YDL hosts national touring and local art exhibits for the enrichment of the community. Most exhibits take place in the Community Room at YDL-Whittaker, but exhibits are also shown at YDL-Michigan. Contact John Connaghan if you are interested in having your art considered for an exhibit at YDL.
Saline Painters Guild
Oct. 27-Dec. 19, 2016
Saline Painters Guild is a group of highly skilled painters who use a variety of media including watercolor, oil, and acrylic. Throughout their many years, the Saline Painters Guild has played a large role in their community through various public exhibits. Many of these artists also have work that has been presented in galleries including the Two Twelve Art Center. Along with being exhibited in numerous galleries, many of their pieces have won awards and are available for purchase. As a group, they have held events that provide all skill levels with the opportunity to improve their painting skills through techniques and personal guidance. You can find information on where their work is being exhibited on their Facebook page.
American Institute of Architects
Dec. 20-Jan. 16, 2017
American Institute of Architects is based in Washington, D.C., and has been the leading professional membership association for licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners since 1857. Each year, the AIA sponsors hundreds continuing education experiences to help architects maintain their licensure, while also setting the industry standard in contract documents with more than 100 forms and contracts used in the design and construction industry, and most importantly, serving as an advocate of the architecture profession. The exhibit shows the latest work from members of the local AIA chapter.
Ann Arbor Women Artists
Feb. 12-Mar. 30, 2017
AAWA is a non-profit organization of approximately 300 member ranging from beginning to professional.AAWA was founded in 1951 by Sarah Bull, Elsie Bailey and Doris Porter Mcleanand its membership includes artists working in a variety of media and producing vastly different types of art—including several men. Today, this non-profit organization, open to all visual artists 18 and older, has approximately 330+ members with connections to Ann Arbor, Michigan, ranging from beginning to professional artists. The purpose of the AAWA is to stimulate creative expression and sharing among its members in order to continually raise the quality of the art produced. Still run as a volunteer organization, members exhibit their work in several different juried and non-juried exhibition spaces throughout the year. Additional information can be found on their public Facebook Page and Twitter Page.
Apr. 1-Apr. 30, 2017
Started in 1998, Silver Club has provide a safe, nurturing environment for older adults with memory loss or other cognitive changes for 24 years. In addition, Silver Club Programs are a place to make friends and enjoy discussions and innovative activities, tailored to different needs.Staff and volunteers join with members to create a community where people with memory loss can make friends, share joys and fears, and participate in fun and meaningful activities. In recent years, art students from U-M have designed interesting collaborative art experiences for Silver Club members. The artwork from this program will be on display at YDL.
May 1-Jun. 8, 2017
From a tender age, Joanne Porter knew that she would be involved in art. She could spend most of her free time drawing, sketching and painting using any drawing tool she could come across. She is now a professional painter whose work is admired by many. As a floral painter, Joanne Porter prefers to work from fresh flowers rather than from photographs. When she starts a painting, Joanne imagines a slight breeze gently moving the pedals; she then tries to capture that movement in her composition. Using many layers of color, her intent is to convey the delicate feel of the flowers as well as their richness of color. Joanne explores her creativity in a variety of media including pen and ink, graphite, gouache, acrylic and watercolor. She believes the variety of flowers keep her prints, art and posters fresh and adds to their collectability. Her works have been published as fine art prints, greeting cards, and posters. Since she became a full time artist, her paintings are now much sought after by discerning private collectors and galleries all over the world. To view some of her work, go to http://www.artlicensing.com/content/joanne-porter.
Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland
Jun. 15-Aug. 11, 2017
Adapted from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art’s flagship exhibition Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861–2008, this new traveling exhibition from NEH on the Road will explore America’s playground as a place and as an idea, examining its persistent presence in the American imagination. The exhibition is arranged chronologically, with each section titled after contemporary quotations that also communicate changing popular perceptions about Coney Island through the generations.
“Down at Coney Isle,” 1861–1894, looks at the resort’s beginnings as “New York’s sandy backyard,” a blend of genteel and popular attractions made accessible by ferry, tram, and steam railway. “The World’s Greatest Playground,” 1895–1929, examines the explosion of entertainment accessible to the masses in parks like Steeplechase, Dreamland, and Luna Park, themselves the settings for fantastic encounters and new technologies.
“The Nickel Empire,” 1930–1939, shows how, after the stock market crash of 1929, Coney Island provided a welcome and affordable diversion, where disorienting rides could spark romance between strangers in a setting where “the greatest show is the people themselves.” From the beginning, Coney Island drew crowds from all social classes, races, and ethnicities, and “A Coney Island of the Mind,” 1940–1961, inspects how Coney Island reflected American life during and after World War II, providing a refuge from the city streets and a setting for intimacy on its crowded beaches, yet also offering metaphors for life and death in amusements like the House of Horrors and the World in Wax Musée.
The final section, “Requiem for a Dream,” 1962–2008, traces Coney’s decline amid turbulent decades that saw urban disinvestment and renewal attempts, including the closing of its last twentieth-century amusement park, Astroland. Yet ultimately, Coney’s persistence and continued re-emergence continue to attract new visions and renewed crowds.
YDL has a long history of bringing world class exhibits to Ypsilanti. Learn about a few of our past exhibits »