Art & Cultural Exhibits, Festivals and Performing Arts
Area libraries, galleries, The Opera House, and other venues offer changing exhibits and events in a variety of mediums. Several organizations provide ample opportunities to partake in plays, concerts and other events. The most current and comprehensive list can be found here: Winter & Spring Brochure | Summer & Fall Brochure
List of art galleries can be found here: Brighton Dowtown Development Authority | Brighton Principle Shopping District
The Arthur Secunda Museum at Cleary University
Cleary University Campus
3750 Cleary Drive
Howell, IM 48843
Hours: Monday – Thursday 9am to 6pm. Alternative days and times may be available by advance arrangement. The facilities may be rented for special events. Catering services are available.
Admission: Free. Please contact the Museum in advance when bringing large groups. Special arrangements for your guests can be made by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arthur Secunda is an internationally renowned artist whose art career began in Detroit, Michigan more than 65 years ago. His one-man shows have been seen in numerous galleries and museums in Europe, North America and Asia.
Known for his brilliant collages and striking graphics, Secunda has mastered almost all media, including making his own paper in France and Japan. His impressive body of work includes painting, mixed media, polyester assemblage, ceramics and welded sculpture. His imagery ranges from figurative and hard-edge to jazz and the Bible. He is known, however, primarily for his iconic landscapes of the late 1970s and 1980s, which incorporate a specific kind of color gradation and blending of forms.
Secunda is represented in most major museums, including the National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA, the National Gallery of Australia; Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France; and the National Museum, Stockholm, Sweden.
Brighton Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit
Throughout Downtown Brighton Area
Hours: Year round outdoor exhibit. Maps to the sculptures are available at City Hall Monday – Friday 8am-5pm, Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce, and City of Brighton’s Arts Culture & History Center in downtown Brighton.
This intriguing display of over 30 outdoor sculptures by Michigan (or former Michigan) artists was the brainchild of resident artist John Sauve. John convinced then Mayor Kate Lawrence that public art could be used as an economic development tool. Mayor Lawrence appointed the Mayor’s Commission on Art in Public Places (MACAPP) and the work began to make this engaging artistic exhibit a reality. Now the Brighton Arts and Culture Commission (BACC) is in charge of coordinating with reviewing rotating exhibits.
The stories behind the sculptures often are as interesting as the sculptures themselves, such as how a local boy who happens to be autistic connected with the sculptures as depicted in the video link below. Or how the BACC was able to leverage its limited budget by procuring grants to purchase some of the permanent pieces. You will find more background information about the artists at the website listed above.
This fabulous exhibit is a great example of successful public and private collaboration between the city, the state’s Michigan Economical Development Corporation, residents, volunteers, and artists.
To arrange a guided group tour of Brighton’s Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit, call the “Sculpture Lady” at the number listed above.
Downtown Howell Outdoor Public Art
Downtown Development Authority
Located near the corner of Sibley and Michigan Ave in Howell
The Spirit of Howell
The Spirit of Howell outdoor slumped glass panels sculpture is a series of glass panels by Jessica Tokman that pay homage to Howell’s rich history and traditions. Panels feature the Howell Melon Festival, Michigan Challenge Balloonfest, Sunday Farmer’s Market, and Court House Lawn Concerts. The artist, an Urban Revitalization 3.0 Grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, a corporate donation from Hubble, Roth & Clark, Inc., and the Downtown Development Authority formed a collaboration that resulted in this gift to our community of a beautiful signature art installation.
Native American Bent Limb Topiary Sculpture
This sculpture is inspired by the “Indian Trail Tree” formerly located on Wetmore Street in northwest Howell. In the early 1800’s, the Pottawatomie Indians planted and hand-bent the tree limbs in the direction of “The Grand River Trail” a commonly used pathway to guide reference food, water, and safe travel. The artist Carl Goines, donated countless hours to create this work of art.
Studio West Gallery
111 South West Street
Brighton, MI 48116
Studio West Gallery is “Art with a Heart” which allows individuals with disabilities and other community members to come together and express their artistic abilities. By creating art work in a multitude of media, these artists take pride in displaying and selling their work. The gallery is operated by the non-profit Work Skills Corporation (WSC) whose mission is to “optimize human potential” and provide jobs to people with barriers to employment.
At this gallery, artists of all ages have a chance to channel their inner creativity with a variety of hands-on workshops and classes for every age group. Children can create art from melted crayons, make edible cake pops, or holiday gifts. Ladies can plan a “girl’s night out” and bring adult beverages and snacks to enjoy while making jewelry, a centerpiece for your dinner table, or painting your own masterpiece. Proceeds from these workshops allow the gallery and WSC to continue their admirable mission.
Oaken Transformations Sculpture & Poetry Walk
6893 Grand River Rd.
Brighton, MI 48114
Oaken Transformations Sculpture & Poetry Walk is an out-of-doors art tour, free to the public, dedicated to showcasing work by talented poets and artists with ties to the state of Michigan. Part nature walk, part meditative footpath, part art installation, the tour presents a unique physical space for poetry and a serene setting for sculptural work on consignment. Located in Brighton, Michigan, Oaken Transformations is invested in broadening an already growing arts community in Southeast Michigan.
The art walk features renowned sculpture and juried poetry on a half-mile, gently wooded trail in Brighton, Michigan. We have woods and meadows and wetlands and all the nuance in between that could be said to represent post-glacial / post-industrial / southeastern Michigan woodland & with remnants of the rural: in these we begin to explore the many ironies and multi-faceted expressions of the state. If you lower your head to the ground you'll hear an old, strong, wet & windy pulse.
Most of the sculptures here are on consignment, on year-long installations, while the poetry will remain indefinitely.
We are a public art walk open every weekday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. We do not charge admission.
The Oaken Transformations Sculpture & Poetry Walk is generously funded by Dr. Fredric Bonine. Special thanks to the Suave Art Foundation, which has also provided much support and wisdom in helping to initially establish Oaken Transformations.