Artwork by Ellen Stone

The occasion attributes the for-sale do the job of 10 achieved metro artists and features expressionistic and “funky figure” paintings by Ellen Stone, who impulsively began self-expression through artwork eight a long time ago.

Ellen Stone defines her West Bloomfield home as far more of an artwork gallery than a home. 

Her partitions are lined with gathered is effective by well known artists and involve all those with Jewish heritage, this sort of as Peter Max, Yaacov Agam and Max Fleischer. Concerning parts of purposeful home furnishings, there are 3-dimensional artworks that distract from standard seating and accents.

On her approximately a single acre of land, she has arranged far more artistry as a result of the purely natural elegance of plant lifetime and landscaping joined with man- and woman-produced creative imagination as expressed via sculptured structures. Stone describes her garden as a sculpture park, and even her mailbox has colour and an imaginative style.

Ellen Stone
Ellen Stone

Although trained as a psychotherapist at the College of Michigan and sustaining a private exercise in an office environment in the exact same metropolis as her household, Stone has entered the entire world of originating her possess expressionist paintings. She displays her initiatives along with the other folks. 

To rejoice the opening of personal and community areas as pandemic isolation attracts down, Stone is opening her yard and household for the first time to present an artwork demonstrate and sale — Artwork in the Backyard — to advantage the Mint Artists Guild, a nonprofit Detroit group that aids rising teenager artists develop their impressive skills and advertising abilities.

The function, which runs 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12, capabilities the for-sale operate of 10 attained metro artists and includes expressionistic and “funky figure” paintings by Stone, who impulsively commenced self-expression by means of artwork eight many years in the past.

With the large range of backyard house, artists will be put in their specific sections distanced from just one an additional, all jointly decided on by Stone and co-chair Kelly O’Neill, a sculptor who adds glass and clay accents to metal and also serves as a Mint board member.

“I begun portray on a whim,” Stone said. “I stay on a dead-stop street, and all the minimal children would journey their bikes and enjoy me paint. In excess of time, they would say it’s having better. I took my initially class by way of the Birmingham Bloomfield Artwork Centre (BBAC) — an abstract art course — past yr. We usually want to retain undertaking much better.”

Amid the artists showcasing their function will be Meaghan Blankenship (acrylic and watercolor paintings), Donald Calloway (combined media paintings and sculpture), Joe Lamontagne (metallic sculpture), Priscilla Phifer (acrylic paintings), Richard Phillips (watercolor paintings), Paul Robertson (digital paintings) and Charlene Uresy (painted furnishings).

Artwork by Kelly O’Neill
Artwork by Kelly O’Neill

By way of entertainment, Scott McDuffie will be collaborating in general performance art as he showcases his system of building summary acrylic paintings to songs accompaniment.

“There’s a Detroit local community of artists, and I’m familiar with their operate,” explained Stone, who has attended products and services at Temple Beth El. “I thought this team would be assorted and necessary no competitors. They ended up all happy to take part, and each is displaying at the very least 10 is effective.”

There also will be a part where Mint individuals will be providing greeting playing cards and original artwork by system individuals. 

“I chose Mint to reward simply because I volunteer for the group,” Stone reported. “I donate my canvases, and I consider portion in fundraising events that they sponsor.”

In endorsing arts education plans and artist displays in several artwork displays, Mint focuses on youth development, entrepreneurship and group services and collaboration. Programming is divided amongst the categories of Study & Earn, Summer time Resourceful Jobs and Paint Detroit with Generosity. 

“Ellen has some individual patio spots where artists will be put to examine their operate,” reported O’Neill, whose personal sculptures are modern and use recycled metal. 

There is no demand for this occasion. Men and women touring the property will be escorted in teams by their hostess, who will be offering track record facts on person artworks and answering customer queries. 


Artwork in the Garden operates 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12, in West Bloomfield. No cost Mint Guild donations are welcome. To sign up, go to For information, connect with (248) 661-2498.