ArtWear DETROIT announces The opening of our own studio in Berkley Michigan!
Find all of our ArtWear at our beautiful new gallery at The VITRINE Gallery 2758 Coolidge Highway, Berkley, MI.
Kat Zinn studied fine art, graphics and illustration at UC Riverside and worked for a number of years as a graphic artist in Los Angeles, California.before returning home to the state of Michigan. For the past 24 years she has shown and sold her art not only throughout the United States, but also internationally.
Her drawings are created from her imagination; in fact, she says she generally has no preconceived notion of what she will draw when she begins. Labeled a pen and ink artist, her unique technique for applying ink has received much praise, as well as several awards, including Best of Show at the Bay City Riverside Art Festival (2011), best of Show Harrisville Harmony Weekend Art Show (2011), First Place Thumb Area Arts Guild (2017), Third Place Cadillac Art Show (2018) and Best of Show Tawas Bay Art Festival (2018). .
Kat Zinn believes Good Art inspires people on some level. It is a form of communication that cannot be easily explained.
As an artist, her mission is to create positive energy through the medium of Ink; to connect with people through the silent language of art; and bring enrichment to the lives via her art. Kat Zinn Loves to ‘Play’! She loves to explore new ideas and techniques. She believes that as an artist this is necessary to continue to grow. Her work comes completely from her imagination. Most often she has no idea where a piece will take her when she begins. It is subject to her moods, the weather and location. A piece she draws on a rainy day in the house will be very different from one she draws sitting beneath the Tamaracks on the Lake Huron shoreline. She works with ink and various materials; such as technical pens, watercolor brushes, fibers, and organic materials to create lines, color and textures. Currently her favorite thing to do is to create a color texture first with no preconceived notion of where the piece will take her. Then she “doodles” with technical pens to create the line-work. Sometimes she will add more ink in areas over the top and finish with more pen detail.
Nature and music are Katzinn’s two greatest influences. Both of which touch us on many levels, often deep in our subconscious. Music is everywhere, beyond the radio or your favorite songs, or a summer concert in the park. Music is everywhere – the wind in the trees, and waves on the shore make music. We nay not realize just how much or why music touches us, but it inspires our lives. Good art should be the same way. It should bring a smile or a tear, or just make us feel good for no particular reason.
I have found great passion in creating the colors and textures which eventually bloom into a bold, vibrant flower. Being inspired by the serenity of nature and the energizing effect of vibrant colors, flowers provide a beautiful palette for me to explore and an opportunity to express these feelings on canvas. I enhance the contrast between peaceful serenity and joyful energy with the textural element that I incorporate into each of my flowers. The smoothness of the petals against the highly textured pistil demonstrate, for me, how multiple and often conflicting emotions can exist in a cohesive and beautiful way. I enjoy the versatility of acrylic paints and the opportunity it provides to integrate mixed media. I continue to explore new ways to incorporate a variety of textural elements to each of my paintings.
I’ve spent most of my life dabbling in various forms of art. In 2008, after hitting a creative wall and feeling an intense pull to nurture my creativity, I took a hobby level acrylic painting class and finally felt like I found my true calling. The class was just the catalyst that I needed to express myself in a positive and therapeutic way. I am actively involved in encouraging others to also explore their path in art. I am a Certified Golden Artist Educator teaching hands on workshops at Plymouth Community Art Council, Northville Art House and various venues throughout Michigan.
It is my mission to promote joy and healing with my artwork. I am proud to say that my work can be found in several Michigan hospitals and medical centers. As part of the “Healing Arts” initiative, my work has been chosen for permanent installation at Henry Ford, University of Michigan and Beaumont Medical Centers throughout Michigan.
Cindy is a Detroit native, born on the east side of city. At a young age she discovered her love for photography but it wasn’t until the advent of digital cameras did it become a passion. Cindy is self-taught and has experimented with different types and styles of photography. She has exhibited at several Art Associations and art fairs and has sold her photography through several different retail outlets.
As a Detroit native Detroit has always been a favorite site to photograph. From its distinctive skyline to its more depressed areas she has been able to find beauty in all aspects.
Cindy is currently retired and traveling the country in an RV with her husband. Photography is now a full time passion. We follow the road wherever it leads us but always returning to Detroit where the love affair with the camera began. She has won several awards for her photography.
For more information on Cindy Lindow and her art: www.cindylindowphotography.com
A self-taught artist, born in Detroit. Debbie is from a family of artists and musicians. Debbie started her “art career” in the 5th grade, winning and designing the school flag. In the 1980’s, Debbie designed clothes under the label “LaShong” and her clothes were used on a local TV show and one movie. Her clothes were also sold at a few local malls.
She had been commissioned by a local college to paint large canvas sports figures and wildlife for collectors out of state. While wildlife is her passion to paint, she recently discovered colored pencils art and now is fascinated with working with the media.
Not only does Debbie do colored pencils work of many different subjects, she is also using her Chinese family background of Feng Shui work and currently working on a few series of original artwork that correlate to the classic Feng Shui methods. (Feng Shui is the use of energy “chi” to harmonize individuals with their surrounding home and office environment.) For over three decades, Debbie is also a professional photographer and teaches fitness. www.debbielim.com
A life of diverse experiences, far-reaching cultural influences, exciting encounters, and the only constant being change, has left her with a discerning eye, a love for life and an innate ability to find the amazing element in all things great and small. Now, this creative seeker, with camera in hand, shares with us her journey. It is with great pleasure that we celebrate the photography of Michele Lundgren in this Limited Edition ArtWear Collection called Urban Chic. www.photographiceye.shop
Art for me is a way of being alive, of connecting myself to the mysteries of the universe, nature, and the magnificent human soul,” said Sanda Cook. In her latest series of paintings, the artist is exploring healing and spiritual elements. All of her energy and emotion is captured in each piece of ArtWear!
Sanda Cook, known for her bright colors that evoke energy and movement, is from Romania. She says her Romanian heritage influences her art even today.
Beautiful landscapes and architecture of her birth place wasn’t inspiration for her even as a young artist. She studied art in Romania and graduated from Brasor School of Art.
Her travels through Japan, Europe and now the United States give her work or unique perspective and style. She works hard With great passion for her art and the art world.
Her work has been displayed numerous calories throughout the metro Detroit area and beyond.
A lifelong resident of metropolitan Detroit, James Ritchie is a proponent of historic preservation and restoration, and an active participant in its art. His images are of the city today, but they are also reminders of Detroit’s great
industrial and cultural heritage, and illustrate the hope, spirit, and enduring strength of its citizens that will drive its revival. They are truly visual representations of the City of Detroit Motto — “Speramus Meliora” — “Resurget
Cineribus” (We hope for better things – It will rise from the ashes).
Mr. Ritchie exhibits locally and nationally, and is a memberof Detroit Artists Market, Grosse Pointe Art Center, Northville Art House, and Edward Hopper House Art Center (Nyack, NY). He is represented by Nicole Longnecker
Gallery in Houston, Texas, and Xanadu Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Art has been a part of Claudia Hershman’s world since she was a child. Born in Detroit, she graduated from the University of Michigan with a BS in Design and majors in painting and ceramics. She taught art in elementary school, and worked with Polyform clay, making jewelry, before it became a popular material. Her pins and earrings were the small canvases that foreshadowed her current abstract paintings. She spent several years making functional ceramics and exploring alternative methods in printmaking. Experimentation with materials, a love of color, shape and pattern, is a common theme and driving force in her work. Claudia’s mixed media paintings are part of Henry Ford Hospital’s collection, owned by Molina Health Care, The Woman Center at Oakland Community College, Strathmore Apartments and in private collections.
L.E. Grimshaw is an emerging Detroit artist having interests in multiple mediums with photography at the forefront. L.E. is all about art, community, and spiritual connection. Her photographic works have twice been selected by jury for exhibitions at The Scarab Club, Detroit. Dedicated photographic projects include ‘End of An Era: A Day in the Life of Tiger Stadium’ and the ongoing series ‘D’ Sign Detroit’, which are photographs of billboards and signs with no message. Home town love is celebrated with the series ‘Around Town With L.E. Grimshaw
Tony D’Annunzio was born in Detroit, Michigan. He studied radio and television production at Specs Howards Media/Broadcast Arts School, graduating in 1987 at the age of 21 and has been in the broadcast television field ever since. Throughout the years, he has worked with every major broadcast company at the technical and/or production management level including ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, ESPN, CNN, MTV, VH1, Discovery, NFL Films, and HBO. He has served as production manager for some of the biggest televised events in the world including two NFL Super Bowls, five NHL Stanley Cup finals, MLB World Series and literally hundreds of network news and national commercial spots. Tony has produced events for six of the last seven Presidents of the United States, including the President Obama acceptance speech in Grant Park.
“Gilda Snowden was the absolute model of a working artist; she was dedicated to her craft and left over 3500 drawings, paintings sculptures and constructions”.
Gilda Snowden, was born in Detroit, Michigan and graduated from Cass Technical High School in 1972. She received her undergraduate (BFA,) and graduate degrees (MA and MFA) from Wayne State University. She taught painting and drawing at Wayne State University from 1979 to 1985, then left WSU when she became a full time instructor at the College for Creative Studies (CCS). During her tenure at CCS she was twice asked to be interim chair of the Fine Arts Department while a search for a permanent chair was underway.
Life-long Detroiter artist Charles Alexander has exhibited his “highly detailed, colorful, and often times enigmatic art” at the Detroit Institute of Arts — twice as a demonstrating artist; the Scarab Club, Detroit Artists Market, Birmingham/Bloomfield Art Gallery, Affirmations LGBT Art Gallery (volunteer curator for 8 years), and Oak Park Public Library.
A Spirit of Detroit award recipient for support of AIDS and LGBT-related fundraisers, Alexander’s art has been featured in the Detroit News and Free Press, Ann Arbor News, Metro Times, Between The Lines, A & U magazine, and Detroit Homes. “I create an art piece on average of one a day.”
Adversity illuminated the importance of art for Darcel Deneau and without hesitation she redirected her life’s journey in pursuit of painting. In 2002, she earned a BFA from the College for Creative Studies. A native Detroiter, Deneau has been intrigued with painting images of the city for several years. Each painting is intended to comment on the city’s perceived image and represents a moment in the history of Detroit’s progression since the year 2000.
We are proud to feature the historic, iconic posters and original art from Detroit's legendary Gary Grimshaw.
Gary became well known as the Grande Ballroom artists and his talent has kept him in demand and in the spotlight in a career covering the rock scene in Michigan and San Francisco for over 40 years. The definitive poster art book entitled The Art of Rock: Posters From Presley to Punk, published in 1986, and recognized Grimshaw as an originator of the art form. These vintage poster images are available for a limited time through Detroit Urban Design Studio in an exciting collection of trendy and highquality handbags, clothing and more!
We are proud to feature the historic, iconic original photography from Detroit’s legendary Leni Sinclair
“No other photographer has so well captured the intense creative, high-energy spirit and times of Detroit during the 1960s and 70s. Leni Sinclair is a thoughtful photojournalist, someone her subjects easily trust, an insider with an energetic, sensitive and honest eye. Leni has always wanted to show her subjects in the best light, and people always look great in her photos.” — Cary Loren Leni is a Detroit treasure, and her photos are true works of art!
Born in 1947, Carl Lundgren co-created the first comic book convention in the world that included comic books, movies and science fiction. His co-chairman went on to create San Diego ComicCon. In the late 1960s, Carl was a pioneer artist in the psychedelic rock and roll poster era. Two collections of his poster work have been published. With the help of his friend, renowned cartoonist R. Crumb, Carl also created Michigan’s first “underground comix”, “Tales from the Ozone”.
Jerome Ferretti was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1952. Following in his family’s footsteps, he became a Journeyman Bricklayer; at the same time teaching himself the basics of drawing and watercolors. Maturing as an artist, Ferretti incorporated the techniques he learned as a skilled trade with further refinement of his fine arts skills though attending the Center (now College) for Creative Studies and Wayne State University. A residency at the Bemis Foundation in Omaha, Nebraska during 1991 launched a new phase under the mentorship of world-famous ceramist Jun Kaneko. This combination of fine arts and trades skills lead Ferretti to create a unique body of work that is expressed through watercolors, oils, pastels, architectural pieces and metal, brick and ceramic sculpture.
Born in upstate New York and raised in northern England, Kate Paul has had a varied art career involving photography, graphics and as a scenic painter before establishing her own commissioned painting business. As a scenic painter, coming up through the guild system, life took her to Los Angeles where she met her “mister” at a scenery shop working in films, theatre and television. Together they relocated to Seattle, WA where Kate started her own commission painting business in 1992.
One of only 2 street artists to have been around Detroit for over 30 years, renowned Detroit Graffiti Artist FEL3000ft started writing graffiti in 1982. Over the past 30 years he has done work for many major companies and painted in many different mediums. Now he also features his work on canvas, in sculpture form, and is focused on building his brand one work of art at a time.