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SEEN Magazine // Playground Detroit Uplifts Emerging Artists in the City

The new gallery Playground Detroit gives artists a space to share their work and be recognized. By Stephanie Steinberg Photography by Justin Milhouse Paulina Petkoski and Samantha B. Schefman have one goal: to attract and retain artistic talent in Detroit. To accomplish that, the two friends from Metro Detroit launched a creative agency called Playground […]

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DETROIT FREE PRESS // Detroit Art Week launches hoping to draw attention to city’s art scene

Ryan Patrick Hooper, Special to the Detroit Free Press Published 7:00 a.m. ET May 10, 2018 | Updated 8:50 p.m. ET May 10, 2018 Is the rest of the world paying attention to Detroit’s contemporary art scene? The organizers behind the inaugural Detroit Art Week are curious to find out. Detroit Art Week (DAW), which […]

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Curbed Detroit // Playground Detroit debuts first solo exhibition in new gallery

Amerixan Notion opens February 16 Playground Detroit opened their new gallery in November 2017 and since then, have featured dozens of Detroit artists. The first solo exhibition in the new space—Amerixan Notion by Detroit artist Nic Notion—draws inspiration from the city, including its flag and its changing landscape. Notion uses mixed media—paintings, photography, and sculpture—throughout the […]

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Detroit News // Artfully reframing perceptions

The framed images adorning the gallery on Detroit’s east side could have been the work of artists years into their career. The vibrant pastel skylines, kaleidoscopic street scenes and detailed depictions of local landmarks such as Eastern Market all resulted from hours dedicated to perfecting techniques and honoring traditions. But those behind the pieces are […]

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MetroTimes // New exhibit celebrates Detroit artists with developmental disabilities

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 New exhibit celebrates Detroit artists with developmental disabilities Playground Detroit is kicking off 2018 with a uniquely therapeutic and inspiring collection. “What Color Do You Want to Start With?” will feature the work of developmentally disabled artists. The opening reception is slated for Thursday, Jan. 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. and will […]

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J’ADORE DETROIT // PLAYGROUND DETROIT [Blog]

J’adore Detroit // December 26, 2017 by Samantha Robinson Round of applause for Paulina Petkoski and Samantha Schefman, PLAYGROUND DETROIT is a vibrant new gallery with an authentic mission The tiny space packs a big punch. Located at 2845 Gratiot Avenue, off the beaten path of Eastern Market, near where Grenadier once was (R.I.P. forever in […]

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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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Detroit News // Detroit Artists Bring ’67 Full circle Through Murals

Flaming cars and frightening tanks, pensive and defiant black men and terrifying armed officers, and John Conyers Jr. standing on a car shouting over the rubble. The striking murals spanning downtown buildings aren’t cookie-cutter “Detroit” movie posters; they are special commissions by up-and-coming local artists meant to continue the conversation the movie starts. Annapurna Pictures […]

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Detroit Free Press // ‘Detroit’ movie’s themes depicted in powerful murals by local artists

The mural on Congress across from Cobo Center in Detroit depicts two somber young African-American men. Behind them are smaller scenes of a crowd in motion, a tank and the silhouettes of cops facing off against a group of citizens. “I really wanted to paint it so you could feel the discomfort,” says Detroit artist Sydney G. James, who also […]

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Curbed // ‘Detroit’ movie mural revealed, premiere date set

As Detroit readies for the 50th anniversary of the events from July ‘67 (a riot or rebellion, depending on who you ask), a Hollywood film could take center stage later this month. Detroit, directed by Kathryn Bigelow, details the events at the Algiers Motel, where three young men were murdered and nine others were badly […]

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