Now in its second year, 12 on 12, a pop-up art gallery, transformed space inside Dearborn City Hall at 13615 Michigan Avenue (U.S. 12) into a showcase featuring 12 professional artists in action.
The temporary gallery, located next to the City Council chambers, was free and opened to the public on Wednesday, July 30 from 5 p.m. till 9 p.m. The gallery was then open on two additional Wednesday evenings, August 6 and 13 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Representing a variety of art forms including painting, sculpture, letterpress and photography, participating artists engaged in creating new work as well as showcasing finished works displayed throughout the gallery.
Visitors to the gallery had the opportunity to interact with the artists, observe the creative process, purchase art and voted to determine three award winners including a People’s Choice Award.
Featured artists included: painters Mohamad Bazzi, Daniel Cascardo and Lindsey Harnish; sculptor Elroy Grandy; mixed media artists Elizabeth Boyd Hartmann, Sara Konieczny, Carol Theisen, Wendy Sample and representatives from TechShop; photographer Frank Purrington; letterpress printer Joel Grothaus from Signal Return; and the Henry Ford College Ceramics Club.
Pop-ups have become popular across the country as communities look for new and creative ways to attract visitors and provide options for unused spaces to spur economic development and increase creative activity. 12 on 12 is the first pop-up for Dearborn. The gallery days of operation were chosen to coincide with performance dates for the popular “Jazz on the Ave” summer concert series which occurs at City Hall Park and attracts in excess of 1,000 guests each week.
This year’s temporary gallery site location was chosen to illustrate the creative energy that will soon fill all of the hallways at the future home of the City Hall Artspace Lofts project; a mixed-use arts campus that will build upon Southeast Michigan’s heritage as a world center of innovation by creating a new anchor institution for the region’s creative economy. City Hall Artspace Lofts will combine 53 units of affordable live/work space for artists and their families, work studios, co-working space for entrepreneurs and artists, a live/work unit for an artist-in-residency program, and galleries. Click here or visit the EDDDA’s website for additional information.
The 12 on 12 Pop-up Gallery and “Jazz on the Ave” are projects of the East Dearborn Downtown Development Authority (EDDDA). Additional support comes from Oakwood Healthcare and the Dearborn Community Fund. For additional information, stay tuned to our website, find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @EastDbnDDA.