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Funeral arrnagements set for artist Gary Grimshaw

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Gary Grimshaw, the legendary Detroit concert poster artist who died on Monday, Jan. 15, will be celebrated with a funeral, parade and reception on Sunday, Jan. 19, in downtown Detroit.

The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), 4454 Woodward. Music will be provided by the Seatbelts and saxophonist Johnny Evans of the Howling Diablos, and about a dozen people -- including Grimwhaw's widow Laura -- are planning to speak during the hour-long ceremony.

Following the ceremony, Gabriel's Brass Band will lead a parade with Grimshaw's ecco-friendly casket to the Veteran's Administration Hospital at Garfield and John R streets, where the artist, a U.S. Navy veteran, will be given military honors. A reception will follow at the Scarab Club, which is hosting a "Gary Grimshaw Solo" exhibition through Feb. 15; during the reception Grimshaw's signature will be affixed to a ceiling beam, where it will join those of other artists such as Norman Rockwell, Diego Rivera and Tyree Guyton.

A visitation for Grimshaw will take place from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, with a musical performance by Detroit R&B veteran Melvin Davis immediately following.

Laura Grimshaw said Wednesday that her husband, who was ill for several years, "gave me time" to plan his farewell. "He took a long time to decide the day that was good for him (to pass away) and he knows I'm a planner. I just started dreaming about what I wanted to happen. And now everybody is bending over backwards to help me make it happen."

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