04/07/2017 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Starring "The Gallery"
The First Friday of each month downtown Northville celebrates the arts with their long running First Friday Experience. You’ll find something new each month as many of the town’s galleries and boutiques stay open late with special guests, trunk shows, music and their newest merchandise.
Starring “The Gallery” hosts an artist reception each month. Some of our artists have exhibited with us in the past and others will be exhibiting with us for the first time – each showcasing their newest pieces in their own unique style. Each artist will be available to answer questions and their artwork will be on display and available for purchase throughout the remainder of the month.
Artists, hors d'oeuvres, shopping, music and good friends - Experience it all at Starring “The Gallery” during the First Friday Experience.
A P R I L 7, 2017 @
Featured Artists: Denise Cassidy Wood / Melanie M. Zwegers
Artist Reception: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Denise Cassidy Wood
Artist Statement: I have found great passion in creating the colors and textures which eventually bloom into a bold, vibrant flower. Being inspired by vivid colors and dimensional texture, flowers provide a beautiful palette for me to explore. For me, flowers have always induced feelings of joy, peace and warmth. These feelings are what I try to capture and convey through my paintings. In painting these flowers, I feel as though I have bloomed internally as a person, a mother, a friend and an artist. I am grateful every day for the opportunity to share my passion for art and flowers.
I've spent most of my life dabbling in various forms of art. In 2008, after hitting a creative wall and feeling an intense pull to nuture my creativity, I took an acrylic painting class and finally felt like I found my true calling. I enjoy the versatility of acrylic paints and the opportunity it provides to integrate mixed media. I continue to explore new ways to incorporate a variety of textural elements to each of my paintings. Internal Bloom was born after my first solo exhibit in 2010 where the director of Plymouth Community Arts Council took a chance on a new artist. Since then, I have shared my work through multiple juried exhibits, art fairs, galleries, hospitals and social media outlets. In 2015, I launched Expressions in Bloom, a line of framable greeting cards and collectable gift boxes containing note cards, all derived from my original art.
Melanie M. Zwegers
Artist Bio: Inspired by the 19th century beloved classic A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson and Northville's own Victorian history, local author and illustrator Melanie M. Zwegers is excited to share her first children's book at Starring "The Gallery".
All are invited to come explore hidden fairy doors, adventures on high seas and sofas, delights of the changing seasons and more inside the collection of 34 original poems and illustrations. Written in and around Northville and historical Mill Race Village, the book combines classic rhyming verse with sweet, nostalgic watercolors reminiscent of Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit stories. From children new to the delights and pleasures of rhyme to parents and grandparents well-versed in poetry's lifelong, heartwarming effect, Into the Garden offers readers to enter into the most beautiful garden of all . . . the wonder and imagination of youth!
To see the complete 2017 First Friday Experience line up of artists and musicians please click here.