Four artistic entrepreneurs are joining forces
to rise to the top of their industry.
They will be revealed over a 4 week period starting May 13th.
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In the history of art & entertainment, there have been memorable groups & factions. Movies had the Rat Pack, Professional Wrestling had the 4 Horseman, Music had The Beatles, and coming this month, the Visual Arts will have The Aces. Four Mid-Michigan based Artistic Entrepreneurs who are some of the best at what they do, and who plan on dominating the arts industry over the next few decades. The 4 Aces of Visual Arts is an Opportunity Arts Conceptual Creation.
Each of The 4 Aces of Visual Arts will be revealed over a 4 week period with 4 individual video vignette events introducing & highlighting each Ace, ending with a 5th video vignette event that will highlight the entire group. Circumstances from the pandemic changed the definition of what “An Event” is from just something you go to, to something you experience from anywhere. The videos vignettes will air on Opportunity Arts’ Facebook & Instagram, as well as permanently on the Opportunity Arts website. Viewers & fans are encouraged to tune in from wherever they are.
The Aces reveal schedule is as follows:
Thursday, May 13th, 6:30pm EST - The Reveal of the Ace of Spades
Thursday, May 20th, 6:30pm EST - The Reveal of the Ace of Clubs
Thursday, May 27th, 6:30pm EST - The Reveal of the Ace of Hearts
Thursday, June 3rd, 6:30pm EST - The Reveal of the Ace of Diamonds
Thursday, June 10th, 6:30pm EST - The Dawn of the Era of the Aces
The video vignettes were created & produced by Paul Schmidt & his company UnoDeuce Multimedia, a local production company who has worked with multiple businesses & non-profit organizations throughout Mid-Michigan.
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Claude J.P. is an Illustrator & Graphic Designer from Lansing, MI. He has presented work at multiple events & venues including Shuto Con, Washi Con, Kogan Con, Cedar Street Art Collective, MICA Gallery, Old Town Sidewalk Sale, The Fledge, Great Lakes Arts and Gifts, at the REO Town Outdoor Artisan Market, the MSU Broad, the MSU Broad Art Lab, and the Arts Council of Greater Lansing. Claude studied Graphic Communication at Lansing Community College, where he received his Associates Degree. He is a 4th generation graphic artist and has been featured as a guest on The Fledge’s show Every Damn Day with Jerry Norris, and has his own podcast at www.FromArtToZine.com.
Claude is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Marketing from Davenport University, and lives with his husband and young son. He states in his own words that, “It took me a long while to get used to my own identity which is why so much of my work deals with this theme. I'm a transgender man, gay, am on the spectrum of schizophrenic disorders, and experience disability, and in that way so much of my identity is wrapped up in these facets.” Claude has a natural zest for love and ideas. “When people see my work, I'd like them to think about their own life, love, and dreams.”
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Julia Doty is a mixed media artist from Lansing, MI, who's biggest goal is to “light up a little bit of the world” with her art. In addition to her art being available via a variety of websites online, Julia can also be found selling her art at local area market events including Mega Mall Flea Market & Little Red Schoolhouse Flea Market. She also has work on display at Bazonzoes Provisioning Center. A second generation artist, Julia enjoys creating plant themed artwork because as she says, there has not been a single time that she could stay sad around nature. She believes everyone should experience nature & art, and she tries her best to capture that feeling in her work.
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Bryan Knickerbocker is a drummer, percussionist, bassist, and podcast host who currently holds endorsement deals with Soultone Cymbals, Collision Drumsticks, & No Nuts Cymbal Sleeves. A Mid-Michigan artistic transplant, Bryan is originally from Madison, WI but currently resides in Eaton Rapids, MI. He has performed as the drummer for Lansing-area band Two-Faced Wilson, and has played multiple venues throughout the Midwest including Mac’s Bar in Lansing, MI, The Crofoot Ballroom in Pontiac, MI, The Music Factory in Battle Creek, MI, The Smokestack Brew in Mishawaka, IN, and The Ruin in Fort Wayne, IN.
A 2nd generation musician, Bryan enjoys partnering with artists for both in studio & live setting sessions. He has collaborated with Elsie Binx out of Detroit, MI, Andrew Ketcham of Let It Rot, and Jammie Bosstel of Praise The Fallen. When not working on his studio project “Diecast Romance”, Bryan can be heard as the host of “Drumming In The Trenches”, a podcast focusing on local & regional drummers. Bryan is a huge KISS fan, and when not performing or honeing his craft, enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 beautiful daughters.
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