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is... 2014 Design Issue 77 Nivek Monet Community Artist On the eastside of Detroit, a multimedia artist named Nivek Monet lives and works as a sculptor, welder and urethane sprayer, but most importantly, a community artist. Having worked in the Detroit art community and education for many years, Monet attended the Center for Creative Studies and earned an Artists in Education certificate and took multiple courses in painting and woodworking. Over the past ten years, Monet has worked in Detroit art and community education. He was one of 12 instructors for the Community Arts Program and participated in many Artist in Residence programs in Detroit Metropolitan schools and in association with Center for Creative Studies. In 2007 Monet participated in the "Tiger Town Street Art" lineup. He also painted in the live jazz and painting television show, "Nature: The Muse of Music." His work on the archways of St. Ambrose church can be seen in the 2008 film "Gran Torino" directed by Clint Eastwood. Monet has completed many corporate and public mural commissions across the city, including The Detroit Pistons Road to Achieve, Big City Bar and Grill, Art and Academics at GoLightly Education Center, Plaska Café in Greektown, and Grosse Pointe Academy, and many others. According to Monet, nature, human experience, inner strength and the communities that commission the murals are an inspiration for his work. Monet works to form and enhance connections within neighborhoods and extends art projects beyond gallery walls to create ideas that encourage unity. Monet wants the community to feel a sense of ownership for the murals he creates for them. Creative and innovative are just a few adjectives that describe visual artist and Detroiter Nivek Monet. I caught up with Nivek at his downtown studio and here's some of what he had to say: What or who was your earliest influence as an artist? My uncle Eric Minus. I would watch him and imitate him as he would draw comic book characters. What is your favorite art medium? Multimedia. I like to create with no limits as to how. What could be done to bring greater awareness to the art scene in Detroit? I think if Detroit's scene makes it a habit to pop its self up in other cities, then it would definitely bring more awareness. What projects are you currently working on? I am currently working on the Food Justice Amphitheater located in Rouge Park. What do you hope to be said about your work 20 years from now? "Very passionate", "the voice of the people," "Universal perspective"…that can be a little tricky to answer, hopefully something inspiring. When you're not creating art, what are you doing? Honestly, I am a working artist, always working, so probably sleeping when not creating. For a personal and up-close look at Nivek's work, visit his Suddle Creations Gallery located at 1301 W. Lafayette Blvd., Suite 100, Detroit MI 48226. The gallery offers tours and art discussion sessions. They also host events where visitors can create their own artwork. Nivek and Suddle Creations Gallery can be found on Facebook. SPIRITUAL WHAT WE HEAR AND SEE By Marvin Thompson Jr. Photo by Michael-Anthony

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