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SECOND CHANCE: A CONTINUATION OF THE SHOWS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED LAST MONTH DUE TO THE EARLY MICHIGAN WEATHER INCLUDING NANCY BYRUM AND OUR BLACK AND WHTIE SHOW.
WHEN: OPENS FRIDAY JANUARY 16TH 6PM-10PM AND CONTINUES THROUGH FEBRUARY 21ST.

WHERE: RIVER'S EDGE GALLERY 3024 BIDDLE AVE. WYANDOTTE, MI. 48192

REGULAR GALLERY HOURS:
MONDAY-THURSDAY 10AM-7PM,
FRIDAY 10AM-8PM AND SATURDAY 10AM-5PM.

CONTACT: PHONE (734)246-9880;
EMAIL RIVERSEDGEGALLERY@WYAN.ORG
WEBSITE WWW.ARTATTHEEDGE.COM

The Old And New Converge At River's Edge Gallery

River's Edge Gallery refuses to disappoint with a new show opening January 16th 6pm-10pm. The Patricia Izzo Fine Art Photography gallery on the third floor of River's Edge Gallery welcomes international photographer Monte Nagler. Monte Nagler has published and shown his work all over the world. This addition is another artist from Michigan who is based at River's Edge Gallery and has show all over the world.

Monte Nagler began photographing seriously after studying with Ansel Adams. "It was during that period of intesive work that I realized that making photographs is a way to experience beauty instead of just looking at it," Nagler said. He believes that "photographers should communicate feelings that are inside them. Through their photographs, a photographer should be saying: 'This is what I saw and felt and I'd like to share that'" Monte, a world traveler, has shared much of the world with us in this way. He also showed his adventures in ads for the Chevy Blazer, which depicted the Blazer traveling through mountain ranges and other unfriendly terrain where Monte takes many of his photos and used the Blazer to carry him and his equipment.

The Noir et Blanc show remains throughout the gallery featuring work by 22 artists from Metro-Detroit. The show features painting, photography, pottery and sculpture. Originally the show was to promote the adoption of black and black & white cats from PAWS (Precious Animal Welfare Society). " Despite the really bad weather last month we did get some kitties home for the Holidays and we really got the word about PAWS. We are also planning to get a few more here for January. There will be information about PAWS available as well." stated Jeremy Hansen, gallery director. A percentage of the sale of any of the pieces from Noir Et Blanc goes to PAWS.

Nancy Byrum finishes her show in January and will be here for the opening to discuss her work. Byrum is a realist painter who concentrates on her love for nature, especially birds. Her works is often mistaken for photography. She paints mainly Michigan wildlife but has also branched out to do a series of paintings of endangered species paintings, all of which will be on dipslay at the gallery.

The River's Edge Gallery will host the opening of all these great exhibits January 16th 6pm-10pm. The opening will correspond to Downtown Wyandotte's Third Friday on January 16th which will have its usual fan fare, free horse and carriage and trolley rides.

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Friday December 19 from 6 - 10pm

NOIR ET BLANC: A COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE GALLERY AND P.A.W.S.

A SHOWCASE OF BLACK AND WHITE ART AND PET ADOPTION OF BLACK AND BLACK & WHITE CATS

FRIDAY DECEMBER 19 from 6 - 10pm

SATURDAY DECEMBER 20 10am - 5pm

SUNDAY DECEMBER 21 from 6 - 10pm

River's Edge Gallery teams up with PAWS for a weekend of black and white art and animal welfare

River's Edge Gallery is teaming up with P.A.W.S. (Precious Animal Welfare Society) to showcase black and white art as well as black and black & white cats starting December 19th called Noir Et Blac. The black and black & white cats are least likely to be adopted, due to outdated prejudices and superstition. They are also often overlooked for cats that are orange, white, calico or tortoiseshell. "We hope, by having an event all about them, they will have a better chance at finding a home." stated Jeremy Hansen, Gallery Director.

The goal of this show is to bring together artists to present work done solely in black and white including photography, painting, glass and mixed media. River's Edge Gallery almost exclusively shows work by local and regional artists and have found that many of these artists are cat lovers. "One artist, B.T. Charles and his wife Danielle, admitted to having 12 cats" stated Hansen. Another, Leo Kuschel of Taylor, besides having a studio cat and 3 house cats has been in the forefront of fund raisers for organizations such as P.A.W.S. often with his daughter, Annie, who makes cat toys and will be selling them as well to help raise money for the organization.

New and well-established artists have been asked to participate. "It should be interesting to see what comes of this show," added Hansen, " many of the artists are going to do work that focuses on animals and others are working on pieces that have nothing to do with animals. Often times the work that comes from shows such as these turns into entire series of work dedicated to the original idea." Hansen also added that there will other "black and white" surprises and stated that the work coming in so far has been incredible and he advises that people come early as the artists have created well priced items as well as many smaller works of art.

The pieces featured in the show will be dotted throughout the gallery and the sale of these works will garner a donation to P.A.W.S which is a Michigan not for profit, , all-volunteer group that promotes the humane, compassionate and responsible treatment of all animals. It is the mission of PAWS to protect and care for homeless animals by placing them with loving foster families until compatible permanent homes can be found. They also engage in benevolent and charitable activities to support this goal such as Noir Et Blanc.


Current Show

Friday December 19 from 6 - 10pm

MEET THE ARTIST

NANCY BYRUM PRESENTS NEW WORK

On the first floor of River's Edge Gallery in downtown Wyandotte Nancy Byrum continues her series of endangered species paintings. One of her newest depicts Polar Bears resting in full view of the Northern Lights. The endangered species series so far has included realistic hand painted oils of a Spotted Leopard, a Grizzly Bear and a Gorilla.

Byrum’s award-winning images of wildlife have shown all over southeastern Michigan. She specializes in natural wildlife of the Midwest , various creatures that dot our landscape. Nancy Byrum, Allen Park native and now resident of Wyandotte and mother of two, began painting animals as a hobby. She painted dogs on ornaments and progressed to oil on canvas. Viewers will often times ask if Byrum's work if is photography due to her distinct realism. Most of her images show the animal in their element: A heron in a pond, cardinals exploring newly fallen snow, or squirrels in a tree. Her show features original paintings as well as her highly affordable, gift-able prints often framed by the artist. This is her fourth annual Christmas show at River's Edge Gallery. "We booked for every Christmas," stated gallery owner, Patt Slack. "Her work is much in demand and she is hard to pin down due to the demand for her work and her busy family life."

Leo Kuschel is also showing on the first floor. He will be unveiling his Downriver Series. This series highlights landmarks that are distinctly Downriver such as the Water Mill or the Church in Heritage Park of Taylor or the Electric Train Arches. All scenes were painted on location, some in sun shine some in rain, but all in Kushel's signature impressionistic style. Leo Kuschel is usually known as the painter of Great Lakes lighthouses. His iconic images of the Great Lakes signature lighthouses have been widely shown and noted for their exact details and a color palate that brings the viewers recognize as the Great Lakes.

Leo is probably one of the most versatile artists in the Metro Detroit area. He began his career with large abstracts and layered acrylic paintings and sculptures. He was so well known for these that he even landed up in the collection of Vincent Price, a well known actor and art collector whose collection landed up in a museum. He never gave that up but became famous for his lighthouse paintings, which have also gotten in major collections. This "Plein aire" painting (in the air or on location) has also been a favorite of his. These images are more impressionistic as he plays with the light and color he is seeing at that very moment. This was a favorite technique of the impressionists.

On the third floor, Patricia Izzo is taking time to feature herself in the Patricia Izzo Fine Art Photography Gallery where she oftentimes features work by established and emerging fine art photographers. She has new work to feature and a collection of her favorite works from 2008. Izzo's book, Fragile Awakenings, comes out December 3rd and Izzo will include images from that book. Izzo has had a banner year having her work featured on the cover of 3 nationally circulated books and now having her own coming out.

"The gallery is always changing on all three floors," says Jeremy E. Hansen, Gallery Director. "We are expanding the photography section on the third floor to better highlight our highly revered metro-Detroit photographers and we are highlighting that other Metro Detroit artists who are making headway on a national level and international level. " Hansen also stated that he has taken into account the Holiday gift shoppers and has included many affordable items by these and other artists starting at $20.

The opening is Friday, November 21st 6pm-10pm.

THROUGH JANUARY 3RD.
WYANDOTTE GREETS SANTA WITH A NEW HOME

The Third Friday in November traditionally kicks off the Holiday Season in Wyandotte. This time there is something big to celebrate. Santa has a new home. Those who grew up in Downriver will remember Santa’s Victorian home on Biddle Avenue or the winter wonderland created on the golf course. Unfortunately, due to decay of the Victorian house and conflicting schedules at the golf course, Santa has been homeless or wandering for the last 3 years.

This year the Downtown Development Authority along with the Wyandotte Recreation Department have built Santa a new home; all part of an overall plan to create a real old fashioned Christmas atmosphere in Wyandotte. The corner of Elm and First (many will remember it as the location of the now defunct Wyandotte Movie Theatre) has been designated as the new Winter Wonderland. The new Santa house and the official Wyandotte Christmas tree is already in place and will soon be joined by a community ice rink.

The celebration begins at 6:30 PM on Third Friday when the lights on the tree will be flipped on accompanied by the sounds of Christmas Carols. The crowd will then be invited to wander the newly decorated streets in the downtown area where the Wyandotte Soup Kitchen will be selling goodies in various businesses with proceeds to go to the soup kitchen. Other merchants will be serving coffee, cider and hot chocolate asking for a $1 donation with the proceeds going to the Goodfellows-No Child Without a Christmas program. There will also be a Holiday Greens and Flower Market in the lobby of city hall on Biddle where you can buy white pine, cedar and fresh balsam door size wreaths as well as poinsettias and other holiday plants.

While all this celebration is going on so will the usual Third Friday fanfare including free horse and carriage rides, free trolley tours, special merchant sales and events and an art crawl. Merchants will also be decked out in their door wreaths trying to win a contest hosted by the Wyandotte Business Association.

The town is then ready for Saturday November 22nd when Santa arrives in town during the Annual Christmas Parade. This year Honorable Randy L. Kalmbach of the 27th District Court will be the Grand Marshal. The parade starts at 10 AM.


Gallery hours are 10-7 Monday-Thursday, 10-8 on Friday and 10-5 on Saturday.
3024 Biddle, Wyandotte 734-246-9880