Made by women to celebrate women

Women have long impacted the world as artists. Consider names like Kahlo, O’Keefe and Cassatt. In recognition of Women’s History Month, a celebration of women in art is currently taking place in Detroit at a local gallery honoring local female artists.

Garnette Archer, owner of Jo’s Gallery, and artist Lynette Gibson joined Tati Amare, co-host of Live in the D, to discuss the exhibition honoring local women artists and the gallery.

Jo’s Gallery, according to Garnette, is a second-generation art gallery that has been on Livernois de la Mode for 25 years and was established by her mother in 1996. The gallery features African American art, custom frames, gifts and one-of-a-kind home decor items.

Garnette describes the exhibition, “The life of the margins: it prevails”, as a celebration of art and women artists. She says there will be a range of artists including Lynette Gibson, Adwoa Muwzea, Zanzy, Dianetta Dye and others. She also says there will be abstracts, collages, mixed media and creative chairs.

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Lynette is a featured artist who creates one-of-a-kind handcrafted jewelry. She says she chose this style of art because it is incredibly calming and allows her mind to rest and relax. She enjoys working with unique stones, natural materials and semi-precious stones.

Caring for her ailing father, who suffered from dementia, Lynette says she didn’t know how to deal with her sadness after his passing, but she knew she had to go through the grieving process. She says she came home one day and spotted her daughter’s beads she used in high school and started assembling them. She says it became a way for her to express her grief after a while.

That’s not all: the gallery will feature 25 local and national artists showcasing jewelry, giftware and home decor. They will also show one-of-a-kind handicrafts.

Jo’s Gallery, is located at 19376 Livernois on Detroit’s Avenue of Fashion, and is open until March 31.

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