2021 Art On the Ave

For more than a century Detroit’s Avenue of Fashion has represented a great history for a great city. 

This arts-inspired community, like many Detroit communities, has experienced its struggles for survival.

The Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC), Hatch Detroit, the Detroit Creative Design Center, and the Livernois Avenue of Fashion Business Association, together are revitalizing and restoring the district to the splendor it once had as a hub for retail shopping, dining, fine arts, and craft activities.

Recently, many small business owners have started reinvesting in the community. These cornerstone businesses include Jo’s Gallery, Good Times On The Ave, Sherwood Forest Art Gallery, Eric’s I’ve Been Framed, and Simply Casual clothing store, all prominent venues in the area over many years.

As part of the community revitalization efforts, Livernois Alliance is supporting these activities with a spectacular arts-inspired, one-day event, in conjunction with the September Detroit Month of Design, planned on the Avenue of Fashion. 

Art on the Ave highlights a collaboration of Fine Art galleries and businesses on Livernois between Six and Eight Mile roads joining together to support and reinvigorate art awareness along the famed shopping strip.

The one-day event includes:.

Saturday,  - Gallery Crawl Day 12 p.m to 6 pm.

Join us for Art on the Avenue 2021! It will be occurring on Saturday, September 25, 2021, from noon to 6:00 PM on Livernois’ Avenue of Fashion. This year’s event will take place in the form of an open house shop and stroll experience. Walk the streets of Livernois and go from business to business to meet and mingle with the amazing business owners and their staff. Bring your friends and families out to support the black-owned businesses on Livernois’ Avenue of Fashion. 

Participating galleries businesses include:

AKOMA: Akoma is an art gallery owned by Mandisa Smith. It operates as a cooperative for Detroit artists of color, specifically women artists. It is a space for women artists to thrive, find community, and advance their careers in the arts.

Art in Motion: Art in Motion is a ceramic studio and art gallery owned by Kay Willingham. They display ceramic art as well as host family-friendly workshops, parties, and classes for all-ages to learn how to create beautiful ceramic art. 

Felle Gallery: Felle Gallery is an art gallery operated by Felle. It carries a large array of contemporary perfectly suited for home and office spaces. They also offer artist management, art courses, and fabulous paint parties.

Jo’s Gallery: A 25-year veteran second-generation business opened in 1996 by JoAnn Griffin. Since 2012, it has been led by her daughter Garnette Archer. Jo’s Gallery specializes in contemporary African-American Art primarily created by local Detroit artists, African artifacts, giftware, handmade jewelry, and custom picture framing. She is also the founder of Livernois Alliance a non-profit focus on building art awareness in the Livernois corridor. 

Love Travel Imports: Love Travel Imports is an artisan goods store founded by Yvette Jenkins. They offer high-quality goods that hail from South Africa, Guatemala, Haiti, and Peru to a curation destination of Detroit, Michigan.
Sherwood Forest Art Gallery: Sherwood Forest Art Gallery is a 14-year veteran business owned by father and son team Toney Hughes Sr. and Toney Hughes Jr. They specialize in contemporary art, custom framing, photo restoration, and graphic design for custom artwork.