Village art mixes with new shops

By: Linda Shepard | Rochester Post | Published July 12, 2017

 Ceramic sculpture by artist Sue Fox will be exhibited.

Ceramic sculpture by artist Sue Fox will be exhibited.

Photo provided by Fine Art at the Village

ROCHESTER HILLS —Fine Art at the Village aims to fill the busy streets of the Village Rochester Hills shopping center with beautiful ceramics, paintings, sculpture, photography, fiber art, jewelry and more Aug. 5 and 6.

New this year is an “emerging artist” booth, featuring the work of 15-year-old Tim Dupree.

Event organizer Donna Beaubien said Dupree walked into the Village Gallery one afternoon recently and inquired about exhibition space. “He had photos of his work on his phone,” Beaubien said. “I was so impressed, we gave him space at the art fair.”

Dupree will give demonstrations of his work, which includes realistic drawings and spray painting. “He’ll have ongoing demonstrations,” Beaubien said.

In addition, 75 artists will travel from across the country to showcase their talents at Fine Art at the Village. An outside panel of experts juries the entries and invites artists with the highest scores to participate. The festival is free, and parking is also free.

The shopping center has recently welcomed some new businesses, including the Jagged Fork restaurant, AR Workshop and Soft Surroundings. “The Jagged Fork is a family-owned business,” said Shelleen McHale, Village marketing director. “They are open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and serve breakfast and lunch. The portions are huge.”

McHale said major construction continues on the new P.F. Chang’s restaurant, which will be located in the former site of Max & Erma’s. “It won’t be open for a while,” she said. “We are hoping for an opening in the fall.”

Food trucks are on-site at the Village Monday nights — featuring specialty items like Italian-inspired wraps and crepes and family-friendly pizza and hot dogs. “Each of the food trucks have to pay 10 percent of their profits to a nonprofit of the night,” McHale said.

Outdoor movies continue at the Village, offering residents young and old a viewing of “Zootopia” July 21 and “Sing” Aug. 18 under the stars. Music in the Park features local musicians from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Thursday.

The Village of Rochester Hills shopping center is located on the southeast corner of Walton Boulevard and Adams Road. For more information, visit www.thevorh.com.