Detroit Repertory Theatre's Lobby Gallery Holds Champagne Reception for Michael Horner Tonight
The Detroit Repertory Theatre's Lobby Gallery will have a Champagne Reception for local Detroit artist, Michael Horner tonight, April 23, 2014 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM. Mr. Horner's works are on exhibit during Detroit Repertory Theatre's performances of Brother Of All until May 18, 2014. The Meet The Artist Champagne Reception is free and open to the public, and gives patrons an opportunity for an intimate experience with the artist and his works. Information about the Reception may be found by calling the Theatre at (313) 868-1347 or by visiting detroitreptheatre.com/gallery.
Michael Horner, artist, musician/percussionist, hairstylist, amateur golfer, philanthropist, creative spirit... Mike has painted original works of art for more than half a century. Naturally gifted, he got his start at the age of 7 when he began drawing for his own pleasure. His talent was quickly noticed and he was often asked to create special pieces for family, friends and neighbors. A community activist and teacher's attention resulted in Mike's acceptance to Cranbrook at age 19. Michael was not able to take advantage of the opportunity due to family obligations. Mike chose to remain close to home to help his family after an older brother was called to serve in Vietnam. He honed his skills on his own by immersing himself in painting, drawing and other artistic expression drawn from the fabric of daily life.
A generous giver to those who deserve but don't always receive outward displays of affection, Mike has bestowed an unexpected "Thank You" on many occasions. He spent three days at the St. John Macomb Hospital Rehabilitaition Center painting an 8' x 4' mural in their physical therapy room. When Detroit Police Department Officer Brian Huff was killed in the line of duty, Mike was moved to paint the Officer's portrait, which was donated to his family. Soon after, the senseless killing of Livonia Police Officer Larry Nehasil inspired Mike to render his likeness on canvas also. The portrait was donated to Mrs. Nehasil, with a canvas print given to the Livonia Police Department.
He has illustrated a Children's Book titled Vernon the Vegetable Man,and has displayed many of his works at The Sunday Dinner Company restaurant in Detroit. Most recently he has been invited to show his work in the Seventh Annual Art Exhibition at the Mackenzie Cultural Center in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. This show is designed to inspire those who view it to express themselves through the fine arts and to educate public school students who will tour the site.