Wright Museum unveils Aretha Franklin tribute by local artist

A new Aretha Franklin tribute made by a local artist highlights he Queen of Soul from the from a Cadillac hood ornament used as her earring to records and CDs throughout the painting.

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History unveiled a new Aretha tribute by local artist 28-year-old Desiree Kelly. 

"One of my favorite things is the sheet music that I incorporated on the left and it's from Chain of Fools," Kelly said.

Remembering The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin died in August from pancreatic cancer. The celebration of her life lasted an entire week and the museum currently has a temporary exhibit on display paying tribute to the Detroit legend. They commissioned Kelly to create a one-of-a-kind painting for their permanent collection.

"It's just a very fun unique piece to look at - each time you look at it you probably spot something different," she said.

Kelly has been busy. Her murals can be seen in in Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan's office. She has murals in Eastern market, Royal Oak Beaumont - her work is everywhere.

Aretha Franklin viewing at Charles H. Wright Museum

"It's really exciting and I can't wait for everyone else to be able to experience it," she said.

The exhibit won't be available for a while as they work on the permanent exhibit, but you can check out Disiree's work at desireekellyart.com.