Well, Funky Ferndale was indeed funky, exciting and chock-a-block with art lovers last week-end. The D.I.Y. Art Fair takes place east of Woodward Ave. on Nine Mi.Rd. (in Ferndale, MI) and extends on through the city's library parking lot. I don't believe this is a juried art fair but I could be wrong about that...it is, however, delightfully quirky and attracts hordes of Ferndale hipsters and arty types. On the other side of Woodward, also on Nine Mi.Rd., is the juried Funky Ferndale Art Festival which is a little more upscale in it's scope and level of artistic endeavors.
I was 'manning' the booth I share with a fellow artist that week-end in The Rust Belt Market which is right in-between the two art fairs in what used to be a huge Old Navy store. It was converted several years ago to a year-round artist's market and event space which is open on week-ends only but attracts a pretty steady and loyal following. I did manage to take a 30 min. break friday evening and race around to both art fairs but didn't really have time to speak with many artists or determine how they were doing early on.
The weather couldn't have been better and the crowds seemed to have come out for it and I did see several people carrying what appeared to be art purchases but I'm hoping that someone who was an artist participant will volunteer more feedback than I can provide.
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