Funky Ferndale Art Fair: Twice as Funky as the Average Fine Art Show!
Ralph Longshore, aka MAN IN WHITE, will be appearing for the first time at the Funky Ferndale Art Fair! The Man in White is a living statue and performance artist who began street performing in downtown Asheville, NC in 2009. He is painted all in white and comes to life as he sings and plays his originally composed music on his guitar. He delights in entertaining people of all ages. The Man in White travels frequently and has performed on streets and in festivals in Atlanta, New Orleans, Charleston, across North Carolina, Michigan and Florida, and most recently Ocean City, MD.
Royal Oak resident Tim Gralewski’s primary medium is screen printing, also called serigraphy. He enjoys the bold colors and offset look he is able to achieve drawing him into the screen printing process. His editions (number of prints) are kept to a low number to preserve the uniqueness of the image.
Gralewski’s work is in the permanent collections of Alma College, Eastern Michigan University and six large scale pieces are also in the collection of Michigan State University. He teaches graphic design and printmaking at Marygrove College in Detroit and at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor.
Exhibiting for the first time at Funky Ferndale, September 14-16, is M. Hakima, M.D. The former medical office of Dr. Hakima is now a gallery in Flomaton, Alabama, where he showcases his “Outsider Art.” Outsider art is art that is outside the official cultural institutions. That is, the artists are self taught and outside the main stream art world.
Common themes of Hakima’s work include natural phenomena, social health issues, and imaginative quests of non-representational biomorphic forms. Although most of the work has been called bright and colorful, drawings include use of black and white. Folk-inspired patterns include faces with existential eyes.
Dr. Hakima’s art encompasses the use of oil, pastel, ink, pencil, water, charcoal, crayon, and photography. His work has won many awards and most recently, he was awarded first place in the painting category at Dauphin Island’s Art in the Park, AL.
Jennifer Howard, lifelong resident of Ferndale, will be offering her original photography for the second time at the Fair. With a deep fascination for American life, Howard enjoys shooting nautical beacons (lighthouses) and exploring color in her compositions. While she often utilizes digital SLR outfits to create and capture images, she also uses medium format “vintage” cameras.
“They say the camera lens does not lie, and I love how it captures everything, from the most beautiful, to the completely flawed,” said Howard. “There is art in everything around us just waiting to be captured. My photographs are fragments of time."
Arleen and Michael Parker work as a team in the design and creation of handcrafted stained glass art jewelry. Arleen has been an artist all of her life. For many years she filled her palate with various paint mediums and, now, she paints with glass. “Glass gives me boundless artistic potential. With an unlimited array of hues, textures and patterns, I am able to produce one-of-a-kind creations. I recognize that I am creating each piece for a special individual. It is such a joy when the jewelry and the person come together.”
When not traveling and showing their work in art shows, Arleen and Michael reside in the north Georgia mountain town of Jasper on Lake Tamarack, an hour north of Atlanta, GA.
Photographer Paul Wood of Troy has been deeply interested in his craft for more 40 years. “My passion is nature photography,” said Wood. “Getting close to a subject allows me to see things in ways that I would normally miss. When shooting close up, there can be a world of beauty in one back yard.”
Post-production processing of his images are done using a variety of Adobe products, such as Photoshop, Lightroom, Bridge and Camera Raw. Nothing is added to his images that were not there to begin with, unless noted. “Photoshop is a wonderful tool that allows photographers to squeeze much more out of their images than was previously possible,” said Wood.” It works digitally in the same vein as film photographers/developers used for decades. I’m convinced that, were Ansel Adams alive today, he would be a Photoshop freak.”
Carole Giles will exhibit her metal work for the first time at Funky Ferndale, booth #105. After a trip to Cabo San Lucas, Carole was so inspired by the metal work on display there she decided to learn the craft of metal working. She has been studying at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit for almost 3 years. Her pieces were on exhibit at CCS this spring.
Employing several metal working techniques, Carole creates one of a kind shelves and stands that can be used to display one's own jewelry, thereby combining both function and beauty.
Always interested in art, Carole's hobbies include gardening and sewing. Previously employed as an automotive designer for 20 years, she is now concentrating on her art. Carole, along with husband Steve and son Colin have recently moved to Ferndale to be closer to a vibrant and diverse city.
Source: Funky Ferndale