New Detroit gallery opens with tribute to the Queen of Soul

Michael H. Hodges
Detroit News Fine Arts Writer
Omo Misha is director of Detroit's new Irwin House Global Art Center & Gallery, which opens Fri., Sept. 21, with a show devoted to Aretha Franklin, "SuperNatural Woman."

In a -continuing sign of the Queen of Soul's grip on the artistic imagination, a new gallery in Detroit to open Friday will host "SuperNatural Woman: Tribute to the Queen." 

The Irwin House Global Art Center & Gallery is the realization of a dream long held by Valerie Irwin and her late husband, Council B. Irwin Jr., both avid collectors of African art. 

The gallery, in an old brick house, wasn't slated to open till next year, but director Omo Misha and co-curator John Sims decided to rush things on the news of Franklin's death, Aug. 16.

I'd just arrived in town when Aretha passed," Misha said . "The radio was announcing it as we came in."

Most of the artists in the group show are Detroiters, though a few out-of-staters were invited as well. Well-known Detroit artists include Sabrina Nelson and Marsha Battle Philpot. 

The show will be up through Jan. 21. 

Eventually, the gallery will host rotating shows as well as much of the Irwins' African collection. 

"SuperNatural Woman" opens with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday evening. 

(313) 222-6021 


'SuperNatural Woman: Tribute to the Queenanklin

Irwin House Global Art Center & Gallery

2351 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit 

Sept. 21 - Jan. 21 

Opening reception: 5-7 p.m. Friday

(313) 932-7690