Find Time for Art Appreciation This April in the D

By: Michael Fossbakk | March 30, 2018

If you’ve ever put pen to paper, paint to canvas or done anything in the spirit of art, you probably appreciate all of the art and artists that can be found here in our community. Throughout the month of April, there are fantastic opportunities to see and appreciate the spirit of Detroit artistry. From Arab-American artists in Dearborn to the beauty of imperfection in Detroit, here are five art shows and events happening this April in metro Detroit.

April Arts Dearborn Gallery Rally – April 2-7

Eight galleries. Eight exhibits. Gallery Rally in Dearborn is a weeklong event with art exhibits located at museums, libraries and more throughout the city. Participating locations include Padzieski Gallery (Ford Community & Performing Arts Center), Arab American National Museum, Green Brain Comics, Rotunda Gallery (Centennial Library) and Berkowitz Gallery (University of Michigan-Dearborn). All exhibits are free to the public.

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Featured in the “American Landscape: An Exploration of Art & Humanity by Nabil Mousa” exhibit at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Mich. Photo courtesy of the AANM.

Red Bull House of Art Resident Exhibit – April 6 – May 19

Since the Red Bull House of Art was established in Detroit, it has operated on a three-month artist residency program that brings in artists from around the world and gives them a space to live and create. April 6 marks the opening reception of 2018’s first resident exhibit at the House of Art. The exhibit will be open to the public every Saturday from then until May 19.

Earth Day Painting Party – April 13

Through this two-hour class, led by a local artist, you will learn how to paint your very own picture of the planet we all call home in celebration of Earth Day. All materials are included in the admission fee. Space is limited so register as soon as possible!

Art of the People Mover – April 14

Anyone who’s ridden the driverless public transit system in Detroit known as the People Mover will remember seeing some of the artwork emblazoned across the city. That artwork comes courtesy of a woman’s quest to ensure the 13 stations of the People Mover looked and felt unique. Learn about each mural, the history of the city and more on this tour of Detroit’s People Mover.

Pretty/Ugly Exhibit at MOCAD – April 20-27

The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit is opening its next exhibit on April 20. This will be the first open call youth art exhibit sponsored by MOCAD’s Teen Council. The pieces on display at the exhibit all come from a theme of finding beauty in imperfections. The exhibit opens April 20 at 6 p.m. and is open during regular hours through April 27.