Grand Boulevard Art Stroll Aims to Showcase Art and Connect Community
Artwork from more than 75 artists will be on display this weekend for the first ever Grand Boulevard Art Stroll. The inaugural event launches this Saturday, July 23 and will span the locations of Blackbird Galley, Irwin House Gallery, and Chroma – all of which are situated along the boulevard. Guests will be able to enjoy music, purchase artwork, and watch live paintings.
Chroma will kick off the festivities with a cocktail reception from 12:30pm-6:00pm to mark the close of their YOU BELONG exhibition, which debuted last month and showcased work from 40 local artists. Visitors can then stroll down to the Fisher Building and resume activities at Blackbird Gallery, where they can explore work from established and emerging artists between the hours of 12pm – 9pm. The stroll will conclude with live painting and a closing reception at Irwin House from 6pm-10pm, and guests will be able to view work from the gallery’s own collection as well as original pieces from artists based in Detroit and surrounding areas.
Guests are also encouraged to stop in and shop local business along the boulevard including (but not limited to) the Motown Museum and Baobab Fare.
The stroll was curated by Misha McGlown of Irwin House, Stephanie León of Chroma, and Donna Jackson of DMJStudio. In a press release, Misha McGlown explained “We [women] were able to work together quickly and spontaneously to pull something together that connects the community and shines a light on the re-emerging energy taking place across the Boulevard. The event demonstrates not only our enthusiasm for each other, but also a desire to collaborate, partner, and build with our neighbors.”
Event Admission Cost: Free
Grand Boulevard Art Stroll Flyer. (photo: DMJ Studio/Chroma/Irwin Gallery)
By Jess McKenzie
Jess McKenzie is a brand identity designer from Detroit, MI. She is a self-proclaimed nerd that loves 80s movies and longs for Saturday morning cartoons to return. When she is not tied to her computer, she can be found taking random road trips and practicing landscape photography.