Fine Art Fair set for Sept. 13-14

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published August 26, 2014

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Looking for paintings, pottery and more?

More than 90 artists will have their wares on display and for sale at the 27th annual Lac Ste. Claire Fine Art Fair at Veterans Memorial Park on Jefferson Avenue at Masonic Boulevard.

The art fair will be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 13 and 14.

Entrants chairperson Sara-rose Melby said the park is a great place to hold the fair each year.

“It’s such a peaceful place, such a great venue,” she said. “There’s a little bit of everything for everyone.

“They’ll see painting and drawing, photography, some mixed media, glasswork and metal, some recycled art this year that I’m excited about. I’m actually really looking forward to this year.”

Proceeds from artist booth rentals raise money for the Miss St. Clair Shores Scholarship Program. This year’s program was July 26, when 23-year-old Lauren Brown was crowned as the newest Miss St. Clair Shores. She was a prior Miss Teen St. Clair Shores and Little Miss St. Clair Shores, as well. The newest Miss Teen St. Clair Shores is 15-year-old Natalie Seese, who was also a former Little Miss St. Clair Shores; this year’s Little Miss St. Clair Shores is 7-year-old Emma Dell.

This year, in addition to the works by local artists, Melby said the Detroit Institute of Arts will be running the children’s art tent, which has the capacity to work with up to 30 children at a time. In addition, Ann-Arbor based non-profit AartWorks Project will bring “Why I Love Michigan,” a pop-up community street art project, to the fair.

The installation is traveling around the state asking residents to describe and depict what they love about the state through life-size cardboard canvasses.

“We’re hoping we can bring in some new, modern items into the show,” Melby said. “More hands-on and traveling exhibits. It’s fun to have the DIA there to work and show the kids some hands-on art. You get those creative juices flowing.”

To that end, Brown will also be holding a fundraising event during the fair called Pilates in the Park on Sept. 13 from 12-1:15 p.m. The minimum donation for the class is $15; it will raise money for former Miss America Kirsten Haglund’s foundation that provides scholarship money for young people battling eating disorders. More information can be found about the event on Facebook.

This is the third year sculpture artist Dennis Garascia, of Grosse Pointe Farms, will be in the fair. He works in clay, and then casts his sculptures in cement and hand-paints each piece.

“That’s the best one that we’ve got going anywhere around here … because it’s in a park and people have to really want to go there,” he said of the art fair. “They’re there to see some good art.”

Garascia spent years as a graphic artist and has been doing sculpture full-time for about eight years.

“I hand-paint each one. It’s mainly garden art, and a lot of people put them in their homes,” he said.

Those interested can check out his work online ahead of time at and will notice that most of his work includes intricate faces.

“It’s all about the faces for me,” he said.

The art fair is set for Sept. 13 and 14 at Veterans Memorial Park. The park will be closed Sept. 12 for setup, but visitors can come to the art fair for free on the days it is open; there is no entry fee for shoppers.