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Detroit Artist's Workshop 1960 -?



Artist workshop founders Doug Larkins, George Tysh, John Sinclair and Robin Eichele

Photograph contributed by Douglas larkins

In the early 60's Corridor artists, musicians and writers organized into a collective dedicated to co-operative advancement of the arts in Detroit.
Founding members included Douglas Larkins, Robin Eichele, Nancy Madison, Alister MacKenzie, Billy Reid, the MC 5, Stephen Ligosky, George Tysh, Richard "Toby" Tobias, Ken "Jumbo" Schooner, Jim Siemark, Charles Moore, Ellen Phelan, John Sinclair and others. (Does anyone have a list?) The Artist's Workshop was successful in providing public venues for member concerts, poetry readings, gallery shows, publishing and other cultural events. During the middle 60's, the Workshop morphed into Trans Love Energies, then the White Panthers after Sinclair's move to Ann Arbor.

Richard Tobias


ARTISTS WORKSHOP WEST: THE FAMILY DOG
A substantial group of Workshop founders and regulars migrated to San Francisco during the 60s and, as a group, founded the Family Dog for purposes of creating concert venues for member bands and musicians. Among them were James Gurley (founder of Big Brother & the Holding Company), Jim Moilanen, Nancy Madison, David Homicz (David's dog "Sancho" was the original family dog), Robert Dries, Stanley Mouse, Alan Stone, Martin Gorak and Rita Phelan. The Dog Tribe rented the Avalon, Fillmore and other ballrooms, effectively sparking the "Psychedelic" music and art movement in San Francisco.

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Artist workshop founders Doug Larkins John Sinclair George Tysh Robin Eichele

Picture contributed by Douglas Larkins

Here is a list of known Artist Workshop members:
  • John Sinclair
  • George Tysh
  • Joe Groppuso
  • Bob Marsh
  • Doug Larkins
  • David Homicz
  • Stanley Mouse
  • Robin Eichle
  • Nancy Madison
  • Jon Roberts
  • Ellen Harmon
  • Alister MacKenzie
  • Billy Reid
  • Gary Grimshaw
  • the MC 5
  • Stephen Ligosky
  • Richard "Toby" Tobias
  • Ken "Jumbo" Schooner
  • Jim Semark
  • Charles Moore
  • Ellen Phelan
  • Martine Alguire
  • Lyman Woodard
  • Leni Sinclair
  • Dan Spencer
  • Kenny Cox
  • Jim Moilanen
  • Tim Phelan
  • Bud Spangler
  • Larry Weiner
  • Pauline MacKenzie
  • Doreen Collins
  • John Collins
  • Tim Downs
  • Sue Perry
  • Linda Banks
  • Marvin Banks
  • Bill Jackson
  • Chuck Logan
  • Charles Latimer
  • Larry Miller
  • Richard Ellman
  • Carol Miller
  • Jennifer Miller
  • Steve Rossmore
  • Bob Hollis
  • Kenny Mitchnik
  • Nancy Mitchnik
  • Tim Ligosky
  • Nancy Lee
  • Tom Thompson
  • Dale Chalk
  • Mark Chover
  • Barbara Chover
  • Steve Soloman
  • Kay Alexander
  • Tony Williams
  • Tony Dixon
  • Robin Summers
  • John "Corky" Bunjac
  • Chuck Kohl
  • Kenneth Cockerel
  • Walter Brown
  • Warren Edwardus
  • Judy Brown
  • Frank Isola
  • Judy Slaughter
  • Bob Fisher
  • Mike Kruger
  • Alan Saperstein
  • Robert Dries
  • Bonnie Roberts
  • James Guenther
  • Bruce Bishop
  • Martin Gorak
  • Ellen Harmon
  • John Stroud
  • Richard Ash
  • Nikki Toles
  • Rita Bergman
  • Larry Brooks
  • Mary Kay Tomaino
  • Nelson Pole
  • Bill Niccore
  • Jeanie Niccore
  • Janice McBride
  • Alex Lampe
  • Ken Davies
  • Byron Zuk
  • Carl Butz
  • Jerry Younger
  • John Hornfield
  • Dave Cowels
  • Bob Mates
  • Sally Feed
  • Felica Davis
  • Ted Lukjanczk
  • Tim Phelan
  • John Roberts
  • Seymore Finer
  • Richard Gerrian
  • Ray Hibbit
  • Tyrone Abrams
  • Ed Metry
  • Bo Taylor
  • Bill Tyler
  • Bil Stuart
  • Peter Cantini
  • Nancy Jones
  • Sue Brackett
  • Gayle Pearl
  • Tina Spaulding
  • Dale Cook
  • Larry Hartstein
  • David Small
  • Ron English
  • Ted Lucas
  • Annette Lucas
  • Sidney Brown
  • Mary Carol Brown
  • Lloyd Yates
  • Steve "Muruga" Booker
  • Steve Warner
  • Allen Stone
  • Paula Stone
  • Bill Kahler
  • Hallie Stanbury
  • Bill Currie
  • Lou Lorringer
  • Mike Knight
  • Paul Sedan
  • David St John
  • Ron Nordin
  • Diane Kowek
  • Joan Ellen "Dusty" Rhodes
  • Paul Taylor
  • Don Stays
  • Roberta Hall
  • Loring Stanhope
  • Jim Hand
  • Mary Bridges
  • David Earl
  • Jerry Cohen
  • Jim Laing
  • Dan Sparks
  • Jeff Kercerou
  • Don Jobes
  • Clairese Jobes
  • Robin Eichele
  • Allister McKenzie
  • Bill Reid
  • Joe Mulkey
  • Do you belong here?

Richard "Toby" Tobias asks, where are they now? You can either place info on the discussion - everyone will get to see it - or contact members via email as you wish.
If I get the info, I'll create a page for individuals - such as I have done for Gary Grimshaw and David Snow - to keep folks up to date as to their activities.