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Colin Darke
Colin Darke is an artist and a writer based in Detroit, Michigan.
The Detroit News described Colin’s paintings as employing “a bold, colorful style reminiscent of the German Expressionists.” He regularly shows his work in solo and group shows, and in 2010 Rackstraw Downes (2009 MacArthur Fellow) selected one of Colin's paintings for the 18th Annual National Juried Exhibition at the Bowery Gallery in New York City. He writes for the Detroit blogzine ArtSibs , and he is a regular contributor to the Brooklyn based art criticism blog He has also written for the award winning Art:21 Blog , which is part of the PBS Art:21 - Art in the 21st Century project (one of his posts was a top ten most viewed post for 2012). He can be reached at, and you can view more information about Colin on his website, and you can follow him on Twitter @colindarke .

Entries by Colin Darke

Celebrate Jazz, Celebrate Detroit, Just Celebrate: Detroit Jazz Festival, Labor Day Weekend

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 11:48 AM

The soaring, free spirit of jazz was born and raised in the U.S. It endures and will always be a cultural highlight of the U.S., because it is a rare art form that reflects the unique spirit of the specific artist performing at that precise time. More than anything, jazz...

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Twitter and Superheroes/Villains

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 12:15 PM

@Magneto Genius/Scientist/Leader/Fluent in tons of languages/Intuit/savior of all mutants/Master Strategist/Crafter (visit my Etsy shop)/and the list goes on and on - someone you should know!

• Trying Paleo to lose the gut - have you tried it?

• Just levitated and crushed my lawyer's BMW #YOLO


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Craig Paul Nowak -- Best Local Artist

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 1:52 PM

Detroit is an art city. Detroit is an art city because it has a deep foundation built to support the arts. Detroit is an art city because it has experienced bad times and good times, so it has a community with character. Detroit is an art city because it has...

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In Woodbridge, Beauty Is in the Details

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2013 | 5:34 PM

Details matter. Grand ideas and sweeping intentions are important. But if a person doesn't bother with the details, those grand ideas and sweeping intentions go nowhere. As an art viewer, highly detailed work often mesmerizes me. I see the artist's hand and his or her drive to create something special....

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Do Critics Count? ArtPrize Proves That They Do

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2012 | 12:08 PM

Do critics count? Teddy Roosevelt has a great quote about critics that boils down to: critics do not count, but the person who is actually in the arena ("whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again......

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Detroit: Artistic Beacon -- Evan Roth and Detroit's Light Festival

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2012 | 5:01 PM

Light is magic.  It disperses shadows, and it can transfix people.  It is a proper symbol for hope and new beginnings.  In the evening of October 5 (from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.) and the evening of October 6 (from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.), Detroit will host a new...

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Inspired Detroit: New Show, New Blog, New Fellowship, New Museum

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2012 | 12:38 PM

Detroit inspires. It is a community of contrasts and enduring possibilities. These contrasts and enduring possibilities feed the creative appetite of numerous artists. Media outlets praise the idea that artists can make a real and permanent change to Detroit's landscape. To celebrate Detroit's artists (and artists inspired by Detroit),

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Fire Over Water at the Public Pool

(0) Comments | Posted September 13, 2012 | 3:13 PM

This past Friday, I drove to Hamtramck, Michigan. Hamtramck is a culturally diverse home to a lot of musicians and fine artists, and it is almost completely surrounded by Detroit. I drove down Caniff Street, and this drive reminded me of why I love this community. An old "Welcome to...

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What If We Lost the Red Wings?

(7) Comments | Posted August 1, 2012 | 7:53 PM

Detroit is Hockey Town. And the Detroit Red Wings franchise is one of the greatest sports franchises of all time. As part of the original six, they are a part of the solid foundation on which the current league rests. Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay, Steve Yzerman, Nicklas Lidstrom and Pavel...

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Found: Compelling New Art Center in Detroit (Introduction to Passenger)

(2) Comments | Posted April 30, 2012 | 7:15 PM

We respond well to the familiar. Our brains reward us with endorphins when we hear or see the familiar. We also respond well to the unfamiliar. We like to learn. Our brains similarly release endorphins when we hear or see something new. So maybe the best way for an artist...

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Great Food and Good Art -- Review: 'New Work,' M. Saffell Gardner and Tylonn J. Sawyer

(0) Comments | Posted March 15, 2012 | 11:24 AM

One of the best places in Detroit to grab lunch is Cass Café.  First, it has great food.  Two of my favorite offerings are the Spanish vegetarian burrito and the artichoke-pesto melt.  Second, Cass Café works hard to support local artists.  It uses its walls as a gallery --...

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Warren Buffett's Kid Is Here to Entertain You

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2012 | 3:12 PM

Tonight, March 5, at the Max M. Fisher Music Center Orchestra Hall, Peter Buffett will give a live multimedia performance (that encourages audience participation). Peter is a New York Times best-selling author and Emmy-Award winning composer. The show will expand on themes from his best-selling book, Life Is What You...

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Local Rocker Is a Top 10 Finalist for Singer-Songwriter Contest

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2012 | 10:23 AM

Detroit rocks. That is a given, but the trouble I have is finding out about all of the Detroiters that rock. There are just so many great musicians popping up all of the time, it is hard to keep up. Detroit Rock City's reputation as a breeding ground for creative,...

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If Artists Are Saving Us, We're F@#ked

(13) Comments | Posted January 26, 2012 | 11:30 AM

Sorry for that language.

I love artists. I've been an artist my entire life. And I love myself. Most artists love themselves.


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Top Ten Detroit Cultural Moments 2011

(2) Comments | Posted December 30, 2011 | 12:18 PM

Despite inevitable headaches, Detroit continued to be blessed with an active and growing cultural community. This past year brought us great art exhibits, theatre, and music -- if you were in Detroit and could not find something to do, you had your eyes shut! So, like everybody else, I decided...

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Empty Buildings No Longer Abandoned

(2) Comments | Posted December 20, 2011 | 10:00 AM

Detroit has abandoned buildings. How is that for an obvious and empty phrase? There are bad drivers on I-75, Detroit used to have a lot more people and you were a jerk in high school. While these statements may be true, who cares? Everyone knows that these statements are true,...

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Book Review: 313: Life in the Motor City

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2011 | 10:19 AM

Mr. Bow Tie cleans headlights, Mr. Woods created a mansion out of discarded objects, and Mr. Thunderbolt runs a strip club out of his house. And Mr. John...

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Valuable Lessons: The Re-opening of Cranbrook Museum of Art

(1) Comments | Posted November 29, 2011 | 5:25 PM

In the middle of the lush suburban academic oasis of the Cranbrook educational community sits the Cranbrook Museum of Art. (The Cranbrook educational community (319 acres) consists of the Cranbrook Schools (private P-K-12), the Cranbrook Academy of Arts (graduate school), the Cranbrook Institute of Science, and the Cranbrook House and...

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Detroit: A Cultural Garden

(1) Comments | Posted November 18, 2011 | 11:19 AM

Detroit is lucky. Its founders valued art. Its founders prepared the cultural soil well, so that ideas flourish here. Music grows here. Theatre grows here. Fine art grows here. So informed visitors can come here on any given day and pick a bouquet of cultural events that will enrich them...

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