Interested in a Career in the Arts?

Last month the Farmington Area Art Commission and the Farmington Hills Cultural Arts Division hosted “The Art of the Matter,” a panel discussion and networking event for anyone interested in careers in the arts, and now you can view the discussion from the comfort of your home.

The panelists included artists Pamela Alexander, actor Mark Boyd, photographer Lesa Ferencz, singer Jill Jack, and writer/photographer Kahn Santori Davison, and was hosted by Farmington Area Arts Commissioner Celeste McDermott.

View New Work By 2019 Artist in Residence Pamela Alexander

Pamela Alexander, the 2019 Farmington Hills Artist in Residence, will exhibit her paintings at the Costick Center Gallery through May 31. New art from her recent kayak trip in Baja, California will be a special focus of the exhibit. Alexander studied Fine Art at Oakland Community College, Art History at U of M Dearborn, and received her Bachelor of Arts from Madonna University.
“Most of my art comes from a spiritual place and involves something I’ve seen in nature. There are trees, skies, and birds from various places that I’ve loved,” said Alexander.  Her solo show runs through May 31 at the City Gallery located inside the Costick Center lobby at 28600 W. Eleven Mile Road. The City Gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Wednesdays until 7 p.m. and is presented by the Farmington Hills Cultural Arts Division, which coordinates the City’s art, theater, and music programming.

10 Good Reasons to See BELLE AND SEBASTIAN at the 2015 Greater Farmington Film Festival

Belle & SebastienYes, you’ll want to see ALL the films at the 2015 Greater Farmington Film Festival but here are 10 good reasons to see Belle and Sebastian on Sunday, March 8th, at 3:00 pm at the Memorial Holocaust Center.

1.   Belle and Sebastian‘s director, Nicolas Vanier, is a French adventurist, writer and wildlife documentary director whose past experience includes filming in some of the coldest parts of the world: the Yukon in Canada and Siberia. The film Belle and Sebastian, with its panoramic vistas of mountain ranges and sweeping landscapes, definitely shows off Vanier’s penchant for the outdoors. Eric Guichard, the film’s cinematographer, has won a Cesar Award for Best Cinematography and a European Film Award for Best Cinematographer.

2.   Love to travel? This adventure film will get your travel juices flowing. Who wouldn’t love to visit the lovely French Alps in person? From the very first scene, you will marvel at the majestic scenery presented in spectacular color.

3.   If you love dogs or are thinking about adding a dog to your family, you can check out the great Pyrenean Mountain Dog breed featured in this film. One look at the majestic Belle in all her glory, you just might end up wanting one of these big dogs for your very own!

4.   Rekindle your love of foreign films. European films have a different look and feel than American films. Belle and Sebastian is in French, with English sub-titles.

5.   Simply put, this is a feel-good family-friendly movie about the unbreakable friendship between a boy and his dog. It doesn’t get any better than this.

6.   Are you a WWII history buff? The film is set in 1943, and France is under occupation by Germany. Some residents of the small village are helping Jewish refugees cross through the mountains over the border into neutral Switzerland.

7.   Did we mention the awesome scenery in this film yet? The snowy French Alps in the Haute-Maurienne-Vanoiseare region of France along the the French/Swiss border are prominently featured. This film was shot in beautiful 35mm, lending itself well to the outdoor scenery.

8. The Holocaust Memorial Center is a nationally renowned  museum whose mission is to to remember those who perished and survived the Holocaust and to set forth the lessons of the Holocaust as a model for teaching ethical conduct and responsible decision-making. Take some time to arrive before the film starts and attend the 1:00 pm tour, lasting about 1.5 hours, and often concluded with a presentation by a Holocaust survivor.

9. Tcheky Karyo is one of France’s most popular actors, and an adorable Félix Bossuet in the role of Sebastian is a must-see. Karyo plays César, Sebastian’s prickly, yet compassionate adopted grandfather. Both will reprise their roles in “Belle et Sebastien, l’aventure continue,” coming out this year.

10. This film is director Vanier’s adaptation of a well-known French children’s story, Belle et Sébastien, written by French actress/author Cécile Aubry in the early 1960s. In addition to this film, it was recreated as a live-action television series in France, a Japanese anime series in the 1980s and a Scottish pop music group takes it’s name after the beloved characters. Aubry’s son, actor Mehdi El Glaoui, who starred in the live-action series as a boy, appears in this version as André.

Check out the trailer below and purchase your tickets at the Farmington Civic Theater, Costick Center, or online at the festival web site.

Get Your Kicks: 3 Things to Do in F2H this Week (January 12, 2015): Opening Reception of Public Art Program

KickstART farmington is committed to kicking the community in the arts and so we recommend these three cultural arts events taking place in Farmington/Farmington Hills this week:

Monday, January 12th, 6:00 PM: Opening reception for the City of Farmington Hills Public Art Program, at Farmington Hills City Hall.

Wednesday, January 14th, 6:30 PM: Kickoff event for the Georgetown University Energy Prize with Dave Rexroth, Jack Lessenberry, and American Idol Jena Irene, at the Costick Center.

Encounter in Paris by Edee Joppich
Encounter in Paris
(c) Edee Joppich

Wednesday, January 14th, 6:45 PM: The monthly meeting of the Farmington Art Foundation will feature guest speaker Edee Joppich, a former FAF member, well-known artist, and teacher. She will offer a critique of FAF member art work, at the Spicer House in Heritage Park.

Get Your Kicks: 3 Things to Do in F2H this Week

KickstART farmington is committed to kicking the community in the arts and so we recommend these three cultural arts events taking place in Farmington/Farmington Hills this week:

Terry Lee GoffeeSaturday, January 10th, 10:30 AM: For all ages, a reading of A Perfect Square, along with songs, rhymes and a simple craft. At the Farmington Community Library – Main Library on 12 Mile Road.

Saturday, January 10th, 7:30 PM: Terry Lee Goffee — Tribute to Johnny Cash. Goffee has been described the “Ultimate Johnny Cash Tribute Artist”. Enjoy your Johnny Cash favorites with historical insight of each piece. At the Farmington Players Barn Theater, located at 32332 Twelve Mile Road.

Sunday, January 11th, 7:o0 PM: Exhibit Opening for Never Let It Rest: Sojourns in the Shadow Lands at the Holocaust Memorial Center, located at 28123 Orchard Lake Road.

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.