Patrons attend the Royal Oak Outdoor Art Fair in Memorial Park last year.

Patrons attend the Royal Oak Outdoor Art Fair in Memorial Park last year.

File photo by Donna Agusti


Royal Oak Outdoor Art Fair returning to Memorial Park

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published July 2, 2018

 Diana Root Winkworth, of The Root Studio, shows off some of her jewelry at last year’s Royal Oak Outdoor Art Fair. The art fair will take place July 7 and 8 this year.

Diana Root Winkworth, of The Root Studio, shows off some of her jewelry at last year’s Royal Oak Outdoor Art Fair. The art fair will take place July 7 and 8 this year.

File photo by Donna Agusti

ROYAL OAK — Memorial Park, 31050 Woodward Ave., near 13 Mile Road and Coolidge Highway, will once again be home to the 48th annual Royal Oak Outdoor Art Fair come July 7 and 8.

Approximately 100 artists will set up shop atop the grassy venue, and live music acts will perform throughout the entirety of the art fair, slated for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

“It’s a fine arts fair and it’s juried,” art fair volunteer Carol Card said. “It is in its 48th year, which makes it one of the older fairs in the state. We pride ourselves in not being like some fairs that sell windows and things like that — we don’t have anything to interfere with the artwork that is being sold at our fair, except the entertainment. We have great entertainment.”

Artists from Michigan, as well as from out of state, will provide a variety of mediums, including ceramics, paintings and prints, fiber arts, jewelry, photography, sculpture, wood, glass, leather and mixed media.

Card said the jury process ensures an even distribution of different types of art, and both new and returning artists will be featured this year.

New this year, she said, will be a kids art display and craft area. The theme will be bugs.

“Parks always have bugs, so we’re going to have bugs in the park,” she said.

Card said Royal Oak public school art classes engaged in bug-themed classroom projects, and some students created works at home that will be on display at the art fair.

“We’re planning to have a make-your-own-bugs table on Saturday afternoon,” she said. “Kids can come up and make little clothespin bugs with tissue paper and use markers for coloring the clothespins.”

She said children could clip their bugs onto a tree or take them home.

“We’ve been very fortunate, because we’ve had good weather. I’m hoping again we have perfect weather,” she said. “It’s a tree-lined park, and the booths go in a circular pattern through the entire park with an easy path to follow.”

Three food trucks will station themselves in one section, she said. The food trucks include Whitney’s Concessions, which will sell fresh-squeezed lemonade, grilled hot dogs and sausages; Treat Dreams, a Ferndale ice cream shop; and Bigalora Wood Fired Cucina, a pizza franchise that recently opened in Royal Oak.

Musical guests will include the Paxton/Spangler Quartet, Jarrod Champion, Erica Mourad and Los Almendrones.

John Fedele, superintendent of the Royal Oak Recreation Department, said he hopes for good weather and expects the art fair to draw a good crowd.

“It’s free for the public,” Fedele said. “Anyone can park and walk in and check out the event and hang out there. I encourage the whole city to come take part of it, get outside and walk around. It’s usually a nice day during this time of year.”

For more information, call the Royal Oak Recreation Department at (248) 246-3180.