Brighton’s new Art in the Alley exhibition is a bit of an experience, said John Wallbank, vice chairman of the Brighton Art Guild.
The exhibit, which was set up this summer in Hyne Alley near the open-air dining at Brighton Bar & Grill, features enlarged reproductions of award-winning artwork by Guild artists. They are printed on an aluminum backing to make them weather resistant.
“There is so much good locally produced art, and it’s important for artists to see their own works on display,” Wallbank said. “So many great artists need gallery space and public space to see their work, and many of them can be valuable to the community.”
Reproductions of the art – the originals include oil and acrylic paintings, embroidery, and photographs among other mediums – are for sale.
Wallbank said three of the works of art have already been sold.
“It’s a bit of an experimental exhibit,” he said. “As we learn about the commercial viability of the project, we will explore the possibility of replacing them with more works of art.”
Where to find art
Livingston County has several public exhibition and gallery spaces, murals and sculptures.
Here are some places to venture to get a good dose of creativity and local culture in Brighton, Howell and Pinckney.
202 W. Main St., Brighton
The Brighton Art Guild exhibits works of art in a small gallery inside the CoBACH Center, which the guild shares with the Brighton Area Historical Society and the Livingston Players.
Visit www.cobachcenter.org for more information.
The Brighton Art Guild also exhibits works of art by its members at several locations in Brighton, including the Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce, Advanced Orthopedics and the Brighton District Library.
The Norma Gray Gallery at the Brighton District Library
100 Library Drive, Brighton
The Brighton Art Guild operates the Library Art Gallery, dedicated to the founder of the guild, Norma Gray.
The library and guild are preparing for a large display of all members in the library gallery. The exhibition, Art Harvest, will be installed on October 6.
The guild also presents two artists at a time for rotating exhibitions lasting six to eight weeks at the library.
For more information on the Brighton Art Guild, visit www.brightonartguild.com
Learning Center and Art Gallery
125 Pearl Street, Pinckney
Painter and former art teacher at the Light of the World Academy, Cindy Mitchell and her boyfriend, Victor Bertl, engineer and photographer, have opened an art gallery, arts and crafts studio and educational space in Pinckney.
The center has a comprehensive art gallery, where local artists have started to display their works for sale.
It currently hosts a local photography exhibition.
For more information visit art-learning-center.com
Cleary University Arthur Secunda Museum
3750 Cleary Drive, Howell
The Cleary University Museum features over 65 years of artwork by renowned Michigan artist Arthur Secunda.
Secunda, who began her career in Detroit in the 1940s, has exhibited works of art in hundreds of exhibitions around the world, according to Cleary University’s brochure on the museum.
“Known for his brilliant collages and striking graphics, Secunda masters almost any media, including making his own paper,” the brochure states. “His impressive work includes printmaking, painting, mixed media, assemblage, ceramics and sculpture. His imagery ranges from figurative and hard-edge to jazz and the Bible. However, he is best known for his iconic landscapes from the late 1970s and 1980s which incorporate a specific type of gradient of color and blend of shapes. “
Cleary University also hosts special exhibitions and features murals, sculptures, and other artwork around campus.
For more information about the museum, visit cleary.edu/community/secunda-museum
Howell Art Project murals
A series of murals were painted on buildings in downtown Howell as part of the Howell Art Project, a series of public art events hosted by Howell Main Street Inc. and the Howell Downtown Development Authority in 2019.
Detroit artist and musician Tashif Turner, who goes by name Sheefy McFly, covered the back exterior wall of Walnut Street Marketplace at 205 N. Walnut Street in a brightly colored mural with clouds, drops, hearts and eyes.
Howell artists Kelly Beacome and Cheyenne Bolin painted a mural inspired by Beacome’s daughter and Mother Nature on the side of Kerry’s Shear Magic hair and nail salon at 732 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago muralist Joseph “Sick” Fisher painted a mural on the exterior wall of the second story of the Heart of Howell Building at 120 W. Grand Ave. The mural features images of plants overflowing from planters and architectural details like painted frames around real windows.
Community members helped paint a community mural installed on the side of the Howell Main Street Inc./DDA building at 118 W. Clinton St.
Howell Carnegie District Library
314 West, Grand River Avenue, Howell
The Howell Carnegie District Library exhibits works of art, including several outdoor sculptures on the library grounds and artwork on the walls inside.
One of the sculptures that captivated locals is Duane Zemper, a professional photographer in the Howell area for about 50 years and active with the Howell Area Archives before his death in 2016.
More information about the library is available at howelllibrary.org
Livingston Arts Council at Howell Opera House
123 W. Grand River Ave, Howell
The Livingston Arts Council organizes arts events on the first floor of the Howell Opera House.
For more information on opera and the arts council, visit www.howelloperahouse.com
More public art in Howell and Brighton
Art lovers will find other works of art scattered around Howell and Brighton.
Each year, Howell Main Street Inc. installs 2D and 3D artwork on the side of downtown buildings.
Brighton’s Public Arts includes several permanent installations in the city center, including Jay Holland’s sculpture of a man near Mill Pond titled Decision Pending. Locals have nicknamed the sculpture “ugly naked guy” and dress or decorate it frequently.
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