Fenton Art Gallery Opens New Michigan Artist Exhibit

The Exhibit at the Cause & Affect Gallery is curated by Fenton teens Chloe Dancel and Madison LaBrie and features 21 works from Michigan artists.

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Fenton, MI — November 19, 2022

A special event is taking place tonight, November 19, 2022, at the Cause & Affect Gallery in Fenton at 126 N. Leroy St. The art gallery will display the works of 21 different artists from Michigan in an event titled “Reimagining.” This exhibit shows how ordinary things we dispose of can be reimagined into art. The entire project was organized by high school senior interns, Chloe Dancel – Fenton High School and Madison LaBrie – Lake Fenton High School. They were tasked to come up with the concept, write the call to artists, juried the applications, and curated it all.

The opening artist reception is from 6-8:00 pm this evening and the public is invited to attend. The exhibit will run through January 7, 2023. The gallery is open Tuesday – Thursday from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm, Fridays 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, and Saturdays 10:00 am – 8:00 pm. Closed on Sunday and Monday.

Gallery Interns

Local high school artists can apply to become interns at the Cause and Affect Gallery. It is a two-year program that exposes students to the world of art and gallery management. The prospective interns go through an extensive interview process and must commit to the full-time period to qualify for potential selection.

Reimaging is the second exhibit put on by Chloe and Madison. When they graduate, at the end of the 2022-23 school year, they will receive a scholarship from the gallery as a reward for their efforts.

Cause & Affect Gallery owner, Annie Anglim, is an artist herself. She teaches silversmithing and it was that work that prompted her to find a location for her studio and ultimately open the gallery. A friend that could not navigate the steps to her basement workshop inspired her to think “Ability Not Disability.” Here is her story.

About Cause and Affect Gallery

Cause & Affect Gallery began as a need to find space to accommodate a friend who is differently abled in order to take a class in silversmithing. After searching for a while, the current location was found. The gallery is accessible to all and our classroom space is adaptable for people of differing needs. “Inclusion of all” is very important to us.​

The gallery name speaks to what we do. We take various causes and there will be an affect in the greater community. This is done by donating a portion of all of our sales to non-profits. The donations are done on a quarterly basis and we have a list of non-profits that we choose from.

There are over 70 Michigan artists whose work is represented at the gallery. The different mediums include painting (acrylic, oil & watercolor), glass, pierced metal, jewelry, sculpture, ceramics, wood turning, laser woodwork, quilting, photography, mixed media, collage, pen & ink, and fiber.​

We offer a number of workshops in the studio space at the gallery. The instructors are artists themselves and they cover a wide variety of mediums. The studio space is 450 square feet and accommodates up to 20 people depending on what medium is being taught. There are workshops for all ages.​

Art comes in many forms. We reach out to the schools, theater, and other organizations to come and be a part of our space. Many different events happen in the gallery as this is a place of community.

While all the art is for sale at the gallery, there is a retail area as well. We are proud to partner with Buy the Change which helps women artisans in third-world countries. They purchase their goods fair trade. We also have “Buy the Change Foundation One World” bracelets which help provide micro-loans to fund education, sanitation, business building, and healthcare for women and children around the globe.

We hope Cause & Affect Gallery inspires you and that you enjoy being immersed in our art.

If You Visit

Admission to the Gallery is always free, they are funded by art sales, class fees, and retail sales. There is a community wall inside that visitors can post to.

Annie did add that they do not shy away from difficult and sensitive subjects, so guests are advised to consider that in planning visits. Additional gallery information is available on their website. https://www.causeandaffectgallery.com/home View pictures of past exhibits on their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/causeandaffectgallery/photos