Art returns to the streets of Mount Clemens

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published May 27, 2015

 Macomb Township resident Patty Pfaendtner’s mixed media art is just a sample of what will be on display and for sale during the Mount Clemens Art Fair from June 6-7.

Macomb Township resident Patty Pfaendtner’s mixed media art is just a sample of what will be on display and for sale during the Mount Clemens Art Fair from June 6-7.

Image courtesy of Anne Lilla

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MOUNT CLEMENS — Artists from across Macomb County will be the stars of the 11th annual Mount Clemens Art Fair next month.

Organized by officials from the Anton Art Center and the Mount Clemens Downtown Development Authority, the eclectic and family-friendly show will take to Macomb Place from June 6-7.

Anne Lilla, executive director of the Anton Art Center, said this two-day show that attracts more than 6,000 people each year is one of the more unique shows in the area.

“What’s unique is that it’s a walkable fair, which will make it easier for those little ones,” she said. “And we’re going to have a lot of entertainment this year for the children.”

In addition to the fine arts and crafts, and a special art booth hosted by the Detroit Institute of Arts, there will also be fun and music provided by local favorite Rosco the Clown, guitarist Guy Louis and the Johnny Trudell Orchestra, which will perform for the adults. There will also be car painting and ceramics wheel-throwing demonstrations throughout the weekend.

The Art Fair will go on from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. June 6, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. June 7.

Lilla said more than 50 artists will sell their wares, and students from the Anton Art Center’s clay program will do ceramics wheel-throwing demonstrations.

Children’s entertainment will abound when Rosco performs at 11 a.m. on Saturday and at noon on Sunday. Guy Louis performs at 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, and at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Sunday. The DIA will host a Children’s Art Tent from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. Children can also paint and decorate a real car.

“The car painting is hilarious and it’s really popular,” Lilla said. “And it’s open to all ages.”

Adding to the ambiance is the well-known Johnny Trudell Orchestra, which will play from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday.

In addition to the art on display, on Saturday there will also be a car show sponsored by the Friends of Mount Clemens, as well as a Duck Derby to benefit the Hope Center of Michigan.

Michelle Weiss, of the Mount Clemens DDA, said events like the Art Fair are great opportunities to promote the city and attract both new customers and new businesses.

“We just had the Made in Michigan show, and what came from that is one of the vendors just fell in love with the area and is now looking to move into the city,” she said. “That’s nirvana, when you put on an event and bring in more businesses.

“What’s also great is events like this creates more pedestrian traffic.It’s an opportunity for the restaurants and the businesses to get more new customers, and it really creates a sense of community,” Weiss said. “We want people to come to Mount Clemens and see what a unique downtown we have. A lot of surrounding communities don’t have a downtown with a rich history like Mount Clemens.”

For more information about the Anton Art Center, go to www.theartcenter.org.

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