Your favorite piece of art

Edward Hopper's famous 1942 painting belongs to the Art Institute of Chicago

Edward Hopper’s famous 1942 painting belongs to the Art Institute of Chicago

A recent poll via Art Everywhere US has Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks (1942) winning the popular vote. He was going against well known pieces by artists such as Warhol, O’Keefe and Mapplethorpe.

Do you have a favorite work of art? Have you incorporated it into your life somehow?

Bring some Monet to your day.

Bring some Monet to your day.


7 Songs to Inspire a Better Day (or at least put a smile on your face)

Okay, here’s a few songs to inspire you to have a better day … or to just get you moving with a smile on your face.

We’ve listed 7 … What songs would you recommend?

1. Walk On by U2

And if the darkness is to keep us apart/And if the daylight feels like it’s a long way off/And if your glass heart should crack/Before the second you turn back
Oh no, be strong/Oh, oh, walk on, walk on/What you got, they can’t steal it/No, they can’t even feel it/Walk on, walk on

2. Soak up the Sun by Sheryl Crow

It’s not having what you want/It’s wanting what you’ve got/I’m gonna soak up the sun/Gonna tell everyone/To lighten up/I’ve got no one to blame/For every time I feel lame/I’m looking up

3. Ho Hey by the Lumineers

So show me family/All the blood that I would bleed/I don’t know where I belong/I don’t know where I went wrong/But I can write a song/I belong with you, you belong with me, you’re my sweetheart

4. Hey, Soul Sister by Train

You’re the only one I’m dreaming of/ You see, I can be myself now finally/ In fact there’s nothing I can’t be/ I want the world to see you’ll be with me

(Hard to get those “hey, hey’s” and the ukulele out of your head; this song is one my daughter loves to dance to.)

5. Sowing the Seeds of Love by Tears for Fears

And I believe in lovepower, love power, love power/Sowing the Seeds/An end to need/And the Politics of Greed/With love

6. Dig In by Lenny Kravitz

If you ain’t part of the game then how can you find a solution/Nobody said that it would be fair/When the mountain is high/Just look up to the sky/Ask God to teach you/Then persevere with a smile

And no list would be complete without this song (just try to watch the video without a smile on your face and a little tap in your toes) …

7. Happy by Pharrell Williams

Bring me down/Can’t nothing bring me down/My level’s too high/Bring me down/Can’t nothing bring me down/Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth/Because I’m happy/Clap along if you know what happiness is to you/Because I’m happy/Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do


What to do in Farmington/Farmington Hills this Week (6/23/14): Swing, Hullabaloo, and More

Check out some of the great arts & cultural Riley Park in Farmingtonevents to look forward to in the Farmington/Farmington Hills community this week:

Thursday, June 26th, at 7:00 pm: The summer concert series at Heritage Park (24915 Farmington Road) continues with AllenAsTim and The Dance Hall Rockers, “the Great Lakes Region’s premiere Tim McGraw tribute band.”

Thursday, June 26th, at 7:30 pm: Swing Farmington takes over the Pavilion in downtown Farmington.


HullabalooFriday, June 27th, at 7:00 pm: Rhythmz in Riley Park summer outdoor concert series with Hullabaloo, an 8-piece Ann Arbor-based music collective known for their feel good sound, solid musicianship, and danceable songs. Due to construction in Riley Park the concert will be held at the gazebo in front of Farmington Place on Grand River Ave.

Now through July 19th: Exhibition of work by sculptor Bernadette Marcos at the City Gallery in the Costick Center at 28600 W. Eleven Mile Rd.

kickstART Your Weekend with Some Good Reads: Sticky Streets, Environmental Art, Taxes for the Arts, and More

Our Friday update here at kickstART farmington highlights some communitygreat articles we’ve read this week dealing with art, creative placemaking, and building great communities. You’re sure to find some inspiration to make your life and our community even better!

1. The End of Sprawl?: Rents for commercial spaces in walkable districts inside otherwise car-dependent suburbs command a 74 percent premium over non-walkable areas. The researchers argue that this is symptomatic of an ongoing societal shift.

2. On Earmarked Taxes for the ArtsA dynamic arts scene means the companies you have now should face the prospect of competition. But be ready for their directors not to agree.

3. Sound Bites from CNU22: People are happier in messy, engaging mixed-use instead of blanked-wall mixed-use. And nature isn’t just good for you. It makes you nicer.

4. On Environmental Art: Environmental art contributes to the environment around it, enriching its community and fostering a relationship between the people and the place, and the people in the place.

5. On Sticky StreetsA street is sticky if as you move along it, you’re constantly enticed to slow down, stop and linger to enjoy the public life around you.

Voices From Around Town: Kerrie Moyer and K3 Creations Artworks

Farmington and Farmington Hills is home to many talented musicians, writers, craftspeople, and artists. Each week we will examine their work, process, and creations.

You might not recognize her name, but if you’ve spent any time in downtoSign for Farmington Brewerywn Farmington you’ve seen Kerrie Moyer’s work.

Leatherwork, metalsmithing, jewelry making and stained glass are just some of the mediums she creates in. Her pieces have a steampunk flair, but also cross into playful territory, like the custom Wonder Woman accessories she recently crafted for a client.

MirrorIn addition to displaying her jewelry, mirrors, and stained glass pieces at various art fairs, craft shows and businesses in Metro Detroit, she designed and created custom business signage for Off the Beaten Path Books on Grand River Avenue. Later this year her work will again be proudly displayed downtown at the soon-to-open Farmington Brewing Company.

In addition to creating custom pieces you’ll find in town, Kerrie teaches day Necklaceand evening classes at Merry Go Round Stained Glass in Clinton Township. The classes run every six weeks throughout the year with the next series of classes beginning in early July. Previously she has offered workshops at Off the Beaten Path Books.

Moyer started working in this medium about 10 years ago. Her favorite part? The tools! “I LOVE working with tools of all kinds, and stained glass has lots of tools. Added to that, stained glass has so many possibilities! I can manipulate and mix the various glass arts in literally endless combinations! Lastly (and this is the best part of all) glass is colorful and sparkly!”

Sign for Off the Beaten PathWhile the Farmington Brewing Company sign is a work in progress, Moyer is always looking for the next challenge. You can view more of her work at Off the Beaten Path Books, or follow K3 Creations Artworks on Facebook.

Do You Want a More Vibrant and Diverse Arts Scene in Our Community?

Over the last two months, in a series of posts, we’ve considered what is missing from the arts scene in Farmington/Farmington Hills to make it more vibrant.

We wrote about the need for a performing arts center to be built in downtown Riley Park in FarmingtonFarmington, along with the need for some alternative cinema options, a cool, hip, café that supports the arts, a dynamic art gallery space (or two), a public arts project to add fun & poetry to our neighborhoods, the need for some creative writers and gadflies, and artist live/work spaces. Last week we considered the need for a summer music festival in one of our beautiful parks.

Now it’s your turn. Let us know what you think. What arts events and activities would you like to see in the community?

What do you think is missing from the cultural and arts scene in Farmington and Farmington Hills?

Would you like to get involved in supporting the arts in our community?

DWNTWN 2014: An Interview with Austin Godwin

Austin Godwin is the force behind the upcoming DWNTWN 2014 concert DWNTWN 2014taking place in Riley Park this Saturday night, June 21st, at 7:00 pm. This is the second year for this event and hopefully it will be around for many more.

Austin was kind enough to answer a few questions.

What is DWNTWN 2014?

DWNTWN 2014 is a small event that helps showcase local artists in the Downtown Farmington area.  The event started last year to try and spice things up in Downtown Farmington and get more youth representation.  I had been to swing dancing nights and attended Rhythmz in Riley Park, but I wanted to put on a new type of event that showcased mostly electronic dance music, like DEMF.  So with that, myself and a few friends and family members started planning for the first DWNTWN. Right now we’re in our second year of the event and couldn’t be more proud of how it turned out.

IMG_7543How would you describe each of the performers for this year?

This year we have The Stoics, MoonChild, and myself (Crys Cloud) playing. The Stoics are an indie band that have so much life in their performance.  The band is made up of Chris Gikas, Mike Higgins, and Patrick Ray – all of them have a strong stage presence and get the crowd involved and hyped up.  Plus, their music is top notch.  MoonChild (Charlie McNeece) is an electronic music producer and good friend of mine.  The music that he produces ranges from Moombahton to House to Drum and Bass.  Every one of his productions puts other producers to shame.  His set last year was wild – he got the crowd pumped up with balloons and glow sticks, while also jumping into the crowd and crowd surfing.  Lastly, I will be preforming under my alias Crys Cloud.  I make electronic dance music, and my set this year will be centered around getting the crowd to dance as much as possible!

Who is the intended audience?IMG_7535

There is no intended audience! Anyone and everyone is welcome!

What can audiences expect and how is it different from last year’s event?

The audience can expect a stage filled with speakers and lights.  We’ll be playing the favorites, the best, and the most hype songs out there.  We want to get this event as fun and involved as possible!  Last year had a smaller setup, but this year we’ve amped up the sound system a tad and hope to please the audience even more than last year.

IMG_7529Why do this event in downtown Farmington?

The event is in Downtown Farmington because I personally see it as my home.  I’m there quite a lot and it’s really an honor to put the event in a place so close to my heart.  The venue is perfect and I’m so happy the City Council is allowing us to have our second performance at in Downtown Farmington.

Will there be a DWNTWN 2015?

There is nothing official, but we would love to put on DWNTWN 2015.

How can someone learn more about the event?

To find out more info about the event, here’s the Facebook event. The event is open to anyone, and the information is included in there.

Thank you!