Collected Detroit Gallery presents TOTALLY FAB The Fabric Art of Urban Jupena. Featuring the work of Fiber Artist, Urban Jupena, and works by mixed media artist, Boisali Biswas, the exhibition opens Friday at Collected Detroit Gallery.

Members of the public are invited to attend an opening reception on Oct. 25 from 6-10 p.m. Collected Detroit Gallery is located at 2439 4th Street, off Grand River, Detroit.

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Collected Detroit reports their upcoming exhibition, TOTALLY FAB The Fabric Art of Urban Jupena, is another extraordinary example of the gallery’s mission to give visual form to the meaning of global reach and local roots within the Detroit art community.

Urban Jupena is a MFA graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art and is Professor Emeritus of Fiber in the Department of Art and Art History at Wayne State University. He taught hundreds of students over his 39 year career at WSU the intricacies, the struggles and the joys of creating in a complex and unique manner through the use of fibers, textiles, dies, weaving and ceramics. This prolific artist will be in attendance at our opening on Friday, Oct. 25.

In addition to sixty pieces of Urban Jupena art this exhibition be showing The Cave Rug (see photo above), The Winston Rug, which was shown at the Detroit Institute of Arts, and The Smithsonian Rug, which was taken on a three-year, ten-city tour by the Smithsonian in the 1970’s.

Also showing with great excitement is the mixed-media fiber artist Boisali Biswas who resides in West Bloomfield, MI. She is originally from India and obtained her undergraduate fine arts degree from the Visva-Bharati International University, founded by the Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. Her educational journey gave her a unique and profound experience of being in tune with nature which continues to influence her work. She has a deep-rooted attachment to the traditional art forms of her cultural-rich homeland, India. Boisali teaches at Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center. Boisali will also be in attendance at the opening.

Catering is provided by Avalon. There will be live entertainment. Ample parking is available in the lot across the street from the gallery. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibition will run through Saturday, November 23, 2019.

“Weaving rugs was my first love at Cranbrook,” Jupena said. “I created large environmental rugs that your could enter into. I have also created room-size rugs and area rugs custom to the space and colors of the rooms that they were made for.”

“My rugs have been inspired by the surface and texture of the ground. They are like miniature landscapes.”