Gigi BennettGigi Bennett is an Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti native and has recently taken a leap of faith to embark on her journey as an artist.

After making the decision to close her family owned business of eight years, she went back to school to finish her Bachelor’s at Eastern Michigan University with her concentration being Applied Mathematics, Liberal Arts and Digital Art. She recently started an online business of handmade jewelry and home décor called “Ypsi Gypsy” with her wife Ami.

Gigi has always been an artist, but it lingered in the shadows of her life while she worked and focused her attention on being a mother. She’s taken numerous art classes from Graphic Design to Painting, which helped keep her artist pulse going. Now that her children are of school age, she’s decided to a new chapter in her life by fully committing herself to her art.

Gigi is not only a mixed media artist but a jewelry maker, creating one of a kind pieces by up cycling vintage and broken jewelry into unique earrings and necklaces.

Rochelle Eaddy can’t remember a time in her life when she didn’t wander around staring atRochelle Eaddy people and things. She was sad when she learned that staring too long at a person is strange and rude, but was overjoyed to learn that holding a camera in front of her eyes was like a license to stare.

She owned my first camera somewhere between 8 and 10 years of age. However, this exhibit is Rochelle’s official debut as a Fine Arts Photographer. She is thrilled to become an emerging artist at 48 years old.

As an artist, a dreamer and a photographer, Rochelle spends time wandering through her universe, noticing every big and little thing. “The desire to remember what I notice is what led me to photography,” says Rochelle.

What do you see in her photographs? Rochelle continues, “What you believe you see is a product of the life you have lived and that your experiences influence your perception of your reality.”


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