$35 per person, includes all materials
Come meet your Neighborhood Artist Jenn Carson—illustrator, children's book author and textile artist—and enjoy a family friendly afternoon learning how to work with wool.
Learn the basics of sewing with felt as you create your own, unique faerie pin. You'll draw your own pattern (don't worry, you don't have to know how to draw) transfer it to your material, learn to stuff tiny parts, and embellish to your hearts content!
$18 per person
$30 per couple
Includes delicious wassail and seasonal edibles!
Come Dancing at the Art Kettle with the Vintage Brass Band Dodworth Saxhorn Band!
Welcome the Season with historic dance demonstration, music and participation. Vintage dress encouraged!
In keeping with its living history origins, the DSB uses only brass and percussion instruments that were built in the 1800s. The antique horns are conical-bore instruments commonly called "saxhorns". These handmade saxhorns are pitched higher than modern 21st Century brass instruments and produce a uniquely mellow tone. This class of brass instruments was invented in the early 1800s by Belgian instrument maker, Adolph Sax.
The band performs 19th century music including compositions and arrangements from the Smithsonian Institute, the Library of Congress, private collections and university libraries as well as a few new arrangements by musicologists who are experts in 19th Century brass band style and instrumentation. Our library contains nearly 230 arrangements.
Carol Morris has Masters degree from MSU in creative writing, and her poetry has published with Minnesota and MSU presses, and Pudding Press in Ohio. She has many publications in literary journals as well as audio recordings with accompanying original music.
About 20 years ago, she switched her energies to visual art and actively exhibited locally and nationally. She is now returning to writing in a new way, enjoying a path inclusive of nature and spirituality, in dramatic contrast to her earlier body of poems which are personal narratives about romance, divorce, fertility, childhood abuse, aging.
lisa eddy is a writer, musician, teacher, and scholar. Her academic writing has appeared in English Journal, eMuse, Language Arts Journal of MI, PMLA, and CT Reading Association journal. Find her education blog at: https://citizenteacher.wordpress.com
What does it mean to be a woman, in this time, in this place? Through various written pieces, lisa examines the experiences and ideas that have shaped her perspective on being a woman in SE lower Michigan for half a century.
Free and open to the public.
From Bourbon Street to Main Street, things are heating up at the Art Kettle! Perk up your musical morning with an impromptu Cajun Jam featuring Manchester’s own Mark Palms and guest artist Marshall Baker – all the way from New Orleans! Baker’s father taught him to play the fiddle when he was only 6 and he hasn’t stopped playing since. Bring your instrument, or simply your enthusiasm, for this spicy impromptu session!
“Kubat has a rippling voice, a ringing guitar style, melodies that linger, and lyrics that echo”
— Performing Songwriter Magazine
Detroit Music Award winning singer/songwriter Audra Kubat has released 6 albums to critical acclaim in a career that spans over 20 years. A composer, performer, and educator, Kubat’s work has earned her a place in the community as a resource for empowerment through songwriting and music.
Come listen as Audra responds improvisationally to the artwork on display at Dear Womanhouse.
Free and open to the public.
The Art Kettle is pleased to host Detroit artist Donna Jackson presenting “Colorful Women” in conjunction with its current exhibition, Dear Womanhouse, What Now? is up until Friday Nov 16th.
“Colorful Women” is a series of illustrations, writings, and paintings which open viewers eyes to another type of feminine beauty – beyond the curves, clothes, makeup and hair. This beauty comes from the colorful nuances of women’s personalities, emotions, and experiences. Jackson is currently developing an illustrated series of a thousand 3×3 cards, depicting women portraits, bodies and words. The small and detailed mixed media pieces create an intimate relationship between the artist and the viewer, displaying women in the only way they should be experienced; up close and personal.
Jackson develops community-based art projects and exhibitions. Founder of DMJStudio, a creative studio devoted to developing art projects that strengthen and beautify communities, she consults with libraries, galleries and artists to cultivate brand identities.
Folk siren Abigail Stauffer turns the language of acoustic, pop, and neo-soul music into an irresistible invitation to heal and be healed. Every song is a captivating showcase of confidence and vulnerability, crafting a balance of pain, hope, and joy.
Her music and live performances evoke so much emotion, it's hard to believe each song isn't specifically about you. Finally, an artist who writes about the things that really matter; Abigail will warm your heart and serenade your soul.
As part of the Sonic Saturdays project, Abigail will be responding improvisationally to the artwork in the Dear Womanhouse exhibit. Come witness the creative process in action!
Join Manchester resident Lisa Barley in an energy healing session featuring the resonance of the gong. This ancient instrument conveys feminine and masculine energies, offering healing down to our DNA. The gong's soothing frequencies penetrate into the core molecular structure of our DNA, invoking a profound state of healing and rejuvenation.
Lisa asks that all attending offer a monetary donation in exchange for the gong bath (no water of course) and that all the proceeds go to the Art Kettle to support future art exhibitions.