Tuesday, July 11, 2006


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As I was leaving the Joy Colby tribute downtown, I was handed a package in a plastic bag. I first was caught of guard thinking I was an secret agent receiving instructions for my first mission. Well, it turns out I was not far off. The contents were instructions for THAT DAM BOX SHOW - UNDER THE RADAR: THE WILLIS REMEMBERED. I have been asked to make a box and curate a part of the show by selecting 5 artists to participate by also creating a box each. In an attempt to break up art cliques and avoiding asking my closest art buddies to do boxes I have decided to do a call for entries to pick 5 metro detroit artists. It's sort of like Detroitarts Blog is curating my portion of the show.
If you are interested, submit a few examples of your work and art resume to: detroitartworks@yahoo.com. All submissions due by Wednesday, July 26 because boxes are due to the Detroit Artists Market by August 31. I will let you know if you are selected by July 30 and give further instructions for the box pick-up.
Here is the printed info:
In the spirit of another of Detroit's original artist-driven spaces, That Dam Box Show will be curated by a panel of selected Willis Gallery founding members, past gallery directors and other writers, curators, neighbors and new and old friends that demonstrate that spirit.
Each curator is expected to create their own box for the show, as well as to ask 5 others of their choice to create a box. Enclosed are six 3.9x2.5" rectangular hinged tin boxes and instructions.
The donated boxes will be exhibited and auctioned with proceeds to benefit DAM 75th Anniversary Fund.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

create the box or use the provided box?

11:46 PM  
Blogger art blogs are fun said...

You will receive a box to use - a tin box (think altoids size)
3.9 x 2.5" rectangular hinged box.

11:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This BOX show will be wonderful....I got a bag, too, to pass out when I left Joy's tribute

6:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow artist market! so cutting edge! Where did they get that idea?
no wonder why the Detroit Art Market is so crapy!
No Programing - No Vision

8:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow the artist market did steal the idea from the old willis days-but if you read the info ann posted you will see that dam gives full credit and pays tribute to the willis gallery.

8:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

were not Willis gallery artists pressured by the local columnists to give up their artist gallery?
Or was that the No-Brand artists?
I have heard stories about those whom persued this idea / project and were almost ran out of town...

3:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go to this website....



Lots of history and information about the Willis Gallery, etc etc etc.

If you want to lurk or participate in a forum that has Detroit as subject, go to


leoqueen posts there regularily, too

7:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And since you mentioned NO BRAND, here is the URL to that page on the Tribes web site


I should say that the Tribes site was developed by Stephen Goodfellow

7:44 PM  
Blogger detart said...

The Willis Box Show/Fundraiser was a much-looked-forward-to event in its day. I own several. They were generally larger--a little more for the artists to work with. Some day artists will be paid (even a small) stipend for their efforts...

8:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i need 100 detroit artists with guts and sincerity to create a great arts community.

12:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

i need 100 detroit artists with guts and sincerity to create a great arts community.


anonymous, you must not have attended the celebration for Joy Colby that took place this week.

If you had, you would have seen the spirit, life, history, and vitality of our arts community.

You would have seen people who have been working together and contributing to this community for years...working to help it survive.

You would have seen artists, curators, writers,teachers, museum directors, gallery owners.

You would have seen Cass Corridor, Wayne State, CCS, Cranbrook, Meadowbrook, Fourth Street, Alvins, Cass Cafe, Greektown, Harmonie Park, Corktown, Heidelberg.

You would have seen long-time collectors, who have supported artists steadily by buying often very difficult work, placing it alongside the big guns in their collection, and then, making sure that the scholarship acknowledged all of this work together.

You would have seen
artists, who have more 'guts and sincerity' than you could ever possess.....artists whose works were demolished by city government, who then bucked authority and rebuilt. Artists/curators who start galleries and museums that show controversial works. Artists who take away their precious studio time to teach young people. Artists who maintain blogs, art calendars, and online newsletters in order to spread the word about whats going on in the community. You would have seen some of our artistocracy...older artists who paid their dues a long time ago, but still saw that it was important for them to pay homage to Joy.

You would have felt the presence, the memory, the aura, of those members of our arts community who left us too soon.

You would have seen a room full of people of all ethnicities, all ages, all socio-economic levels, representing all we have to give.

I was there, and I am still basking in the glow of that evening.

My name is Gilda. What is your name?

7:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how people bounce today! They bounce off one person's thoughts or actions and promote themselves at any instance as being better or "possesing more guts" or being more whatever.

Sorry gilda and leoqueen band leaders but it is a freedom to be without name and protect from further bouncing.

Much is added to the community by people whom are not covered by the MTimes or paid by an arts institution for twenty - thirty years or hooked up with a group of some sort.. Sorry it still seems self serving. So many out there who don't have a name nor do they want one.

11:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish I'd written that.

And good luck with that five artists and boxes thing.

12:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it’s childish to hide behind the anonymous tag and dole out mean spirited comments. All you anonymous morans can go fuck yourselves in a dark closet. You homos, probably cant create any art because your too stupid.

1:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Jangles. I've always respected your opinion.

2:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...



My band is called, Leoqueen and the Suprematists!

4:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

as an artist who is only recently affiliated with the detroit art scene or any art scene for that matter i am astonishted as to how someone can say there is no art community in detroit. sure the names are all the same but that is how it is most everywere. if you do not want to be affiliated with a scene then dont that is up to you. if making art for you is more important than showitng then fine but there is a comuity just like gilda said that constently supports eachother and that is better that nothing. most citys or areas dont have a scene at all no gallerys no shows no buyers nothing. for one i agree with gilda

5:21 PM  
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5:40 PM  
Blogger the stone angel said...

, detroitartworks@yahoo.com, is not working from my end."This account has been disabled or discontinued."

10:08 AM  
Anonymous sean said...

does anyone know why the email address provided, detroitartworks@yahoo.com, is not working? Im trying to send images and the email is getting rejected.Thanks.

6:13 PM  

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