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July 12-14, 2013 - Plymouth Art In The Park

Plymouth Art In The Park was established in 1980 and, although we weren’t attending back then, we have enjoyed the festival every summer for the past several years and this year was no different. It wasn’t as hot as previous years and we were able to stroll around a bit more, which contributed to our enjoyment, but it also appeared that there might have been more vendors set up, some new faces.

We like the fact that the repeat vendors have their usual spots; so if you have some favorites you can readily find them and buy their works. For example, DMM’s Michele always enjoys buying a flamingo figurine from Giggles of Farmington Hills and Ann Marie Fischer makes wonderful whimsical miniatures handmade from clay. See our photos linked from the photo stack icon above for some examples. She had some really nice Halloween miniatures already on display, and Michele can never have too many black cats. They are everywhere around our work areas, even a couple of real ones. Also on hand were the lovely ladies from 7-Eleven handing out ‘buy one Slurpee and get one free’ coupons. At the entrance to the art fair you can smell the soaps from Pampered Hearts and you cannot leave the show without purchasing a bar or two.This show had everything from arts, crafts, spices, soaps, metal objects, doggie treats, and clothing, to duck tape. Yes, I said Duck Tape, not duct tape. Check out our photos you will not believe the display of what can be done with Duck with a “k” Tape.

There are always things for the kids to do in the Kellogg Park area and this year the kids section seemed to have more than the usual number of activities. These included opportunities for the children to make things such as candles and colorful sand jars, face painting, an interactive mural for the little ones to render their artistic contributions, and young artists exhibiting and selling their wares. The fountain in this vicinity is always a favorite on a hot summer day, allowing one to sit and rest ones weary legs, backs, feet, etc., and eat an ice cream or have a pop.

We were happy to see the One Love Reggae band playing again this year along with a few other musicians scattered throughout the art fair. Music provides an artistic, melodic backdrop for the visual media that are on display. Two artistic sisters, Erin Dillenbeck and Kristen Anderson were there again this year with their team of artists from D&M studios, creating their ever-popular chalk reproductions of art on the pavement, this year with a famous movie poster theme. A more recent addition to their exhibits is Anderson’s living murals, which are really awesome, combining murals with body painting this year the Hollywood sign. Again, see the photos, it’s too hard to do it justice in words. In fact, read this last little bit and just go enjoy the photos, that’s a much better way to understand what you’ll be seeing when you attend Art in the Park Plymouth.

George Tait's Living Statue has become an iconic fixture. Every few minutes this silver motionless figure comes to life, where he reads minds, challenges your perception and stop time.

But before we stop being verbose, we’d like to personally thank the merchants for being open during the Art Show. It’s always nice to visit the shops and drop in to cool off.

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