Hazel Park prepares for annual Art Fair

Event set for Aug. 24-25 at Green Acres Park

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published August 9, 2019


HAZEL PARK — Around 70 artists will soon descend on Green Acres Park for the Hazel Park Art Fair, a two-day event that will also feature a variety of other vendors, performers and nonprofits. The fair, organized by the Hazel Park Arts Council, is presented this year by My Town Properties.

The park, located at 620 W. Woodward Heights Blvd., will host the annual event from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 24, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 25.

Attendees can look forward to a wide range of family-friendly artwork spanning all mediums — 2D and 3D, decorative and functional — including drawings, paintings, photography, ceramics, metalworking, jewelry and more.

The vendors will be set up around the park, with bands and other live performers at the front and strolling performers throughout the venue. Among them will be Kiera Adams, of The Shed Spray Paintings, doing live spray paint art. STUDIOWERQ will provide children’s art and live demonstrations of weaving and tie-dyeing on Sunday.

One can also look forward to the return of Shadow’s Circus with her aerial performances. On Sunday, the Detroit Institute of Arts will host one of its drop-in workshops — this one on making tambourines and learning their history. And guests can try their hand at live figure drawing as part of “See What Stacy Started.”   

Among the artists this year are such applications as “Everyday Gear for the Everyday Geek,” by Geeks with Scissors; “All Items Are One of a Kind and Made with Love,” by Barefoot Jane; “Whimsical Home Goods with a Pop Culture Flare,” by Pipperillo Studios; “Urban Photography with a Few Surprises,” by Encore Designs; “Deathly Elegant Bone,” by Poking Dead Things; “Modern Sci-Fi Twist on a Thousand-Year-Old Craft,” by Zapico Glass; “Japanese Pop and Nature-Inspired Original Designs,” by Windy Woods Designs; and “Accessible and Inclusive Art,” by The Brave Wimp, to name some of the exhibits at the show.

“I love the Hazel Park Art Fair because it gives every artist a chance,” said Clara Strzalkowski, a returning artist. “I got my start here and have been a part of it for the past two years. There is such a variety … and there are always new artists showcasing their work. Ultimately, it is the best art fair I’ve ever been a part of, and it’s why I keep coming back.”  

As for the bands, the lineup was still being finalized at press time, but organizers said it would include bands performing an eclectic mix of blues, folk, indie, country, pop and rock. All of the bands are said to be local to southeast Michigan, including several from Hazel Park.

Guests are advised to take detours around construction in the area. While Woodward Heights is being rebuilt with one-way traffic, Green Acres Park is still accessible from the South Chrysler service drive, turning on West Mapledale Avenue to Lennox Street, and heading south or taking the service drive to Woodward Heights west. Overflow parking is available at the Hazel Park Community Center.

And be sure to bring your appetite: There will be food trucks such as Nosh Pit and Hero or Villain at the fair, as well as several vendors selling artisan bread and other treats. The Arts Council itself will have a tent set up, selling craft beer to raise money for art-related projects in the community.

The Arts Council is a licensed 501(c)(3) nonprofit, so all donations to it are tax deductible. Currently, the group is working on starting a series of artist meet-ups to connect the art community in Hazel Park and introduce artists to each other. Another project now in the works is the mural initiative. An outdoor mural was painted at last year’s art fair, and another is currently being planned.  

Hazel Park Mayor Pro Tem Amy Aubry, treasurer of the Hazel Park Arts Council and co-chair of the Hazel Park Art Fair, said that she looks forward to another successful event.

“This is my third year helping with the planning of the fair. We continue to do our best to provide a variety of art to local residents at all cost points, because we believe art should be accessible to all,” Aubry said. “And we cannot thank our sponsors enough for helping to keep this event affordable to our artists. Working together, we can continue to have a great fair every year.”