On SATURDAY, JULY 23, 2022, three Grand Boulevard art establishments – CHROMA, Irwin House Gallery, and Blackbird Gallery – are joining forces to present the First Annual Grand Blvd. Art Stroll on Saturday, July 23, 2022 from 12 noon – 10:00 pm.
The event invites guests to CHROMA between the hours of 12:30 – 6pm, Blackbird Gallery also from noon up until 9pm, and Irwin House Gallery will host a closing reception and celebration from 6pm – 10 pm. Organized by CHROMA’s Stephanie León, Irwin’s House Director Misha McGlown, and Donna Jackson (DMJStudio), curator of the YOU BELONG exhibit currently on view at CHROMA, The Grand Blvd. Art Stroll draws attention to these creative new spaces, but also sets the stage for a bigger annual event that hopes to encompass all businesses and cultural spaces along the historic Boulevard, from east to west.
12:30 – 6:00 pm CHROMA
2937 E. Grand Blvd.
12:00 – 9:00 pm Blackbird Gallery
3011 W. Grand Blvd. (Fisher Building)
6:00 – 10:00 pm Irwin House Gallery
2351 W. Grand Blvd. (btwn. Linwood & LaSalle)
Featuring original exposed brick and floor-to-ceiling windows, the restored CHROMA building melds the rich cultural history of Milwaukee Junction and North End with modern touches for an ultimate aesthetic experience. During The Stroll, CHROMA marks the close of its inaugural exhibition, YOU BELONG, featuring 40 local artists on its main floor. The venue will host an all-day cocktail reception celebrating the exhibit and extending onto the outdoor patio space.
Presently located in the Fisher Building, Blackbird Gallery joins Detroit’s art community in honor of the city’s creative and historic legacy. The gallery presents original art for purchase, providing the opportunity to acquire works by emerging and established artists. During The Stroll, she welcomes guests to enjoy the work of thirteen artists hailing from within and beyond our local and national borders.
Irwin House Gallery will have a diverse selection of art on exhibit from its collection alongside original works from 20+ Detroit and East Coast artists. Now in its second whirlwind year, the home-front gallery will conclude The Stroll with a festive indoor/outdoor reception inspired by the art and including music, live painting, and refreshments purveyed by local vendors.
Overall, the works of more than seventy-five visual artists will be displayed as part of the First Annual Grand Blvd. Art Stroll. The event recognizes its neighbors along the route, including Submerge Records, Baobab Fare restaurant, Motown Museum, and DABLS African Bead Museum, to name a few. This is just the first installment of something bigger to come next year!!!