Art galleries holding exhibitions throughout November in Ferndale, Berkley

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published October 26, 2020

 Mary Jane Erard, whose work can be seen here, will be the featured artist at Articipate Art Studio in Berkley from Nov. 1 through Dec. 31.

Mary Jane Erard, whose work can be seen here, will be the featured artist at Articipate Art Studio in Berkley from Nov. 1 through Dec. 31.

Photo provided by Debby Kobayashi


FERNDALE/BERKLEY — Beginning in November, a number of galleries in Ferndale and Berkley will be hosting art exhibits that will be open to the public.

Articipate Art Studio in Berkley, 3833 12 Mile Road, will be hosting an exhibit of Ohio artist Mary Jane Erard from Nov. 1 through Dec. 30, and a reception will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4. Erard’s featured art will include paintings on canvas in mixed media, acrylic and oil pastels.

The owner of the gallery, Debby Kobayashi, said this is the second exhibit they’ve done since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. She also noted that Erard usually teaches a class at the gallery once a month.

“She uses very vibrant colors. She does mostly landscapes,” Kobayashi said of Erard’s work. “What she teaches here though is pet portraits for the most part, which has been very popular, and she’s able to have a very keen sense of getting the personality of the pet and the eyes just right so that the students who come to the class (are) so pleased with the likeness of their pets. She’s a good artist. She has a good eye.”

Attendees are asked to social distance and wear masks. Kobayashi said people should call ahead to let the gallery know when they are coming, because if the gallery has too many people coming at a specific time, they’ll be asked to attend at a later time.

“I’m very excited about it because then it creates some enthusiasm for the artist,” she said. “That’s my main thing — it’s trying to get people into art. So having an opening is a good way to show off the studio and what we do here.”

In Ferndale, the Lawrence Street Gallery, 22620 Woodward Ave., will have two ongoing events starting next month.

The gallery’s exhibition will feature the work of Gary VanGorp and Pat Simpson. An opening reception will be held from 1 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, and a mid-month reception will follow from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 15.

Simpson is a ceramist inspired by African and Aboriginal motifs, while VanGorp is a painter who was described by Lawrence Street Gallery’s Kathie Troshynski as “semi-abstract” with “a lot of landscapes.”

“His work is primo unique,” she said. “He has his own style. … He does things that show an intuitive method of drawing and using figures, both animals and people, to tell stories. His stuff, you look at it for a minute and then you go back and look at it for 10 because there’s so much to see.”

Troshynski, an artist herself, said Simpson’s work can consist of masks and vessels that are “so unique.”

“You kind of have to see it,” she said.

Lawrence Street Gallery also will hold its Meet the Artists Sundays that will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. starting Nov. 8 at the gallery. All of these events will require attendees to wear a mask and social distance.

On Nov. 8, the first artist will be Dennis Montville, followed by Simpson and VanGorp on Nov. 15, Troshynski on Nov. 22, Lucy Layne on Nov. 29, Cindy Parsons on Dec. 6 and Sherry Adams Foster on Dec. 20.

Some of the artists, said Troshynski, might be doing demonstrations during their events.

“We get so much out of just being at the gallery and seeing people ourselves, seeing the artists,” she said. “People might get more fun coming to see us working or different ones showing their work beyond what’s hanging in the gallery, because we have limited space for each of us.”