Hazel Park Art Fair coming soon to Green Acres Park

City officials also hail recent Pride Celebration as a huge success

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published August 25, 2021

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HAZEL PARK — After being put on hold last year due to the pandemic, the Hazel Park Art Fair is back, bringing with it a dazzling array of works by local and regional artists.

The event is free to attend, and will take place Aug. 28-29, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, at Green Acres Park, located at 620 W. Woodward Heights Blvd. in Hazel Park. This marks the eighth one to date. The Hazel Park Arts Council runs the event.

Many pieces will be available for sale, spanning a range of styles and mediums, including oil and acrylic and watercolor paintings, ink and marker illustrations, sculptures, textiles, photography, multimedia, wearables, poster art, home decor and more. More than 70 artists will be exhibiting, among them both established creators and emerging talent.  

There will also be live music, a children’s art area with make-and-take kits, artisan food trucks, and a charity craft beer tent for ages 21 and older, featuring beers from local breweries such as Eastern Market Brewing, Mad Farmer Cider and Shorts Brewing Company. There will also be sanitization stations located around the fair, sponsored by Oak Street Health.

All proceeds from the Hazel Park Art Fair are reinvested into the community, supporting such initiatives as the Hazel Park Art Fair mentorship program, which helps young artists prepare for future art fairs and marketing their own work.

In a series of emails, city officials shared their excitement.

“One of the many things that I appreciate about the Hazel Park Art Fair is its setting,” said Hazel Park Mayor Pro Tem Andy LeCureaux. “It’s in Green Acres Park, which has a nice walking path with many large shade trees. I’ve been to some other art fairs without shady areas, and everyone was roasting in the hot sun.

“I encourage everyone to come visit the fair because it supports our local art scene, and they have things for little kids, great music and food trucks,” LeCureaux said. “It’s always been a fun time for the whole family.”

“I’m really excited to see the Hazel Park Art Fair return this year,” said Mike McFall, also a member of the City Council. “No matter who you are, there is something for everyone. It’s a fun event for the entire community. The Art Fair is a great way to support local artists, many of whom live in Hazel Park.”

Hazel Park City Councilmember Luke Londo said that the Hazel Park Art Fair is a vibrant event that attendees of all ages can enjoy.

“I look forward to spending time with our residents at one of my favorite yearly events,” he said.

For Hazel Park City Councilmember Alissa Sullivan, this is her fifth year helping to organize the Hazel Park Art Fair.

“What I love best about our art fair is the energy. I love the opportunity that it brings to my community for artists that live here, as well as those that travel to us. And the residents get to enjoy the art, music and entertainment,” Sullivan said. “I think what’s really unique about our fair is the interactive activities we seek out each year, including live demonstrations for things like tai chi and figure drawing. We also have strolling entertainers and circus-style performers — this year we even have fire incorporated into one of our acts.

“We strive to assist new artists, and also feature a really unique opportunity for mentorship, where we pair new artists with seasoned artists, to help our budding artists have a more successful first art fair,” she said. “After a year off because of pandemic restrictions, we look forward to this year’s fair being back — bigger and better than ever before.”

The Art Fair also comes not long after the city held its first-ever LGBTQ+ Pride Celebration, which took place Aug. 15, also in Green Acres Park.

“We were really pleased with the turnout for the Pride Celebration,” said Hazel Park City Manager Ed Klobucher. “The festival, once again, demonstrated Hazel Park’s welcoming nature, and hosted activities for every aspect of our community, including families. We look forward to next year’s Pride Celebration!”

Added McFall: “Hazel Park’s first-ever Pride Celebration was a huge success! We estimate that we had upwards of 2,000 attendees throughout the day.”

He noted that longtime residents Jeffrey Olivier and Tim and Steve Zazos helped organize it.

“They did an amazing job. It took a lot of work and I appreciate their dedication,” McFall said. “I’ve received a lot of positive feedback from those who came out, with most mentioning they look forward to attending again in 2022. Their hard work really paid off!”