First Historical Publication

September 17, 1992

First Historical Publication

“The Grosse Pointe Artists Association: Over Half a Century of Artistic Excellence in the Community” by Thomas W. Brunk.  1992. Pointe Printing, Inc., Grosse Pointe.  500 copies

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GPAA logo design

September 17, 1981

GPAA logo design

Following a call for a logo design, the association approved Edna Bakewicz’s logo design submission which was instituted in April.

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Summerfest/Grosse Pointe Village Art Festival

September 17, 1974

Summerfest/Grosse Pointe Village Art Festival

The first summer art fair as a joint effort with Grosse Pointe area merchants held in D’Hondt Pedestrian Way.  After a hiatus, the Grosse Pointe Artists Association renewed its involvement with the Downtown Development Authority in 2014 to manage the Grosse Pointe VillageFest Art Fair held annually in September.

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Fall Festival

September 17, 1956

Fall Festival

The first of the Annual Fall Festivals held at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial described as a family oriented, fundraising event co-sponsored with the Grosse Pointe War Memorial.  GPAA member, Corinne Dolega, organized the first and subsequent festivals for 25 years and was acknowledged in 1984 for her dedication and service to the festival. For…

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Lecture by architect Minoru Yamasaki

September 17, 1954

Lecture by architect Minoru Yamasaki

Sponsored by the Grosse Pointe Artists Association, Grosse Pointe War Memorial, and Grosse Pointe Brokers Association, Minoru Yamasaki was one of the most notable guest lecturers to present among a history of Detroit Institute of Art curators and contemporary artists.  The architect is best known for his design of the World Trade Center in New…

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History of Grosse Point Artists Association

September 17, 1953

History of Grosse Point Artists Association

President Corinne Dolega completed the first prepared History of the Grosse Point Artists Association requested by John Lake, director of the War Memorial Center.

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Curb Art Show

September 17, 1948

Curb Art Show

The first of three annual art fairs held at the northwest corner of Cadieux and Kercheval.  In the same year, the Russell A. Alger Branch Museum closed its doors and the Grosse Pointe Artists Association amended its constitution and bylaws with a clear goal to continue their mission of offering classes, exhibitions, critiques, lectures.    By…

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Grosse Pointe Artists Association becomes incorporated

September 17, 1942

Grosse Pointe Artists Association becomes incorporated

The newly formed organization of artists was dedicated to artistic excellence and sharing their abilities and knowledge with their peers and community and continued a tradition of community service especially during the war years.  Their support came by way of community art projects and contributions to the USO and Red Cross, expansion of art classes…

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Grosse Pointe Artists Association

October 1, 1938

Grosse Pointe Artists Association

Following the success of the Tenth Annual Exhibition, a meeting of exhibitors took place at the home of Mrs. Frank Lindemann for the purpose of organizing an art association. Agnes Lindemann as President, Marion Fitch as Vice President, Lorone Rickel as Treasurer, Adeline Bull as Secretary, John L. Vogt as Corresponding Secretary, and Lillian Pear…

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Tenth Annual Exhibition

September 1, 1938

Tenth Annual Exhibition

Russell A. Alger House “The Moorings,” now known as the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, opened to the public as a branch museum of the Detroit Institute of Arts in 1936. The Italianate mansion turned art museum became an ideal new location for the Annual Exhibition of Grosse Pointe Artists which provided more space and raised…

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Ninth Annual Exhibition

September 1, 1937

Ninth Annual Exhibition

By the ninth year, the increasing popularity of the annual exhibition grew beyond a small community enterprise to include artists not only from Grosse Pointe but from neighboring communities such as Detroit, Wyandotte, Highland Park, and Romeo. Only eleven of the twenty-six exhibitors hailed from Grosse Pointe.  While a Detroit Free Press critic described “the…

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First Annual Exhibition

September 3, 1929

First Annual Exhibition

Local artist, John L. Vogt and Mrs. Charles Hodges Jr., art chairman of the Neighborhood Club, organized an exhibition of original artwork by Grosse Pointe artists and art students. The mixed media show was held at the Neighborhood Club. Two judges from the prestigious Scarab Club and one judge from the Neighborhood Club selected four…

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