Ferndale artist to have first exhibition at library

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published January 22, 2019

  Local artist Anthony Brass shows his latest artwork that will be featured at an exhibition at the Ferndale Area District Library beginning Sunday, Jan. 27.

Local artist Anthony Brass shows his latest artwork that will be featured at an exhibition at the Ferndale Area District Library beginning Sunday, Jan. 27.

Photo by Deb Jacques

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FERNDALE — A local artist whose work has a focus on nature will have his first solo exhibition at the Ferndale Area District Library.

The library will be featuring 20 pieces of Anthony Brass’ art that was created in the past year at his home in Ferndale. The exhibition will start on Sunday, Jan. 27, and there also will be a reception where people can meet Brass at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24.

Brass said his artwork covers several different themes, but his main focus is on the experience of nature.

“We’re no different than anything else that grows on this planet, and we’re composed of matter that is pretty much immortal and has been existing throughout the universe for time that we can measure,” he said. “I really just like to reconnect with nature, and show people that we are nature pretty much.”

Brass, a graduate of Wayne State University with a degree in graphic design, gets some of his inspiration from going into the woods and taking in everything around him to create his art.

“You go into the woods and there’s a lot of energy, and you can’t really explain it, but you just feel good when you’re in the woods,” he said. “Then when you walk out of it, you’re uplifted in a way.”

Jeff Milo, with the Ferndale Area District Library, said he reached out to Brass after he saw some of Brass’ art at Samastah Yoga. He said the work captured his attention and he wanted to bring that to the library.

“I appreciate that Anthony is able to demonstrate with his art the importance of the natural world and the universe around us, and that it reminds us to keep our eyes open to what’s beyond our phones or our devices,” Milo said. “There’s lots of vivid colors, lots of natural imagery, lots of dreamlike imagery. So I think it’s a good thing to just remind people to get in touch with that side of themselves and to stay in touch with Mother Nature.”

Brass said his artwork is highlighting the beauty of nature, and that’s what he wants to show and bring to people.

“I want to uplift people’s spirits and motivate people and inspire people through my artwork,” he said.

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