Terese Reyes’s new gallery hosts 300 at reception

Feel safe to say that nationally acclaimed art dealer and native Detroiter Terese Reyes is blown away by the response to the opening of her tony gallery that stands proudly on Birmingham prime real estate at Maple Road and Old Woodward. She hosted 300 visitors last Friday at an opening reception that brought in collectors, gallerygoers, and family and friends. Guests drank and noshed on gallery fare as they observed the works of the opening show, a group effort developed with artist Scott Reeder titled “Undercover Boss.”

“It’s been a whirlwind and very heartening for me personally,” exclaims Terese, who was featured in Forbes this week. “Many of the artists made it. Tony Cox flew in from New York; Scott and Tyson Reeder, who are professors at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Greg Fadell and Jonathan Rajewski, who live locally. It was a family affair in many ways. I’ve been forging relationships with these artists for a long time.”

Reyes held positions at Andrew Edlin Fine Arts (New York), and Marlborough Chelsea (New York, now Marlborough Contemporary). Her Reyes Projects Gallery will reveal five exhibitions a year dedicated to emerging and mid-career artists.

“I firmly believe a gallery is only as good as its artists,” she adds. “Great examples of the kind of unique artists I’m drawn to are people like Sadie Laska, who is in the opening show, or Scott Reeder, whose work I sold at Marlborough to walk-ins. That’s the kind of work I like. It speaks to you on the spot. No context necessary.”

Michael Brock on the mend in Detroit hospital

Sending good wishes to beloved vocalist Michael Brock as he recuperates in a Detroit hospital. According to music promoter Gisele Caver, Brock fell very ill last week, but currently is making a strong recovery. Brock, music director at Cass Community United Methodist Church, is a much-sought-after vocalist and has performed with the group Emperors of Soul with the late Ali Woodson, the Dramatics, and many local and corporate groups.

‘Who’s Your Bartender’ tips favorite charities

About 400 festive charity supporters filed into Birmingham’s the Bird & the Bread on Tuesday on behalf of Project 1’s event, “Who’s Your Bartender.” Headed by Ivon Russell, president, and Jerry Hall, vice president, more than $75,000 was raised at the event for a variety of charities, particularly to the three top bartending teams. About a dozen teams of local community leaders acted as bartenders for the night, in an attempt to raise funds for their favorite charity through tips. The top three winners of the competing teams were Stephen Strong (bartenders siblings Jay and Liz Hohauser); U CAN-CAR VIVE (siblings Kelley and Ryan LaFontaine); and LUNGevity (JoelleMansfield and Reid Southby). Mansfield and Southby broke all records, pulling in more than $20,000 in tips.

Chuck Bennett hosts “Chuck’s Closet,” which broadcasts every Saturday from 4-5 p.m. on Super Station 910AM. He also is the Fox 2 News Style Ambassador.

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