Pop In to a Pop-Up Art Exhibit

Join us next week for a pop-up art exhibition featuring work by Aj Cooke, with a special opening celebration on Thursday, July 18th from 7-9 pm.

The pop-up will take place at 33304 Grand River Ave in downtown Farmington.

Additional hours:

Friday, July 19th from noon until 8 pm.
Saturday, July 20th from noon until 8 pm.
Sunday, July 21st from noon until 5 pm.

The exhibition will also include an educational display of the artist’s studio process, including step-by-step physical samples of a photo acrylic transfer.

Get Your Kicks in F2H This Week! (7.8.19)

There’s always a lot of great arts and cultural events in the Farmington/Hills community and this week is no exception.

Here are KickstART farmington’s recommendations for the week of July 8th:

  • Lunch Beats in Riley Park, featuring Maggie McCabe, an award winning musician who has made her mark on the Detroit music scene for over 20 years with a blend of Soul, Americana, acoustic rock and blues. July 10th at noon in Riley Park
  • Family Fun in Riley Park, featuring Ralph’s World. Ralph engages his young fans with activity songs, story songs, dancing songs, and a healthy dose of pure silliness. July 10th at 7 pm in Riley Park
  • Grizzly Goat, performs their blend of folk-rock spanning the entire breadth of the Americana genre at Stars in the ParkJuly 11th at 7:00 pm Thursday at the Heritage Park Amphitheater
  • The Motown Eagles, a tribute to the music of the Eagles, perform at Rhythms in Riley ParkJuly 12th at 7:00 pm in Riley Park
  • Matthew Ball, The Boogie Woogie Kid, performs a family-friendly program of boogie, blues, ragtime and song favorites from the Swing Era – 20s 30s and 40s . July 14th at 3 pm at the Farmington Community Library (main branch on 12 Mile)
  • Grab a movie and popcorn at the Farmington Civic Theater. This week’s schedule (Monday-Thursday) includes Godzilla: King of the Monsters, RocketmanLate Night, and Pokemon: Detective Pikachu.

KickstARTing Creativity: Local Media and Stronger Communities & Empty Lots to Parks

We highlight here some great 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!

  • Rebuilding Lost Social Equity—Empty Lots Becoming Parks in Detroit: As the greenway winds through a formerly vacant lot between two houses now filled cheek by jowl with flowers, there’s a sense of discovery and whimsy, the feeling that the next lot could host an apiary or berry bushes. Throughout, Michaels wanted to cultivate some of the “mystery of childhood,” he says.
  • Addressing Climate Change by Planting Trees: there are currently about three trillion trees in the world, which is about half the number that existed before the rise of human civilization …. Individuals could make a tangible impact by growing trees themselves, donating to forest restoration organizations and avoiding irresponsible companies.

The Creative Life in Our Cities: A Conversation with Jan Jacobs

We have many talented artists and creatives living and working in our Farmington/Farmington Hills community and our weekly interview series, sponsored by City Life Realty, will introduce you to some of them.

Today we feature fiber artist and quilter Jan Jacobs, Farmington Area Artist in Residence in 2009.

When did you first get started in the arts?

I had a piece of artwork in the DIA as part of the Detroit Schools art exhibit in the mid-1960s. I thought everyone did.

Did you partake in formal training in your form?

Yes, I’ve taken several classes, but ended up doing the project in ways that the teacher didn’t always approve of. My seams weren’t perfect, my colors were too loud, my ironing was “the wrong way.” What I enjoyed was learning the technique, but I didn’t enjoy having to stay within the boundary of what the teacher wanted.

Who has been a mentor to you along the way?

My mom, the Library Quilters here in Farmington Hills, Vicki Barnett for pushing me into using technology to cut out my pieces.

Are you a member of any local or regional arts groups?

Library Quilters, the Pomegranate Guild, and I am the vice president of the Farmington Community Arts Council.

Can you describe something you’ve created that is particularly meaningful to you?

I have a quilt that is a log cabin variation that hung at the Janice Charach Epstein Gallery. I call it my “Garden Path Quilt.” My cousin, Benson Barr, saw it on the wall and said, “I thought someone FAMOUS made that!” I have another quilt that is my healing quilt that goes to sick people. They use it until they’ve healed, then give it back. It’s been to several states.

Has your art appeared in any city programs or events, such as the Public Art Program at City Hall or Art on the Grand?

I’ve been at the Farmington and Farmington Hills city halls, at many of the Festival of the Arts exhibits, the Multicultural exhibits at Costick years ago, and also at the Hunting Woods and Southfield public libraries.

Can you share a favorite quote about art or life? “Without ART, the EARTH is just EH.”

Get Your Kicks in F2H This Week! (7.1.19)

There’s always a lot of great arts and cultural events in the Farmington/Hills community and this week is no exception.

Here are KickstART farmington’s recommendations for the week of July 1st:

  • Enjoy art by Debbie Lim, exhibiting a collection of her colored pencil drawings that relate to the Chinese philosophy of Feng Shui at the Costick Center Gallery through July 5, open weekdays.
  • Lunch Beats in Riley Park, featuring Mark Reitenga, who performs with a “welcome to my living room” attitude and musical storytelling style as he delivers a large variety of popular songs from the likes of America, The Beatles, Paul Simon and Van Morrison. July 3rd at noon in Riley Park
  • Happy 4th of July! Enjoy a parade and fun with family and friends!
  • Catch Major Dudes at Rhythms in Riley Park, with their tight arrangements, sizzling solos, and strong vocals that capture the challenging melodies and harmonies of Steely Dan’s classic music. July 5th at 7:00 pm in Riley Park
  • Grab a movie and popcorn at the Farmington Civic Theater. This week’s schedule (Monday-Thursday) includes Dark Phoenix, Late Night, and Pokemon: Detective Pikachu.

KickstARTing Creativity: Walkable Places & Transforming Public Spaces

We highlight here some great 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!

  • 5 Insights About Walkable Places: What is clear, though, from this study and prior ones, is that the fiscal case for walkability is strong—and so is the case that we don’t allow walkable development patterns in nearly enough places, including suburbs and central cities alike.
  • Cities Through the Artist’s Eye: The Urbanist podcast from Monocle magazine explores how an artist’s perspective can help paint a new picture of the cities we live in.
  • 7 Essential Tools to Empower Artists as Entrepreneurs: Arts organizations can help individual artists succeed by providing professional development opportunities that build artists’ sustainability and capacity, thereby boosting our nation’s overall creative economy.