|Posted on Tuesday, February 19, 2008 - 3:46 am: |
Where the heck is the artist Barbara Green? What a trip she was. She was a great artist. I have one of her etchings of Cobbs Corner. Does anybody remember when she was taking the tap dancing lessons? She'd come to a gig with a large piece of wood and tap dance in front of the band. But, nobody would let her do it though. The guys would always remove her from the front of the band. I used to laugh and laugh. That girl had more hootspa. Can you imagine yourself going into a friends gig and tap dancing in front of the band? I don't know, man. (LOL)
|Posted on Tuesday, February 19, 2008 - 4:49 pm: |
I remember the 'antics' of Barbara as well. The mind of a mad, genius. I remember thinking at the time that this is just what artists do... but even so it seemed a step beyond. What fabulous work she created. I believe that her work is fairly valuable now and some pieces have even appeared on Ebay. Her pieces had such amazing detail and charm. Can you scan in your etching of Cobbs sometime? It would be cool to see if there are familiar, or sorta familiar, faces. Thanks.
|Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2008 - 1:53 am: |
It is a picture of Howard and Henry Normile, from the suite, "In And About Detroit"; 1979, 5/30, hand colored. It shows Howard and Henry behind the bar to the left. There is a band to the right of the bar (as you know, in reality, the bandstand was to the left of the bar). There are assorted patrons sitting at tables, and, colored and lighted bar pictures on the walls. I worked for Ron Cain, the owner that Howard sold to. The original of this piece (although it was somewhat different), hung in the office upstairs from the bandstand. Ron Cain gave it to me. I gave it back to Howard.
Barbara was funny. She couldn't tap dance worth a darn. She couldn't even "shuffle off the buffalo". But, it was funny to watch the musicians when she would go up in front of the band....very serious as well....and continue dancing until they would pull her off stage. I have never seen anything of Barbara Greens' on e-Bay. Susie Wahl has an original of hers. I don't know how to scan-in. Care to school me?
|Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2008 - 1:59 am: |
I just went to eBay. There was nothing there by Barbara Green under Artists/Paintings. If you can find something, let me know.
|Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2008 - 2:56 am: |
I wish I could give you help in scanning in, but I am a neophyte myself when it comes to the processes. Maybe Stephen could help us out sometime.
I'm thinking that the Barbara Green on Ebay might have been a few years ago, although I am not positive. Somehow, it stuck in my mind which is now, forgive me, not as sharp as it once was.
I managed a restuarant downtown in the early 80's where she was a regular and ended up gifting several similar pieces to the owners. At some point I allowed one to slip through my possesion, some old boyfriend or something, and I am having trouble forgiving myself now.
I'll keep poking around and see if I can come up with any other info.
|Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2008 - 4:41 am: |
I just found one of Barbara's works on Ebay, 'Have a Relaxing Holiday'. The auction ended on 2/9/08 and estimated sale price was $600 - $800. Try going to a place called, Go Antiques, as they were handling the piece. (The posting defaulter will not allow me to enter the webpage) There was a lengthy description that included identifying the Cass Corridor Artists movement and explanation of the changing times in art. Frankly, I was suprised to see it myself. It looks like she may still be living on the East side of town.
|Posted on Sunday, February 24, 2008 - 4:29 am: |
You're kidding? I didn't know that she came back. She left the state about 20 years ago. I think that she moved to New Jersey. Susie Wahl would know. She was renting a room from Susie when she left.
|Posted on Sunday, February 24, 2008 - 4:39 am: |
I just came back from "Go Antiques". I didn't find anything for Barbara Green. Am I spelling her name right?
P.S. I did just as dumb a thing with a painting of Stephens' that I bought at The Cafe Detroit. I bought it for, I think, $20.00. I sold it for $150.00 to Cindy (?), a waitress there, who had at least 100 more IQ points than I had. Dumb things to do today. Sell a Stephen Goodfellow for $150.00.
|Posted on Sunday, February 24, 2008 - 8:05 am: |
Sorry you're having trouble finding this. I went back in and it took me some persistence to find it again. The work that had been in the Ebay auction apparently did not sell because it is being offered as a retail piece now at GoAntiques.com. It is priced at $900.00, titled 'Have a Relaxing Holiday'. You should be able to pull it up and take a close look at by just entering her name and even the title of the piece into the search fields. Her last name is spelled Greene.
I set up an alert for myself on the sight and hopefully they will keep me posted of any other pieces that come up. Once I get it I could just forward it to your own email address. That might be one way to get this to you. I'll let you know as soon as it comes through and if you are willing to share your address, well, then hocus pocus. We've got it done.
There is probably an easier way, but at the moment it escapes me.
I'll post back up as soon as I get it.
Too bad about Stephens piece. I just mailed away to get his 2008 calendar. I love it. That's about my budget at the moment. Even a couple of Bradley Jones' pieces made their way to Ebay at some point. Wow, can you imagine. Ultra cool.
|susan e watkins
|Posted on Saturday, March 08, 2008 - 1:11 pm: |
Kris, Did you see the piece yet, the new auction is coming up soon.... let me know if you need help. susuan
|Posted on Saturday, May 31, 2008 - 12:03 am: |
My bass player (about 15 years ago) who lived in Southgate at the time had a Barbara Greene etching. I even recognized the house (one on Commonwealth) depicted in the view. I asked him where he got such a nice piece and he told me he found it on the garage floor when he moved in. My interview for MFA program at Wayne State in '76 went south. They wanted to see slick stuff and all I wanted to show them was some sketches I had been working on. They got pissed off and left the room. Tom Parish was the only one who hung back and said, "If it's any consolation, the worst reaction up to this point had been Barbara Greene's interview, and this even beats that!". I told him thanks, and it truly did mean a lot to me to be in such hallowed rejected company, for I always respected her work.
|Posted on Saturday, January 24, 2009 - 1:00 am: |
We have a black and white print by Barbara, the interior of a Victorian house, which my wife really loves. It's about about 16" x 20". I would be interested in acquiring a similar one for her. Please email me at: email@example.com
|Posted on Friday, February 13, 2009 - 6:06 am: |
I WENT TO HIGHSCHOOL WITH BARBARA. SHE AND WERE LAB PARTNERS IN CHEMISTRY CLASS. THE TEACHER PUT US TOGETHER CAUSE WE WERE THE CLASS CLOWNS, HE THOUGHT WE WOULD FAIL....WE GOT THE BEST LAB GRADES IN THE CLASS...WE LAUGHED SO HARD EVERYTHING WE DID RIGHT WAS AN ACCIDENT!!! LATER WE MET AGAIN IN ART SCHOOL AT WSU WE WENT TO OXBOW TOGETHER IN SAUGATUCK MI. STANLY ROSENTHAL RAN THE PLACE. I WAS THERE BARBARA, JOHN STROTHERS, LESLIE HEIMSTADT(SHE CUT MY HAIR)
BARBARA WAS THE WORST DRIVER I HAVE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE!!!!!!!THE FEW TIMES I WENT OUT WITH HER FOR A DRIVE I WOULD KISS THE GROUND WHEN I GOT OUT OF THE CAR. WE WOULD ALL GO OUT TO EAT AND BARBARA WOULD TASTE EVERYBODY'S FOOD IN THE WHOLE PLACE BEFORE SHE WOULD ORDER....USUALLY SHE WAS DONE EATING BY THEN AND WAS WORKING ON EVERYBODY'S BEERS. SHE WASNT A MOOCH SHE WAS JUST BARBARA.
AFTER I OPENED MY STUDIO AND KITE SHOP IN GREEKTOWN SHE WOULD COME VISIT ME AND SHE WOULD SIT ACROSS FROM ME LOOKING TOTALLY EXAUSTED AND SAD...SOMETIMES WITH A LITTLE SMILE ON HER FRECKLED LITTLE GIRL FACE AND FALL ASLEEP.
|Posted on Sunday, February 15, 2009 - 9:09 pm: |
Sue Wahl has a black and white exterior of a stone house by Barbara Green. She may be interested. If you know how to contact her....do. I have a hand colored etching of Henry and Howard Normile inside Cobbs Corner; 5/30, 1979.
|Posted on Sunday, March 08, 2009 - 6:56 am: |
I don't remember Barbara Greene but I grew up in Detroit and my parents were good friends with her. My house was filled with her artwork including a painting she had done of my brothers and I. I've always thought she was just a good friend of my folks who painted a little here and there but now I am so glad I saved the artwork that I did. I don't know where all of it is but I have at least five of her original signed watercolors dated anywhere from 1973 to 1979. My Father said she used to spend a lot of time at our house and after a little drink and smoke she would just sit there and paint. My mom had loved this house in our neihborhood so much Barbara had done a watercolor of it and suprised my mom with it. After coming across this web site I now have a new appreciation of Barbara's work.
|Posted on Friday, March 13, 2009 - 1:11 am: |
Thanks, Kris. I know how to get in touch with Sue and Jerry.
|Posted on Thursday, May 14, 2009 - 11:58 pm: |
Glad to see others wondering what happened to Barbara Greene. I have one of her hand-colored prints, "Contemporary Dance II", 5/12. Can't remember exactly how I acquired it, but at the time I was living in Indian Village and knew the folks at the Artist Guild.
|Posted on Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - 5:13 am: |
I HAVE FOUND BARBARA!!!!!SHE NOW GOES BY BARABARA GREEN-MANN...SHE AND GRADUATED FROM sOUTHFIELD HIGHSCHOOL AND SHE POSTED ON CLASSMATES.COM CLASS OF 1966 ...I STILL HAVEN'T MADE CONTACT BUT SHE POSTED HER PHOTO AND WAS ASKING IF ANYONE HAD SOME OF HER PICTURES....JUST KEEPING UP.....ROBERT KAT KATKOWSKY
|Posted on Saturday, November 14, 2009 - 6:38 am: |
I have great memories of you, Henry, Barbara, & many more! Barbara where are you my silly friend? Virgina Park days & all the rest I will always charish. I always loved to hear you sing. Please keep in touch - Patti Mills
|Posted on Sunday, December 06, 2009 - 8:10 am: |
just found her on facebook as BARBARA MANN her married name
|Posted on Tuesday, December 15, 2009 - 9:20 pm: |
Hi, My name is Mike Twamley and I'm the Managing Director of a art's organization called Workman Arts in Toronto, Ontario. Barbara is a artist and member of our company. She's still fantastic and I'm also a proud owner of a piece of her work. I spoke to her about all this dialogue about her and she gave me permission to post this email. She's experiencing some computer problems but if you would like to get in touch with her please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will forward the letters to her. I've had her on the phone reading these postings to her. She's had a good laugh remembering you all. Barbara continues to create work and she has an upcoming show at AWOL Gallery in Toronto at the end of January, her first show since Detroit.
|Stephen Goodfellow (Admin)
|Posted on Monday, January 04, 2010 - 12:21 am: |
This is Stephen Goodfellow, admin for CorridorTribe.com
I had the good fortune of exhibiting with Barbara back in the 1977 at the Artist Guild of Detroit.
She unwittingly freed me from my shackles imposed by my bullshit art education back in England, where I studied before I came to do my MFA at Wayne State - that's where I first saw Barbara's work.
It was the fanciful unabashed freedom so evident in everything Barbara created that held me in awe. It helped me rid myself of the last vestiges of the conceptual art crap I had thrust down my throat throughout my BFA back in England. Thanks to Barbara, I experienced a creative renaissance that continues for me to this day.
In my circle of friends, and I believe in the general lore of the Cass Corridor, Barbara Greene is considered an art goddess who's work is highly appreciated and much coveted. I would be interested in any information on any exhibition Barbara is in, and will be sure to announce it on the site and by newsletter.
For the services Barbara has rendered me, I owe her my art career and consequently will do anything to make sure the wind is at her back as she goes through life.
Lost touch with her back in the '80's, and love to hear from her again - and so would a lot of her Corridorite friends.
CorridorTribe.com Web admin
|Posted on Thursday, January 07, 2010 - 9:12 am: |
I am so glad, thank you, for posting the email about Barbara. I too was wondering about what became of her, and was inquiring during the summer because I saw a work of art, not hers but very similar, and it made me think of her after so many years....
|Posted on Thursday, January 07, 2010 - 9:35 am: |
As with everyone else, I often wondered what happened to Barbara Green. I never knew Barbara well, having met only a couple of times. But I'm lucky enough to have a few of her painting/drawing/watercolors. They are all so beautiful, quixotic and charming. I never had the opportunity to discuss them with her or to tell her how much I love her works. They've brightened my home and life for many years. Dear Barbara, get well and quickly, so we can visit with you back home in the Corridor and enjoy more of your creations.
|Posted on Thursday, January 07, 2010 - 10:43 am: |
Wow Stephen, a gift for so many of us whose lives were touched by Barbara. I was so fortunate to have worked on the show you were in at the Artist Guild with her. We printed huge lithographs at Wayne State's Art department in the middle of the night using giant gelatin rollers. It was such a great time in the Corridor and Barbara's energy, vision, and life touched so many. Finding her again will heal a wound in the hearts of many who have missed her, and wondered about her welfare.We have a number of her etchings in my family. Her work is treasured! Wouldn't it be great to do a "bastard gallery" in the corridor, a retrospective of her work. Get well Barbara you are loved and missed by many! Chris King
|Posted on Thursday, January 07, 2010 - 8:09 pm: |
I just sent an e-mail to her through her friend. She will only be in the hospital four more days and who knows if the letter will get to her or not. Of course I had to remind her of tap dancing in front of the band. She was such a trip and a wonderful artist. My prayers are with her.
|Posted on Thursday, January 07, 2010 - 8:20 pm: |
Shout out to Stephen, thanks much for the web presence ...and B ...I will be getting in touch, ...Ben Ross
|Posted on Friday, January 08, 2010 - 1:36 am: |
Barbara's work has graced my life throughout the years and I think of her often. She and I tripped the light fandango many an evening and her exuberant energy was unforgettable. Whether we were shaking our booties in front of the band or causing havoc with our after-hours shenanigans in her apartment building's basement pool or bartering babes as the corridor ladies (I use the term loosely) Black Corset Club, she was a bright light in our crazy world. Get better, grrlfriend.
|Posted on Friday, January 08, 2010 - 1:59 am: |
We knew Barbara back when Nick and I lived in Detroit's Cass Corridor in the early 80's. I remember well her energy, spontaneity and red tap shoes gracing the likes of Alvin's and any art opening with music or not she went to.
Barbara I hope you have a speedy and thorough recovery your in our thoughts.
|Stephen Goodfellow (Admin)
|Posted on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 - 1:20 am: |
Update: Barbara's hospital phone number, compliments Becky Romaine: 1416 5306000 punch: 1 Bed: 2077
|Posted on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 - 2:55 pm: |
Dear Barbara, Please get well soon ! I have many great memories of Barbara her energy, artistry and beauty. I've wondered how she's doing and even tried to find her on Facebook a few months ago. We met in yoga class in early '75 at W.S.U. In May '75 after moving into The Unitarian Church as caretaked I look out my 3rd floor bedroom window on Cass and there she is doing yoga on the grass across the St. a few doors down from her studio. We were neighbors and friends. We would go to Ann Arbor with Ken her boyfriend(at that time) to Sufi dance. I helped her pull prints and clicha vera at her studio. When the studio pipes froze and burst Wayne and I chipped through the ice over her door to get her in. I ran into her unexpectedly doing art fairs in Charlevoix and in Tampa Fla. in the 70's. Also at Perry Drugs at 9 mi. & Greenfield buying diapers for her infant Hunter after she had moved to Philly. I have Contemporary Dance III ('77) hanging in my house and 2 pieces of clicha vera by Barbara. I want to find a photo I had of Barb and my daughter Emily around '77 dancing on Cass in front of her studio. Emily's turning 39 this Thursday Jan. 14th. Barbara's birthday is May 13th. Besides art and dancing Barbara played flute too. We had some late night jams at the Church after the Song Shop. I loved Barbara and still do. Barbara you have the yoga energy flowing through you to heal. Sending you love and healing energy. Get well ! Blessings, Ralph
|Posted on Tuesday, February 09, 2010 - 11:06 pm: |
BARB.....IF YOUR LISTENING I HOPE YOU GET WELL...WE'VE KNOWN EACH OTHER FOR A LONG LONG TIME.....I THINK OF YOU OFTEN AND WITH GREAT LOVE...ROBERT KATKOWSKY
|Posted on Friday, February 12, 2010 - 2:34 am: |
I sent a card to Barbara at St. Joseph's Health Centre in Toronto, on 9 Jan '10, and it just came back, marked "Pt. d/c"...no other explanation.
Can anyone tell me how to reach her? We travelled to Colombia in the '70s, and I fell in love with her art. Totally lost track, though, over the many years. If you see this, Barbara, I hope you are well and feeling good!
|Posted on Saturday, February 13, 2010 - 11:01 pm: |
Mine just showed up as returned today as well. I sent it on 1/09. If anyone has Barbara's home address, please send it to me via private email. I'd still like to send the note I had written.
|Posted on Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 11:34 pm: |
I'm an old friend of Barbara Greene's and would love to hear from/about her. I know she was in a convalescence facility in January but haven't heard anything more current. I hope she is doing well and send my warmest regards if she gets to read this.
Would be interested in obtaining her art, too.
|Posted on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 11:02 pm: |
|Stephen Goodfellow (Admin)
|Posted on Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - 8:30 pm: |
Thanks a heap Doug. I've posted the info on my Facebook, and will put it on the Corridortribe front page as soon as Mick Vranich's passing away hub-hub dies down.
|Posted on Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 4:39 am: |
Wow what a trip. I own a cafe in Toronto named Zoots (yes after the infamous one in the Corridor where I used to work). A representative from an arts association asked me to show a woman's work. Here's the thing. The pieces have been up for a week or so and I just went down to the cafe to meet Barbara. I recognized her Detroit twang and we got talking. How strange. I am showing some of her rad art, somewhat by accident. Two Detroiters collide in Toronto Canada.
|Posted on Thursday, May 13, 2010 - 8:22 am: |
babs and i were toigeather several years i was a the first real cowboy she ever met after seeing a cow with those big brown eyes she became a veggie freak no more meat i was a prorodeo clown bullfighter barb was a occupational therapist what a team hunter was my bud the last time i saw her and hunter they came to a bullriding i was working in lakeland florida yep hunter was wearing guns on his huips i was kinda busy and never got to tell her and hunter by saddest day in my life and i had to be funny damn i muiss them some one pls help i need a laugh i will tell yall she was a real sweetie
|Posted on Monday, November 01, 2010 - 6:17 am: |
The internet works! Seems to be the same B.G I knew in Coconut Grove,Fl. Makes me smile to think of her!
|Posted on Monday, May 23, 2011 - 8:30 pm: |
I knew Barbara back at Wayne State. We were in ceramics together. I heard she moved to Ontario. I live in Toronto and would love to know more about her and if she is doing well. I have two of her amazing early works. One I would like to donate to the DIA as it is a drawing of Gordie Newton's studio circa 1969-70. If anyone knows anything about her please let me know. Back then my name was Annie Krist.
|Posted on Saturday, August 20, 2011 - 2:24 am: |
Hi all, sorry I haven't been following the blog. Barbara is still living in Toronto and is connected with Workman Arts. She's still a bundle of fire but sadly, she hasn't been looking so good lately. I know she has a painting in an exhibit at the Gladstone Hotel until mid September. You can find her contact info easily by googling her...check out Culture Inside and facebook websites.
|Posted on Sunday, February 05, 2012 - 9:11 am: |
Barbara Greene mann reading such wonderful things about me. I ive in this one room torobto housing apaetment and have lots and lots of new work, whichunderwent a big change about 4 years ago; amazed myself and still do. I always used to look at things, now I can just draw, and this Muse takes my hand and out flows a story of the times I live in, the events that influence all of us planet inhabitants, and ideas that promote love and understanding and my notion of a new world. I invent things like the hamburger and fries cameflauge bomb shelter that houses woman and children civilians during these unneceddary cruel wars. A tough game of table tennis should suffice, or in our day and age a new form of debate. Needless cruelty and trauma seem to be the shaper of our planet. I know that are intelligent life forms existing, just read the facebook blurbs that appear on my post and other Detroit artists, musicians, sites. Well back to work, new paintings and posts await you, let's see who's faster. lol and love,
Barb (greene Mann)
|Posted on Friday, March 23, 2012 - 12:32 pm: |
Heck yeah bay-bee keep them ciomng!
|Posted on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 7:50 am: |
These topics are so confusing but this hpleed me get the job done.