Archive | October, 2015

Taubman Art Collection Up for Auction

25 Oct


Sotheby’s has the honor of auctioning a prized Motown icon’s art collection on Nov. 4th. It’s the personal collection of A. Alfred Taubman, the shopping mall magnate.  Peruse the three Sotheby’s  catalogues here and you will view a treasure trove of art spanning many art periods and artists from Dali to Degas to Modigliani (above.) The sale is valued at more than $500 million. The Detroit News reports that the proceeds of the sale will pay the estate taxes with the remainder funding the A.Alfred Taubman Foundation.

I had the opportunity to interview Taubman for Style magazine, which is no longer in publication. He was gracious, interesting and passionate about art and architecture. His philanthropy is boundless leaving a legacy at the University of Michigan, Detroit Institute of Art and College for Creative Studies to name a few. I’m certain his Foundation will continue the path of generous giving to the arts, education and medicine.





Chartreuse: A Colorful Restaurant

18 Oct


The restaurant Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails adds to the list of the new hot spots in Motown. Located in Midtown, the decor is vivid with a wild shade of green — chartreuse.  The menu is creative as the decor. From the Lake Erie walleye to the duck confit to watermelon salad, the food is refreshing and delicious. And as you can see, very colorful.

Young Motown Entrepreneurs

11 Oct



Grant Garbinski and Blake Dagenais combine art, story telling and commerce with their online site Maloh Art. These two college juniors created a company that sells artwork online, but what makes this site unique is the ability to find out what inspired and influenced the artist. For the artists, Maloh provides branding and marketing services.

At Maloh Art, every piece of art has a narrative, and they share the artists’ stories with the world. “It is not enough to sell beautiful art work; we ensure that our customers can share in the story.”

The butterfly and seahorse above are by Megan Swoyer. Read Megan’s art story here.

Being savvy entrepreneurs, they are also on kickstarter.

For more young motown entrepreneurs, you can always read  Crain’s Detroit Business for Crain’s 20 in their 20s, 40 under 40.

My DC Visit: Family, the Pope and a Congresswoman

5 Oct

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I just spent two weeks in DC with my son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter in the Capitol Hill area. DC is so exciting, and the city was frenetic with the Pope’s visit. No, I didn’t see the Pope, but for those who saw him, it was inspiring.

I stopped by U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell‘s office. As always, Debbie, who represents the 12th District in MI, is one of the most gracious, charitable and knowledgeable woman I know. She is an advocate for many important causes including American manufacturing and women’s health.

She and Rep. Candice Miller just introduced a bipartisan resolution designating October 2, 2015 as National Manufacturing Day. “Manufacturing is the heart and soul of the American economy, supporting 17.6 million good paying jobs and contributing more than $2 trillion to our economy in 2014 alone. On National Manufacturing Day, we recommit to keeping manufacturing in this country and supporting the working men and women who continue to fuel American innovation.”

Yes, Debbie saw the Pope. Here is what she said. “Pope Francis has inspired and renewed many Americans with his words and actions during this past week. For me, he reinforced the importance of being a member of a community and the responsibilities we all have to the common good. He reminded us that faith isn’t just acts of charity, but the responsibility we have for action to help others.”



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