Ten Detroit Artists Discuss How Religion Inspires Their Art in New Video

Roz Warren


(Artist Mary Gilhuly with one of nine Intentional Heart Tiles created for this project with 9 other mosaic artists of 9 faith traditions. Used with permission.)

Art and Faith is a new video in which ten Detroit artists from a variety of faith traditions talk about the many ways that religion inspires their art.

Over a year ago, the InterFaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit began developing a program that would highlight artists of different religious backgrounds. Birmingham’s Robert Kidd Gallery planned to host a show that would feature the artists discussing their work.

Then COVID-19 happened, and the show became a video instead, featuring ten Detroit area artists, along with examples of their artwork. Each artist is interviewed by art critic Morgan Mais about their creative, religious and spiritual roots. (For a quick preview, check out the trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDDUO8IfRm8.)


(Syrian painter Rana Loutfi's feminist re-take on the Three Wise Men as Three Wise Women. Used with permission of the artist.)

The 55 minute film includes a wide diversity of faith traditions and creative mediums. Among the artists included are Catholic Mosaic Tile Artist Mary Gilhuly of Royal Oak, Jewish Printmaker Robert Aronson of Bloomfield Hills, Greek Orthodox Wood Sculptor Alec LaCasse of Oxford, Muslim Acrylic Artist Illham Mahfouz of West Bloomfield, and Christian Science Painter Nancy Thayer of Detroit. 

The video includes contact information for each artist so that viewers can connect with them to view and/or purchase their work. A portion of sales proceeds will go to the nonprofit InterFaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit. 


(Work by Greek Orthodox Wood Sculptor Alex LaCasse. Used with permission.)

Art and Faith premieres on Monday, March 22 at 7:00 p.m. and will be followed by a Zoom question and answer session with nine of the featured artists. Register at https://e.givesmart.com/events/jW3/) After the premiere, the film will be available for online purchase at the InterFaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit website.

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Roz Warren, the author of JUST ANOTHER DAY AT YOUR LOCAL PUBLIC LIBRARY, has appeared on both the Today Show and Morning Edition, writes for everyone from the Funny Times to the New York Times, and has been included in 13 Chicken Soup for the Soul collections. Drop her a line at roSwarren@gmail.com.

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