Lettering in Public – Closing Reception

Jessica Krcmarik’s photos for Gratiot and Riopelle will be on display at the closing reception for Lettering in Public on April 25. The reception will run from 11 am – 6 pm, and is part of the Art X Gallery Crawl.

Signal-Return is located at 1345 Division, Detroit, MI.

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Lettering in Public is a group exhibition exploring letters, words, images and messages as interpreted by artists using a wide variety of techniques and approaches to the notion of public lettering. Artists include Ocelot Collective (Detroit) The Golden Sign Company (Detroit), Eno Laget (Detroit), Erica Walker (Halifax, Nova Scotia), Hannah Smotrich (Ann Arbor), Endi Poskovic (Ann Arbor) Jessica Krcmarik / Gratiot + Riopelle (Detroit), Kim Beck (Pittsburgh)

Member News, Openings

Feast – Solo Show at Chin-Azzaro

Riopelle Member Jessica Krcmarik’s solo exhibition, ‘Feast’, opens on May 1 at Chin-Azzaro in Ypsilanti, as part of First Fridays. There will be 10+ new ink works on paper on display available for purchase.

Additionally, Jessica will be live drawing for the first hour, and there will be refreshments provided by Ayse’s Cafe and Terry Bakery.


Chin-Azzaro is located at 9 S Washington St., Ypsilanti, MI.


Catalyst Show

Our recent reception for Catalyst was a great success!





Catalyst, a show about radical political movements, was organized by Riopelle members Ian Matchett and Lyz Luidens. Catalyst featured work by Sarah Brennan, Ian Matchett, Lyz Luidens, Jessica Krcmarik, and Ryan Herberholz.





Ian joined our studio in October after Ellen Rutt left to find a larger workspace, and this is the first show he has curated with us so far. It was a great success, and we’re looking forward to future art openings with him!


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Thanks for a Great Opening!

(stolen shamelessly from Tash Moore)

Thank you to everyone who came out and supported us on our grand opening! It was really good to see so many friends, family, neighbors, and supporters. All of us here at Riopelle were overwhelmed by the amount of people who showed up and hung out with us over at our little studio on Gratiot.

We’d like to reach out and say thanks to all of the supporters who worked long, pizza-and-beer-filled hours painting and cleaning over the last few months. Thanks to everyone who brought wine, food, and good cheer to the opening, too! (We’re going to have to start getting more food if crowds are going to be like this in the future, too.) And a big shout-out to Humons who played an amazing set that got everyone dancing at the end of the night.

Since we started working here in January, we’ve been excited to be on such an important block in Detroit’s history. And while we were extremely flattered by’s writeup of our opening, we by no means are the first or the last word in a long history of arts-related activities here on the 1400 Block of Gratiot. We’ve got incredible galleries like Innerstate and Trinosophes, as well as a slew of other artists and creatives who have occupied the Atlas buildings for decades. (Even my Aunt had a studio there back in the early nineties). Our own building even holds a special honor of housing Transmat Records, possibly the most important label in Techno’s history. Riopelle, like everything, is built on the shoulders of giants, all of which have been here for far longer than we have. We’re happy to be a part of a fantastic community of artists and we hope that we can be a good resident here as well.

We’ll be sure to keep you posted on any more open studios, classes, and events that we’ll be having in the near future. So, be sure to keep up with us on our Facebook page for any upcoming events!

Thanks again!


Riopelle Opening Event

Riopelle, a new studio collective in Eastern Market, officially opens on June 27, 2014, after several months of interior renovation by its six members. The grand opening will showcase the space as well as feature work by Dylan Box, Jessica Krcmarik, Matthew Jenkins, Ellen Rutt, Lyz Luidens, and James Reich.

“Riopelle is a bit different from other studio collectives because we have such a great variety of equipment and creative talents,” says Lyz Luidens. “Everybody does something different, but we have a lot of specialized skills that combine well with each other and I’m excited for the collaborations that will come out of this.” The opening, which will run from 7pm to midnight, features a reactive audio visual installation, paintings, prints, and  reclaimed wood furniture. Light refreshments will also be offered throughout the evening, and guests are encouraged to bring their own food and drink if they feel inclined to do so. The studio space will also be home to The Prankster Press, a local print shop co-owned by James and Lyz, which produces letterpress and fine art prints and services, such as the letterpressed packaging on several Zingerman’s food products. Riopelle is located at 1492 Gratiot Ave., and is currently open by appointment only. Parking is available on Gratiot and the surrounding streets.

Dylan Box is a product designer and director of Wedge Detroit, a design firm that works with community organizations and nonprofits on outreach and engagement.  His past projects have included creating the world’s longest hopscotch course across 4 miles of downtown Detroit in 2012, and PRAMU, a pop-up shop in West Village featuring local artists and designers.

Jessica Krcmarik is an illustrator, letterer and designer who works with Chelsea River Gallery and the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, among others,  She has presented at Pecha Kucha/Drinks x Design and Girl Develop It Detroit, and is a Knight Arts Finalist. She is currently working on creating a type foundry that documents and preserves historic typefaces in Detroit.

Matthew Jenkins is a furniture designer, photographer, and videographer who creates custom furniture pieces out of reclaimed and found wood from around Detroit, and provides video and photo services to the greater Detroit area. His visual work has been featured in CUT Magazine and in Mike Duggan’s mayoral campaign, among others.

Ellen Rutt is a mixed-media artist and designer whose work has been featured at the Red Bull House of Art, Inner State Gallery and Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit among others. Ellen and Dylan hold the 2012 record for the world’s longest hopscotch course down 4 miles in downtown Detroit. She recently worked on collaborative installation, The Good-time Light-hearted Lean Peaks, which was featured at the Detroit Electronic Music Festival this May.

Lyz Luidens is a printmaker and fine artist, who  runs Prankster Press with James, providing letterpress and design services to local businesses. She apprenticed with James under Jim Horton to learn the art of letterpress printing.  She recently had an art show in the Park Trades Center in Kalamazoo with Ellen Nelson, a Kalamazoo-based painter and University of Michigan graduate.

James Reich is a printmaker and graphic designer, who runs the Prankster Press with Lyz, and dabbles in book arts and engraving. During the day, he works for QUACK Media, an full service advertising agency in Ann Arbor.


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