Author: stephaniesokol

  • Former Detroit writer looks back at real-life tragedy in “Purgatory”

    Former Detroit writer looks back at real-life tragedy in “Purgatory”

    By Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press Bryan Gruley’s advice for writing a novel? Sit down and do it. After years working in a newsroom, the Pulitzer-prize winning journalist, Bloomberg reporter and former writer for the Detroit News says he can write in any setting, with any noise level. It’s really just about getting it […]

  • Canton artist brings stained glass paintings to HVCA in Highland

    Canton artist brings stained glass paintings to HVCA in Highland

    By Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press J. Susan Aitken loves the look of stained glass. But instead of working in that medium, she captures its likeness through her paintings. Stained glass became her subject after a trip with her children years ago to Italy and France, where she was captivated by the beautifully ornate […]

  • Artist makes butterflies ‘fly off the canvas’ using augmented reality

    Artist makes butterflies ‘fly off the canvas’ using augmented reality

    At first look, Tim Yanke’s butterfly painting feels as if the insects are coming to life. But being an innovator, he wanted to take things a step further. His painting “Peta louthias,” Greek for butterfly, was inspired by a pair of women’s cowboy boots with butterflies on them that he’d seen when traveling out west. […]

  • Detroit photographer exhibits emotional photos, stories of refugees

    Detroit photographer exhibits emotional photos, stories of refugees

    Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press Looking through his lens, photographer Kenny Karpov tries to capture who people truly are — their expressions, their bodies and the light in their eyes. His emotional portraits, paired with written work, tell their stories. In Karpov’s latest project, the book “Despite It All We Never Learn,” he tells […]

  • Six pierogi spots to try at the annual Pierogi Fest in Whiting this weekend

    Six pierogi spots to try at the annual Pierogi Fest in Whiting this weekend

    By Stephanie Sokol for The Chicago Tribune Loading up on potato-filled goodness during the last weekend in July has become a Northwest Indiana tradition — drawing crowds for more than two decades. Pierogi Fest in downtown Whiting celebrates its 25th anniversary this weekend, featuring more than 30 food and beverage vendors. People flock in to […]

  • Silverware artist upcycles cast-offs to beautiful objects

    By Stephanie Sokol for Digital First Media We all know recycling is a way to help reduce waste going into our landfills. But for some creative people, it can be a form of art. Christine Yonker upcycles vintage silverware, turning it into something completely different and beautiful. She started out working more with glass, but […]

  • Paint Creek Center for the Arts introduces new executive director

    Paint Creek Center for the Arts introduces new executive director

    By Stephanie Sokol for Digital First Media Elizabeth Chilton wears many hats. She serves on multiple museum boards and has held many corporate roles at museums in the Detroit area. She also is a single mother and a yogi. Now, she is taking on a role she is really looking forward to — executive director […]

  • Secondary Student Show is Anton Art Center’s largest event

    Secondary Student Show is Anton Art Center’s largest event

    By Stephanie Sokol for Digital First Media For school-age children, having a chance to show their art in public is an exciting opportunity. Receiving an award for their art brings even more joy. “It seems to me that students and their families are often appreciative of getting their works on the wall,” Phil Gilchrist, executive […]

  • A nice, summery page for Orangeburg T&D

    Last week I designed this page. The editor asked for me to simply “get creative with it,” so I added a little citrusy fun to this Orangeburg Times and Democrat A1.

  • Lathrup Village clockmaker enjoys sharing his works with people

    Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press When choosing the direction his life would take, Duane Scherer knew he wanted to do something creative. After high school, the Lathrup Village resident worked as a musician and began painting, and a few years later, focused solely on visual art. “I wanted to bring joy and aesthetic variation […]

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