Friday, April 27, 2012
"ARTWN" will add a 10-piece public art installation downtown next month and will feature a variety of summertime events.
The Downtown Development Authority is launching a new program that aims to appease Ferndale residents' growing interest in art around their community. The spring initiative called ARTWN will feature a 10-piece art installation set up around the downtown district to help establish it as an art town. DDA Executive Director Cristina Sheppard-Decius said the program is an invitation for people to create and enjoy art “in one great place – downtown Ferndale.” The 10-piece exhibit, assembled by renowned curator John Sauve, will start changing the downtown Ferndale landscape late next month. Featuring the work of local and national sculptors, the pieces will be installed at locations throughout the district and remain in place through next year…
Friday, December 2, 2011
It's here art and craft nerds. The one and only Detroit Urban Craft Fair.
On Saturday and Sunday, artists, crafters and fans from throughout metro Detroit will descend onto the massive Masonic Temple in Detroit for the Detroit Urban Craft Fair. The Detroit Urban Craft Fair, created by and sponsored by Handmade Detroit, is in its sixth year. It happens on Saturday, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m.- 6 p.m., at the Masonic Temple in Detroit. The event will be two days, bringing nearly 100 vendors for your shopping pleasure. A number of those vendors call Ferndale home -- including Handmade Detroit and Detroit Urban Craft Fair co-founder Carey Gustafson. Vendors from Ferndale include: ...and a few of them even answered a couple questions we had: Ferndale Patch: What do you do? Gustafson: I'm Carey Gustafson…
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
AJ's Music Cafe is in need of some special people to help give the space a cleaner, fresher appearance. The cafe needs to make some improvements, fearing closure at the end of their lease next year.
The storm in July left AJ’s Music Café with water damage, but in true Ferndale spirit – the café is turning the lousy weather into a positive experience. With the help of money from insurance and some kind members of the community -- AJ O’Neil, the café's owner, is looking to give the coffee shop a bit of a remodel. “I want this place to be a beacon of hope and creativity and it should also look that way,” said O’Neil. While O’Neil has high hopes for the café, the majority of his time is spent maintaining the operations and entertainment aspects of the business. To help with the completion of the remodel, O’Neil has turned to the community for help in giving the spot a fresh look. _Dennis Bruce Spencer_ has been coming to AJ’s for a little…
Friday, August 12, 2011
Wednesday night, 51 aprons – each with one word written on it – popped up along the fence around an empty lot in Ferndale.
The vacant lot along Woodward Avenue in Ferndale, between West Lewiston and West Cambourne, was the perfect spot, Brighton artist Dennis Bruce Spencer said. Spencer, 54, rescued 51 aprons from the trash and turned them into art, hanging them on the fence that surrounded the lot. "I looked for the perfect place for some time and then I saw that. There couldn't be a more perfect spot," he said. "Everyone that drives up Woodward would have to see it." Spencer, who helps out from time to time at Painting with a Twist, had 51 white aprons. He tied them together, which totaled 459 linear feet he said, and on Wednesday, had people write one word on each of the aprons. Once the words were completed, he took the aprons to the vacant lot and hung up…
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Ferndale hosted the two events Saturday to showcase creativity and art in the community.
Art lovers had many opportunities Saturday to see the work of local and student artists. The Arts and Crafts Fair was held at Ferndale High School. Local artists and craft makers displayed and sold products inside and outside of the school. Many Ferndale High Schools students were there to fundraise for school-based programs and activities. The Art on the Town Artwalk was held from noon to 4 p.m. in downtown Ferndale. Highlights included the art work of Ferndale School District students inside and outside of many local businesses and a large "freeze mob," during which supporters of local schools and art froze in place for 5 minutes at multiple locations, including the intersection of Nine Mile Road and Woodward Avenue.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
A month after signing its lease, is ready to open with the works of more than 60 artisans to be featured Saturday and Sunday.
After weeks of hard work, The Rust Belt Market will be able to officially open for its first day of business Saturday. About a month ago, Tiffany and Chris Best signed a lease for the formerly vacant Old Navy building at 22801 Woodward Ave., giving them all 15,000-square-feet of the property to use toward the market, an incubator for artists to control their art and sales. Since that time, it has been a non-stop job, and an estimated $30,000 worth of work, for the couple, transforming the raw, colorless space to suit their bold vision. “We’ve crammed so much in a four-week period,” Tiffany Best said. “It’s crazy around here.” For all the changes that have been made, such as murals by local artists and a central stage area for musical …