Announcing Our Newest Artists:
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.
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.”
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