Hazel Park Art Fair coming soon

Art, music and more at Green Acres Aug. 22-23

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published August 10, 2015

 Steven Gamburd will bring his surrealist work to the show.

Steven Gamburd will bring his surrealist work to the show.

Photo provided by Sue Summers

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HAZEL PARK — More than 70 artists and nearly 20 unique musical acts are set to appear at the fourth annual Hazel Park Art Fair. And partial proceeds will benefit the Hazel Park Promise Zone, which sends graduating Hazel Park High seniors to college.

The event will take place at Green Acres Park, 620 W. Woodward Heights Blvd. (Nine 1/2 Mile) in Hazel Park, during the weekend of Saturday, Aug. 22 and Sunday, Aug. 23.

Mainstream product vendors will not be featured. In order to maintain the event’s integrity as a true art fair, the focus will be on local artists and artisans — all kinds of painters, photographers, sculptors, metalworkers, jewelry makers and more. The doll maker CreepynCute will be there. So will artist Steven Gamburd, “weird artist” Brian Lewandowski, cityscape photographer Michele Lundgren, painter and toy creator Gwen Joy, and more.

New items include eclectic light sculptures by Joey Mazola, of Eastwards Detroit Studio, and graffiti artist Pauly Everett, from Flint.

The organizer of the fair, Julie Fournier, will also display paintings from her studio, Smiling Eyes Studio. To sample her work, visit www.juliekfournier.com.

“I’d say the majority of our artists are local, within the metro Detroit area. I try to keep the focus on local talent,” Fournier said. “We have a bonanza of talent in the metro Detroit area. We’re just finding incredible artists and phenomenal talent. We don’t have to look any farther than our own backyard. We have so much talent here, and I’m just trying to showcase it.”

The artists will be set up along a loop, so it’s easy to flow from one vendor to the next, and it’s easy to get in and get out without getting lost. The musicians, meanwhile, will perform on a stage on loan from the city of Eastpointe. The stage will be set up near the entrance to the fair.

Musical acts will include gong musician Vine Pitre on Saturday morning, followed by Blazing Belly Dance. Other acts include Bronze Mambas (psychedelic rock), Spaceband (jazz rock), Blackmail (urban hard rock) and Desolation Angels (Americana country).

The Fargin Chef of Detroit will be providing food and beverages. Rochester Mills Brewery will also be there. And the kids can enjoy making take-home art in a children’s area.

Ed Klobucher, city manager of Hazel Park, said the fair is always well-received.

“We’re looking forward to another good fair,” Klobucher said. “The first few years were a lot of fun with many great artists. Julie (Fournier) has taken the lead on this, and we want to commend her for her effort. We’re just hoping for good weather.”

Fournier thanked the Hazel Park Recreation Department for its support this year, which she said has been stronger than ever.

“I can’t find the words to express my gratitude — it’s been incredible,” Fournier said. She noted that it’s an exciting time for the city. “The city of Hazel Park is undergoing a renaissance or rebirth, as it were, and events like this make the city more attractive for people wanting to move in, do business and reside here. It’s pretty exciting to be part of this.

“And I think this is just a small taste of what’s out there in metro Detroit,” she added. “We have so many incredible artists right here, down the street, in our own city. And we’re so culturally diverse. This is a great opportunity to celebrate that.”

For more information, including a complete schedule of bands and a lineup of artists, visit the website at www.hazelparkartfair.com or email hazelparkartfair@gmail.com. For information about the Hazel Park Promise Zone, visit www.promisezones.org.

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