ARTISTS FEATURED THIS MONTH
Featured February Artist:
February - WEST GALLERY
VOTED DETROIT METRO TIMES BEST VISUAL ARTIST OF 2018
From working at the plant to 2018’s Detroit Metro Times Best Visual Artist, Brian “BNICK” Nickson has risen to stardom. Brian was born on the east side of Detroit and has been drawing all of his life. However, it wasn’t until recent years that he has taken the profession seriously. On January 20, 2017 on his way to work, his exhaust pipe cracked in half after asking God to give him a sign to become an artist full time. It was at that moment, Brian decided to dedicate his life to the arts.
He has been in numerous exhibitions including two solo exhibitions. Brian participated in the 2018 Palmer Park Art Fair, where he was seen on WDIV Local 4 news. He currently has artwork in the collections of Judge Deborah G. Bledsoe Ford, Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah, Joseph McFashion, and more. His work has been nationally recognized by writer, director, and lead actress of FX series “Better Things” Pamela Adlon. Brian has been a sponsor for the Golden Future Foundation, Ezekiel Ansah Foundation and he has been a foster volunteer partnered with the Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue. He currently has work installed on both floors at five star restaurant Brome Modern Eatery in the downtown Detroit area. Brian seeks to inspire young artists around the world.
Featured February Artists:
Katie Albano & Elizabeth Martin
Katie Albano is 25 years old, she lives with her parents in Bloomfield Hills with her parents and her three siblings. Katie was born with severe heart anomalies, is developmentally delayed, and has a seizure disorder. Katie enjoys art and music, she attends Dutton School in Rochester, works at the Royal Park Hotel, and also spends time at the Art Experience in Pontiac where she enjoys creating her artwork.
Elizabeth Ann Martin was born on July 3, 1983. Diagnosed at birth with a rare genetic disability that affects her language, fine motor and gross motor skills. Elizabeth has had years of speech, occupational, and physical therapy to assist in the development of her skills. She began her art career with visionary teachers who supported her full participation in the general education environment. These dynamic teachers saw in Elizabeth a talent, ability and desire. Elizabeth participated in several art programs taught by artist mentors of various disabilities. This experience led to years of support and art programs at The Art Experience and at Birmingham Bloomfield Art Association. Elizabeth is currently enrolled in the Ceramics program at Oakland Community College and has started her own business, Elegant Design by Elizabeth. She also sells at various shops within her community.