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Maker Faire – Detroit – The Henry Ford

photo credit: Maia C

Its almost time for the Maker’s Faire this weekend (July 30 – 31)! Its my first time going, and I’m really pumped to see everyone’s creations. Think of a wonderland, crossed with genius power, crossed with magic. Yup. Thats what it is. Creators will show off their inventions and ideas. I’m prepared to be wowed. Its also at the most perfect location, The Henry Ford. There is still time to get tickets.

One of the things I’m super excited about is Sean Casey’s Tornado Alley movie showing and the Tornado Intercept Vehicle (known as TIV). I’m sure you have seen that bad boy on TV.

You can check out the schedule and find them on facebook and twitter. Let me know if your going!

Plymouth Ice Festival – 2011

Ice Fest

It was my first time at the Plymouth Ice Festival and it was awesome! Not even below freezing temperatures could keep me away from Kellogg Park. There were so many beautiful sculptures with so many details to take in. They really sparkled like pieces of crystal. The best part was watching the dueling chainsaw exhibitions. I took some pics of my favorite pieces… Can you believe all the feather detail on the rooster?
Ice Fest

Everyone was mesmerized by the fairy. I had to elbow people out of the way to get a shot.

Ice Fest

Some organizations sponsored some of the sculptures. My favorite was one from a group promoting the adoption of dogs from the animal shelter and not from inhumane puppy mills.
Ice Fest

There was also a super cute teddy bear that was just begging to come home with me. I’m not sure if I would enjoy cuddling with him so much. I would wake up feeling like I peed myself every night.

Ice Fest

Look at the stinger on this scorpion. It’s deadly!

Ice Fest

Then there was Lady Liberty. Her robes were so beautiful. The detail of the scales mesmerizing.

Ice Fest

I never expected to see hammer head sharks on land. They were swimming among some seaweed. And there there was the cutest piranha with the cutest teeth ever. Cute being very relative of course.

Ice Fest

Ice Fest

A gorgeous Native American was present with an eagle. Look at his pecks and 6 pack. Wawaweewah!

Ice Fest

And the best way to propose in winter is below 😉 It was in front of a house close to where we parked. Must have been a great surprise for Amber. Congrats!

Ice Fest

You can follow the Plymouth Ice fest on twitter or on Facebook.

My favorites were Lady Liberty, the hammerheads and the piranha. Were you there? What was your favorite and why?

Arts Beats and Eats 2010 – Royal Oak

Arts Beats & Eats 2010

Arts Beats and Eats (check the site for the music lineup) moved to Royal Oak this year, while it was previously held in Pontiac. I love Royal Oak, and I was really excited. So, Sunday, we got there around 3. Couldn’t find parking (even paid) anywhere close, so we parked in a lot next to i96. Parking on the side streets required permits for residents ( good idea). Guess how much parking was? $15. Yes, fifteen dollars. Which on top of, we had to walk for like a mile. Granted I know every time its the first of something there are kinks that need to be ironed out, but $15 is crazy for parking.

SO, we get there. Guess what? A line. A line for what? An entrance fee. How much? $3. Fine, whatever. But once you are inside, you realize 1/2 the booths were advertisers (in case you were looking for insulation for your attic between band sets). So why the entrance fee then?

Anyways, we get in there, where is the ART? Um, no maps or signs so it took over 1/2 hour to figure out where everything was. At that point I was like, whatever, here to have fun, here to chill, move on. Ok. But guess what, you could not move! You couldn’t look. You couldn’t stop. You were jam packed in a sea of humans.

Apparently they didn’t expect that many people. Well, then don’t have it on Washington street. Which is one street off Main St. This time I couldn’t take great pics. Remember the Plymouth Art fair?

Here goes…

Arts Beats & Eats 2010

This pic was of the thinnest crowds.lol.
Arts Beats & Eats 2010

One of the koolest things there…
Arts Beats & Eats 2010

The view from behind the tents into the vending stands.
Arts Beats & Eats 2010
Arts Beats & Eats 2010

Did you know Hour magazine is based out of Royal Oak?

Arts Beats & Eats 2010

Ok, my favorite parts of any festival / fair. The art. I didn’t even come close to taking pics of everything, but some of my favs were these custom cutting boards. Crazy right?
Arts Beats & Eats 2010
Arts Beats & Eats 2010
Arts Beats & Eats 2010

The one thing about the art is, I wish they would bring more up and coming artists in. Some paintings were thousands of dollars. Michigan’s young artists need the exposure, and then we could actually buy something! I’m not going to spend 350$ on a signed print.
Arts Beats & Eats 2010
Arts Beats & Eats 2010
Arts Beats & Eats 2010

Then the Food. Sorry, but it was terrible. Terrible lines, terrible selections and not vegetarian / kosher / halal friendly. This basically meant we were stuck at this truck, especially since we had already bought 16 tickets (non-refundable) for $10 (which is the minimum).

Arts Beats & Eats 2010

Stuck with this menu (and yes, it says chicken on a stick):

Arts Beats & Eats 2010

So, we ended up with oily heavy elephant ear ($5)

Arts Beats & Eats 2010

And oily soggy cheese fries. I love fries. If they were crunchy and good I really would’ve been happy especially since we skipped breakfast looking forward to ABE. The cheese was watery too. Weird. Oh, and guess what, this much for $5.
Arts Beats & Eats 2010

It’s not my style to hate. But really, I was seething that day. I felt ripped off, tired, and disappointed. It wasn’t even about the money. It was the principle. Don’t charge me for all this, make me eat soggy fries, tell me the band doesn’t start till 5:30, waste 4 hours of my life, have no maps and THEN bombard me with advertisers. Get it straight. We are not dumb.

Plymouth Art in the Park

Plymouth Art in the Park 

The 2010 annual Art in the Park event, in Plymouth , was this past weekend. Artists come from all over to attend the second biggest art fair in Michigan. The weather was amazing and it was packed!

I always love the chalk drawings, and this Andy Warhol’s chalk repro of  his famous Marilyn Monroe is no exception. The colors are so vivid.

Plymouth Art in the Park

 Plymouth Art in the Park

What would an art fair be without a caricaturist?

 Plymouth Art in the Park

And a jazz band?

 Plymouth Art in the Park

 Plymouth Art in the Park

And a happy woman selling happy lemonade?
 Plymouth Art in the Park

Plymouth itself is the perfect backdrop for the fair, because it boasts amazing specialty shops.

The sign below says “Old World Olive Oil”. All this store sells is olive oil and vinegar from around the world.

 Plymouth Art in the Park

These shops were just too cute!

 Plymouth Art in the Park

And this looked like the most perfect neighbourhood toy store.

 Plymouth Art in the Park

 Plymouth Art in the Park

On to the ART! So, I just wanted to highlight some of my favs from the fair. This is by no means an inclusive list. There were too many talented people there to count. But here it goes…

These metal sculptures caught my eye right away! I mean, for starters they were pretty big, and they were just gorgeous, making me want one right away for my backyard. They are by michigan metal sculpturers: Anderson’s Metal Sculpture. Click on the link to check out more of their awesomness, they take conseignments too.

A butterfly on a flower…

 Plymouth Art in the Park

A gorgeous goldfish…

 Plymouth Art in the Park

A colorful dragonfly…look at those kaldeiscopic glass eyes

 Plymouth Art in the Park

 Plymouth Art in the Park

And my fav….the grasshopper!

 Plymouth Art in the Park

I think it was the little “hairy” spikes that made me fall for this fella.

 Plymouth Art in the Park

Another group of metal “animals” perfect for the yard, are these beyond cute Yardbirds. Make sure to check out their website. They came all the way from Louisville Kentucky. I really really, and i mean REALLY loved the venus fly trap below. He also reminds me of Randall from Monsters Inc.

 Plymouth Art in the Park

 Plymouth Art in the Park

 Plymouth Art in the Park

These next piks show how much my photography skills are not so great yet, and really do not do the art justice. You HAVE to visit his website Pubsof. He goes around the country and draws the local pubs that are the heart of the city. Truly amazing work. The detail, the colors…trust me, just take a look at his work and you will be hooked.

 Plymouth Art in the Park

 Plymouth Art in the Park

Now this next artist is a penmaker and woodworker by the name of Ben Sturk (you can reach him at RSturk@aol.com). I was intrigued. Wooden pens that don’t even look like wood, and hand made, I mean, all that work! He had so many of them too.

 Plymouth Art in the Park

I love the marbling effects.

 Plymouth Art in the Park

And these were my fav. They look a bit like snake skin, right?

 Plymouth Art in the Park

 Plymouth Art in the Park

And for the the rest of it I just wandered around. Here are some other cool shops from Art in the Park.

I was in tie die heaven (i’m a hippie at heart).

 Plymouth Art in the Park

And I was surprised to see Bonzai trees. I love em and have been wanting one for a while.

 Plymouth Art in the Park

 Plymouth Art in the Park

The funniest maid and cook outfits.

 Plymouth Art in the Park

I’m also a sucker for vintage signs. These would be for a game room, or man cave.

 Plymouth Art in the Park

I don’t think the ones below are vintage but they were great non the less.

 Plymouth Art in the Park

Lots of jewlery shops. I loved how these were displayed.

  Plymouth Art in the Park

Cartoony melancholic drawings are another love of mine. I should share my etsy finds on here. Soon, I promise.

 Plymouth Art in the Park

More cutesy fun garden stuff. I especially liked the “weeds for sale sign”.

 Plymouth Art in the Park

 Plymouth Art in the Park

If your around next year, this is definitely a great event to attend. As always help support local artists and spread the word.

*discalimer: all Art pictured is property of their respective owners. I have no rights to any of it. If you know the aritsts names of the other art please let me know.

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