The Vella Group Hosts 2nd PASC Detroit Pop-Up Gallery Exhibit Starting June 10 

by The Vella Group

Published On: June 7, 2022Categories: News

Electric Relaxation, the second of a four-part art exhibition series in the PASC Detroit Pop-Up Gallery, will open at our office on June 10 and run through July 10.

The exhibition series, part of our partnership with nonprofit Services to Enhance Potential (STEP), represents the first Detroit gallery dedicated to artists with disabilities. STEP provides supports and services to those in Wayne County with developmental and mental health needs. Each exhibit features the work of artists from STEP’s Progressive Art Studio Collective (PASC), a program that supports professional artists with disabilities.

Electric Relaxation, curated by Anita Bates and Tom Pyrzewski, artists and educators at Wayne State University, will feature the work of 15 PASC artists who use creative and often unconventional means to explore abstraction through vibrant forms and concepts. Participating artists will include: Jirard Bond, Stanley Brown, Alyse Carter, Donovan Clay, Robert Duncombe, Devontae Hampton, DeRon Hudson, Darlene Mahan, Tracy Mason, Stefan Payne, Debbie Osteen, Alsendoe Owens, Jocelyn Rice, Renee Rogan and Ray Smith.

The exhibit’s opening reception runs 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 10 (register to attend). From June 11 to July 10, the exhibit will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m, at our office on 1410 Gratiot Ave. near Eastern Market. Proceeds from art sales will be shared between the artists and PASC.

PASC Celebrates Success of First Pop-Up Exhibit, Liberty Realm

Liberty Realm, PASC Detroit’s first pop-up exhibit, opened with great success in early May — half the show’s art sold at the grand opening. The exhibit attracted more than 200 visitors during its 4-week run, giving PASC artists great visibility and well-earned recognition.

“We’re proud to partner with STEP and PASC to bring the work of these talented artists to a broader audience,” said Jim Vella, CEO and founder of The Vella Group. “It shows that when you give opportunities to folks who may not have had them otherwise, they can be very successful.”

The full exhibition series has been partially funded by a grant from the Michigan Arts and Cultural Council. Upcoming exhibits include:

  • July 15 to August 28 – Curated by Bridgett Finn, partner at Reyes/Finn Gallery
  • September 2 to 24 – Curated by Tyrrell Winston, an artist represented by Detroit’s Library Street Collective Gallery

Featured artwork: Fall Circles, 2022 by DeRon Hudson

Art Exhibit:
Electric Relaxation

Opening Reception

Friday, June 10
6 to 8 PM
Register to Attend

June 11 – July 10

Fri, Sat & Sun
1 to 6 PM

The Vella Group
1410 Gratiot Ave
Detroit, MI 48207

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