For the month of July, Lawrence Street Gallery will host a special show featuring many of our favorite artists who were invited to share their artwork with you.
This annual exhibition features the newest work by the local artists we most like and admire. The gallery will showcase over 60 works in two- and three-dimensional media, as well as a new collection of work by member artists.
By Stephanie Preweda
Ginette Balbin-Cuesta of Northville won her first professional art award outside of school competitions — Best of Show — at this year’s Summer Invitational ’14 exhibit at the Lawrence Street Gallery in Ferndale. It is her second year exhibiting at the Summer Invitational. Her piece, “Nuances of Expression,” was created using the intaglio printmaking technique. The artist cuts an image onto a printing surface, and the sunken area holds the ink for printing. Balbin-Cuesta, who is starting her senior year this fall at Marygrove College in Detroit with a double major in art and biology, says she made a plate with a single image, and from there she experimented with materials. Beginning with a self-portrait, she printed the image repeatedly on different media with different colors, textures and opacities. “I was trying to push the envelope of printmaking using different materials and experimenting,” she says. “It’s the same expression on each piece, but has a different feel to it. The way it hits the light gives it a nuance.” Jan Brown, a gallery member since January 2011, says artists who exhibit at the gallery’s Summer Invitational ’14 must be invited by members. Balbin-Cuesta was invited to enter when gallery members saw her work at her school’s End of the Year Gallery Show. The school show is juried by the faculty and invites members from the Lawrence Street Gallery to choose two pieces to exhibit at the Summer Invitational. Balbin-Cuesta was introduced to the art of printmaking in a class last fall, where her professor encouraged students to experiment with different techniques. “Because you can make multiple copies, you have more freedom to try different things,” she says.
Susan Kwolek - Washington
Jean Lannen - Bmlfld Twp Theresa Lannen - Southgate Candace Law - Berkley Eric Law - Berkley Rosemary Lee - Howell Ann Loveland - Blmfld Ilham Mahfouz - W. Bmlfld Joyce Anne Manke - Troy Susan Massucci - Royal Oak Carolyn Mel - Royal Oak Steve Miller - Blmfld Twp J. Michael Mongan -Oak Park Kathleen O'Connell - Dearborn Jacqueline Remer - W. Blmfld. Janet McCall Rimar - Clarkston Celeste Roe - Farmington Colleen Sanders - Roch. Hills Lawrence Sekulich - Livonia Jeanine Ackerman Smith - Burton Julianna Tazzia - W. Blmfld Yvonne Tong- Rochester Pat Vartanian - Novi Janis Walker - Bloomfield Martha Zausmer - W. Blmfld Larry Zdeb - Troy
Alice Allhoff - St. Clair Shores Nina Ashraf Asmi - Farmington Hills Janus Benda - Dearborn Ginette Balbin-Cuesta - Northville Marlene Blum - Dexter Beverly Booth - Troy Danna Wolke Bowersox - Northville Elizabeth Buckner - Farm. Hills Richie Campbell -Detroit Jeff Cancelosi - Beverly Hills Karen Coden - Bloomfield Hills Barbara Cuthbert - Detroit Lydia Drelles - Lakewood Ranch, Florida Frank Dulin - Rochester Hills Daren Dundee - Clinton Twp Lonora Swanson-Flores - W. Bloomfield Harah Frost - Royal Oak Tim Gralewski - Royal Oak Miles Gallagher - Grosse Ile Jacqueline Goldstein - West Blmfld Sri Guha - Blmfld Hills Christina Haylett - Rochester Claudia Hershman - Huntington Wds. Diann Benoit Jameyfield - Imlay City Alison Kardell - Novi Wan Chuan Kesler - Northville Leo David Kopack - Oak Park