80 Clairmount, Detroit, Michigan 48202, United States


Live Coal Gallery




First Fridays Highland Park - August 2, 2019 | 4pm-9pm

Live Painting

Join us for a live painting experience with Saffell Gardner! Gardner's work will also be on exhibition inside the Live Coal Arts Mobile. Happening from 4pm-7pm.

Interactive Printmaking Workshop

Printmaker Asukile Gardner will conduct an interactive printmaking workshop from 7pm-9pm. 

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Opening Reception: Friday, July 19, 2019 | 5pm-8pm

Show Statement

Join us as we present the work of Live Coal Collective teen members: Nia  Crutcher, Arise Rock, and Jaicha Smith. Opening reception on Friday,  July 19th from 5pm-8pm at The RED. "Through My Eyes" showcases each of  the artist's perspective and observation of the world around them.  On  view until August 16, 2019.

Learn More

Live Coal Collective is an annually selected group of artists who are at various stages of their artistic career. "Through My Eyes" features the works of our teen members.

Opening June 28, 2019 | 6pm-9pm


Baber | Rock Opening

Join us on June 28, 2019 from 6pm-9pm for an opening reception  featuring recent works by Live Coal Collective members Darius Baber  & Yvette Rock. Evening includes performance by Yvette Rock at 7pm.


Show Statement

Baber and Rock both share a passion for life - whether human life or that found in nature. Baber states, "In  my most resent series of work I have been exploring light, color and  form. While taking bike rides during the sunset I have found inspiration  in the way natural light paints itself over the branches, creating  captivating shades of green and dynamic shadows that travel throughout  the branches. By using this information, I have found an immense peace  when creating beautiful compositions from the most tender and warm  glimpses of the streets in Detroit and Hamtramack."

Rock's most recent work, "Cord Dance," is a mutli-media series  exploring Rock's relationship with her four children. Using a wide range  of materials like jungle vine, charcoal, large circular canvases and  movement, Rock invites her audience to experience the joys and  challenges of motherhood.

Located at Andy - 3000 Fenkell Street, Detroit, MI 48238.
Exhibition closes July 26, 2019. Gallery is open by appointment.

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Celebrating 6 Years!

Join us on April 26, 2019 from 5pm-10pm at Andy - 3000 Fenkell, Detroit, MI 48238


For six years, Live Coal Gallery has been fostering a passion for art, community, and learning. We hope that you come and and celebrate with us on April 26th. The evening includes an exhibition featuring the work of the Live Coal Collective, readings by two of our literary arts members, hand-blown glass auction/sale, live jazz music, refreshments, and a tour of the Live Coal Arts Mobile! We would love to know if you are coming so we can plan ahead. Please RSVP to info@livecoalgallery.com and let us know how many are coming.

2019 Live Coal members featured


Darius Baber, Nia Crutcher, Jean Alicia Elster, Saffell Gardner, Mara Magyarosi-Laytner, Arise Rock, Yvette Rock, Jaicha Smith.

Live Jazz Music by Tariq Gardner & Company


Photo by Jeff Dunn.


About Jean Alicia Elster

Artist Bio


Formerly an attorney, and a 2017 Kresge Artist Fellow in Literary Arts, 

Jean Alicia Elster is the author of the novel The Colored Car—for ages 8 and older—published by Wayne State University Press and released in September 2013. The Colored Car was selected as a 2014 Michigan Notable Book by the Library of Michigan. Elster was awarded the 2014 Midwest Book Award in Children’s Fiction for The Colored Car by the Midwest Independent Publishers Association. The Colored Car was chosen as an Honor Book for the 2014 Paterson Prize for Books for Young People. Elster is, also, the author of the novel Who’s Jim Hines?—for ages 8 and older—published by Wayne State University Press and released in August 2008. Among other honors, Who’s Jim Hines? was selected as one of the Library of Michigan’s 2009 Michigan Notable Books. In addition, Elster is the author of the children’s book series “Joe Joe in the City,” published by Judson Press. The first volume in that series, Just Call Me Joe Joe, was released in October 2001. The remaining volumes are: I Have A Dream, Too! (May, 2002), I’ll Fly My Own Plane (September, 2002), and I’ll Do the Right Thing (January, 2003). She was awarded the 2002 Governors’ Emerging Artist Award by ArtServe Michigan in recognition of the series. I’ll Do the Right Thing was awarded the 2004 Atlanta Daily World “Atlanta Choice Award” for children’s books.

Most recently, Elster was honored with a 2017 Kresge Artist Fellowship in Literary Arts, awarded by Kresge Arts in Detroit, a program of The Kresge Foundation. In 2012, she was selected as the inaugural visiting author for The Lori Lutz Visiting Artist Series at The Roeper School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She was awarded residencies at the internationally acclaimed Ragdale Foundation in Lake Forest, Illinois, in 2001, 2003, and 2005. 

Learn More

If you would like to learn more about the author, visit www.jeanaliciaelster.com.

Opening 3/22/2019 from 5pm-8pm

Mara Magyarosi-Laytner

Join us for the opening of "Hyperstimulation," works by Mara Magyarosi-Laytner.  “Hyperstimulation” is a series of anaglyph photographs that use overlapping imagery and bright, vivid color to create conversation by inducing the overwhelming feeling of anxiety. “Hyperstimulation” is a visual representation of a "stress response," which is the physiological action that the body takes in a fight or flight situation. Although stress responses take many forms, visual hyperstimulation usually manifests as ghosted images, shimmers, blurs, and can feel as if one is in a surreal and dreamlike state. 

Show runs from 3/22-4/20. Artist talk is April 12, 7pm.

Visit www.https://www.maramagyarosilaytner.com/ to view more of Mara's work.

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