Family Art Night: Tyree Guyton


Friday, April 19
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM


Old Art Building


Tracy from Tearwater T



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Family Art Night is an evening of process-art designed to be enjoyed by the whole family. Join other families for an evening of learning and creating. This monthly program is focused on cultivating creative relationships with your family and community. April’s Family Art Night centers on the celebration of Earth Day and is inspired by the art of Detroit born artist, Tyree Guyton.

Tyree Guyton is an American Neo-Expressionist artist who is a proponent of graffiti art and urban environmental art. He has waged a personal war on urban blight on Detroit's East Side, transforming his childhood neighborhood into a living indoor/outdoor art museum which became known as the Heidelberg Project. The mission of the Heidelberg Project is to transform the lives of people and neighborhoods through art.

Encouraged by his grandfather, young Tyree learned to reuse items others had discarded by transforming them into art—otherwise known as “Magic Trash.” As an adult, Guyton spent time in the US Army, automobile industry, and became a firefighter, but he eventually found his way back to his calling of being an artist. An essential component to Guyton’s work is his commitment to social change. Tyree’s art is featured in the Detroit Institute of Arts, the University of Michigan Museum of Art, the Studio Museum of Harlem and many others. During this family night, participants will get an opportunity to turn our own community’s discarded items into works of art (Magic Trash) to take home.


Meet Tracy

Tracy Smedes-Hepler holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education with 13 years experience as a preschool teacher at the Leelanau Children’s Center. She has been a mother and nanny for over 22 years! Her love of the arts and creativity inspired her to launch an arts exploration business, Tearwater T, which aims to provide art programming to local children. After a successful first summer, she is excited to re-engage with the youth in her community this school year as a creativity mentor and process-arts teacher at OAB.

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