Gallery of Royal Oak honors Cruise
August 12, 2014 - table lamp
Photo by Stephanie Preweda
If we go
• Biker/Car Night
• 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14
• The Gallery of Royal Oak
• 617 S Washington Ave., Royal Oak
• Coincides with a Woodward Dream Cruise, Aug. 14-16
• For more, call 248-545-8370 or revisit thegalleryofroyaloak.com
Turning steel into masterpieces, artist Jim Smutek of Dearborn Heights creatively transforms vehicle and motorcycle tools into home décor.
Smutek, who has been compared with a Gallery of Royal Oak for about 5 months now, was selected along with dual other artists during a Gallery to underline their work in an titular Biker/Car Night, Thursday, Aug. 14.
While not indeed a cruise-in, a gallery chose artists formed on their automotive-themed pieces to coordinate with this year’s Woodward Dream Cruise on Aug. 16. The art will sojourn on arrangement by Saturday.
Refurbishing and polishing automotive and motorcycle parts, Smutek creates industrial-looking organic and musical works in his home studio, Smutek’s Metal Art. He uses tools such as pistons, crankshafts, coils and springs that he’s collected from throw steel yards and barter meets or pulled from aged cars and trucks. From these tools he creates candleholders, repository racks, lamps, coffee tables and design frames — any domestic and one of a kind.
Another gallery artist, photographer Robert Brisson of St. Clair County, will vaunt name pieces from his automotive collection to arrangement during a Biker/Car Night event. Brisson, who late from training in 2010, is educated and has a passion for classical cars — essentially flesh cars of a 1940s-’70s.
“I’ve always desired cars and specific sum on comparison cars,” he says.
The third artist to finish a contingent is Rich Fidler, from Saline. Fidler is a lifelong gourmet of LP recordings, who appreciates not usually song though a demeanour and feel of vinyl records. Fidler repurposes them into a arrangement to tell a story.
“My framed pieces tell a story of a rope or musician,” he pronounced in a press release. “I have designed 14 styles of guitar shapes and afterwards compare a artist on a record with a figure of guitar that is played.”
Keeping a gallery’s concentration on a artists, a gallery does not need them to come in and “work a floor.” Gallery manager Tom Pearce pronounced he wants a artists to only concentration on formulating art.
The gallery, that has been open for about 8 months, works with 47 artists from all over Michigan.