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Friday, May 27 • 3:00pm - 5:00pm
The Story Behind The Art: Storytelling with North End Studios

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Join artists from North End Studios and learn the story behind one of Detroit’s most infamous artist spaces!

Northend Studios opened it’s doors in 2009 to the city of Detroit the studio became a positive creative force with in the growing Northend neighborhood. Collaboration is an important part of Northend Studios it is the collective of artist’s that produces events, studio space and gallery exhibitions. The studio is dedicated to providing opportunity’s to local, national and international artist in southeast Michigan. The studio cooperative invests in Detroit property that sustains art productivity for groups an individuals. The studio is an outlet for creative expression that provides a Gallery, Artist Residency, performance venue, events and promotion. Working with the community on public art projects, Northend Studios is an economy for the working artist. Public art is apart of the NES mission in Detroit from murals, social sculpture, gardens, and architecture. The studio is a space to encourage the artist and proved support for the create entrepreneur. From funding events, gallery exhibitions and public art the studio has received notable attention and continues to grow. Northend Studios is committed to Detroit and the working artist, we support youth culture and have invested in the success of our affiliates artist’s musicians performer’s an attendees. Northend Studios is dedicated to our mission as an experimental art studio in Detroit.

ARTISTS:

ASIA HAMILTON:
Photography is not just Asia Hamilton’s passion; she uses her lens to examine the world, to connect with people of diverse backgrounds and to highlight the people, projects and places she loves. “I see Detroit as my muse,” said Hamilton, who has a fine-art photography degree from Columbia College Chicago. Her ability to see what lies under the surface and find every subject’s core beauty began in high school, when Asia participated in “Focus on the Mission,” a photography project with Focus:Hope that allowed her to explore every part of the city. As a professional photographer, Hamilton has shot everyone from Lil’ Wayne to special projects for Ford Motor Co. to African American portraiture. She’s freelanced for the Detroit Free PressDetroit NewsAmbassador MagHour Magazine and many more.

She is the owner and creator of Nozomi Live photography & design, the company behind the face and brand of local businesses such as Detroit Snob, LIV Resto lounge and Heroes’ Alliance. Her most current project, “Abstracts 313,” uses textures of Detroit’s abandon spaces to create photographs that resemble abstract paintings. Hamilton also is founder of Photo Sensei photography tours and workshops, a business that provides easy and fun ways of learning photography while touring some of the worlds most exciting places. Hamilton often finds her texture photographs on these photography tours. Photo Sensei classes take place in Detroit, Dallas, Chicago and now San Diego but her most popular and favorite classes are right here in Detroit. “People all over the world see such horrible things about Detroit,” Hamilton said. “I’ve discovered some of the most beautiful places that I haven’t found in other cities. Detroit inspire a lot of things. We inspire good music. We inspire a strong work ethic. Detroit sets the trends and inspire people. I’ve lived in a lot of places but there’s just no place like home.”

For more information about Asia please go to her websites:
www.asiahamilton.photography
www.photosensei.net



KATIE HAWLEY:
Katie moved to Michigan over a decade ago, searching for her roots as she was born in Michigan but adopted and raised in sunny Arizona and Southern California. There she embraced the outdoors and studied child development, art, and psychology. Drawing and painting since she was 2 years old, she decided to further her education at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit.Graphic design was her first choice at CCS, but after three years of doing graphic design, she changed her major multiple times and fell in love with every aspect of fine art with a concentration in art therapy.

Upon graduating in 2009 with honors, she was selected by her peers and professors and honored with the Senior Selection Award of Excellence in Fine Art. Her work is on display in CCS’ fine art permanent collection.She has continued to focus on communities in Detroit. She was involved in the “Illuminated Mural” project on East Grand Boulevard. During this time a group of friends and colleagues developed a studio and gallery event space run by artists to give a voice to emerging artists of all flavors and ages, as well as studio space to work. As a result of this effort, she co-founded North End Studios Collective LLC.

She continues to be an active artist collaborating and curating with NES and doing large abstract collages, resin paintings, and installations while raising her daughter and working full time. She’s also a creative art coordinator for a vocational training program in Troy called Therapeutic Rehabilitation Universal.

As a studio artist, she is drawn toward large-scale resin pouring and high energy abstract painting. Hawley is deep thinker on the human condition and likes to give the audience an experience that can be positive, creating good conversations and building a connection with the viewer. She loves conceptual mixed media, collage, found object, installations, sound, photography, and graphic design. She collaborates and curates in local and international shows and publications: Navel, Detroit Artist Market, Motor City Blog, Art Space, College for Creative Studies, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Art Prize “Lets Talk About Love Baby,” a traveling library show, Detroit Design Festival, and Windsor Jewish Federation. She also donates works to charities such as Plant with a Purpose, in San Diego, Calif., and other nonprofit organizations.

 

For more information about Katie Hawley’s artwork, please visit:
www.katiehawley.net

 


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Asia Hamilton

owner, photo sensei
Photography is not just Asia Hamilton’s passion; she uses her lens to examine the world, to connect with people of diverse backgrounds and to highlight the people, projects and places she loves. “I see Detroit as my muse,” said Hamilton, who has a fine-art photography degree from Columbia College Chicago. Her ability to see what lies under the surface and find every subject’s core beauty began in high school, when Asia participated in... Read More →
avatar for Katie Hawley

Katie Hawley

Katie moved to Michigan over a decade ago, searching for her roots as she was born in Michigan but adopted and raised in sunny Arizona and Southern California. There she embraced the outdoors and studied child development, art, and psychology. Drawing and painting since she was 2 years old, she decided to further her education at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. | | Graphic design was her first choice at CCS, but after three years of... Read More →