Their Beginning: Artists Faina Lerman and Graem Whyte purchased a former packing plant on the north end of Hamtramck. They have renovated it into their home and studio space as well as an occasional gallery. It opened in 2009 showcasing Hamtramck artists. Whyte launched This Week in Art at Motor City Brewing Works in 2004. He said the couple, while not exactly dreaming of opening a gallery one day, saw an opportunity and ran with it. “We’re going to play it by ear,” he says.
Hours and Location:
12138 St. Aubin at Carpenter.
Hours are posted during exhibitions.
Mission Statement: “We’ll probably host quarterly open houses and see what happens.” Whyte says the possibility also exists for Popps to host traveling artists in some kind of residency program. “With Hamtramck being the international melting pot that it is, it seems like the right fit,” he says.
Contact Info and How They Find Artists:
[Faina Lerman] firstname.lastname@example.org
[Graem Whyte] email@example.com
Something Different: The 4,500-square-foot building also includes outdoor garden space, which was put to good use for an outdoor screening of Clash of the Titans this past summer. There are plans to screen more films there in the future.
Artists Who Have Been Involved with the Space: Nina Bianchi, Ed Brown, Ben Kiehl, Ben Hernandez, Scott Hocking, George Rahme, Vince Troia, Sioux Trujillo, Tzarinas of the Plain