Dabl African Bead Museum

On the edge of Detroit is an eclectic visual art museum . Its founder and creator, Dabl, has lived here for sixteen years after a nomadic existence opening and closing galleries around downtown Detroit.

Dabl having been gifted land, peddles mainly imported African beads, and creates his unique, outdoor installations from junk. The two houses on the property are mosaiced with mirrors, other pieces are coated in donated enamel paints, and he creates quirky pieces , like his outdoor cinema, from old chairs and chunks of broken concrete.

 A tour was underway when we arrived for out of town New York writers, so I tagged along. Dabl explained each piece, its personal significance, then ably manned the shop peddling beads, deftly deflecting any attempts at price cutting.

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