“Gift of Art”: SHOP THE SHOW with Jonathan Harris

In a series of posts we are rolling out the art and artists of the Gift of Art Holiday Exhibition — on-going now through January 3, 2021. Learn about the artists, view their work and…SHOP THE SHOW! We understand not everyone can get out during this challenging time but, there’s been no better time for the healing power and beauty of art in our lives. And, HERE we are bringing the show to you!

All the art in this exhibition is priced for giving and collecting (all originals, under $500). Contact Irwin House Gallery to inquire about or purchase any work of art: 313.932.7690 or irwinhousegallery@gmail.com.

It seemed only befitting to begin with the exhibition’s Curator and Artist-in-Residence, Jonathan Harris….

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SOLD!!! –Jonathan Harris. Mari Girl, 2020. 20″ x 20″ Acrylic on canvas.

Jonathan Harris is an emerging, visual artist who was born and raised in the city of Detroit. After attending The Detroit School for the Fine and Performing Arts, he attended Henry Ford Community College and Oakland University, where he majored in Graphic Design and minored in Studio Art. Working in acrylic paint, oil, pen and charcoal, he stretches the limits of his media by exploring and perfecting a range of styles in Fine Art. His work is emotive and focuses largely on current events, bringing awareness to world and social experience, and shining a light on the African American experience. Harris is currently serving an Artist Residency at the Irwin House Gallery which encompasses innovative arts programming that he is presenting and curating  in collaboration with the gallery, the development of new work and a Spring 2021 mural project, and culminates in a solo exhibition. His work is being vastly collected and has been presented during special programs at the Detroit Institute of Arts and in local galleries.
SOLD!!! — Jonathan Harris. March 24, 2020. Downtown Detroit, 2020. 36″ x 36″ Acrylic on canvas, framed. 

Jonathan Harris. Overcomer, 2020. 16″ x 20″ Acrylic on canvas,
Jonathan Harris. Thanos Snap, 2020. 11″ x 14.5″ Acrylic on canvas. 

SOLD!!! — Jonathan Harris. Destiny, 2020. 16″ x 20″ Charcoal on Canson paper. 
SOLD!!! — Jonathan Harris. Pray for Detroit, don’t prey on Detroit, 2020. 16″ x 20″ Acrylic on canvas, framed. 

SOLD!!! — 
Jonathan Harris. Attentive, 2020. 24″ x 36″ Acrylic and enamel on canvas. 

Jonathan Harris. Covered, 2020. 22″ x 28″ Acrylic and enamel on canvas.

— Jonathan Harris. Black Girl Thinking, 2020. 20″ x 20″ Acrylic and enamel on canvas. 
 — Jonathan Harris. Untitled, 2020. 16″ x 16″ Acrylic and
enamel on canvas. 

Jonathan Harris. Affection, 2020. 16″ x 16″ Acrylic and enamel on canvas. 

Jonathan Harris. Side Eye, 2020. 20″ x 20″ Acrylic and enamel on canvas. 

SOLD!!! — Jonathan Harris. Pinned Up, 2020. 20″ x 20″ Acrylic and enamel on canvas. 

Contact Irwin House Gallery to inquire about or purchase any of these works of art: 313.932.7690 or irwinhousegallery@gmail.com.

“Gift of Art” — SHOP the SHOW!

We know there’s a pandemic still raging, and we’re doing everything we can to keep our guests and ourselves safe. During this exhibit, we haven’t had  a problem at all with spacing visitors out. In fact, many guests – to their delight – have had the entire place to themselves! We do understand, however, that not everyone will feel safe to come out at this time. We also know that doesn’t mean that you don’t love (and want!) art. Please know that we’re doing everything we can to accommodate you and to create different avenues for experiencing art during these trying times — including making the show available to view and shop on-line.

Throughout this week, we will be adding the entire “Gift of Art” catalogue; more than 100 original works created by some of Detroit’s finest. This is an inter-generational and multi-cultural show, including almost every kind of art on every subject from the blissful beach to found objects, Detroit scenes, and Black Lives Matter. Again, this is also an affordable art exhibition, so everything in show is priced under $500.

Stay tuned as we roll out the entire show, RIGHT HERE, by artist, throughout the week. Have fun viewing AND shopping!

Thanks to all for loving and supporting the arts!

Pictured above: Participating artist Izaiah Ford with paintings by Ellen Kennary Doyle; Guest viewing Detroit photographs by Melissa Vize.

“Gift of Art” Opening Weekend

The “Gift of Art” opening weekend was everything we hoped for, and more! People came out in comfortable trickles; the long hours made it easy to space visitors out and social-distance. We were safe, people enjoyed the art, AND took it home! Art collectors are amongst the happiest people on the planet, so it was exciting to see so many patrons leaving happy this weekend! Thanks to all who came out!

The exhibit is open every weekend through January 3, 2021 from 10am-6pm, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and from 4-7pm on Mondays and Wednesdays. Appointments are encouraged and private appointments are also available. Contact Jonathan Harris at 313.982.2067 or jonoraymond@gmail.com to schedule.

“Gift of Art” Pop-Up Outdoor Reception 11/29

With nearly twenty artists in the exhibit and far fewer days of, well…hospitable weather ahead, we thought Sunday would be a nice day to bring the exhibit outside. In the age of COVID, we wouldn’t dare think of doing an indoor event. At the same time, we wanted to give guests an opportunity to meet the artists, and for all of us to meet each other as well.

Individually packaged refreshments will be served outside. Some of the art will be displayed on the grounds as well. No more than six guests will be invited inside to walk through the exhibit. Masks must be worn at all times and there will be sanitizer and temperature checks at the door.

we all know that Pop-Up is just a fancy word for “last-minute”…but let’s see what happens!

Hope you can make it!

The “Gift of Art” Exhibition Opening Black Friday

affordable art exhibit promoting art giving & collecting this holiday season
Opening Black Friday


NOVEMBER 27, 2020 – Starting on Black Friday through the end of the year, Detroit’s Irwin House Gallery is encouraging shoppers to consider giving the gift of art this holiday season. Creating a safe, semi-private art-viewing experience across two floors at its West Grand Blvd. location, the gallery presents The Gift of Art – an affordable Fine Art exhibition featuring local talent from the Detroit Fine Art Breakfast Club (DFABC) and more. All works of art are priced from under $100 to no more than $500. And, while guests can drop in at anytime during business hours, the gallery is taking extra safety precautions by allowing no more than six visitors inside at a time, checking temperatures at the door, and honoring private appointments for those who request it, and offering the full exhibition on-line at irwinhousegallery.org.

The Gift of Art Exhibition is being organized by Artist Jonathan Harris, who led an indoor-outdoor pop-up exhibition at the Irwin House in mid-October. The event was attended by more than three-hundred guests and resulted in a near sell-out for all the artists. On the heels of this highly successful affair, Harris was offered an Artist Residency at the gallery, which encompasses future curated events (including this one) and support with the development of new work, and culminates in a solo exhibition in the Spring of 2021. A dedicated DFABC member, Harris drew from the collective’s extensive talent pool to pull together the core of the Gift of Art exhibition. Featured artists represent a broad range of genres, backgrounds, and themes and include Amanda Koss, Cameron Jenkins, Dawud Shabazz, Donald Calloway, Ellen Doyle, Errin Whitaker, Ese Alexis, Hosanna Kline, Izaiah Ford, Jonathan Harris, Judy Bowman, Kayla Childress, Kelly O’Neill, Kirah Price, Maliek Phillips, Mary Morekas, Melissa Vize,  Scott McDuffee, Tawd b. Dorenfeld and Warren Wells.

In the world of high art, galleries across the country saw in-person art sales plummet during the first shutdown, even though on-line art sales soared for many establishments who made the option available. On local levels, however, Irwin House Gallery Director, Misha McGlown, reports noticing an increased interest in art during these uncertain times, noting the healing properties of art and an almost-feverish emphasis on home-making – since many were confined to the home and found that to be the only environment they could control. “People buy art as an investment – not only for financial gain, but as an investment in culture, memories, or careers of artists they believe in. But, people also buy art because it feels good; it is an investment in self-care. We are asking holiday shoppers to give that good feeling to the people they care about this season, or to start or enhance their own art collections here,” she adds. “The myth about collecting art is that you have to have a lot of money to do it, and you have to be knowledgeable about art. Not true. You start where you are (economically) and all you have to know is what feels good in your heart. This exhibition promises something for everyone.”

Starting Black Friday, November 27, 2020, hours of operation are Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Appointments are not required, but encouraged, during these hours. To visit on any other day/time or for a private tour, contact Curator, Jonathan Harris at 313.982.2067 or jonoraymond@gmail.com. All other inquiries, or for more information, please contact the Irwin House Gallery at 313.932.7690 or irwinhousegallery@gmail.com. The exhibitions runs through Sunday, January 3, 2020. Event details can also be accessed on Eventbrite HERE. Irwin House Global Art Center & Gallery, 2351 W. Grand Blvd. (between LaSalle & Linwood), Detroit, MI 48208 | http://irwinhousegallery.org FB + IG: @irwinhousegallery

“Gift of Art” Curator and Artist-in-Residence, Jonathan Harris

Exhibiting artists Amanda Koss, Kirah Price, and Donald Calloway (top to bottom).
Event hashtags: #goa    #artfortheholidays    #buymoreart    #supportlocalart

An Amazing Pop-Up Experience!

What started out as a one-day, indoor-outdoor pop-up event, sprawled into a two-week art explosion, filled with amazing original art, friends, family, art enthusiasts, community, and happy collectors snatching art right off the walls! Conceptualized by the brilliant and emerging artist, Jonathan Harris, the exhibition featured his art, along with the work of Kayla Childress, Izaiah Ford, and Kenya Raines. Thank you to everyone who came out and shared with us this experience. Special thanks to Jon – whom we are continuing to work with – the artists, and the Detroit Fine Arts Breakfast Club for showing up and showing out. In the words of Henry Harper, “WOWZA!”

There were too many amazing pictures from the event, so we decided to sum it up in a video HERE!


Pop-Up Exhibit with Jonathan Harris & Friends

Join us on Saturday, October 17, 2020 for an indoor-outdoor, COVID-safe, pop up Fine Art exhibit hosted by emerging artist, Jonathan Harris. The exhibit features new work by Harris along with three artist friends: Kayla Childress, Kenya Raines, and Izaiah Ford.

Enjoy the promo video, created by Harris & friends, and we hope to see you on Saturday:

Art will be displayed inside and outside, along with the JUSTICE PEACE + LOVE Banner Exhibit.

– No more than six guests will be allowed inside at a time.
– Temperatures will be checked at the door.
– Masks must be worn inside at all times.

Get Out the Vote Event 10/10

Join us at the JUSTICE PEACE + LOVE outdoor art installation on Saturday, September 10th for a voter awareness afternoon, infused with art, music, and tea!
Speakers from the Detroit League of Women Voters (LWV), the Call ‘Em Out Coalition/Make Us Whole, and the City of Detroit will be discussing the ballot, the vote, and Proposal N, with a voter registration table hosted by LWV. More details to come….

Lend your voice to the conversation, get your questions answered, come for the spirit of community, the spirit of Detroit, and the wonderful protest art garden.*

Jeff Cancelosi’s John Lewis from the JUSTICE PEACE + LOVE outdoor exhibition*Featured Artists: Angel Malaika, Errin Whitaker, Esé Alexis, Jack Rhea, Jeff Cancelosi, jessica Care moore, Kathy Rashid, Kianga Moore & Darian Smith, Jonathan Harris, Marta Carvajal, Michael Horner and youth artists Darrion Stanton, DeVon Stanton, Donovan Espuet, King Thomas Moore, and Kingston Espuet.


JUSTICE PEACE + LOVE Unveiling Weekend

The JUSTICE PEACE + LOVE unveiling weekend was everything we’d hoped for and more! The installation has brought color, life, and positive messages to West Grand Boulevard, and community members and commuters are continuing to stop by, enjoy the banners, take pictures, and even make new friends. Recognizing art as a catalyst to bring communities together, Irwin House Gallery has presented this project in partnership with the West Grand Boulevard Collaborative. We imagine this will be an ever-evolving exhibition so, even if you’ve seen it already, visit often and stay tuned….

Thank you to the Detroit Metro Times for listing the event, to the amazing artists, creatives, and young people who made this exhibition, and to everyone who stopped by last weekend to celebrate the installation with us!

JUSTICE PEACE + LOVE an outdoor public art installation unveils Saturday 9/26

On September 26, 2020, Irwin House Global Art Center & Gallery will unveil a 100 ft. outdoor exhibition, in partnership with the West Grand Blvd. Collaborative (WGBC|ARTS). The exhibition features twenty large-format banners mounted along a specially-installed fence across the gallery property – facing the flow of Boulevard traffic between the John C. Lodge and Jeffries freeways. Each banner has been uniquely painted by local creatives, thinkers and/or youth, in response to the exhibition’s title: JUSTICE PEACE + LOVE.

Unable to open its doors and provide regular programming during the pandemic, the Gallery is acting on an overwhelming urge to connect with its community, provide some semblance of healing during these unprecendented times, and create a platform for the voices and visions of the city’s artists to be heard and seen. “We are all screaming inside,” the Gallery Director feels. “This installation gives participating artists an outlet to respond to those issues and questions most deeply resonating in their souls, and to share a measure of beauty and hope with the community. That, in itself, is curative for the creators, and for each of us who experiences their art.”

Individual works have been fueled by recent issues, including COVID-19, police killings, U.S. politics, street violence, global protests, and any number of inequities laid bare over the course of this year. With a focus on a positive way forward, artists have been given free reign to articulate their most urgent social concerns, resulting in an exhibition that reflects a range of Black, cross-cultural, and inter-generational thought. Contributors include Angel Futrell, Errin Whitaker, Esé Alexis, Jack Rhea, Jeff Cancelosi, jessica Care moore, Kathy Rashid, Kianga Moore & Darian Smith, Jonathan Harris, Marta Carvajal, Michael Horner & Tyrone Gardenhire and youth artists Darrion Stanton, DeVon Stanton, Donovan Espuet, King Thomas Moore, and Kingston Espuet.

Partners on the project, Irwin House Gallery and WGBC, are both women and minority-led operations committed to improving life for West End Detroit citizens (WEdetroit). This public art installation is the first of its kind for the neighborhood and marks the beginning of many arts initiatives designed to serve, invigorate, and strengthen the community.

JUSTICE PEACE + LOVE will open to the public with a socially-distanced drive or walk-through afternoon, where visitors and commuters are invited to view and engage with the exhibit from 12 pm – dusk on Saturday, September 26, 2020, and to visit the installation everyday thereafter through November 30, 2020. The exhibtion will move indoors, with related programming, from December 6, 2020 – January 20, 2021. The Gallery is open limited hours and by appointment at this time.

Cover art : Errin Whitaker