Gallery Hop gives attendees tour of local artists

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published April 4, 2016

 Art decorates a space at the Deborah Hecht Studio.

Art decorates a space at the Deborah Hecht Studio.

Photo provided by Deborah Hecht


HUNTINGTON WOODS — The cities of Huntington Woods, Ferndale, Berkley, Royal Oak and Oak Park will open their doors for people in search of art for the second annual Gallery Hop.

The event, put on by the Huntington Woods Beautification Committee, will take place from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 10, and feature galleries in the aforementioned cities, where local artists will showcase some of their works.

It will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the Huntington Woods Public Library, 26415 Scotia Road, where people can travel to the galleries by bus.

Participants also may choose to drive themselves or ride a bicycle, if they so choose. People should meet at the library to pick up their wristbands so they can enter each of the establishments. There also will be refreshments at the Woods Gallery location.

The galleries featured this year include the Woods Gallery, Articipate, Rair Studio, the Lawrence Street Gallery and the Deborah Hecht Studio.

Some of these are workshops where the artists complete their work.

Spokesperson Linda Solomon said the event is educational and something different for people who might want to find somewhere to go for fun other than a mall.

“This is another look into (the) dimension of art,” she said. “The depth, the length people will go to create something, to follow their passion or talent. It’s very interesting.”

One artist who will have her work on display is Deborah Hecht, owner of her eponymous studio. Hecht’s art is in the style of mosaics, tiles and sculptures.

Some of her work includes portraits, faces that came to her mind, self-portraits and faces in different objects, like a dartboard or a glass case.

“People are interesting,” she said. “To me, with found objects, it implies emotional issues or interesting situations.

“What is more interesting than people? You always wonder what’s in somebody’s head, or you relate to it. You can tell looking at somebody what they’re going through. Or you can’t. There’s a lot of mystery.”

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $5 at the library or the Huntington Woods Department of Public Works, 12795 W. 11 Mile Road. They can be bought on the day of the event at the library for $10. For more information about the event, call the library at (248) 541-4300 or the DPW at (248) 547-1888.