Posted on September 06, 2016 at 10:54
(DETROIT) – The Detroit Artists Market (DAM) pays tribute to a bygone era with the Legendary Fire Horses of Detroit Art Auction: DAM Gala II, October 14, 2016, 7-11 p.m., at the Hook & Ladder House #5 in Eastern Market. During this one-night affair, WDET’s Stephen Henderson will host an art auction of original works by fourteen area artists. The event also includes live music from Sean Blackman’s In Transit, great food and drink, and a silent auction featuring products and services from Detroit area organizations. All proceeds benefit the Detroit Artists Market and its artists.
The art auction features works borne from the collaboration between these artists: Bruce Giffin and Bowen Kline; Jeanne Bieri and Denzel Parks; Sharon Que and Darice Cobb; Elizabeth Youngblood and Steven Padilla; James Puntigam and Joya Rush-Keli; Emily Jane Wood and Alexander Buzzalini; and, Erik and Israel Nordin, who will be creating a sculptural piece that pays homage to the legendary Detroit fire horses.
During the late 1800s, the Hook & Ladder House #5 and grounds were home to the stables, track and facilities used to house, train, and care for an elite group of Detroit fire horses, known for their ability to swiftly pull three-ton steamers to put out fires. The steam fire engine era came to an end on April 10, 1922. On this day, fifty thousand cheering and weeping Detroiters gathered along Woodward Avenue to celebrate the final run of these heroic horses.
“We’re thrilled to put on this special evening full of nostalgia and art,” said DAM Director, Matt Fry. “The event will celebrate an interesting piece of Detroit history and put the spotlight on fourteen of today’s most talented artists.” Tickets are available for $100 through our EventBrite page or by calling 313.832.8540.