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12th Annual DAMNED Exhibition of Enlightened Darkness & Formal Masquerade Ball

Detroit, MI - On October 24th through 26th 2019 at the Tangent Gallery/Hastings St Ballroom in Detroit comes an extraordinary assemblage of 158 local and international artists to display their most introspective creations at the 12th annual DAMNED Exhibition of Enlightened Darkness. From the infamous to the freshest of talent, this prodigious congregation will allow us a glimpse within the diverse shadows of id and ego…of overall mind and encompassing soul guaranteed to intrigue, disturb, inspire or repulse.  Rising from within the ashes of Detroit’s historic institution of Devil’s Night, this is not Halloween-themed art but an immersion within the immeasurable realms of consciousness through an elegant ambiance of live ethereal music and cirque/butoh-inspired performances.

There are 3 nights of DAMNED, each with its own distinct theme for the ambiance and performances that flourish within the exhibition:
  • 10/24 “The Darkness” – A night of introspective exploration within the shadowed and primal essence of self. This opening night features an intimate VIP Preview/Artist Reception, an absinthe tasting, an on-site chef preparing hot hors d’œuvres and experimental aerial and butoh-inspired performances.
  • 10/25 “The Enlightenment“ – A night of the extrospective self enlightened through light, fire and the ethereal.  This gala night features an on-site chef preparing a sampling of internationally-inspired tapas with flavored mead tasting courtesy of B Nektar Meadery and exotic fire, aerial and experimental performances.
  • 10/26 “The Masquerade“ – A festive celebration through a menagerie of exotic cirque, sensual rhythms and masquerade. This closing night features the formal mask-mandatory masquerade ball, an elegant strolling dinner prepared by on-site chefs, sensuous dance performance interludes, the dreamworld aural ambiance of DJs Josh Burge (Plastic Passion) and Slofu (Happy Endings) and a menagerie of strolling cirque performances all night.  This night is mask mandatory and proper attire only.
DAMNED, first and foremost, is an exhibition of the intensely personal creations that are often born from within the artist’s most darkest hours that often returns them towards the light. DAMNED then cultures an intriguing visual ambiance of art-inspired explorative performance vignettes with the region’s most creative talent.  For 2019, the astounding performance roster includes Satori Circus, Detroit Circus, Jade Ashekerra, Shadowe Feuer, Jennabelle FeuerStella Isis Rothe and Rocky Raquel. Aurally, the haunting gallery soundtracks are custom designed by Life Toward Twilight with the mesmerizing live music ambiance of Dixon's Violin and Marcus Copernicus.
Then on Saturday October 26th, DAMNED will transform the exhibition into a sensuous celebration of extravagant delicacies, libations and dance with a formal, mask-mandatory Masquerade Ball.  With doors opening at 7pm for private viewing of the exhibition, this very intimate VIP engagement will include an elegant strolling dinner with on-site chefs and sensuous dance performances interludes to further enhance the senses and inspire. Access to the lush and exotic VIP Lounge is included all night with complimentary snacks and refreshments.  The public doors then open at 9pm with a special aerial performance by Detroit Circus amidst the art. Then from 10pm until 2am, the evening becomes enveloped with the dreamworld aural ambiance of DJs Josh Burge (Plastic Passion) and Slofu (Happy Endings) bringing a carefully selected mix of ethereal dreampop, lush trip hop and smooth grooves all blended with alternative classics for a night that will delight your aural senses.  All within a menagerie of exotic cirque performances throughout the venue.
Tickets are now available online and at Noir Leather in Royal Oak, Rat Queen Vintage in Hamtramck and River's Edge Gallery in Wyandotte starting at $15.
Visit the DAMNED website at “” to review past photos, find further detailed information and to purchase advance tickets.
The Tangent Gallery/Hastings Street Ballroom is located at 715 E. Milwaukee St. in Detroit.


A Owen Layne (Detroit, MI)
Ace (Warren, MI)
Alicia Robichaud (Canada)
Alison "Ali" Huston (Detroit, MI)
Amanda Cunnings (Ann Arbor, MI)
Amber Michelle Russell (Wisconsin)
Andolini Aziz (Warren, MI)
Andrew DeBoever (Sterling Hts, MI)
Andrew Ross Evans (Redford, MI)
Anneke Wilder (Washington)
Ash Marnich (Minnesota)
Ash Sivils (Colorado)
B Heard (Detroit, MI)
B.P. LeGault (Detroit, MI)
BEYLERIAN (Waterford, MI)
Brandon F. Ottenbacher (Hamtramck, MI)
Breezy Tucker (Detroit, MI)
Brett J Lawrence (Warren, MI)
Brian “Weirdartist” Lewandowski (Fraser, MI)
Brian Sheehan / LGRDMN (Detroit, MI)
bridgett D (Detroit, MI)
BRKNSTR (Farmington Hills, MI)
Calvin Waterman (Ann Arbor, MI)
Cameron Singletary (Detroit, MI)
Carl Demeulenaere (Grosse Pointe, MI)
Carolyn Gallo (Richmond, MI)
Carolyn Garay (Ypsilanti, MI)
Chad Michael Ward (Ohio)
Christian McKz (Detroit, MI)
Claire Bathe (Dexter, MI)
Clever9design (Harper Woods, MI)
Clint Marlatt (St Clair Shores, MI)
Clinton Meister (Dearborn, MI)
Colleen Garrison (Ohio)
Colleen Provencher (Florida)
Con Lustig (Wyandotte, MI)
Damon Chamblis/First Born Art (Detroit, MI)
Danielle Gamelin (Detroit, MI)
Davezilla (Detroit, MI)
David Prescott (Rochester Hills, MI)
David Shammas (Ferndale, MI)
Dawn Cooke (Hamtramck, MI)
Debbee Lotito (Lathrup Village, MI)
Dekilah (Detroit, MI)
DemonandFriends (Florida)
Denise M Roguz (Clinton Twp, MI)
Denyse Couture (Clarkston, MI)
Destiney Hett Art (Tennessee)
Donovan Entrekin (Flint, MI)
Douglas malone (Royal Oak, MI)
DVS (Detroit, MI)
Ed Stanulis (Algonac, MI)
Eden Within (Maldives)
ELSTABO (New York)
Erin Kruczek (Dearborn, MI)
Eve Noir (Detroit, MI)
Fields of Anastasia (Washington)
Francisco D. (Washington)
FrankForrestall (Canada)
Greg Meyers (Troy, MI)
Heather Rose (Massachusetts)
HiMyNameIsJes (Auburn Hills, MI)
J. Vida (Ohio)
Jahni Moore (Alabama)
Janette Mochnacz (New Jersey)
Jason Passeno (Redford, MI)
JCJGR (Rhode Island)
jeetenp03 (India)
Jeffrey Bowman (Warren, MI)
Jeffrey Kaminski (Riverview, MI)
Jen Casper (Lincoln Park, MI)
Jeremy Harvey (Detroit, MI)
Jesse James (Commerce Twp, MI)
Jessi Hardesty (Maryland)
Jim Leach (Ann Arbor, MI)
Joe La Grassa (Royal Oak, MI)
John W Thompson (Ann Arbor, MI)
Jon P Van Eck (Ann Arbor, MI)
Joseph "JoJo" Smedo (Farmington Hills, MI)

Joseph Ferraro (Ferndale, MI)
Joseph Recchia (New Jersey)
Kama Rosinska (Poland)
Karl Denton (Detroit, MI)
Keith Christmas (Armada, MI)
Kenn (Farmington Hills, MI)
Kimberly Koi (Kansas)
Krysta Logan (Oxford, MI)
Larissa (Detroit, MI)
Larry Farley (Rochester, MI)
Lex Best (Detroit, MI)
Lexi Jude (Florida)
Linden Godlove (Detroit, MI)
Lucas Aguirre (Hazel Park, MI)
Luke J. Landry (Louisiana)
Luke MacGilvray (Hamtramck, MI)
Lydia Trueblood (Taylor, MI)
Lynn Graznak (Vermont)
Marcie Killian Connally (Ann Arbor, MI)
Mariandra X (Ohio)
Marianne Audrey Burrows (Detroit, MI)
Marina Schreckling (Germany)
Mark Jackson (Fraser, MI)
MARKHAM (Detroit, MI)
Martina Sanroman (Rockwood, MI)
Matthew Blake Hutfloetz (Dearborn, MI)
Melanie Victor/EMVEE (Colorado)
Melissa Lyn- Akuamoah (Jamaica)
Michael Fitzgerald (Detroit, MI)
Michael Kruso (Clinton Twp, MI)
Mick Miller (Detroit, MI)
Mike Kelly (Ferndale, MI)
Miroslawa Sztuczka (Detroit, MI)
Nihilivonne (Germany)
NikaPhoto17 (Ohio)
Paige Albin (Detroit, MI)
Pat Duff (Detroit, MI)
Paula Marie Deubel (Detroit, MI)
Phil Weasley (Ohio)
Priscilla Gonzalez Art (Waterford, MI)
Raid (Texas)
Raphael Whitmore (Harper Woods, MI)
Ratravarman (Maryland)
Red Devil Made This (Detroit, MI)
Ren Harder (Mt Clemens, MI)
Risto Thomas (Livonia, MI)
Rob Chope (Madison Hts, MI)
Rob Moler (North Carolina)
Roberto Patino Jr. (Detroit, MI)
Russ Turner (Walled Lake, MI)
S.B. Chandler (South Dakota)
Sadboymommyissues (Detroit, MI)
Sanda Cook (Hamtramck, MI)
Shannon Burnett (Pleasant Ridge, MI)
Shannon Elizabeth's Art (Wisconsin)
Silvanna Sánchez (Venezuela)
SixGraves Photography (Detroit, MI)
Sofia Elizabeth (Detroit, MI)
SOYOMYOYO (Massachusetts)
Space Kassel (Detroit, MI)
Stacey Jayne (Detroit, MI)
Steve Czapiewski (Novi, MI)
Steven Conine (Toledo)
Subconscious Enlightenment (Texas)
SubQulture Studio (Detroit, MI)
Sya (Ohio)
Ted Lottman (Ann Arbor, MI)
thewondercatx (New York)
Thomas Bowen (California)
Timothy M Nolan (Ypsilanti, MI)
Tod Seitz (Ohio)
Todd Lawson (Canada)
Tom Nakielski/Lights On Studio (Lansing, MI)
Tracy Dixon (Arizona)
Tyler Smith (Grand Rapids, MI)
Ucan Kizmiaz (Detroit, MI)
What Isart (Detroit, MI)
Zieg (Walled Lake, MI)



Each DAMNED night begins with a varying strolling VIP feast of fine fare created specifically for our patrons and prepared personally on-site.  All dining engagements are strictly limited and advance reservation is highly recommended.  Also included with these admissions is VIP treatment throughout the night with full access to the sensually lush VIP Lounge, complimentary beverages and snacks.
Special Guest Chef: Souri Gaillard from Khao San
A 2-hour (7-9p) intimate preview of the exhibition with artist reception, absinthe tasting, chef-prepared hors d’oeuvres and special explorative performances.  The menu:
  • Fried Crab Rangoon (Wonton wrappers, scallions, cilantro, fermented crab, cream cheese w/sweet chili sauce)
  • Autumn Rolls (Fresh rice rolls w/fall vegetables, rice noodles, Thai basil & peanut sauce)
  • Pho Beef Balls (w/sriracha-shrimp paste sauce)
  • Gilded Khanom Krok (Coconut custard made w/rice flour)
+ FRIDAY OCTOBER 25 2019 +
An intimate 2-hour (7-9p) sampling of internationally-inspired tapas with a flavored mead tasting courtesy of B. Nektar Meadery and exotic aerial and fire performances.  The menu:
  • Yellow Curry Fish Balls (Yellow curry sauce, Chinese celery, scallions & cilantro)
  • Madou’s Vegetable Eggrolls (Cabbage, celery & carrots w/egg & bean thread noodles & fish sauce vinaigrette)
  • Thai Boxing Chicken (Chicken satay served w/sweet chili sauce)
  • Purple Sticky Rice & Coconut Custard Coins
An intimate 2-hour (7-9p) pre-ball event beginning with an elegant strolling dinner with exotic performance interludes.  The menu:
  • Cold Curry Noodles
  • Kor Muu Yang (Lettuce wrap bar w/pineapple sauce & crying tiger tamarind sauce)
  • Madou’s Vegetable Eggrolls
  • Duck & Brie Eggrolls
  • Lao Sausage Meatballs (Pork sausage w/turmeric, garlic, kaffir lime & lemon grass, sticky rice)
  • Pad Thai Shrimp (Rice noodle w/shrimp, egg, bean sprouts & garlic chives in tamarind sauce)
  • Som Tom Thai (Mild green papaya salad)
  • Chocolate-Coconut Mini Brownies
  • Gilded Khanom Krok (Coconut-rice pancake dessert)
NOTE: Menu items above may contain eggs, shellfish, nuts, dairy products or wheat.  All menus are subject to change slightly.
DAMNED uses biodegradable serving products from GreenSafe


HELP US HELP DETROIT’S HOMELESS:  At midnight Saturday October 26th 2019 within the formal masquerade ball of the DAMNED Exhibition, a single raffle winner will be chosen to win a uniquely exquisite prize: The new Detroit Deconstruction Skull Ring XVI© created by avant-garde fine alternative jeweler Atelier Gothique.  All proceeds from the raffle will go to benefit our favorite charity, Burners Without Borders, to help feed and clothe those in need on our city streets through the hand packing and one-on-one giving of survival backpacks.
Each year, the raffle has raised up to $1500 that went directly to our favorite charity, Burners Without Borders Detroit, whose sole mission is to help feed and clothe those in need on our city streets through the hand packing and one-on-one giving of survival backpacks.  These packs contain a variety of simple needs often taken for granted within our busy lives: toiletries, feminine products, underclothing, canned goods, water, plasticware, the back pack and more.  BWB also collects hats, gloves, coats, and blankets during our colder months to coordinate volunteer drives to find and give to those sleeping in the streets.  This is real-life grassroots community “giving” by volunteers in the true spirit of the word with no corporate management profiteering!
Be the change you wish to see in Detroit!

Creating random acts of kindness and service to Detroit's homeless
one supply-filled backpack at a time.”
As we all know, Detroit is on hard economic times and it’s getting harder. This is when community-led grassroots organization and networking is needed to help address gaping needs where existing cultural and societal systems are failing. Burners without Borders Detroit (BWBD) is a local chapter of a worldwide volunteer-based outreach organization coalesced from a collective instinct to serve and assist those in need on our streets with the dignity and respect they deserve.
Over the past seven winters, BWBD has collected thousands of items generously donated by the community and organized hundreds of volunteers to create supply-filled backpacks to give directly to those who do not or are unable to go to shelters during the cold months. Since 2009, the DAMNED Exhibition and fine alternative jeweler Atelier Gothique have collaborated annually with BWBD to coordinate collections of needed canned food and financial donations through admission discount offerings and fine jewelry raffles. Through this, we have been able to purchase hundreds of new backpacks each year and fill them not only with the donated canned goods, but with purchased items such as hand warmers, blankets and toiletries. We hope to continue with the goal of giving over 300 backpacks this year, perhaps with a gift certificate to a participating local restaurant so the homeless are able to escape the extreme weather and find some comfort.
As we begin this year's campaign in collaboration with DAMNED and Atelier Gothique, we thank each of you for your past donations and for any future assistance you give to Burners without Borders Detroit. Please know that we can not do what we do without the generous help of people like you.
DAMNED Exhibition
Atelier Gothique



Rock & Roll and Art have always joined together to create an audio and visual celebration. This Fall, get ready to rock with some of Detroit's finest rockers and artists. Shady Lady Productions is presenting  a series of shows featuring music by local musicians and art by up and coming artists at SpreadArt Gallery in the downtown university district.

The intimate shows at the gallery started in late summer and quickly gained a mixed audience of music and art fans there to enjoy both mediums. Shady Lady Productions manager Barbara Troy decided to continue the series thru the end of the year to bring the best of both worlds together.

Here are some of the upcoming Fall shows for the SpreadArt Series:

Ricky Rat
Wed. Oct 9 7pm doors/9pm show 2 hour concert– Ricky Rat and art show by Jackie Strez and Barbara Troy.

Thu. Oct 24 7pm doors/8:30pm show 2 hour concert – Laura Mendoza and Halloween art show.
Fri. Oct 25  7pm doors/9pm show 2 hour concert – Ricky Rat wsg Angie Manly from BROADZILLA in The MAHICANS. Halloween art show.

Laura Mendoza
Thu. Nov 6 7pm doors/8:30pm show 2 hour concert - Laura Mendoza. Art show tba.

Fri. Nov 23 7pm doors/ 9pm show 2 hour concert - Ricky Rat & Friends. Art show by Livia Cocchi. Flea market by Max Grean.

Thu. Dec 5 7pm doors/8:30pm show 2 hour concert - Laura Mendoza. Art show tba.

Colleen Caffeine of Choking Susan/The Whoremoans
Fri. Dec 6 7pm doors/8pm show - CHOKING SUSAN wsg BANG SHIFTER. Art show tba.

Fri. Dec. 13 8pm doors/9pm show – THE WHOREMONES (Ramones tribute)

Bands will be selling their music and merchandise at the shows and there is also a flea market on-site with vintage and rocker clothes for sale, records, dvds, toys and other fun stuff. Free admission to art and flea market only.

SpreadArt Gallery is located at 5141 Rosa Parks Blvd. in Detroit 586-806-9343, 18 & over are welcome and donation at the door is $10. Refreshments available. Free on street parking.