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Art & Soul: The Visual Arts - A New Gallery Opens In Ann Arbor With A Celebration Of Love

Guild of Artists and Artisans

The visual arts scene is a vital part of the Washtenaw County community.  In this edition of "Art and Soul," WEMU’s Lisa Barry and state and local arts leader Omari Rush talk to Elizabeth Youngs about the new Gutman Gallery opening in Ann Arbor.

Omari Rush
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(From L to R) Elizabeth Youngs, Omari Rush, and Lisa Barry at the WEMU studio.


The Guild of Artists & Artisans is a non-profit, membership association of independent artists founded in 1970 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Its mission is to develop and present art fairs to provide marketing opportunities for its members which also serve as educational, cultural and entertaining events for the community.  The Guild draws upon its talented, exclusive and diverse membership to exhibit and sell their work at these events.  Each member artist is juried through The Guild’s rigorous standards process, which ensures exceptional creativity and technical skill.


The Guild of Artists & Artisans invites the public to celebrate and experience Gutman Gallery’s inaugural exhibition, Amor: Looking Through the Eyes of Love, with a grand opening on Valentine’s Day, February 14, from 6-9pm.  Visitors can shop for unique works of art featured in this month’s exhibition and in the Gallery Shop while enjoying light refreshments and sweets from several local partners including, but not limited to: Sweet Heather Anne, Wingman Water, and Mighty Good Coffee!  The event makes a perfect addition to your Valentine’s Day plans!

The Gutman Gallery is located on 118 N. Fourth Ave. in Downtown Ann Arbor.  We hope to see you there!

You can follow the Gutman Gallery on Facebook here and get all the details on the opening here.


  • "Embrace: The Black Experience"--A new exhibition at the Riverside Arts Center.  Now through February 28th.  Gallery events are FREE, but donations are encouraged.
  • "Witness Lab" at UMMA (February 15th-May 17th): Designed as a courtroom installation and a performance series by Roman J. Witt Artist in Residence Courtney McClellan, Witness Lab frames witnessing as a social and artistic act.  McClellan will hold an artist talk on February 17th.
  • Cultural Advocacy Network (CAN)provides information on potential cuts to public broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in the FY 2020-21 federal budget.  You can also find CAN on Facebook.

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu

Lisa Barry was a reporter, and host of All Things Considered on 89.1 WEMU.
Omari Rush has a continually expanding role of service as both an artistic administrator and community leader, in part through his work as curator of public programs at the Ann Arbor Art Center.
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