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Wednesday, May 24-Saturday, July 8, 2017

Juror: Matthew Hanna
Reception: Friday May 26, 5-8 pm
Gallery Talk: Thursday, June 8, 6 pm

The Blooms, Bugs, Beasts exhibition has been an immensely popular part of the Scarab Club’s annual exhibition calendar for nearly two decades. It is a delightful summer exhibition with a theme of flowers, insects, animals, landscapes and seascapes and is open to all artists. This year the exhibition will showcase drawings, paintings, prints, photographs, fiber, mixed media and 3D works from forty-eight artists.

In addition to the opening reception for the exhibition on Friday, May 26, 5-8 pm, the SC will host an informal gallery talk on Thursday, June 8, at 6 pm. Both events are free and open to the public.

Detroit native Matthew Hanna studied fine art at the College for Creative Studies with a concentration in sculpture. As a curator, he has organized exhibitions for the Willis Gallery, Grey Gallery, Detroit Artists Market and Alley Culture. As a museum professional, he has worked on exhibitions for the Detroit Artists Market, Pewabic Pottery, Center Galleries (CCS), the Ford Gallery at Wayne County Community College District, and currently at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. As an artist, he has exhibited in many Detroit galleries and widely across the United States including Michigan, New York, Florida, New Mexico and Wisconsin.


View Accepted Works Here


Heather Accurso | Jim Aho | Linda Allen
Emilie Beadle | Jennifer Belair | Gail Borowski
Jeffrey Bowman | Joyce Brienza | Jackie Brooks
Nathalia Calderon | Nancy Carty McDevitt
F. X. Corcoran | Donna Cyrbok | Kelly Daniels
Pamela Day | Clara DeGalan | Molly Diana
Ray Domzalski | Mary Fortuna | James Grogan
Kelly Johnston | Dawnice Kerchaert | Peggy Kerwin
Aaron Kesler | Kip Kowalski | Matt Lewis
Carolyn Lord | Catherine McCarthy | Sherry Moore
Gary Mulnix | Sarah Mushong | Susan Okla
Kyle Pryce | Nicole Richards | Gwenn Rosseau
Anita Schmaltz | Stephen William Schudlich
Louise Seppi | Meagen Shein | Matruka Sherman
Edward Stanulis | Deborah Sukenic | Evans Tasiopoulos
Marietta VanBuhler | Patrick Wise | Tom Zaroff
Audrey Zofchak | Lori Zurvalec


Image: Sarah Mushong, Osprey & Larkspur, Drybrush on watercolor paper, 2010

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Gallery: MAY CONTAIN FRUIT | July 12 – August 19, 2017

Reception: Friday, July 21, 5-8 pm
Gallery Talk: Thursday, July 27, 6 pm

There is a scientific basis for humanity’s fascination with fruit. All of the resources we need to survive come from flowering, fruit bearing plants: Angiosperms.

In this group exhibition we address fruit as the symbol for knowledge, as a symbol and visual for feminine form, as trade commodity. It will address the literal question of America’s fruit supply coming from other countries, much of it from Mexico. What implications does the wall have on our access to groceries? Will America be without fruit? Will America be without knowledge? This exhibition addresses these questions through a variety of two- and three-dimensional work as well as some video work. It incorporates representation of fruit as well as real fruit after certain preservation processes.

Alyssa Bogdan currently both lives and works in Detroit, MI.  She earned her BFA from the College for Creative Studies in 2015.She grew up watching houses built around her, from the ground up. Her work persistently exhibits architecture and interior aesthetics. She explores interior and exterior structures in conjunction with a shifting perception of the memory of dwellings throughout life.  Her work creates a circumstance that recollects and responds intuitively to the sincerity of a moment in deep thought and sparks subconscious communication within ones relation to personal memory of belonging, home and architecture.

Mary Eddy was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and predominantly grass fed. Language and communication have long been inspirations in my life and work. I am interested both in definitions as they evolve and change through use within an environment and in the ways words categorize and signify, shaping our understandings and recollections. Words can have definitions related or dissimilar as can people, having layers and facets, which comprise our unique characters. It is the beauty, utility and ever changing challenge to better communicate with design that I pursue.

Ginny Martin is an artist living and working in Detroit. She was raised in Michigan and Mexico City. Martin has BFA in Fine Arts from College for Creative Studies, 2015. Her work has been shown throughout the Midwest including Chicago and Columbus, and in South Orange, New Jersey and Cholula, Mexico. Ginny has curated group exhibits in Detroit and Cholula.

Martin’s work is casting, fabricating or encasing, gives a weight, taste, or a texture to a sensation or a word that would otherwise lack the specific sensory attribute. It fragments language, mimicking the ways in which conversation and translation do. She is interested in modifying the actual physical interaction with an object, holding, trapping a specific space around it. Placing it in your hand, but it’s written in gelatin, that it could be swallowed. Some part of the work functions or performs, does so precariously, often incorporating a clumsiness in its movements, in the action of attaching or installing, that displays its sincerity.

Manal Shoukair is a Detroit based artist. Soon to achieve her BFA at the College for Creative studies, Manal has journeyed abroad to Zimbabwe, Africa and later the American University of Beirut, Lebanon continuing her creative practice. Performance, video, sculpture and drawing site-specific contexts are the methods of practice that enable Manal to explore themes of identity, essence and the female body. The molding of these multiple mediums help her to investigate and encode existing relationships between the observer, body and the identity held within.

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Lounge | DRAWN TO DETROIT: SC Sketch Session Artists

Lounge | DRAWN TO DETROIT: SC Sketch Session ArtistsWednesday, May 24-Saturday, July 8, 2017
Reception: Friday May 26, 5-8 pm

Ronnie Frey, John, Pen and ink

Since its founding in 1907, the Scarab Club has hosted figure drawing sessions with live models. Founding members knew the importance of mastering the figure and decided to pool their resources to pay for models. We are proud to host an annual exhibition showcasing the work participating artists have created during the sessions.

The 3-hour sessions are free to SC members and full-time students, with all others paying a fee of $10. The sessions are not instructional, but provide an opportunity for artists of all skill levels to independently draw live models. Easels, benches and tables are provided and artists bring their own materials, in order to paint or sketch.

Weekly sketch session calendar:

Thursdays, 7-10 pm – Life Model (nude model)
10 am-1 pm – Costume Model
1:30-4:30 pm – Life Model
Sundays, 1:30-4:30 pm – Life Model

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Lounge | VASU TOLIA | July 12 – August 19, 2017

July 12-August 19, 2017
Reception: Friday, July 21, 5-8 pm

My subjects are timeless, both modern and traditional—inspired by regular women who pass through stages of being a daughter, sister, friend, student, lover, wife, mother and grandmother. I am steadfast in my belief of empowering women to be the best in whatever we do. Despite the progress we have made, modern culture can still be very hostile for women. Our political, cultural and professional beliefs aren’t as well respected. We need to stand together and fight the gender bias and challenge antiquated work structures to create equality for women.

Vasu Tolia started to paint after her retirement from the medical profession. From her academic world of research, teaching and patient care, she has emerged a newly invigorated person in terms of thinking about paintings and poems instead of papers. She wants her paintings to tell an enchanting story by drawing the viewer into the wonder of the subject. She hopes that you get lost it it again and again. She works mainly in acrylic, mixed media and occasionally oil. Experimenting with newer techniques continuously reinvents her vision, to provide pleasure, tranquility, and serenity through her subjects and colors.

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Historic Room

Historic Room | Selected Works from the Scarab Club Permanent Collection


In the historic room, you’ll find works from the Scarab Club’s permanent collection, including an original Robert Hopkin. Hopkin was one of Detroit’s leading painters in the mid to late 19th century in Detroit, producing seascapes, landscapes and decorative works, including the interior of the Detroit Opera House (1869). In 1907, the Detroit Museum of Art held an exhibition in his honor, at which time his fellow artists founded the Hopkin Club, which later became the Scarab Club.


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