Ferndale has recently gotten a facelift of sorts with 11 new public art on the streets as part of the ARTWN exhibit and it’s about to get another six new masterpiece reproductions on loan from the Detroit Institute of Arts Inside/Out project.
The six new pieces that will be displayed on buildings in Downtown Ferndale will be unveiled during the Ferndale Downtown Development Authority’s Third Thursday festivities this week. The Ferndale Inside/Out unveiling walking tour, which starts at Affirmations at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 19, includes docent interpretations of the following pieces:
• “The Nightmare” by Henry Fuseli at Affirmations, 290 W. Nine Mile Road.
• “Neptune, God of the Waters” (unknown) at the Cupcake Station, 301 W. Nine Mile Road
• “Madame Paul Poirson” by John Singer Sargent at The Emory, 22700 Woodward Avenue
• “Celadon and Amelia” by William Hamilton at the Ferndale Public Library, 222 E. Nine Mile Road
• “View of Le Crotoy from Upstream” by George Pierre Seurat at Ferndale City Hall, 300 E. Nine Mile Road
• “Sir William Brereton, 1579” (unknown) at PakMail, 22967 Woodward Avenue
Ferndale is one of 13 cities that are bringing 80 reproductions of masterpieces from the DIA’s collection to the streets and parks of metro Detroit this summer.
This month’s Third Thursday is also a great time to check out the stores, bars and restaurants that are open late. Some of Downtown Ferndale’s businesses have art-themed special events going on that evening that include:
• “Do You Know Your Carmen Miranda Rites??”, the official reveal of the public art project billboard at the Lemberg Gallery at 23241 Woodward Avenue. This giant-size work by Judy Eliyas and Sue Carman-Vian will be unveiled at 7 p.m.
• “The State of Being” exhibition in the Pittman-Puckett Gallery at Affirmations, featuring the work of Jill Bersche, Kela Robinson, Diane Krueger and Brad Lawrence, opening at 6:30 p.m.
• “Troglodyte” at Blumz by JRDesign, at 503 E. Nine Mile Road, a one-night show by Jonah Meltzer and Ryan Merritt from 5-9 p.m.
• Ashley Williams, one night only, at The Loving Touch, 22634 Woodward Avenue
• The Third Thursday special at GoComedy, 261 E. NIne Mile Road, at 7 p.m. features a sampling of one of Ferndale’s finest beverage creations from B Nektar, free with purchase of ticket to the evening’s 8 p.m. performance of “RoboCop, The Musical”
• See what Downtown Ferndale businesses have on their walls – from the graffiti renderings of Shades at the Downtown Ferndale Bike Shop at 163 W. Nine Mile Road to the work of Joe Smigielski at Java Hutt at 165 W. Nine Mile Road to the select art on the walls of Assaggi Bistro at 330 W. Nine Mile Road. Look for the “Art Hangs Here” posters at participating businesses.
If you can’t make it to this month’s Third Thursday or if you want to do a walking tour of your own, a map of Ferndale public art is available in front of the Ferndlae DDA offices at 149 W. Nine Mile Road and on its website.
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