt showed her best moments.  This led to a conversation about theme as she has such a large portfolio including images that have been distinguished in many ways;  in private and public collections, award winners, published in regional, national and international publications and recognized by a variety of art and community organizations.  It was decided to focus in on why she did what she did, working with film over digital.  According to Izzo,

“Somehow in the 36 negatives on each roll of film, I would find the magic, the "I got it" moment. I choose film over digital not because its better but because its a true challenge to capture that fleeting second that creates a Fine Art Photograph.  I only have 36 chances (negatives) to do so.”  

  Izzo credits her love for fine art photography to icons such as Sally Mann, Diane Arbus and Jacques Sturges as well as mentors from her time enrolled in Northern Michigan University’s art program.  She specifically credtis Professor Owen Shapiro for insights into helping her “SEE beyond SEEING”.   She sums up what she feels fine art photography is for her by quoting Minor White, "Spirit Always Stands Still  Long Enough For The Photographer It Has Chosen."  

According to Izzo in summing up her own show,   “I hope you see that "Spirit" in these 36 Fine Art Photographs, printed on classic silver print paper. I have chosen to present to you these 36 as my favorite images, the ones with the MAGIC within.  36 Chances to touch your  heart.”

Title :  Two Kings  Artist:  Patricia Izzo

Title : Two Kings Artist: Patricia Izzo

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Artist Talk with Birgit Huttemann-Holz
Oct
19
7:00 PM19:00

Artist Talk with Birgit Huttemann-Holz

Artist talk with , Friday, October 19th. Please join us for a conversation with artist Birgit Huttemann-Holz, who will discuss her current series “Metaphor Of Flora” a new abstract expressionistic series in oil and acrylic resulting in large, gestural, paintings that depict both vision and feeling of a world where beauty and vulnerability are the touching keystones.

The artist talk starts at 7pm followed by a meet the artist reception

Learn more about “Metaphor Of Flora” & Birgit Huttemann-Holz

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Telling Stories , New works by Kevin (SLAW) Stanislawski & Taylor Stanislawski
Jun
30
to Aug 4

Telling Stories , New works by Kevin (SLAW) Stanislawski & Taylor Stanislawski

What;  Exhibit of paintings titled “Telling Stories” by Kevin (SLAW) Stanislawski and his daughter Taylor Stanislawski.  Kevin graduated from the Center for Creative Studies and his daughter is a presently a student.

Where: River’s edge Gallery, 3024 Biddle, downtown Wyandotte. 

When:  Opens with meet the artist night on June 30th at 6 pm and runs through August 4th

Contact: Jeremy Hansen   734-246-9880   info@artattheedge.com

 

 Renown retro Artist and his Daughter Tell Stories of the Past with  Paintings

 

 

 

 

River’s Edge Gallery is pleased to present “Telling Stories”,  a new show By Kevin (AKA SLAW) Stanislawski.  Joining him will be his daughter Taylor Stanislawski.   Taylor shares a studio with her father and this has given her freedom to experiment  with her own style although a viewer can see an influence in her style and choice of subject from painting with one of the most well known and collected artists out of Detroit.  The show opens with a meet the artists reception on June 30th at 6:00 pm at River’s Edge Gallery in downtown Wyandotte and runs until August 4th.

    Some of the pieces in this show may differ in theme and style for Kevin Stanislawski.  He still seems to travel through time capturing the special moments of everyday life and then painting narrative works with humour, honesty and sensuality. “Telling Stories” presents all new works by Stanislawski and is an evolution from his graphic interpretations of vintage pop culture to gracefully detailed rendered vintage narratives.  This includes a new series diving into prohibition times which has quite a Detroit history.  This is also the first time that Stanislawski is using his full name, Kevin Stanislawski and not just his moniker “SLAW”.  Kevin stated, “This is not a departure from my prior works but an evolution.”       

     Kevin (SLAW) Stanislawski graduated from the College For Creative Studies and held a studio at the Scarab Club for a number of years before moving to his latest Detroit studio. Stanislawski’s works are in local and international collections including The Roostertail and The Detroit Institute Of Arts. Stanislawski has worked on projects with director/actor/comedian Ted Raimi and many large scale commissioned works have popped up in eateries and businesses including his last mural for the Detroit Shipping company, a new restaurant and entertainment collective in Detroit.  Stanislawski currently lives and works in Detroit Michigan and continues to be a main house artist at River’s Edge Gallery.

   Taylor Stanislawski, the daughter of Kevin (SLAW) is a Detroit artist who is  currently attending CCS.   According to Taylor, “ My current work reflects a pop-art sort of fashion leaning to the female figure.  I like for my characters to have intense eyes and bold expressions/ body language that draw the audience into their mood reminiscent of the 60’s and 70’s.   I hope I achieved that with my work in this series.”

   Both artist’s works do tell historical narratives that can be conveyed or told  through the paint brush. 

“Telling Stories” opens June 30th 6pm -10pm. Light refreshments and hors d’hoeuvres will be served. The show runs june 30th – until August 4th. Subscribe to our social media or contact us at info@artattheedge.com to find out about special events with “Telling Stories”

 

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The Detroit Show with Niagara, SLAW & Jerome Ferretti
Jun
17
to Aug 14

The Detroit Show with Niagara, SLAW & Jerome Ferretti

All artists have international reputations:  Niagara is a well known punk princess and was the lead singer for Destroy All Monsters; SLAW is a retro painter capturing the 50’s nostalgia and has his large murals in a variety of public places: Jerome Ferretti’s brick installations and murals can be seen in and outside of Detroit including his latest at Whole Foods in Detroit.

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Cityscape / Landscape
May
20
to Jun 15

Cityscape / Landscape

Brant Maclean brought new works for his latest series of paintings “Cityscape/Landscape”. These works were inspired by Detroit renaissance with the mixture of older architecture  as well his respect for the natural landscapes surrounding the city. These new works were also a mixture of plein-air and studio works.

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Le Printemps d’Yver
Apr
12
to May 12

Le Printemps d’Yver

River’s Edge Gallery is pleased to announce the return of French artist Étienne Yver for his latest show, “Le Printemps d’Yver.” Inspired by the operas of Mozart, Yver combined his love of music and painting to create a fresh interpretation of the composer. This interpretation is a series of  colorful paintings that capture the raw emotion in the operas. The show will open on April 12th. Coinciding with“Le Printemps d’Yver,” the Windsor Symphony Orchestra will perform a selection of Mozart’s work on the evenings of April 24th and 30th. After the performances guests will have the opportunity to meet Yver.

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Washes, Wax, Wood & Wishes Opening Reception
Mar
18
to Apr 8

Washes, Wax, Wood & Wishes Opening Reception

Detroit is in the midst of a renewal.  The Motor City has come on the national front appearing in stories in such publications as The New York Times talking about its comeback.    Small new restaurants and art venues have been appearing all over the city, many in the form of “pop-ups,” there one day and gone the next.   This is unlike River’s Edge Gallery which has stayed fast showingMetro Detroit artists in virtually the same location for almost 40 years.  They did move down the street 14 years ago.   Despite this longevity,  they have remained a cutting edge art venue known not only locally but internationally.

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