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Gallery Talks Feature Detroit Artists and their Works

Friday, July 18, 2003

The DIA and the Arts League of Michigan Present Lectures by two Detroit Artists – Allie McGhee and Charles McGee.

Two lectures / picnic supper events by Detroit-based artists Allie McGhee and Charles McGee.

Allie McGee - Friday, June 20, 7 p.m., Charles McGee – Friday, July 18, 7 p.m.

The Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit;
Picnic Suppers at 6 p.m. on the DIA lawn near the Kirby entrance (weather permitting); Lectures at 7 p.m. in the S.S. Kresge Reception Area.

$22.00 per person. To reserve your tickets, please call: the Arts League of Michigan – 313.870.1680 / DIA – 313.833.4005.

In conjunction with the exhibition Then and Now: A Selection of 19th- and 20th-Century Art by African American Artist, Detroit artists Allie McGhee and Charles McGee conduct lectures on their art within the context of their careers, revealing the artistic interests that led to their works represented in the exhibition.


Allie McGhee
Artist Allie McGhee is known for his large expressive paintings in which he often combines colors inspired by nature with symbolic forms and shapes to convey ideas about harmony in the universe. He continues his exploration of science and spirituality in his latest works, drawing parallels between the two. McGhee, whose works can be found in international collections, is a native of Charleston, West Virginia, and holds degrees from Ferris College (now Ferris State College), Big Rapids, Michigan and Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti.

Charles McGee
Charles McGee has alternated between figurative and abstract art in his more than 40 years as an artist. His mixed-media paintings, collages, and assemblages express his belief in equality and community among all living things and matter. Born in Clemson, South Carolina, McGee studied at the Society of Arts and Crafts (now the College for Creative Studies) in Detroit and the School of Graphics and Escuela Massana, both located in Barcelona, Spain. He retired from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti as associate professor of art emeritus in 1987.

Then and Now is on view now through fall 2003 and is free with museum admission.

The Detroit Institute of Arts is located at 5200 Woodward Avenue. Museum hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Fridays 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Suggested admission is $4 adults, $1 children and free for members. For more information, contact the DIA at 313-833-7900 or visit the Web site at Programs are made possible with support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the City of Detroit.