Fine art fills Village

By: Linda Shepard | Rochester Post | Published July 21, 2015

 Woodturner Robert Meeker’s intricate style will be exhibited.

Woodturner Robert Meeker’s intricate style will be exhibited.

Photo provided by Donna Beaubien

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ROCHESTER HILLS — Photographer James Parker has exhibited his photos of old ranches and ghost towns in Fine Art at the Village for the past 10 years.

“When I first started doing art shows, I got a postcard about it about a week before the show,” Parker said. “I called Donna (Beaubien) and asked if I could still get in. She was very sweet and she said to send her some JPEGs. Then she said to show up and put up a shack.”

Parker said Fine Art at the Village, planned for Aug. 1 and 2 at the Village of Rochester Hills shopping center on Walton and University, presents a good cross section of art and artists.

“For the artists, it is an easy show to do,” he said. “The tents are lined up on one side of the street. The flow is nice. The shopping center is very supportive. It is a very pleasant experience for the patrons and the artists.”

Parker said he exhibits in approximately 20 local and national shows every year.

“I focus my lens on the West,” he said. “Stories told in things left behind. I shoot vanishing America — pictures that tell a story, with a specific mood.”

More than 100 artists from across the country exhibit their finest at Fine Art at the Village. Ceramics, glass, paintings, drawings, multimedia works, sculptures, photography, fiber art, woodwork, jewelry and more will be featured.

Live artists demonstrations will be held throughout the event, and activity booths for children will be featured. The art fair will also offer street performers and an outdoor food court.

Each year, a panel of experts juries entries and asks artists with the highest scores to participate in Fine Art at the Village. The festival is sponsored by Creative Arts Council, a nonprofit art group, and outstanding entries will be awarded prizes.

“We believe the beautiful and relaxed atmosphere of the Village of Rochester Hills is the perfect setting to view artwork of this caliber and meet the artists,” Festival Director Donna Beaubien said in a statement. “Along with enjoying the exciting fine art and fine crafts, patrons can stroll the tree-lined streets and visit over 50 intriguing shops and restaurants. Children can enjoy the playground and participate in the free arts and crafts activities.”

Admission and parking are free. Fine Art at the Village will be held from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Aug. 1 and from noon-6 p.m. Aug 2. For more information, call (248) 689-8734 or visit www.FineArtAtTheVillage.com.

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