Artists Jabrion (Jae) Graham and Rosemary Summers exhibitions on display in City Hall until January 31
Mayor Kenson Siver and the Southfield Public Arts Commission hosted a special Artists Opening Reception on October 28 in Southfield City Hall Main Lobby to celebrate the opening of exhibits by local artists Jabrion (Jae) Graham and Rosemary Summers.
The Southfield Public Art Commission curates a new exhibit of local artists' work quarterly. The exhibition of work by Jabrion (Jae) Graham and Rosemary Summers will be on display in the main lobby of Southfield City Hall.through January 31, 2023. All of the works exhibited are also offered for sale to the public.
Jabrion (Jae) Graham
Jabrion Graham is Pontiac born and Detroit bred. He is a long-term artist, elaborate technician and natural born creator. Jabrion’s relationship with the arts was established at an early age.
After discovering his talent, Jabrion recalls art being essential to who he was and who he was becoming so much as that he often preferred to stay inside and draw above all other interest. As he matured, Jabrion noticed and studied the unsung artist in his own circle. His Uncle David helped to advance Jabrion’s budding interest into skill and talent.
His brilliant use of geometric shapes, primary colors and the cross-hatching technique collide to create his captivating pieces. Jabrion’s thoughtful drawing and painting process is beautifully displayed on wood panel and canvas surfaces. Colored foil, ink, resin and acrylic paints bring subtle dimensions and slight texture to his work.
Jabrion creates his intricate arts for true appreciators and collectors across all levels. He has sold just over 200 pieces in Pontiac, MI, Detroit, MI and Nashville TN. Jabrion is not only an artist but, a true emerging and promising professional.
I grew up thinking I was special. Dad and mom planted the "I can do anything seed" in my heart when I was yea high. They planted within me the spirit of love, belief in ideas and gave me that precious ability to hope, to feel greater than my surroundings, to feel invincible, to push beyond the pain and deal with reality. Yes, my loving parents thought I was "Special" and could do anything I put my mind and heart to. Well, I couldn't prove them wrong, so I worked hard to prove them right. I expressed my artistic passion early in life. My dad worked for the city of Detroit as a Sanitation Engineer and from time to time would bring me these fabulous stones and books he found on his route. This ignited a flame in me and created a strong curiosity for the unusual and extraordinary designs in just about everything. Brown paper bags were my canvas to draw abstract lines, figures and fashions. I have won several awards from State Competitions in fashion design and painting. Upon graduation from Kettering High School in 1971, I was accepted at Michigan State University college of Human Ecology. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Retailing of Clothing and Textiles in 1976. Between 1976 and 1990 I painted murals, implemented fashion shows, taught arts and crafts to youth and started my own jewelry line called "The Summers' Signature Collection". I have designed for Gladys Knight, Diana Lewis and Eartha Kitt. In 1990 I received my Masters of Arts degree from Eastern Michigan University. I simply love creating compelling and unique fine art as well as designing fabulous Art Jewelry and am thankful for this unique gift. My joy comes from my customers. I sincerely enjoy lifting the spirits of women all over the world with my art.