Here is synopsis of some highlights in pictures:
Every year during the third week of July, the center of our small university town turns into an enormous outdoor art fair. Artists come from all over the country to display their wares.
This year painter Ezra Siegel came from Chicago.
Sculptor Raphaela McCormack lives in Rochester NY, but is originally from Ireland.
Many charitable and non-profit organizations are promoting their causes at the Ann Arbor Art Fair.
Check this one out: a group of local doctors, teachers, writers and attorneys are overseeing VeAhavata – a home for orphaned children and needy senior citizens in Sri Lanka.
Street musicians are playing on every corner.
The Violin Monster (Zachary Storey) is a local celebrity.
Street food is delicious.
On Saturday, my brother-in-law Joe, my friend Ann and I left Ann Arbor and drove to Detroit for a different kind of art experience.
We dawdled the morning at the Eastern Market.
We spent the afternoon absorbed in the Heidelberg Project.
The Heidelberg Project is named after a street in Detroit where the famous Detroit artist Tyree Guyton has been working for the last 26 years. Guyton uses discarded objects that he finds around his neighborhood “to create a two block area full of color, symbolism, and intrigue.”
It is a magical, thought provoking place, a place that cannot help but shake the viewer out of complacency and torpor of everyday life.
No sacred cows here – Joe and the Statue of Liberty
We ended the day at a very different kind of art venue, the Detroit Institute of Art.
We ended our visit to the DIA by the mural of the Mexican artist Diego Rivera.
Together with contemporary work by Tyree Guyton, what can be a more fitting tribute to the city of Detroit?
Ann and I in front of the Diego mural.