Straight Up will be switching things up this summer! We'll be popping in three locations in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, showcasing three artists, featuring live DJ performances, and free art-making workshops.
PART 1 of our Straight Up Summer Fling series happens on Wednesday, June 27 from 7 PM to 10 PM at Ann Arbor Distilling Company. Attendees receive 10% off any bottle all night! Just mention this deal to your server in the Tasting Room. We'll be featuring local artist, Ellen Sherman!
Straight Up Summer Fling Part 1 Featured Artist: Ellen Sherman
Ellen Sherman grew up in a small town in southeast Michigan. She spent most of her time outside, drawing and painting the flora and fauna of Mid-Michigan. Ellen began her education at Arizona State University in 2003 and subsequently fell in love with the American Southwest. She transferred to Michigan State University to finish her degree and graduated in 2008 with a BFA in Studio Art. In spring of that year she moved to Miami, Florida where she helped co-found and artistically direct ChickenBrick Studios; one of the first game dev studios devoted solely to mobile. In 2011 she left that position to pursue a full-time career as a fine artist. In early 2017 Michigan called Ellen and her husband back home where she now works out of her studio in Ann Arbor. Ellen is inspired by the colors of the natural world, her travels (taking her all over Europe, South America, Thailand and Japan) and a deep love of myth, folklore and Sci-Fi.
"In my work I seek to examine our relationship with nature. With what we see and can touch and record - but also the intangible; fractals of remembered landscapes, the ebb and flow of river beds long dry. My process is intuitive and gestural - a balance between planned and unplanned elements where I seek to impart a sense of quiet discovery to the viewer. Using colors and movement found in my environment it is my intent to explore and extrapolate on the spirit of these, creating work that echoes their being but invites imagination as well."
See more of Ellen's work on her website.
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