arts & entertainment
'Tis The Season
Outdoor art fairs kick off this month.
ith the warm weather, step-
ping outside can mean step-
ping into many art displays
scheduled around the Metro Detroit area.
It's time for new works by familiar and vis-
May 11 - 12: Art Birmingham, Shain Park
(734) 662-3382; theguild.org .
May 18 - 19: Fine Art at the Village, Village
of Rochester Hills, Walton at Adams.
May 18 - 19: East Lansing Art Festival,
downtown East Lansing. (517) 319-6804;
June 1 -2: Art on the Grand, downtown
Farmington. (248) 871-2400;
June 7-9: Grand Rapids Festival of the
Arts, downtown Grand Rapids. (616) 459-
June 8: Berkley Art Bash, 12 Mile in
downtown Berkley. (248) 414-9157;
June 8 -9: Clay, Glass and Metal Show,
Washington at Fifth, downtown Royal Oak.
(248) 246-3000; royaloakchamber.com.
June 13 - 15: Canton Liberty Fest,
Heritage Park. (734) 394-5100;
June 14 - 15: Jazzin' on Jefferson, downtown
Detroit. (313) 331-7939; jazzinonjefferson.
June 14 - 16: Belleville National Strawberry
Festival, multiple locations. (313) 383-8920;
iting artists at favorite fairs.
While some of the shows listed below
are strictly focused on artistic talent,
many offer musical entertainment,
children's activities and foods to meet a
variety of tastes.
Visitors who frequent repeated
events will notice some changes. For
June 15: Michigan First Summer in
the Village, 27400 Southfield Road,
Lathrup Village. (248) 557-2600, ext. 224;
June 28-30: Arts and Acts, downtown
Northville. (248) 349-7640; ci.northville.
June 28-30: Stars and Stripes Festival,
Freedom Hill County Park, Sterling Heights.
(586) 493-4344; starsandstripesfest.com .
June 28-30: Trenton Mid-Summer Festival,
downtown Trenton. (734) 675-7300;
July 10 - 13: Wyandotte Street
Art Fair, downtown Wyandotte.
July 12 - 14: Plymouth Art in the Park,
downtown Plymouth. (734) 454-1314;
July 13 - 14: Royal Oak Outdoor Art Fair,
Royal Oak Memorial Park (248) 246-3180;
July 13 - 14: Art in the Park, Halmich Park,
Warren. (586) 795-5471; warrenfinearts.
July 17-20: Ann Arbor Street Art Fairs,
various locations. (800) 888-9487;
July 19 -20: Farmington Founders Festival,
Fanciful Folk Art
West Bloomfield artist offers new-style
work in one-woman show in Ferndale.
lice Frank was inspired by two
women, her late grandmother-
in-law and the mother of a
long-ago camp counselor, as she devel-
oped one of the many collage pieces in
her new exhibit, `Artful;' on view this
month at the Lawrence Street Gallery in
May 2 •
The woman shown in the collage, titled
Best Bubbe, wears a babushka while sit-
ting on a chair and holding a bunch of
flowers. She is part of a series, "Best
Bubbe and Other Misses:' presented as
framed, two-dimensional works.
The collages have been formed from
many layers of torn papers that have
been painted in watercolors by the art-
example, Art Birmingham is earlier
this year. Michigan First Summer in the
Village runs only one day, and the Stars
and Stripes Festival moves to Sterling
As the time gets closer for each fair,
check for changes in particulars before
making final plans:
downtown Farmington. (248) 477-1199;
July 25 -27: Sterlingfest, City Center
Campus, Sterling Heights. (586) 446-2489;
July 25 -28: Concours d'Elegance of
America, Inn at St. John's, Plymouth. (248)
July 26-28: Orchard Lake Fine Art Show,
Powers and Daly roads, West Bloomfield.
(248) 684-2613; HotWorks.org.
Aug. 2-3: Allen Park Arts & Crafts
Street Fair, Allen Road between
Southfield and Roosevelt. (734) 258-7720;
David Levy of Davis, Calif., will exhib-
it his wood creations, including this
game and coffee table, at this year's
Art Birmingham, running May 11-12
in Shain Park.
Aug. 10 - 11: Downtown Monroe Fine Art
Fair, downtown Monroe. (734) 242-8308;
Aug. 16- 18: Ypsilanti Heritage
Festival, Depot Town and Frog Island.
Aug.17-Sept. 29: Michigan Renaissance
Festival, Holly. (800) 601-4848; michrenfest.
Aug. 30 -Sept. 2: Arts, Beats & Eats,
downtown Royal Oak. (248) 541-7550;
Sept. 2: Art in the Village, Franklin. (248)
Aug. 2-4: Brighton's Fine Art & Acoustic
Music Festival, downtown Brighton. (810)
Sept. 6- 8: Art & Apples Festival, Rochester
Park. (248) 651-4110; artandapples.com .
Aug. 3 -4: Fine Art at the Village, Village of
Rochester Hills, Walton and Adams. (248)
Sept. 7: Daily in the Alley, north Cass
Corridor District, Midtown, Detroit
Aug. 9- 11: Milford Memories Summer
Festival, downtown Milford. (248) 685-
7129; milfordmemories.com .
Sept. 13 - 15: Funky Ferndale Art Fair and
DIY Street Fair, Nine Mile at Woodward
and Troy at Woodward. (248) 546-1632;
Aug. 9- 11: Great Lakes Folk Festival,
downtown East Lansing. greatlakesfolkfest.
Aug. 10 - 11: Shelby Township Art Fair,
Shelby Township Municipal Grounds. (586)
ist. Instead of creating images of people
through painting, she shapes the torn
papers into representations of people.
Frank describes the elements of the
pieces as color, texture and manipulation.
"I have created a line of folk-art charac-
ters:' says Frank, 69, of West Bloomfield,
who recalls both women as helping her
when she was worried.
"I came up with the idea for the col-
lages after studying folk art from different
regions. In addition to the characters,
I have used the torn papers to create
"My folk art is very playful. I've used
lots of bright shades. When I'm manipu-
lating the paper, I am thinking about pre-
Sept. 21 -22: Common Ground's 39th
Annual Birmingham Street Art Fair,
South Old Woodward between Maple and
Bowers. (734) 662-3382, www.theguild.
- Artist Alice Frank
renting my emotions so that each viewer
Frank, who has had four shows at the
co-op gallery, has not had her work on view
there for three years so that her presentation
would consist of entirely new projects.