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Art world comes to Detroit (for a good cause) - 2/29 & 3/3/12
First Annual Art Show and Panel Discussion


Beauty Debate Art Show

For its First Annual Invitational Show titled Beauty Debate, invites 18 established and emerging artists from New York, Michigan, Indiana, and California to explore concepts of beauty in contemporary art.  These artists will create a dialogue about beauty that will challenge and delight viewers.

The show features rising stars, such as Man Bartlett (New York), who has been featured in Art in America, ARTnews, and LA Weekly, among other publications, and established artists like Tim White-Sobieski (Berlin/New York), who is a critically acclaimed international multimedia artist whose work has shown at the Prague Biennale, the Lyon Biennale, and the Bucharest Biennale and nationally recognized performance artist Clarina Bezzola who was recently the guest of honor at the Pool Art Fair, Gershwin Hotel, New York, New York.   And there will be a selection of local favorites that are also rising stars, such as Topher Crowder and Brian Barr.
A complete list of artists can be found at's website and its Facebook page for this event.

The show opens March 3 at Art Effect Gallery in the Eastern Market area of Detroit, Michigan, and it runs through April 21.  The show opens at 8 p.m., but there will be a special charity preview at 6:30 p.m. where Morada Blue Swimwear will conduct a fashion show with a sneak peek of its upcoming collection.  The suggested donation for the charity preview is $25, and a portion of those funds and funds from the sale of select pieces of art will go towards establishing a writing fellowship for through the YMCA's Y-Arts program.  Checks can be made payable to YMCA-Detroit,

Beauty Debate Panel Discussion

Prior to the show, will moderate a panel discussion with artists, art critics, and art enthusiats at The Boll Family YMCA theatre on February 29, 2012 (beginning at 7 p.m).  Among others, panelists include Tate Osten, Director of Kunsthalle-Detroit Museum; Vince Carducci, art critic and Assistant Dean and Interim Chair of Fine Arts at College for Creative Studies; Travis Wright, reporter for WDET, cultural editor for Metro Times; Hrag Vartanian, co-founder and editor of (one of the most influential art blogs); and Stephen Maine, artist, writer, and curator (he is the art book editor for art critic David Cohen's

A complete list of panelists can be found at's website and its Facebook page for this event.

Charity Preview

Inspired by the beautiful sunny skies, crystal blue waters and idyllic weather of Islamorada, Florida, Morada Blue Swimwear incorporates the best of the best creating the perfect suit for every woman. The swimwear line's creator, Kathryn Johann describes the innovative line as flirty and fun with a flattering fit.  During the charity preview, Morada Blue will give gallery goers a sneak peek at their upcoming new line with a bikini fashion show.  In line with the cold weather outside, the models will also showcase fur coats provided by Lazare's of Grosse Pointe.  Also during the charity preview, gallery goers will be treated to premium liquors provided by High Liquors. High Liquors is a new ultra-premium beverage brand offering four spirits: tequila, vodka, whiskey, and rum.  The products are sourced from independent distilleries around the world, and custom packaged in Temperance, Michigan.  During this event, Gemmayze, a Lebanese restaurant in Royal Oak, will provide delicious food for everyone—Gemmayze is less than a year old and has already established itself as a premier dining experience.

Finally, DJ AX is an artist, musician, rock climber, and business owner, and during the opening he will use his immense DJ skills to bring Beauty Debate
"a hypnotic mix of old and new music created with a mix of old and new technology."

Again, the majority of funds received during the charity preview go towards
establishing a writing fellowship for

Solo Galleries
Hope against Odds

In solo gallery 1, Colin Darke will show some of his latest pieces from his Hope against Odds series. This series was borne of his relationship with and optimism for Detroit.  He paints energetic hummingbirds in a German Expressionist manner juxtaposed against abstract imagery of Detroit "to highlight the many layers of issues at play when one truly reflects on Detroit as a community, rather than Detroit as a headline."

Fiber / Paintings

In solor gallery 2, Kelly Darke will show her newest series of work, Fiber/Paintings.  Kelly's current work focuses on the layers of human emotion and the healing power of art, specifically fiber art. Humans have a tremendous capacity to create something from nothing and to repair, physically and emotionally, our lives and the world around us. Kelly and Colin, who are a brother and sister art team, will also showcase new collabarative work.

The art world comes to Detroit.  "We put the show and the panel together to foster a continued and robust art dialogue in Detroit," said Colin Darke, Editor-in-Chief of (and a Detroit-based artist, writer, and attorney).  To that end, invited art world stars and up-and-coming voices from California, Indiana, Michigan, and New York to Detroit to explore concepts of beauty in contemporary art.  The show and the panel discussion seek to be the first step in establishing an art criticism writing fellowship with (which is owned and operated by the YMCA-Detroit's Y-Arts program).

Beauty Debate Art Show
March 3, 2012 through April 21, 2012
Opening March 3, 2012 6:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
(Charity Preview 6:30 p.m. through 8:00 p.m.)
Art Effect Gallery
Detroit's historic Eastern Market at 1420 E. Fisher Fwy.
Detroit, Michigan 48207
Beauty Debate Panel Discussion
February 29, 2012
7 p.m. through 9 p.m.
Boll Family YMCA, Theatre (first floor by front door)
1401 Broadway Street
Detroit, Michigan 48226