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Art Fair @ City Hall Showcases Local Artists

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(Crystal A. Proxmire, June 21, 2015)

The new and improved Ferndale Arts and Cultural Commission has planned an ambitious summer full of events like Art @ City Hall, Concerts in the Park, and Salon Sundays.  Saturday they held their first ever Art Fair @ City Hall event.  Artists set up tables under the covered walkways around Ferndale City Hall and lured in passersby with their beautiful displays.

Kip Kozlowski had a booth with mixed media items with books as the theme.  A distinctive item was the pheasant feather pen, in a mini clay pot with a wish book make of seed paper, and a tiny bottle of ink.  “You write your wish and then you plant the seed paper and it grows,” Kozlowski ctechadsaid.

Pollyanna Robling of The Purple Peacock boutique also had a space at the fair.  Her family had been running estate sales for years before deciding to take old furniture and paint/upholster them in artsy, modern ways.  Dining chair seats were replaced with planters for unique lawn decor.  Tabletops were repainted with flowers. Fluid Photography, Whatever and Then Some and Dust of the Earth Design were also among the creators that could be found at City Hall on Saturday.

“It’s nice to be back in the neighborhood,” said artist Lisa Grix.  Grix lived in Royal Oak for many years, but is now over an hour away.  “I don’t come back very often so this is fun to do.  It wasn’t very much money and there were no tents to worry about. Hopefully it can be an event that keeps growing.”

Jeannie Davis was among the organizers of the event.  “The portico at city hall, normally quiet on a weekend was bustling with activity,” she said.  “Artists were setting up tables in the shade and displaying their work. Oh yes! It was small, but selective. Everyone who attended the art fair commented on the variety and quality of the work. The entire commission turned out to help.”

Learn more about the Ferndale Arts and Cultural Commission at https://www.facebook.com/Ferndaleartsculturalcommission.

Keep up on the latest events at http://oaklandcounty115.com/events/.

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