The Eastern Market district is well known for exceptional and vibrant art. This month, amazing works have found a new place to call home as entrepreneurs Isabella Auchenbach, Lily Shafroth and Chelsea Allen launched Girl Girl Girl. The intimate retail space at at 2448 Riopelle Street will occupy the front section of Salt & Cedar, a beautiful screen-printing space run by Megan O’Connell.
Girl Girl Girl is the brainchild of three young women with an ingrained appreciation for art. Isabella Auchenbach explains that all partners had early exposure to art education which continues to fuel their burning passion in the present day. The three can recall revering local museums, art camps and creating in their youth and they hope to provide similar experiences to the masses. As she further explains, “The amazing thing about being in Detroit is the opportunity to obtain a space and get work out to the people. Local work gets the spotlight here and we want to provide a medium for creating opportunities.”
The founders adore their new home in Eastern Market and feel this location is the perfect environment for the art space and gallery. DIY art spaces and person to person sales are integral to the foundation of Eastern Market’s history . Girl Girl Girl‘s first art exhibition, SKECHERS: THE SHAPE UP SHOW opened on Monday evening, featuring the sketchbooks and related creations of artists Hillary Butterworth, Eli Stevick, Shane Achenbach and Alexander Buzzalini.
Proprietor Isabella Auchenbach has long been a collector and of rare vintage finds, and constantly continues to add antiques and clothing to her ever changing collection. Her traveling store Penny’s Vintage Pop Up has been in operation for four years and will offer vintage items during gallery hours. Designer and gallery co-founder Lily Shafroth is also selling naturally dyed unisex clothing. Her company Artful Scout practices environmentally conscious production methods which work to combat water scarcity in their production location. Artful Scout clothing is dyed with materials such as marigold, true indigo, turmeric and pomegranate and result in one of a kind garments produced by an Indian women’s collective in Varanasi, India.
The founders of Girl Girl Girl have received a warm welcome from fellow Eastern Market businesses and galleries. They admire the way Eastern Market businesses work independently to create their niche yet cooperatively to share expertise and strengthen the commerce and artistic integrity of the area.
So what is in the works next for Girl Girl Girl? The ladies have alluded to continuing art exhibitions and putting together a Film Festival to be spearheaded by artist and co-founder Chelsea Allen. The Film Festival should take place in September and feature artists on a local and national scale. With varying artistic backgrounds, the ladies of Girl Girl Girl plan to utilize their respective strengths to bring exciting events to the community. They want Detroit to know that they are, “A friendly and open space that will foster experimental and progressive ideas.” Girl Girl Girl hopes to nurture a diverse following and become a place where people are connecting over good art and conversation in a no-judgement zone.
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Words by Hailey Dukes. New kid on the block + sponge for all things Detroit. Student to this earth and the people, places, and things on it. Walking an unceasing journey to observe, feel, analyze, understand. Inspire me! Follow Hailey on IG @wolf___hailey // Twitter @heyygirllhai.