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INTERVIEW: Ellen Rutt on Debut Solo Exhibit, “This Must Be The Place” X Detroit Art Week

This Must Be The Place, opening on Saturday, July 20th during Detroit Art Week calls attention to the interconnectivity of earth’s complex systems through a new series of “place paintings,” made by tracing elements and textures from the physical environment and allowing often overlooked aspects of architecture and landscape to dictate the composition by Detroit-based […]

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Free Press // The story behind hopeful billboard at vacant Detroit intersection

Emma Keith, Detroit Free Press At a mostly vacant, overgrown intersection on Detroit’s east side, a new billboard is quietly spreading encouragement with a simple message: “Trans people are sacred.” The colorful, whimsical billboard, created by 27-year-old non-binary artist Jonah Welch, is part of a new Detroit public art project called “Signs of the Times.” Hosted by nonprofit SaveArtSpace, […]

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Detroit Metro Times // Artist Ellen Rutt takes on climate change and interconnectivity in new exhibition

By Jerilyn Jordan Artist Ellen Rutt will soon turn 30 and she’s nervous — but it has little to do with her milestone birthday, general aging woes, or the pressure to fulfill the “30s are the new 20s” trope. She’s concerned with the Earth, global warming, and how to make people care. “If I’m going to […]

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“Signs of the Time” Public Art Campaign Hits Streets of Detroit for Detroit Art Week 2019

“During the selection process I recognized what makes something an impactful work of art, versus what makes a good billboard. When looking through the 700+ submissions [from the public artist open call], I wanted to choose work that felt like really wanted to see in that ad space. I’m stoked to reclaim billboard space that […]

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Call for Artists: SaveArtSpace to curate public art billboards for Detroit Art Week 2019

SaveArtSpace, a Brooklyn/Detroit-based public art non-profit has partnered with PLAYGROUND DETROIT to bring public art to Detroit via ad space and group gallery exhibition during Detroit Art Week, in celebration of Ellen Rutt’s upcoming featured installation opening to the public on Saturday, July 20th. We invite artists of all ages and talents to submit between April 2 and May 28, 2019. […]

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“COMM[UNITY]” INAUGURAL GROUP EXHIBITION THROUGH JAN 13TH

Featuring over 30 artists, COMM[UNITY] is the inaugural group exhibition on view at PLAYGROUND DETROIT gallery that represents a small cross-section of Detroit’s creative landscape, which is bound not by geography or practice, but by an enduring set of shared values and virtues. Exhibiting artists include: Kristin Adamczyk, Marlo Broughton, Scott Campbell, Dustin Cook, Jon Dones […]

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ELLEN RUTT & PATRICK ETHEN MAKING A MESS, VIA THE COMMITTEE [PREMIERE]

“Andy [Miller] is one of my favorite videographers in the city,” celebrated Detroit-based artist and graphic designer, Ellen Rutt confirms; “When I invited him over and explained the concept- ‘we wanna trash this thing I built,’ he totally got it. It really couldn’t have been more comfortable and fun working with him.”  Watch the exclusive premiere […]

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WXYZ // Lululemon opens new community-focused Downtown Detroit Local store

DETROIT (WXYZ) – Athletic apparel company Lululemon’s newest concept space, Downtown Detroit Local, opened on Friday at 1459 Woodward Ave. PHOTOS: Lululemon opens new store in downtown Detroit The 3,000 square foot space will “engage intimately with Detroit residents by offering a place for connection, creation, sweat and collaboration via events and offering technical athletic […]

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Fox2Detroit // Lululemon opening Sept. 22 on Woodward in downtown Detroit

DETROIT (WJBK) – Fitness-wear chain Lululemon is set to open its doors on Woodward next Friday. The new store is taking the spot most recently occupied by Kit and Ace at 1459 Woodward, reports Curbed Detroit. It’s just a few blocks down from Under Armour and Nike, which both opened within the past 18 months. […]

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Crain’s Detroit // Lululemon to open concept store Sept. 22 in downtown Detroit

Lululemon Athletica is opening in downtown Detroit on Sept. 22 with a grand opening set to include DJ-spun tunes, ice cream, a run and plenty of yoga attire. The Vancouver-based athletic apparel retailer announced last month it would open a store at 1459 Woodward Ave., taking over the former site of Kit + Ace, which […]

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FORBES // Playground Detroit Kicks Into Full Gear

 Some of the PLAYGROUND DETROIT family in front of the soon-to-be company headquarters, The Playground. Photo by Camera Jesus Something exciting is happening in Detroit. Though it’s absolutely true that a stroll through Downtown or even some of the city’s more historic districts, like Corktown, can be eerily quiet, if not downright lonely, especially for […]

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MURALS IN THE MARKET 2016 RETURNS SEPTEMBER FOR SECOND YEAR WITH MORE THAN 50 MURALISTS

Eastern Market-based fine art publisher 1xRUN along with the Eastern Market Corporation have announced the artist line-up after they unveiled the newest mural in the Market, a collaboration by artists Ellen Rutt and Jesse Kassel entitled “Nourish,” which celebrates the 125th year of this historic Detroit produce district. More than 50 local and international artists […]

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