Canvassing The Hood 

Fine art photography and adventures in glassblowing

Change of Pace 2012

What: A juried fine art photography exhibition.

Where: Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography inside the Russell Industrial Center, 1600 Clay St., Bldg. 2, Fl. 1, Detroit;

When: Opening reception from 6:30 until 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 16; displays through July 14.

Change of Pace 2012 offers an eclectic display of contemporary fine art photography, featuring pieces by up-and-coming artists working with a wide range of subject matters in all manner of styles. The juried exhibit gives these emerging artists the chance to have their work reviewed by artistic pros, as well as to see it displayed in a gallery setting. The chosen photos were selected by juror David Bram, a fine art photographer and co-founder and editor of Fraction Magazine, an online effort showcasing the work of both established and emerging fine art photographers. Participating artists are both local and national, including Peter Baker, Kate Pollard, Tom Ridout, Rylan Steele, Kerry Mansfield, Amy Friend, Sara Fields and more. 

The Michigan Glass Project

What: A weekend of glassblowing demos and after parties benefiting the Belle Isle Aquarium.

Where: Glassblowing demos take place in Eastern Market at 2431 Orleans St., Detroit. Locations for afterparties vary.

When: Friday, June 15 through Sunday, June 17; see for a complete schedule.

The Michigan Glass Project has united members of the local artistic glass community in order to benefit worthy causes through charitable events showcasing the artists' talents. The nonprofit hosts its main event this weekend with three days of glassblowing demos raising funds to re-open the Belle Isle Aquarium, shuttered since 2005. These daytime events feature more than 100 renowned glassblowers collaborating on large-scale, aquatic-themed pieces, which will be installed in the aquarium's empty tanks and later auctioned off to raise further funds for the institution. Along with the hot artistic action, the event also includes live music, food, refreshments and even an opportunity for attendees to create their own piece of glass work. 

After the molten glass and blow tubes are put to bed, the event continues with a series of afterparties and late-night happenings. These kick off Friday with a reception at the aquarium featuring food, drink and DJs Frank Raines and Eastside Jon. Afterward, partiers can bounce to the Whitney for a nighttime garden party with live music courtesy of Will Sessions. On Saturday, the Old Miami hosts an evening of funk and soul jams with Brad Hales, the Chiropractors and Heady Ruxpin. On Sunday, the whole thing wraps up at the Magic Stick with a 7 p.m. screening of the flick Degenerate Art: The Art & Culture of Glass Pipes and live performances from Flash Clash and Eastside Jon. The glassblowing main event is $15 per day or $20 for a weekend pass; prices for evening events vary.

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