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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 ūüėČ 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?

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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