Funky Ferndale Art Fair
(Crystal A. Proxmire)
The Funky Ferndale Art Fair takes place all this weekend (Sept 17-19) along W. 9 Mile in Downtown Ferndale. This event brings artists from all over the country to Ferndale to share their work in a juried art show, as well as selling their creations. From jewelry to paintings and prints to clothing and more, there were many artistic products to be had.
Paul Gilbert from Dearborn had a tent full of historic photographs of the Detroit area, including a beautiful shot of the old Federal’s Building, which was very close to the spot where Gilbert’s boot was for the fair. “I had a store in Frankenmuth called Michigan Views, but that closed down and now I’m doing art fairs and trying to get my prints in stores,” Gilbert said. “People like these because they’re made the old fashioned way – taken on film with chemicals that won’t fade over time like digital prints can.”
Other unique finds included Malcom Ramsay’s gigantic wood bird carvings and mailboxes, and David Conroy from Baltimore who makes jewelry out of hardware – nuts and nails mainly.
Local businesses were packed Saturday afternoon, and several got in on the Funky Ferndale Art Fair Fun. Wyll Lewis of American Pop! sold his recycled art, The Candle Wick Shop sold candles to benefit The Ferndale Marching Band, and Como’s set up a pizza slice stand on their corner.