First Floor Gallery

The First Floor Gallery features works by solo artists year-round. These works are 2D, mid-sized, priced-to-sell pieces that are ideal for beginning collectors or those looking for a unique piece to adorn an office or home space.  Artists may be just starting out, mid-career or fixtures of the art community, but all have a body of work that we are excited to share with the public.

Donita Simpson – Portraiture: Detroit Area Artists

April 18 – May 16, 2014

Opening Reception Friday, April 18, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Gallery Talk Saturday, April 19, 2:00 pm

Donita Simpson - Portrait of Juana Moore

Donita Simpson – Portrait of Juana Moore

Donita Simpson’s portraits of Detroit area artists reflect her love of people, her knowledge of the area art community, and the importance she places on art and artists in the culture of Detroit and the region. For many years, Donita has made a practice of creating portraits of emerging and established artists in the area. She photographs her subjects in personal environments and private spaces, in their studios or surrounded by personal objects in their homes. The environments, combined with the way the subjects are posed, offer insight into the character of the artist.

In a personal statement, Donita says, “Portraying artists has been my focus for many years.  Questions about who makes art and why, propelled me to seek out artists and try to provide answers.  The photographic series that has materialized as a result of this motivation is both reinforcing and refreshing. I make photographs simply because I must. I find purpose and meaning in the experience, the process and the production of the photograph.”

Paint Creek Center for the Arts is proud to present a solo show of Donita’s portraits. Many of the artists depicted in these photographs have themselves exhibited their work at PCCA over the years.

Please join us in welcoming Donita Simpson at an opening reception on Friday, April 18th at 6:00 pm. We will host a gallery talk on Saturday, April 19th at 2:00 pm. The opening reception is part of the Downtown Rochester Spring Gallery Stroll. The opening reception and gallery talk are free and open to the public. Visitors will enjoy an opportunity to meet the artists and gain some insight into their works.

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