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7 Art Events in Metro Detroit This Summer

June 1, 2018

Enjoy scoping out new artists or sipping wine while perusing exhibits? Check out these seven art events in Metro Detroit this summer.

By Julia Heppard

Vinyasa Yoga


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6-7 p.m.

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

4454 Woodward, Detroit

Getting ready for swimsuit season? Join instructor Jane James from The Center For Yoga at MOCAD for a free one-hour yoga class inside of the gallery. No registration or experience is necessary. Make sure to bring your own mat and the kids!

Rustbelt Regional Poetry Festival

June 1-2

Friday, June 1 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Saturday, June 2 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Experience a two-day poetry extravaganza featuring 100 renowned poets from across the country, with an accompanying book fair. Rustbelt happens in a different Midwest city every year and was last held in Michigan in 2014. Witness Poetry Slams, workshops and more. The event is set up as a tournament for the poets, with patrons choosing one of two venues, either MOCAD’s Cafe 78 or Hopcat-Detroit’s Huma Room on the restaurant’s second floor to witness the competition. The top competitors will compete in the finals Saturday, June 2 at 7 p.m. for the title of Champion of the Rustbelt. Tickets, $10, are available online at rustbeltpoetryfestival.com/tickets/.

Teen Night MOCAD Lock-In

June 8-9

9 p.m. to 8 a.m.

Museum of Contemporary Art

4454 Woodward, Detroit

MOCAD’s teen council stages a “lock in” for high school students ages 13-18 to sleep in the galleries. Bring a sleeping bag, toothbrush and other sleeping gear. Also bring a friend to join in the trivia, art making, movies, prizes and more. Register at mocadetroit.org.

28th Annual Pewabic House & Garden Show

June 8-10

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Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pewabic Pottery

10125 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit  

Visit Pewabic Pottery to see work from over 80 artists as well as Pewabic’s classic and new collection. Visitors can take a docent-led tour of the National Historic Landmark. Enjoy the biergarten in the courtyard or participate in demonstrations and workshops. This event is free and open to the public.

St. Mary’s Fine Art Fine Wine Fair

June 23-24

Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sunday noon to 6 p.m.

St Mary’s Orchard lake

3535 Commerce Road, Orchard Lake

With over 100 artists and wine from a dozen countries, the St. Mary’s Art and Wine fair will not disappoint art lovers and wine connoisseurs alike. Art mediums including painting, sculpture, metalwork, ceramics, woodworking, jewelry and more will be featured and for sale. Some sculptures will be displayed in a sculpture garden along with live music and cuisine. Admission is $5 for the art fair  and free for children 13 and under. Wine tasting tickets can be purchased for $35 at fineartfinewinefair.com.

Detroit Art Week

July 20-22

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Determined to make Detroit a contemporary art hub, 20 venues, including MOCAD, Detroit Institute of Arts, Red Bull House of Art and other galleries, have teamed up to host a contemporary art week-long supernova. Expected to draw 5,000 guests, the event will highlight art makers in Detroit. Each venue will offer a tour of an exhibition. For more information visit detroitartweek.org.

Michael Luchs “Fictitious Character”

Thru July 29

art events in Metro Detroit

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

4454 Woodward, Detroit

The Detroit-based artist, Michael Luchs, will have his work exhibited through July 29 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. This is the largest display of his art to date and will feature his paintings and sculptures. There will also be a short film by Kathryn Brackett Luchs and Shaun Bangert called “Images” of Detroit’s Cass Corridor, which features Luchs in video and interviews.

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