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Thank you Detroit

For our One Year anniversary we are having customer appreciation week Wednesday August 12th-Saturday August 15th. As a thank you for being there for us during our first year in business, every drink will be 1/2 off on our cocktail menu. Hope you can make it! Cheers!

Who are you and what do you want people to know about you?

I am Kellyn Sanders and this is the first show where I will have all of my artwork exhibited at once. I have previously been accepted into two student juried shows at GVSU and two pieces of artwork were selected for the 87th Regional Exhibition at the Muskegon Museum of Art. My “Regrow Detroit” piece won the People’s Choice Award.

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What are your plans for the future?

Plans for the near future include applying to Masters programs for Medical Illustration. I am completely open and looking forward to the new adventures while learning and continuing to experiment with new mediums and techniques.

 

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Meet-The-Artist Kellyn Sanders

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What is your artistic process?

My artistic process is having an idea or topic, doing research on the topic but not enough to cloud my own originality for the piece, lots of experimenting then having an –aha moment- and running with it. Lately, specifically pertaining to my Detroit artwork, one idea has just led to another and I can’t work fast enough to get my ideas translated into artwork. My favorite part about the process of creating art is being able to get lost in music. I hardly realize the amount of time I spend on certain pieces because art is like meditation for me when I get to work with music. My current obsession on my playlist is Hammock by Millionyoung.   What is the inspiration for your exhibit at Our/Detroit? The inspiration for my exhibit at Our/Detroit comes from the recent growth and development that I am experiencing in my lifetime. I am appreciating all of the renovations, the new developments, the urban gardens and all of the beautiful, positive changes happening to make this city that much better and portraying it though my artwork. For the record, I do understand that Detroit has a very lengthy history and involves lots of politics. It was not my intention for this work to have any conflict involved. My inspiration was to show a positive outlook and expansion of this wonderful city that I am so grateful to call my home.

 

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How were you inspired by Detroit for this project?

Growing up in the Metro Detroit area I took for granted how easy and close it was to visit downtown Detroit. All throughout my life I frequently was downtown whether it be for a concert, plays, sporting events, restaurants and bars, or just to go walk and find new hidden gems. Moving to Grand Rapids for school I realized how much I missed Detroit. My whole winter 2015 semester was based on Detroit and my artwork started to blossom into a larger body of work than I have ever anticipated. Detroit continues to inspire me every time I visit and every time I create a new piece of artwork.

 

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PHOTOGRAPHER EE BERGER

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INSTAGRAM: @eeberger

WEBSITE: eebergerphoto.com

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Detroit SOUP

We really like working with Amy Kaherl of Detroit SOUP! We hosted a special edition dinner. The presenters were past SOUP winners and competing for a bigger pot-o-money. It was a close call but the men from L.U.C.K Inc. ended getting the most votes. Both the Tricycle Collective and Shakespeare in Detroit walked away with a little something something too. Brad Greenhill provided a 3 courses based on the presenters ‘if you were stranded on an island what dish would you miss the most’ meal. It was an inspiring evening full of wonderful people who spend their time and money towards Detroit SOUP. So happy to be in a city where people support one another in a number of ways.

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A BIG thank you to everyone who pitched in to help out!!!!!

 

Good deeds make the world go round

We broke ground on the community pocket park for Saturday June 6th for the Southwest Beautification Day. Volunteers, members of the community, and the ladies of the Empowerment Plan showed up to lend a helping hand (how cool is that?!). They put in 4 hours of hard work on a beautiful day and at the end of it everyone had a big smile on their face. We couldn’t be happier with how the project is shaping up! There are shaded picnic areas, raised beds for gardening, a handicapped accessible 24 foot long picnic table, and green space. Stop by and check it out!

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Saturday June 6th, 2015

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Please join us on Saturday June 6th at 8am-12pm for the Neighborhood Beautification Day! To register please go here. After the fun morning of getting your hands dirty there is the African American Heritage Celebration at The Ford Resource and Engagement Center at 2826 Bagley. Enjoy FREE performances by international artists, great food and lots of fun.

 

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What are your plans for the future? 

I’m currently in the process of solidifying an exhibition for the Fall.  The work speaks to Love: it’s dealings, complications, emotional and psychological burdens, the reflection of the self etc.  It will feature performance, video, sculpture and music composed by my indescribable partner in crime, Nate Czarling.  I’ll also be collaborating with my dear friend, EE Berger, on some photography for the exhibit.


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Meet the Artist: Cristin Richard

Who are you and what do you want people to know about you?

Detroit is my home. Paris is my Dream.  I no longer run off of luck, yet I do believe in taking risks.  Big ones.  I have two parallel careers.  One is that of a Fine Artist, and the other is a Color & Materials Designer.  I used to feel as if I was split in two, until I realized that both of these disciplines fuel one another.


What is your artistic process?  

Research. Experimentation. Epiphany. Execution.

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What is the inspiration for your exhibit at Our/Detroit? 

This particular series is my response to the topic of overconsumption in today’s society.  I spent a couple of months on residency in Iceland, where goods are limited and seasonal.  This restricted my practice quite a bit, and I was unable to obtain the materials I typically work with.  It made me tune into my resources, and see the preciousness of the materials I did come across.

 

How were you inspired by Detroit for this project?

I tried to imagine what life was like here before the excess.  What would the Native Americans, who lived off this land, feel like if they woke up surrounded by an over abundance of processed goods and advertisements telling them how they should feel?  Industry has such a powerful influence on us.  It changes culture.  It’s important to remember our roots, and live within our means. Detroit always seemed off the grid to me, but overnight it’s filling with commercial entities.  As a native, I worry what effects this will have on me, my surroundings and the existing culture that has made me feel at home.


Contact Cristin Here: Email Website Instagram

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Show us what you’ve got!

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This piece was done by Ellen Rutt, you can check her work on her website here

Call for Artists

Our/Detroit is looking for artists to feature in our tasting room. Are you a painter, photographer, illustrator or visual artist? We’d love to feature you in a show and hang your work in our tasting room for a month or two. This is an ongoing opportunity. Interested? Send an email and a sample of your work to detroit@ourvodka.com. All of the commissions for sold pieces go to the artist.

Our/Detroit was the second city selected in the world and first in the United States to open an Our/Vodka micro distillery. We were so excited we got to show our partners in Berlin, Seattle, Amsterdam, London, LA, New York, Miami, Sweden and Houston our beautiful city. It was 3 short days but well spent with this wonderful and wacky family of entrepreneurs. Here is a short film with the our partners experiencing Detroit in FEBRUARY (of all times to be in Detroit)!