Alex Marshall, of Livonia, looks at various pieces of art at last year’s Funky Ferndale Art Fair.

Alex Marshall, of Livonia, looks at various pieces of art at last year’s Funky Ferndale Art Fair.

File photo by Donna Agusti


Dual art fairs to make way back to downtown Ferndale Sept. 21-23

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published September 4, 2018

  Amber Kozawick, of Chicago, buys a necklace while shopping at last year’s DIY Street Fair.

Amber Kozawick, of Chicago, buys a necklace while shopping at last year’s DIY Street Fair.

File photo by Donna Agusti

FERNDALE — All different facets and kinds of art will be on display in Ferndale with both the Funky Ferndale Art Fair and the DIY Street Fair returning to the downtown area.

Both fairs will be held at Nine Mile Road and Woodward Avenue Sept 21-23. In addition to the art, there will be vendors and musical attractions.

The Funky Ferndale Art Fair is celebrating its 15th year, event organizer Mark Loeb said, and it will feature 110 artists in total, about 30 percent of whom are new to the fair.

“We want to make sure we’re keeping things fresh,” he said. “It’s more so important with this show than others, just because we focus on the edgy and unusual instead of a normal art fair. You can have conventional, normal things, and it’s OK to have more repetition, but if we’re telling people it’s a funky, edgy art fair, we need to make sure we’re giving them some surprises every year.”

The art show will see the installation of a new inclusivity mural designed by teen artist Christina Krysiak, which the public can help paint with Krysiak and artist Natalie Balazovich. The mural will be installed on the wall of the Cupcake Station, at Nine Mile and Allen roads.

A new aspect of the Funky Ferndale Art Fair, Loeb said, will be a selfie station, where there will be art specifically designed for people to take their photo with.

“More and more people want to take photos to document their experience,” he said.

“It’s just a really cool year in terms of the art — that we’ve gotten a really fun selection. It feels a lot more true to the name than ever before,” Loeb said.

The DIY Street Fair will hold its 11th annual event, and it will feature more than 150 artists and over 50 musical acts.

Event producer Dustin Leslie said that there were probably 200 applications for artists whom the fair couldn’t feature, but Leslie does hope the event’s footprint can grow in the future to allow for more artists.

“Maybe in the future, once we have some more parking spaces, then we could grow our footprint, but I think in the meantime, being good neighbors, we’re happy with what we have and we just kind of maximize it the best we can,” he said.

Leslie said he couldn’t divulge what musical acts will be at the fair, but he said that some “super exciting national bands” will be playing.

He also said that what continues to excite him about the DIY Street Fair is its longevity and how it keeps coming back stronger every year and with more interest.

“That’s always exciting for me to see what’s new, and I think the fact that it’s so community-driven is really great,” he said.

“Having the Funky Ferndale, which has been going on for a long time as well right next door the same weekend, I just think it’s just a great celebration of everything that is Ferndale, which is inclusion, which is unique, which is being creative.”

The hours of the Funky Ferndale Art Fair will be 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept 21; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23. 

The hours for the DIY Street Fair will be 6 p.m. to midnight Sept. 21, 11 a.m. to midnight Sept. 22, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 23.

For more information on the events, visit www.funkyferndaleartfair.com and www.ferndalediy.com.