There are many fine art galleries in Michigan. They feature contemporary and traditional arts, sculptures in glass, basic sculptures using other mediums, prints, photographic art, and all other types of visual arts. The choices are varied and the places to visit would depend entirely on your specific interests and needs. Among them, are four art galleries that you can’t afford to miss, to wit:
#1. 4731 Gallery at 4731 West Grand River Avenue, Detroit, Michigan
The art community in Detroit is growing at a phenomenal rate these past years. These are due in part to affordable housing and studio spaces, an endless number of cultural events, and increasing opportunities for artists to earn a living in a tight-knit community of artists. Detroit’s reputation as an art hub is further boosted by the presence of the College of Creative Studies (CCS) which is in the middle of the creative community in the midtown area.
The 4731 Gallery opened its doors in 2000, with Ric Geyer at the helm. Mr. Geyer, is an urban revivalist, owning several businesses – a metal shop, wood shop, and a number of art studios in the area. The gallery’s reputation was catapulted when it created an award-winning gallery within its site and hired a top-notch management team to oversee its operations. It was also awarded by the city governor for its help in developing the west end section of Detroit’s Woodbridge area; and named, as the Best Arts Building by the Detroit Free Press. Over the years, it has served more than 300 artists in over 250 events. To date, the 4731 Gallery is a premier co-working art space in the Detroit area.
#2. Art Leaders Gallery at 33086 Northwestern Highway, West Bloomfield, Michigan
The Art Leaders Gallery is considered as one of Michigan’s Finest Art Gallery. Its collection is a vast treasure of artworks ranging from contemporary to traditional. It is a leading art dealer in Michigan, being a member of the American Society of Interior Designers. The gallery’s vast collections include – original and limited edition artworks and paintings, sculptures, art glasses, home interior pieces and unique gift items. Its services include in-house custom framing for their clientele.
The art gallery has been in existence for the past 25 years and is owned by art experts, Bonnie and Jason Mansour. It has represented a vast array of international talents, as well as local artists from Michigan. They are known to have booked emerging new artists and have traveled worldwide – searching for exceptional artworks to showcased. In addition, the Art Leaders Gallery is in the forefront of looking for artists in need of representation. These would include both established and emerging new talents who are seeking for an outlet to showcased their works. The gallery accepts submissions of all works of art – in all medium, and in varying styles and sizes.
#3. 16 Hands Gallery at 407 N. 5th Avenue, Ann Arbor, Michigan
The 16 Hands Gallery has just been voted as the Best Place to Buy Art in the Washtenaw County. It began propitiously when a group of eight artists bonded together in 1978 to form the 16 Hands Gallery. It operated as a cooperative for more than a decade, by exhibiting the artworks of its members in a gallery on Washington Street at Ann Arbor. Jill Damon joined the group in 1978 and became its sole owner 10 years after. The gallery moved to Main Street in 1990 and to the Kerrytown Market and Shops in 2011.
The gallery has been known to represent new talents as well as internationally known artist from the United States, Canada, Europe, and a number of Fair Trade Organizations. The art pieces are varied, consisting of fine crafted jewelry and accessories, iconic gift pieces, and home/office and garden decors. The gallery carries functional items that are decorative and aesthetically pleasing, as well. Many creative pieces are made from reclaimed materials that are incorporated into new materials, thus creating a true work of art. It is a reflection of the corporate thrust of the gallery for environmental preservation. Correspondingly, the new artwork makes for an interesting conversation piece that will truly delight its eventual owner.
#4. Gallery 154 at 1456 Lake Dr. SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan
The Grand Rapid is a bulwark of the art scene, where you find a mix of eclectic specialty stores, art galleries, restaurants, coffee shops and other diverse businesses.`It’s one of the happiest place in Michigan, where you find friendly people everywhere that give it its unique character.
Gallery 154 has been in business for about 40 years and has the best selection of jewelry in town. A stroll towards the gallery gets you in touch with more than 70 artists from all over the country. The gallery is where you find original works of art by national and local artists. They have a wide selection of potteries, stained glasses, jewelry, furniture, and metal works from their in-house resident artists. During the Christmas season, their shelves are filled with an extravaganza of Christmas decors from around the world. In addition, it is where you can find the most unusual gifts for any occasion to give to friends and loved ones with something that they would treasure for years to come.