Culture comes to Milan with pop-up art show gala


By Joyce Ervin

Art lovers enjoyed the opening gala at Gallery 36, home now to many local artists, who held a pop-up art show recently and packed the house. The event was hosted by Laila Kujala, a local artist.
For the inaugural showing, artists were on hand to explain their work and inspirations for particular pieces.  There was a variety of art forms to include paintings, sculptures and mixed medium pieces, such as the unusual piece purchased by Tami and Mike Langenright created by artist Sally Silvennoinen.
The couple debated between two pieces and settled on Silvennoinen’s nature-inspired piece.  The mixed-medium piece carried a nature theme with organic items placed on a background of recycled paper that overlaid a map on the inside of a small drawer. The couple purchased the creation for their home library.
Kujala was pleased with the opening turnout, but said they would love to welcome more local artists. Opening hours of operation will be Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Fridays from 4 to 8 p.m., with many other events and meetings taking place at the venue.
The gallery, she said, will be home to art classes, book readings, poetry nights, writer’s groups, Milan Arts Council meetings and movie nights.  Recently, local artist and author, Sharon Linden, discussed and read excerpts from her book, “Fenton’s Death”.  Henna artist Lisse Williams did henna painting.
The group will be offering on Friday, Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. a fitted sheet folding workshop, on Friday, Oct.14 at 7:30 p.m. a film titled “The Perfect Cappuccino” sponsored by Milan Coffee Work will be shown and on Oct. 21 at 8 p.m. readings of original works by local authors will be presented based on artwork that is displayed in gallery.
Kujala said it is hoped the gallery can become a permanent co-op gallery in the near future.  For now, she is pleased with the enthusiasm shown by the community saying, “What a great opening party it was.”
The gallery is located at 36 E. Main Street.  For more information or to arrange to display your work, visit Kujala’s website atwww.lailakujala.com or call 734-834-4857.

Joyce Ervin is a freelance writer reporting on Milan.  She can be contacted at:  jlervin42 [at] yahoo [dot] com.