Shelby artists join Birmingham art fair
By Sarah Wojcik
May 7, 2014
SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Bright colors, positive messages and a unique attention to detail categorize two artists from Shelby Township, although their mediums are completely different.
Kandy Myny is a mixed-media artist who combines elements on wooden panels. Barbara Rubright is a fashion designer who creates and sews her own fabric. Both women will be present at the 33rd annual Art Birmingham May 10-11.
The fair, presented by the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, will take place in downtown Birmingham’s Shain Park from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.
This year, the free event will feature more than 150 professional artists specializing in painting, ceramics, photography, jewelry, glass, wood, sculpture, fiber, metal and more. Kids also will have an opportunity to make a craft for Mom.
Myny, 45, is a self-taught artist and mother of two who began creating artwork in 2008 and recently opened her own art studio in Romeo. She began with murals on her children’s walls and eventually found her whimsical style using collage, acrylic, ink, charcoal, vintage paper, found objects and empowering phrases.
“I really like the whole bright, cheery, whimsy type thing,” she said. “People become happy when they walk into my booth, and that makes me happy.”
Myny also sells prints of her paintings and makes her own jewelry, coasters and other gifts. She sells plaques with motherhood themes and will have Mother’s Day cards available at Art Birmingham — a timely addition to the fair.
“I paint on wood panels and never go into it knowing what I’m going to do,” she said. “I sketch something out and start placing different papers and paint until I figure it out, but it changes and evolves and is completely different by the time I finish.”
To view more of Myny’s art, visit www.bitowhimsy.com.
Rubright weaves together 25-30 yards of yarn, rayon, bamboo, silk and cotton on a loom to create her signature lightweight, textured fabric. Then she washes, stretches, blocks, steams and cuts the fabric to sew jackets, tank tops and pants according to her classic patterns.
She said she crochets the edges and finishes her pieces with a variety of buttons to create an accent piece that drapes well over a woman’s form and can be layered with other garments.
“Previously, I was an art teacher. It was a natural mix to be working with textiles and so forth,” Rubright said. She has been fine-tuning her craft since her children — now grown — were in fifth grade.
Rubright said she does a lot of custom work and looks forward to creating pieces that make women feel good.
To view more of her collection, visit www.barbararubright.com.
Shain Park is located in downtown Birmingham, just south of Maple Road and west of Old Woodward Avenue. For more information, call (734) 662-3382 or visit www.artbirmingham.org.
About the author
Staff Writer Sarah Wojcik covers Shelby Township and Utica for the Shelby-Utica News. Sarah has worked for C & G Newspapers since 2013 and attended Oakland University. She won a first place 2013 Excellence in Journalism award for open government reporting and a second place 2014 Excellence in Journalism award for a series of explanatory stories from the Detroit chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
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