YDL hosts national touring and local art exhibits for the enrichment of the community. Most exhibits take place in the Community Room at YDL-Whittaker, but exhibits are also shown at YDL-Michigan. Contact John Connaghan if you are interested in having your art considered for an exhibit at YDL.

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Ann Arbor Women Artists

Feb. 12-April 13, 2017

AAWA is a non-profit organization of approximately 300 member ranging from beginning to professional.AAWA was founded in 1951 by Sarah Bull, Elsie Bailey and Doris Porter Mcleanand its membership includes artists working in a variety of media and producing vastly different types of art—including several men.  Today, this non-profit organization, open to all visual artists 18 and older, has approximately 330+ members with connections to Ann Arbor, Michigan, ranging from beginning to professional artists. The purpose of the AAWA is to stimulate creative expression and sharing among its members in order to continually raise the quality of the art produced. Still run as a volunteer organization, members exhibit their work in several different juried and non-juried exhibition spaces throughout the year. Additional information can be found on their public Facebook Page and Twitter Page.

Joanne Porter

April 17-Jun. 8, 2017

From a tender age, Joanne Porter knew that she would be involved in art. She could spend most of her free time drawing, sketching and painting using any drawing tool she could come across. She is now a professional painter whose work is admired by many. As a floral painter, Joanne Porter prefers to work from fresh flowers rather than from photographs. When she starts a painting, Joanne imagines a slight breeze gently moving the pedals; she then tries to capture that movement in her composition. Using many layers of color, her intent is to convey the delicate feel of the flowers as well as their richness of color. Joanne explores her creativity in a variety of media including pen and ink, graphite, gouache, acrylic and watercolor. She believes the variety of flowers keep her prints, art and posters fresh and adds to their collectability. Her works have been published as fine art prints, greeting cards, and posters. Since she became a full time artist, her paintings are now much sought after by discerning private collectors and galleries all over the world. To view some of her work, go to http://www.artlicensing.com/content/joanne-porter.

Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland

Jun. 15-Aug. 11, 2017

Adapted from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art’s flagship exhibition Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861–2008, this new traveling exhibition from NEH on the Road will explore America’s playground as a place and as an idea, examining its persistent presence in the American imagination. The exhibition is arranged chronologically, with each section titled after contemporary quotations that also communicate changing popular perceptions about Coney Island through the generations.

“Down at Coney Isle,” 1861–1894, looks at the resort’s beginnings as “New York’s sandy backyard,” a blend of genteel and popular attractions made accessible by ferry, tram, and steam railway. “The World’s Greatest Playground,” 1895–1929, examines the explosion of entertainment accessible to the masses in parks like Steeplechase, Dreamland, and Luna Park, themselves the settings for fantastic encounters and new technologies.

“The Nickel Empire,” 1930–1939, shows how, after the stock market crash of 1929, Coney Island provided a welcome and affordable diversion, where disorienting rides could spark romance between strangers in a setting where “the greatest show is the people themselves.” From the beginning, Coney Island drew crowds from all social classes, races, and ethnicities, and “A Coney Island of the Mind,” 1940–1961, inspects how Coney Island reflected American life during and after World War II, providing a refuge from the city streets and a setting for intimacy on its crowded beaches, yet also offering metaphors for life and death in amusements like the House of Horrors and the World in Wax Musée.

The final section, “Requiem for a Dream,” 1962–2008, traces Coney’s decline amid turbulent decades that saw urban disinvestment and renewal attempts, including the closing of its last twentieth-century amusement park, Astroland. Yet ultimately, Coney’s persistence and continued re-emergence continue to attract new visions and renewed crowds.


Past Exhibits

YDL has a long history of bringing world class exhibits to Ypsilanti. Learn about a few of our past exhibits »

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