Toledo Free Press Article 12.11.14

‘Socially conscious’ art gallery opens Downtown

Written by Maggie Dziubek | |

Toledo’s art lovers can add “gallery opening” to their agendas 6-9 p.m. Dec. 13 as Delightful Art With Dee becomes Downtown’s newest space for socially conscious art.

The gallery, from local artist Dee Brown, is a project intended to bring art into the lives of underprivileged and underrepresented communities including veterans, people with disabilities and people who are deaf or with hearing loss.

“Art’s the thing. It brings a little bit of joy, beauty and color into everyone’s life,” Brown said.

A portion of proceeds from sales at the Delightful Art gallery will go toward organizing free art classes through a program Brown is calling “Art with a Heart.” These courses will take place in a room above the gallery space. The course catalog will range from family crafting workshops to more advanced courses in flameworking with Robin Schultes, former instructor at the Toledo Museum of Art and owner of Soffietta Art & Oddities. Brown will release more detailed information on course schedules once the funding picture becomes more clear.

Delightful Art With Dee is located at 137 N. Michigan St. in the Davis Building behind the Paula Brown shop. Free parking is available. Brown is sharing the space with Glass City Dharma, a meditation group that will meet in the gallery on Wednesdays and Sundays.

The Dec. 13 event will feature the work of local photographer Yvonne Moryc.

“It’s where I find my peace. It’s where I find my happiness, and I document it,” Moryc said of the subjects in her collection.

The event will be DJed by Paul Muzik and models will be circulating throughout the evening showing original works by local fashion designer Mona Rasmussen.

Brown plans to feature a new artist in the Delightful Art Gallery each month. She is hoping to use the space to support the local art scene.

“We want to keep the city on its toes,” Brown said, “Let’s bring everybody together, let’s have a good time and let’s give starving artists a chance to display their work.”

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Toledo  Blade Article Published: 12/11/2014


New gallery to celebrate grand opening

Nonprofit Delightful Art is in the Davis Building in downtown Toledo


robin glass.jpg A new downtown gallery, Delightful Art, features work by Robin Schultes, above, and others. The grand opening  will be Saturday in the Davis Building, 137 N. Michigan Ave.
A new downtown gallery, Delightful Art, features work by Robin Schultes, above, and others. The grand opening will be Saturday in the Davis Building, 137 N. Michigan Ave.

The grand opening for a new downtown gallery called Delightful Art will be 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday in the Davis Building, 137 N. Michigan Ave. at Monroe Street. There will be refreshments, DJ’d music, and plenty of art by featured artist, photographer Yvonne Moryc, and a couple of dozen others including Steve Cothern, Robin Schultes, Mania Dajnak, and KC St. John.

Delightful Art is a nonprofit established by Dee Brown, a University of Toledo grad who aims to support all artists, including those who may have been “left behind” because they’re elderly, live in a group home, are veterans, or are mentally or physically disabled, Brown said. In addition to the street-level gallery, Brown is renting a large room upstairs for art lessons.

Parking is on the street and in the large lot behind the gallery on 10th Street. The gallery will be open 2 to 8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and closed Sunday and Wednesday. Information: 419-420-5516

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Shaheera & Shoaib had a 2 day Indian Wedding in June. Day one was a Henna Party at the American Polish Cultural Center in Troy, MI. What amazing colors!! I have never seen anything like this! I think more weddings should be this bright & colorful! There were many rituals and dancing and of course a henna party, all of which was very relaxed. Day two’s wedding reception was at Crystal Gardens in Southgate, MI. This was extremely formal and very ceremonial… and BEAUTIFUL!!! Shaheera and Shoaib wanted their formal bride and groom portraits taken at the GM Renissance Center in Detroit, MI  so we went there before the reception & ceremony at Crystal Gardens. Unlike most weddings I have photographed, this one was an arranged marriage by their families. Both of them are very proud of their culture and are very much in love. My wish for them is continued love, prosperity and a lot of adorable babies!

Flowers by: Lamas Florist

Makeup by: Amanie

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David & Erin are awesome!!! They are the sweetest couple I have ever met, they came to my parents funeral for support before they even booked me as their photographer. Who does that? Super awesome people, that’s who! David & Erin had such a unique wedding and I was excited when they asked me to document it! They were married at The Toledo Zoo in the Arctic Encounter Exhibit: the polar bears & seals were on the guest list along with 50 close friends and family. I LOVE small weddings!!! Don’t get me wrong: big weddings are super fun but small weddings are waaay more intimate & relaxed. This was the perfect wedding to start out my wedding season. David is a Graphic Designer: he designed the uber cool invites! I love how the green is carried through Erin’s bouquet! Erin is a college professor in English and they wrote their own vows. Davids vows made everyone cry because they were so beautifully written!!! AMAZING is all I can say! They are a blended family and beautifully blended they are! Much love to them as they continue on their journey of life. All of their wedding pictures can be viewed here: David & Erin’s wedding photos

Here are a few of my favorites. Enjoy :)

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Our BNI Chapter Platinum Partners got together and did the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in honor of our dear friend & chapter member Jennifer Reynolds Wenzke. Home City Ice donated the ice. Dede Ruckman organized it :) Check out the bottom of the buckets – so cute!!! We are super blessed to be a part of such an amazing group of people!!!


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I had been blessed with amazing clients this year and some pretty AMAZING weddings so far! This is one of them: Micha & Nikki were married at Crosspoint Christian Church in Grosse Pointe Woods, MI. They had such a beautiful day for a wedding!!! Nikki & Micha had their bridal party & formal portrait session at the Wolcott Mill in Ray, MI. This place was more gorgeous than I thought, and we had a lot of fun here as well. Nikki’s friend has a De Soto Sedan and he drove them around in it for their wedding… what a cool ride!!! To top off their uber beautiful wedding, the reception was held at a barn at the Laren Andrus Octogon House in Washington, MI. Wow!!!! They had the best of both worlds = rustic barn with vintage flair – a prefect combo. We were able to go inside the Octogon House and take some formal portraits in the spiral staircase.

Flowers  & decorations – Nikki did them herself

Make Up – Shuston Vincent

DJ – Pro DJ Services – Jessie was SO FUN!!!

Enjoy their wedding photos!

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I have a new outlook on life… I’m sure you already read my last post “what a long strange trip it’s been” and thought  “wowzas!” to yourself. My thought process “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” and “my tears and stepping stones for the future”. I am truly blessed to have an AMAZING husband, son and circle of friends – you are all my rocks and I couldn’t have made it through that crazy storm without you!!! Through all my hardships I was able to reconnect with an old dear friend that has 2 boys my son’s age – pretty cool!!! And then we took on an amazing family vacation to St. Thomas. While we were there we didn’t go anywhere – just chilled out: snorkeled, floated, built sandcastles, ate amazing food and made some awesome new friends. Keep your fingers crossed for me: I am speaking with the wedding coordinator in St. Thomas!!!!

Now that we are back and wedding season is in full swing I wanted to take a step back and re-live our St. Thomas experience.

I am thankful for all my beautiful and wonderful clients! I feel extremely grateful for the most beautiful weddings I have ever photographed this season. Seriously! I am SUPER EXCITED to have all of them on my blog by the end of this summer!!!

Here are some images I was able to capture in St. Thomas. Enjoy!

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Jill said: | Jul 22, 2014 - 09:07:57 |

Awesome photos ~ It’s great you had such an incredible relaxing trip!

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