Corktown Studios and the Detroit Drunken Historical Society Celebrate Detroit's Birthday

Posted by Francesca Gagliano on Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Opening Reception

Date: Saturday, July 5, 2016
Event Location: The Jam Handy
Address: 2900 E. Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 
Time: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Corktown Studios and the Detroit Drunken Historical Society are celebrating Detroit's birthday by having a big party. They put out a call to artists asking us to depict one of Detroit's historic folklores through any medium. Their words, "The official DDHS Detroit Birthday Bash will be better than ever this year.  Your $25 ticket includes dinner, beer, wine, a live DJ, a history presentation and an art gallery of new paintings inspired by early French Detroit history."

My proposal was accepted along with many others and I chose a short piece called Le Lutin, which is about a devil beast who tortures a prize-winning horse, L'eclair. The horse's owner, Jaco, is baffled and after L'Eclair is abused almost to death he sees the beast riding her and pours holy water on them both. The devil shrieks and inflicts even more pain on the horse. L'Eclair rears and runs into "the chilly waters" of lake Saint Claire.

So the story ends with Jaco feeling upset and sorry for himself. All I could think about was L'Eclair. Le Lutin rode her bareback pulling at her mane while striking her repeatedly with a thorn branch. Burrs caught in her hair and stuck to her blood. I imagined how awful it must have been for her and then imagined that the lake freed her. That the fish welcomed her and that she loved it down there.   

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