CHARITY EVENTS

Savor Detroit 2017 by Hour Detroit

Hour Detroit's Savor Detroit, a five-night dinner series featuring ten top chefs, took place at the Great Lakes Culinary Center April 24 – 28, 2017. Each night offered custom dinner menus prepared by the evening’s featured chef duo, signature cocktails, wine pairings, live music, and a pop-up art gallery and silent auction by local artist Desiree Kelly, to benefit Eastern Market.

2017 HOUR Detroit Magazine's 

Chairs for Charity presented by Empathy313

"Bikers Throne" 2017 Chairs for Charity auction

"Bikers Throne"

Inspiration for building this chair came from a business that she and her husband started a few years ago, the Surf and Turf Motor Shop, which sells vintage motorcycle and moped parts. Kelly thought it would be fun to collaborate with her husband in building this throne. The chair features leftover motor parts, and the back cushion was upholstered with canvas showcasing “Picasso with Blue Shades” — which Kelly says was a perfect choice, since Picasso’s son Paulo was a motorcycle racer.

2018 HOUR Detroit Magazine's 

Chairs for Charity presented by Mahalo

"Get on Up" 2018 Chairs for Charity auction

"Get on Up"

“Get on Up” is a chair created to depict the late, legendary singer James Brown holding a microphone. I used oil paint, spray paint, and EL wire to develop this piece. I wanted to have the chair be interactive and well-balanced when viewed from multiple angles. I used a lot of color to mimic the energy of the music, and the words “get on up,” written in cursive using wire (which can be activated with a remote), add depth to the chair. In a low-lit setting, the chair will show off its neon glow. 

2016 Detroit Design Festival

Art Van's Sofas for a Cause during Eastern Market

Art Van Sofas for a Cause 

Hand painted by artist Desiree Kelly for the Art Van Challenge at Eastern Market After Dark during the Detroit Design Festival 2016

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