THE SNOWDEN EXHIBITION
February 21 – March 31, 2018
Reception | Friday, February 23, 5-8 pm
Gallery Talk | Thursday, March 1, 6 pm
The Snowden Exhibition (formerly called the Silver Medal Exhibition), is an annual unthemed, all-media exhibition, open to all artists. As an artist, teacher, mentor and friend, few people had as great an impact on our community as Gilda Snowden. After her death in 2014, the SC began presenting the top prize for the Silver Medal exhibition in her honor. Beginning in 2018 the exhibition is named for her.
The purpose of the Snowden Exhibition is to recognize the diversity and achievement of artists whose work shows creativity of concept, excellence of design and expertise of media; to display these works to regional audiences and to be an educational opportunity for students.
Heather Accurso | Jim Aho | Morgan Barrie | Mark Beltchenko | Marcelyn Bennett-Carpenter | Hannah Burr | Lorenza Centi | Darice Cobb | Caroline DelGiudice | Molly Diana | David Doubley | Angela Eastman | Mary Fortuna | Liz Frankland | Ellie Gause | Lisa Goedert | Carole Harris | Margaret Hull | John Jasso | Kaylie Kaitschuck | Eric Kovacs | Kip Kowalski | Kirsten Lund | Loretta Markell | Patrick Mech | Janice Milhem | Robert Mirek | Sarah Nesbitt | Susan Okla | Jonathan Phillips | Kathyrose Pizzo | Simone Rosseau | Katrina Ruby | Christopher Schneider | Donna Shipman | Allen Tenbusschen | Larry Zdeb
Sarah Rose Sharp is a creative generalist and writer of arts criticism and philosophy. Her writing is a mechanism for inclusivity and understanding between art makers and consumers, Detroiters and non-Detroiters. Her work leverages positive regard, accessibility, promotion of viewer agency, clarity of language, and sincerity of tone as tools for enabling an appreciation for art in viewers of all kinds. An active participant in the Detroit art scene, Sharp is a regular contributor to Knight Arts, Essay’d, ZIPR, Infinite Mile and Hyperallergic.
SOLO EXHIBITION: PATRICK MECH
February 21-March 31, 2018
The Scarab Club is pleased to host an exhibition of recent paintings by Patrick Mech. Passionate about his artwork, Patrick works in a loose painterly style that combines simple tones with fun colors. He incorporates and emulates the techniques of many of his favorite artists, including Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, and John Singer Sargent.
Born in Detroit and a lifelong area resident, Patrick embraces Detroit’s unique urban flavor with bold brushwork and crisp colors. Recently retired from a veterinary career that has spanned close to forty years, Patrick and his wife Molly live on Grosse Ile. His love of family instills both his life and his artwork with joy.
La Gloria Bakery Baker, Southwest Detroit
16″ x 20″, oil on canvas, 2018
Lafayette Greens, Detroit Urban Garden
24″ x 36″, oil on canvas, 2017
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.