Southfield Public Arts Commission presents John Osler Black History Month exhibition and public reception February 25

February 9, 2022

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Local artist showcases original oil paintings that celebrate African Americans

Mayor Ken Siver and the Southfield Public Arts Commission will present a special Black History Month exhibition of local artist John Osler’s work including a public reception on Friday, February 25 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. in the Southfield City Hall main lobby, 26000 Evergreen Road. The exhibition, featuring 27 original John Osler oil paintings celebrating African Americans, is on display Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. through July. All of the original artwork is also offered for sale to the public.

Osler worked as a national advertising photographer for 30 years prior to his return to painting. He has the rare ability to capture the spirit of his subjects and is fascinated by the rich experiences he learns from their shared stories, conversations, and laughter. Osler’s works are featured in collections throughout the country, as well as in Europe and New Zealand. He has won gold medals in the distinguished Scarab Club shows and spends his time painting in Detroit, France, and New Orleans. View Osler’s paintings, photography, and portraits at

The Southfield Public Arts Commission was established in 2015 to advise the City Council on matters affecting public art in the city. The goal of this commission is to create a stimulating environment that reflects and enhances the City's heritage, diversity, and character through public artworks integrated in the architecture, infrastructure, and landscape.

For more information, contact the Mayor’s Office at (248) 796-5100.