About us:

Amber Lofty
Director

I’m a Plymouth based artist working with clay to create functional pieces. I draw inspiration from nature and the process of using a potter’s wheel. I love to create pieces that will be used and appreciated in life’s big and small moments.

After 8 years of working in studios of all kinds, I’ve found my home in at Central PARC Art Studios. Where I am the studio assistant and an instructor.

Finding a home base in Plymouth and my experience in shared studios gave me the inspiration to create the Plymouth Artist Collective. I wanted to create a place where artists could create their own work while interacting with each other and sharing ideas.

It’s amazing what happens when artists come together in community and creativity.

loftyamber@gmail.com
Instagram: @amberlofty
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Alessandra Lipman
Resident Artist

I am a mixed media artist, working primarily with fused fabric collage. My focus is mainly on figurative art, and I am fascinated by ephemera from the past, miniatures, dolls and assemblage.

I am a 1991 graduate of the University of Michigan School of Art + Design.

Instagram: @melmorestreetstudio
Email: alipman68@gmail.com

 
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Amy Fell
Resident Artist

Amy Fell is a contemporary realist oil painter with a particular fondness for presenting her work in large scale presentation, although she offers many of her pieces in life scale presentation as well. You can find her happily working out of her studio located at the Plymouth Artist Collective.

Fell chooses the subjects she does to connect with people. She is particularly drawn to iconic imagery from American Life and finds everyday objects we take for granted to be rich in character, history and beauty. These objects include beat up baseballs, gumball machines, rotary dial phones and squirt guns.

Fell has participated in countless juried shows in the Detroit area, receiving numerous awards for her work. She has also been honored to be invited to participate in many group shows as well as presenting several solo shows, at venues including the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center and The University of Michigan Hospital. She is currently represented by The Northville Gallery (Northville, Michigan) and The Button Gallery (Douglass, Michigan).

Visit  AmyFellArt.com to learn more about Fell and her work.

 
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Joan Witte
Resident Artist

The work of developing oil painter, Joan Witte, straddles the abstract and expressionist genres.  Her main influences are Picasso, Mark Rothko, Georgia O’Keefe, Matisse, Salvador Dali, and Diego Rivera. Similar to the abstract expressionists, her paintings, while more representational in style, express the subconscious and/or life experiences in a non-traditional way. Heavily influenced by her rural Michigan upbringing, her forms are rooted in nature and science.

 As a child growing up on a farm in southeast Michigan, she was preoccupied with art before she started kindergarten. In school, her classroom notes were involved doodles sparsely sprinkled with words. Her bedroom walls were her palette and set the stage for a preference for painting large-scale pieces.

 Life choices steered Witte away from art towards a career as a public relations professional. After 34 years of working with words, she recently embarked on her career in art. She received her early training at community colleges and Eastern Michigan University. She continues to pursue her education today through art centers and fellow artists. 

Instagram: @jlwitte

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Tessa Smith
Resident Artist

Tessa Smith is a sculptor and mixed media artist based in Metro Detroit, MI. Creating whimsical and surreal art with dark voids that have absorbed the light, she finds inspiration in bioluminescent creatures that thrive in darkness. These concepts explore ideas of how we perceive reality as well as places that are unexplored.

Since graduating in 2016 from Eastern Michigan University with a BFA in Sculpture, Tessa has participated in multiple exhibitions such as "Harmony" exhibition at Tangent Gallery in Detroit, MI (2018) as well as the “Plein Air” exhibition at the Scarab Club in Detroit, MI (2017) and continues to be actively involved with the art community that is located in Metro Detroit.

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Instagram: @tessasmithart
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Dara Thomson
Resident Artist

Dara's artistic pursuits developed from a passion for exploring design through the art of visual storytelling and a love of nurturing connections and community. As a young child she was fascinated by storytelling and how creative expression could be used to enrich it while building connections and a lasting impression. Along with learning about the power of imagery, she was intrigued by how the storyteller revealed their own unique style and artistry through their interpretation of it. Art captivated her and continues to with how it interweaves into communication and connection especially within the ever evolving world of tech and social media. 

After a career working in fashion and fine jewelry design, along with marketing, she continued developing her artistic style and working towards being involved in projects that help to better communities and the environment. Within Honeycomb Art Design, she has the pleasure of sharing her personal illustrations and visual stories, along with finding a creative way to give back to community causes.

Her greatest motivation is not only to honor her own artist's voice but to encourage others to explore and share theirs as well, which led to the development of a STEAM inspired educational program, Makers 'N Shakers. Through creativity, communication, and understanding she believes that community connections can be deepened and lead to greater progress.

Are you an artist looking for a studio?

Currently, all studios have been leased. Please contact us to be put on the waiting list. Semi private 100 square foot studios with high ceilings and cement floors. Please contact plymouthartistcollective@gmail.com or call 734-335-8759 to apply.