Ypsilanti Heritage Festival

Stepping off the promised path for today’s entry…

This weekend is the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival. Like most festivals, there is more going on then any one person can see or do. Keywords for the weekend would be historical, vintage, ancestor, with the featured timeline, pre 1750’s through post-Civil War 1870’s.

For some reason, this city was named after a Greek guy, Demetrius Ypsilanti. But before that it was called Woodruff’s Grove, which grew into a French trading post along side the Huron River, now known as our Depot Town. There will be an encampment this weekend in the Riverside Park demonstrating the life of those times with such things as Native American Dance, artifacts, Buffalo Soldiers, beer brewing, and trader booths.

Built around that will be a multitude of activities; parade, games, museums, tours, food, contests, arts and crafts, etc. There will be a tent next to the clock tower in the middle of the street of Depot Town, the Local Artist’s Tent. That’s where I’ll be, at least part of the time, along with about twenty other artists. We’ll each have two or three pieces of work for the viewing eyes of festival goers.

Stop by if you are in the area!!

Raindrops

How many times in our lives do we get caught in the rain? Or have to deal with the nuisance of an umbrella? Rain is one of those things that we need but often find rather inconvenient.

Have you ever taken the time to closely examine a raindrop?

For one of my pieces in the September exhibit of Landscape Bodyscape, I decided to do just that. Even though I magnified these Raindrops a few thousand times, the painting is only 8.5” by 7”. It’s done with Prismacolor colored pencils on Stonehenge paper. There are ten or more layers of color in places to develop that wet look.

Part of the challenge with Raindrops was actually the color itself. It’s my personal opinion that Prismalcolor pencils are a bit lacking in the green family. This required more layering to achieve the desired colors. But I’m hooked on the blending ability of these pencils, so I don’t mind the extra layering. It’s quite therapeutic actually.

“With each raindrop, is cast a magical, mystical spell,
Overflowing with dreams that may one day come true.”

From “Raindrops Cast” by Samuel E. Stone

Have a grand day!

Upcoming Exhibit: Landscape Bodyscape

September 6 – 29, 2007

Riverside Arts Center
76 North Huron Street
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

A two person show, featuring the works of
Dee Overly and Dan Trimbath.

You’re going to see different views of the world when you look through the eyes of these two artists. You’ll want to stand back and take it all in when you gaze upon a landscape oil painting by Dan Trimbath. You’ll be drawn in close to examine the detail of some facet in nature that Dee Overly magnifies in a colored pencil painting. Their individual styles and love for landscape also carries over into their personal approach of portraying the human figure.

Well, there you have it. That’s some of the formal wording that went out via press releases. But you never really know what the newspapers will actually print. Mostly, it’s just hopeful that the dates and times are listed correctly.

Until the show opens, we’ll be taking a closer look at a few of the pieces that will be exhibited in the gallery of the Riverside Arts Center.

Thanks for reading and have a grand day!

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