My Week in Pictures

July 23, 2012

Gracious Living Day by DayEvery day last week was so intense and eventful that when Sunday came around I had trouble slowing down. I had to take a deep breath and purposefully slacken my pace.

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.

Art by Ezra Siegel

Sculptor Raphaela McCormack lives in Rochester NY, but is originally from Ireland.

Raphaela McCormack

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.

VeAhavta - you-shall-love

Street musicians are playing on every corner.

The Violin Monster (Zachary Storey) is a local celebrity.

Ann Arbor Musician

Street food is delicious.

Street food at Ann Arbor art fair

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.

Detroit 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.

Heidelberg Project 1

Heidelberg Project 2

Heidelberg Project 4

Heidelberg Project 3

No sacred cows here – Joe and the Statue of Liberty

Heidelberg Project 5

We ended the day at a very different kind of art venue, the Detroit Institute of Art.

We saw two wonderful exhibits: Prints and Drawings by Matisse and Picasso and photographs by Patty Smith.

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

Ann and I in front of the Diego mural.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Loi Thai July 23, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Greetings, Lilianna –
So much going on! Thank you for introducing us (me, at least) to the Heidelberg Project and artist Tyree Guyton. Absolutely fascinating! I’d love to see and experience his mixed media art and the lively streets in person.
Cheers from DC,


Liliana July 23, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Let me know when you are in our part of the country, Loi, and I’ll give you a tour.
Best to you.


Loi Thai July 23, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Thank you, Liliana. Will do. Have a great week 🙂


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