Thursday, April 21, 2011

This and That

Those of you who have been following this blog are aware that I was accepted as a member of The Scarab Club in downtown Detroit last summer. I was again honored, recently with acceptance of two of my miniatures and an award for The Blacksmith at the Scarab Club's current show entitled Working Class Heroes. My husband and I attended the opening reception shown below. It was very well attended!


I love the Scarab Club building. It is chocked full of wonderful murals, art and stained glass windows and screens.









The Scarab Club was founded in 1907 by a group of artists and art lovers who enjoyed meeting regularly to discuss art and socialize. The desire to form an arts organization in Detroit during the first third of the 20th century was partially intertwined with the birth of automotive design and the evolution of advertising art inspired by the burgeoning automobile industry. Although generally viewed as a heavily industrial city, Detroit’s artistic community thrived from the success of the automobile.
Many of the original founding members of the Scarab Club consisted of automotive designers, advertising illustrators, graphic artists, photographers, architects, and automobile company owners. Scarab Club members inspired each others’ artistic spirit by entering their artwork in the Annual Exhibition of Michigan Artists held at the Detroit Institute of Arts under the auspices of the Scarab Club from 1911 to 1928 and the DIA from 1929 to 1974.
Besides hosting various events, such as the costumed Scarab Club balls for members and others to attract the general public, the Scarab Club managed working artist studios that still continue today. Since its founding in 1907, the Scarab Club continues to be a driving force in the artistic community and is proud to serve Michigan as a cultural stimulant for artistic diversity in the 21st century.





The Blacksmith



Driving the Mules

Well, we finally got fed up with the weather around here and spent 10 days in Florida. We camped at DisneyWorld and just soaked up the sun and warmth. It felt wonderful. Driving home on Monday we faced SNOW in Michigan. What a shock going from 90 degrees to 32! Luckily, the weather is improving and soon all the seasonal galleries will be full of collectors. back to work!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Till next time,








3 comments:

Barbara A. Freeman said...

My you have been busy! Congratulations to you on your awards and membership, Gail! Good for you! Looks like a nice crowd at the reception and a very lovely building. Great works with so much detail!!

Lynn Ponto-Peterson said...

Congratulations my friend, well deserved!!!!! Gorgeous paintings and a really big honor competing against the larger work and with so many "greats" at such a prestigious show as the Scarab Club. I am sure your miniatures were complete stand-outs!
A cyber toast to you! :)

DEB said...

I am so proud to call you friend! And whenever i am in detroit, i need to visit this club!