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Ford House Features Local Artists
Posted: September 24, 2007

Edsel and Eleanor Ford were collectors of great international art, but were also supportive of many local artists.  In that same spirit, Grosse Pointe Artists Association and Ford House have partnered together to showcase the work of local artists.


Original artwork graces the walls of the multi-purpose Gallery space in the estate’s Activities Center.  Guests who attend a lecture, meeting, function or a catered meal are able to enjoy the featured artist’s work.  When not in use, the Gallery space is open for the general public to view the art.


Currently, the work of Julie Sabit of Harper Woods and Dorthea Krieg of Grosse Pointe are on display.

            Julie Sabit’s Artist Statement

“With a strong background in figure drawing impelling me, I find it exciting to depict the unposed gestures of people relating to each other and their surroundings.  I especially prefer those engaged in outdoor, leisure-time activities, such as resting on a beach, flying kites, fishing.  I sketch and paint form observation during plain air paint-outs, Scarab Club life drawing sessions, and various events such as concerts.  I take photographs for resources to capture people in action and supplementary detail for studio paintings.  To enrich my visual experiences, I frequently travel to countries with different cultures, unique ruins or architectural features, including Belize and Sicily.  Once home, I try to recapture the flavor of the people and places I’ve seen.  In painting those scenes that have resonated with me, I hope to elicit a similar response in the viewer.”


Dorothea Krieg's Artist Statment


“With images and colors constantly being absorbed by our senses and having an inherent need to record and express these perceptions, it is very satisfying to have evolved a method of communicating that is personally comfortable.


“In choosing printmaking, I have indulged my pleasure in carving and in slow process that fits my interest in design, color and synthesis.  The result produces images both new and somehow familiar.


“The moment a print is lifted off the press, it holds a hint of the unknown, even to the artist.  Always, little unexpected nuances find their way into the finished product….a moment of wonderment.”


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