The Partnership for the Arts and Humanities is pleased to announce that our first artist to exhibit in our gallery at the Village Arts Factory will be fiber artist, Kelly Darke. A Michigan native who has been creating and studying art since high school, Kelly has opened a studio, Mindful Art Center, at the Village Arts Warehouse. 

Darke briefly studied art at Parsons School of Design in New York City before returning to Michigan to attend Wayne State University (WSU). Kelly graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from WSU in 1996 concentrating in metals and painting, at which point she began showing her work in galleries. She later returned to WSU for a Masters in Education for art therapy and a K-12 fine art teaching certificate. Kelly currently works out of her home studio in Westland and her Canton studio in the Arts Warehouse at the Village Arts Factory. 


My work has always been deeply personal and intuitive. Whatever the medium: metals, paint, fiber, clay, paper… my intention has always been to express my feelings that can’t easily be expressed through words alone. The process of creating my work is both meditative and energizing to me. I hope the viewer can feel the positive energy and the surreal, dreamlike comfort that I feel when experiencing my work.

The show will run from November 2nd through December. Monday – Friday 9am-5pm. Please feel free to stop in to see the show.

A collage by Kelly Darke.
Embroidery art by Kelly Darke, titled Shelby.
Self portrait in embroidery.