Last chance to catch TRIPTYCH + Artist Talk

TRIPTYCH: Stronger Together — curated by Jonathan Harris and featuring his new work along with Crystal Starks-Webb and Terrell Anglin — has been as much of a whirlwind as we thought it would be…and then some!

With just a couple of days left to catch this wondrous display of Detroit talent, we would like to invite you out to the Artist Talk TONITE (Thursday 11.18) and the closing on Saturday 11.20. You may also visit on Friday, during our normal hours from 12-7 pm.

A few moments from the evening with Sam Kthar & Program 17

THANK YOU to everyone who came out to Sam Kthar’s artist talk with music provided by Program 17 – all as part of the SPACES in BETWEEN Exhibit!

Sam shared thoughts on the history, process and inspiration behind her work, and also brought some of her favorite cultural eats for us to enjoy. This  included homemade falafel, hummus, freshly baked bread, beautifully manicured cut vegetables, and Sam’s father’s traditional spiced coffee.

These special moments with our exhibiting artists is a big part of the arts community we are hoping to support and build here at IHG. Here are a few moments from this very memorable afternoon:

Abstract Vibes & Bites with Sam Kthar & Program 17

Friday, October 15, 2021, 6 PM — The evening will begin with a chat with Spaces IN Between artist, Sam Kthar, as we explore her artistry, the thoughtful concepts behind her work, including healing, sacred geometry, and whatever else the conversation brings. Then Program 17 (Tony Delgado) will provide the sounds while we share in some of their favorite cultural noshes and bites. We start at 6 and look forward to seeing you there!

Local artist, Samah Kthar, is influenced by the shift taking place in the world and aims to communicate via sacred geometry, with an ultimate goal of promoting unity and compassion. Although, she has no formal training in art, Kthar has obtained three degrees – in Biology, Health Sciences, and a Masters in Occupational Therapy. Her artistic practice merges knowledge and spirituality while reflecting her Iraqi, New York, and Detroit roots. She has exhibited throughout Greater Detroit and led expressive art therapy workshops with youth in Flint, MI, and at MOCAD in Detroit.

Program 17 (Tony Delgado) finds his musical roots in the early Detroit Techno scene of the 1990s, playing shows alongside techno legends such as Carl Craig, Juan Atkins, Adult, and many more. Nearly all of his original songs are derived from his own samples from vintage synthesizers, drum machines, & guitar pedals. His intent is to try to find the “sweet spot” with tone, frequencies, overdrive, delay, and reverb to create beautiful soundscapes, “almost like the sound of the ocean.” Program 17 wants his sounds to represent a sort of natural element, where parts are ominous, yet very beautiful at the same time – similar to how he experienced Detroit, growing up in the city. His process consists of continuous learning and utilizing new techniques and filters mixed with old styles to create something inventive and fresh.

Spaces IN Between runs thru Saturday, October 30, 2021.

— General Hours: Thurs-Sun 12:00 – 7:00 PM.
By appointment other days/times.

View the Facebook invite HERE & SEE U SOON!!!


SAVE THE DATE: TRIPTYCH, Curated by Jon Harris, opens 11/5

TRIPTYCH: Stronger Together unveils a new body of work by Jonathan Harris while Crystal Starks-Webb and Terrell Anglin exhibit series of their art for the first time.

Working in oils, Harris’ paintings shine a light on contemporary black male conditions, aspirations, and thought; Starks-Webb’s lush gardens of the mind are revealed through her fictional and real-life muses, and; Anglin employs fire to meticulously render subjects from past and present life.

Each a powerful, creative force on their own, these three emerging artists, born and bound by common soil, have combined forces to narrate a story of the beauty, complexities and strength of a people.

— Opening Reception: Friday, November 5th, 5:00 – 9:00 PM

— Exhibition runs thru November 20, 2021 | Curated by Jonathan Harris Art

— View more and RSVP HERE:

— Photos by Elonte Davis

What R U Working On: In studio with the Spaces IN Between artists

Who are the Spaces IN Between artists? And what are they working on? Wonder no more! This virtual event gives us an opportunity to meet and journey with local artist Sam Kthar, and Al Johnson, Anton, and BAI in New York. BYOB and join us via Zoom…

Spaces IN Between continues @ Irwin House Gallery thru 10/30. Learn more here:

“Spaces IN Between” Opening: Thank you friends & art-lovers!

THRU OCTOBER 30, 2021 — Thank you to everyone who joined us last weekend for the opening of Spaces IN Between – an exhibition exploring abstraction, surrealism, and cubism and introducing New York artists Al JohnsonAnton Modern Art, and BAI to the Detroit arts landscape, along with local emerging artist, Sam Kthar.

The opening was everything we’d hoped for – with friends and art-lovers flowing in throughout the day. It was a joy to have Sam Kthar in the house to hold down the floor for both NYC and Detroit (this phenomenal local artist has roots in New York and Iraq!). BAI, as some of you know, has generated quite the Detroit buzz on-line, so many admirers showed up to meet his work in-person. And, we were proud to introduce the highly-collectible works of Al Johnson and Anton to the Detroit art-loving community, and they are equally excited to be here!

More art has arrived since the start of the show so, even if you were here last weekend, we urge you to visit again. Stay tuned, artist talk and programming dates TBA….
Clockwise:  Al Johnson art; Guest with art by Anton Modern Art; Artist Sam Kthar with her work; Guest with art by BAI

— General Hours: Thurs-Sun 12:00 – 7:00 PM.
By appointment other days/times.

— Spaces IN Between runs thru Saturday, October 30, 2021.

— View the Facebook invite HERE & SEE U SOON!!!

“Spaces IN Between” An Odyssey in Abstraction feat. Al Johnson, Anton, BAI, and Sam Kthar

OPENING SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 – Irwin House Global Art Center & Gallery introduces East Coast artists Al Johnson, Anton Modern Art, and BAI to the Detroit arts landscape in an exhibition that explores abstraction, surrealism, and cubism — bringing together the real and imagined to challenge the Spaces IN Between. The exhibit additionally folds local emerging artist, Samah Kthar, into the conversation; whose paintings derive from personal histories and emit ‘unity and compassion’ through sacred geometry. The discourse between the works of these four artists transcends geographies and generations to simply communicate the hues, contours and beauty of original thought.

About the Artists: Born in Queens, NY, Al Johnson has developed a career in figurative and abstract arts spanning over thirty years. His abstract works weave together classical and contemporary styles to create lush and immersive compositions that exemplify the artist’s personal and spiritual influences. Johnson studied at Pratt Institute and the New York Art Students’ League. He has exhibited at the Museum of African Art in New York, Rush Fine Arts in New York and Philadelphia, and La Maison des Arts Gallery in France, and his art and commissions are held in esteemed private and corporate collections around the world. From the Bronx, NY, Anton describes himself as being “addictively drawn towards colors and shapes.” Dedicated to exploring  the world beyond realism, Anton has nurtured a modern art technique that has been informed as much by African and primitive art forms as his own urban environs. His work is widely collected and shown in group and solo exhibits at City College of New York, Richard Beavers’ House of Art and Renaissance Fine Art in New York, and the Rotunda Gallery in New Rochelle, NY. BAI, also a New York-based artist, studied at the California College of Arts & Crafts. His art has been exhibited at galleries and cultural institutions throughout New York, North Carolina, and California, and can be found in the permanent collections of the Harrison Museum of African Museum of African American Culture, University of North Carolina, Kaiser Permanente, and private collectors. BAI has lived and created throughout the U.S., and in Western Europe, Panama, and Korea. Largely inspired by the Renaissance Period and Fauvism, he blends oil pastels, acrylic paint and inks to invent figures and worlds that
evoke mystery and wonder. The work of local artist, Samah Kthar, is influenced by the shift taking place in the world and aims to communicate via sacred geometry, with an ultimate goal of promoting unity and compassion. Although, she has no formal training in art, Kthar has obtained three degrees – in Biology, Health Sciences, and a Masters in Occupational Therapy. Her artistic practice merges knowledge and spirituality while reflecting her Iraqi, New York, and Detroit roots. She has exhibited throughout Greater Detroit and led expressive art therapy workshops with youth in Flint, MI, and at MOCAD in Detroit.

Irwin House Global Art Center & Gallery is a not-for-profit art space producing art exhibits and multi-media programs that explore cultural and historical content and give voice and a sense of place for minority interests and concerns. The gallery helps support artists through its Artist-In-Residency program – which invites national and global artists to the space for the development of new projects and to contribute to the cultural wealth of Detroit City.

Spaces IN Between opens Saturday, September 18, 2021 from 12pm – 6pm.

General hours of operation are Thursday thru Sunday from 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm and by appointment other days/times through October 30, 2021.

The following safety precautions are being observed: Only six persons are
allowed in the gallery at a time; masks must be worn indoors at all times; sanitizing station and temperatures taken at
the door.

For an appointment, private tour, or any other inquiries contact the gallery via email or call 313.932.7690.

View the Facebook invitation HERE:
Event hashtag: #spacesinbetween

“LET’S ZOOM” traveling exhibition opens July 17th


Artist, Amanda Koss is proud to present “Let’s Zoom: Self-Portraits of Our Artist Communities” Traveling Exhibit opening at Irwin House Gallery on Saturday, July 17, 2021.

The exhibition is composed of nearly 50 artists and counting, from across the state of Michigan who created a self portraits inspired by living within the Covid-19 Pandemic. The mission of this exhibit is to not only preserve this time in history by creating a monumental panel-style exhibit, but also give artists a chance to exhibit in multiple locations despite the complications of the pandemic.

Koss worked with artists Marta Carvajal and Debbie LaPratt tp produce “LET’S ZOOM”. The exhibit runs through August 9, 2021 at Irwin House Gallery and moves to Brewery Park thereafter.


HEART public art exhibition unveiling

As if the HUE:::INTUITION Book Signing wasn’t enough, we had to cap the afternoon off with the unveiling of HEART – an outdoor installation celebrating Detroit artists as the “heart and lifeblood of the city.”

HERE are a few highlights from the May 29th event. See more HERE.

Featured artist, Scott McDuffee
Artist, Brittini Ward, serving up B. Vegan tacos!
Photo: Glenn Kujansuu
Featured artist, Marta Carvajal
Featured artist, Oscar Lopez
Featured artist, Warren Wells
Featured artist, Cameron Jenkins
Featured artist, Kayla Childress
Featured, Allen Williams
Featured artist, Hosanna Kline
Featured artist, Kirah Price
DJ Blaaq Gold

Richard Reeves with his portrait by Demien DeYonte

A few great HUE:::INTUITION moments

Irwin House Gallery was proud to welcome artist, Priscilla Phifer, for a book talk and signing of the long-awaited second (and final!) print of her illustrious book, HUE:::INTUITION.

Published by Urban Organic Press, HUE:::INTUITION beautifully features the artist’s abstract works, while telling her story and showcasing Detroit’s art collecting community.

Here are a few highlights from the afternoon. See more HERE.

Photos courtesy of Charlene Uresy

HUE:::INTUITION is available at Irwin House Gallery while supplies last.