We bring two groups of Mint Artists to Belle Isle Art Fair – the Learn and Earn artists who show and sell their work and those in our Creative Summer Jobs program, who help the organizer with tasks such as arts and crafts or bringing artists snacks or breaks.
This fair is held near Scott Fountain, and it features more than 100 artists from 20 states.
Hours are Saturday, Aug. 3, 10-7, and Sunday, Aug. 4 from 11-5 (though it sometimes stays open until 6 if there are crowds)
Summertime seems better and more beautiful with a trip to Belle Isle. And Belle Isle State Park on a weekend with 100 artists, plus food trucks, tropical drinks and more, sounds like a slice of heaven.
So mark your calendar for Aug. 3 and 4 for the Belle Isle Art Fair, produced by our long-time supporter Integrity Shows. (Mark Loeb, Integrity’s president and founder, is also a co-founder of Mint Artists Guild.)
Yet emerging artists do not need to be berated or disrespected, at an art event or anywhere. Mint Artists have experienced this, just a couple of times, in what obviously was an illegal and discriminatory hazing based on race or religion.
So they must learn the art of verbal self-defense. Recently, we heard leadership coach Laura Khalil share her approach to fending off dismissive statements or comments that belittle, sexualize or undermine us. She has two immigrant parents; “I’m the whitest Arab you’ll ever meet,” Khalil told InterMitten conference attendees. So she may have experienced commentary that minimized her talent or marginalized her. Her verbal self defense technique is simple, and requires the artist or young person to remain outwardly calm and collected. “When you are stunned by a statement…. Ask a question in response,” Khalil said. Questions such as these:
“Did you really just say that?”
“Would you speak to your daughter that way?”
“Do you know how that makes you sound?”
“Why are you so emotional?” (Or judgmental or whatever it is the person has just accused you of being.)
Her approach is simple, direct and worthwhile – and aimed at anyone. Here’s some questions developed by Mint that are specific to emerging artists’ denigrating comments:
“Where did you earn your Ph.D. in visual arts?” Say it with a smile.
“If you’re going to give me a lecture, could you wait until I enroll in your class?”
“When are you moving along to quash someone else’s dreams?”
“When you dismiss my work, how do you think that reflects on your attitude and outlook?”
Address the comment head on, and attempt to de-escalate and disarm the person who is saying unkind things, Khalil said.
And count on Mint and the artists around you to build up your courage and confidence and appreciate the beauty of your work.
This annual boutique art fair in a beautiful Detroit park off Woodward Avenue features a large tent full of Mint Artists. This year around 12 artists will sell a wide variety of handmade, creative work: original paintings in watercolor and acrylic, clay tiles, duct tape flowers, felted animals, photographs and more. It is our largest group of Mint Artists showing and selling their work in one place all year!
The art fair hours are Saturday, June 1 from 10 -7 and Sunday, June 2 from 11-5
Here are the final four, who we hope you come buy and buy from in person on June 1 or 2:
Oluwaseyi Akintoroye creates photographs of nature, and increasingly of people and scenes from Detroit and around Michigan. She also sometimes works in water color or acrylic paints and she attends Cass Tech.
Selene Craddock makes felted animals that look very lifelike – from lambs to butterflies and elephants. Appropriately enough, the CASA and Clawson High School student will work at the Detroit Zoo this summer.
Jessica Fligger is new to Mint, and also lives fairly close to Palmer Park. She creates both paintings and ceramic tiles and pieces, and works with Mint Ambassador Barbara Barefield as her mentor.
Lia Massey is graduating from Cass Technical High School this year. She designs and creates original fashions and gowns (including the prom dress shown) and paintings of women wearing fashion apparel.
Meet all our artists in person – and buy their beautiful work at the Palmer Park Art Fair ! Hours are Saturday 10-7 and Sunday 11-5.
Today we introduce you to two newcomers to Mint Artists Guild and one artist, who at 16, is a seasoned pro.
Eleanor Aro joined Mint in 2017, and has been going and growing ever since then. She attends Western, paints mostly cityscapes in watercolor and acrylics. Her work has sold at a the Detroit Artists Market gala and many fairs.
Journey Shamily joined Mint last fall, and has been at a couple of Mint pop ups with us with her digital art. Home schooled, Journey mainly likes to depict women.
Kamiri Williams is new to Mint, and is a digital artist who likes cartooning and showing. She attends Arts Academy in the Woods and this is her first fine art fair.
These three are our third trio of artists featured in the blog previewing the Palmer Park Art Fair. Read about Trinity, Anne and Alexis in this post and about our second trio of artists, all from Cass Tech. And most importantly, come by and buy from all the artists June 1 or 2 in Palmer Park.
These three Mint Artists all attend Cass Technical High School – and yet they got to know each other through Mint. All three will be in our group tent June 1 and 2 at the Palmer Park Art Fair.
Dawāyna Banks draws and works in digital arts, often showing people, in love or in other emotions. Dawāyna is heading to Michigan State University in the fall, and plans a career as an animator or graphic designer.
Prince Matthews creates appealing abstract paintings using acrylics, alcohol, salt and other tools. Quiet and hard working, Prince recently had his work in the professional show All Together Now, and was introduced to the curator by Mint.
De’Shaia Ventour works magic with duct tape, creating flower pens, accessories – and original art canvases. Smiling and organized, De’Shaia has an entrepreneurial approach to art, and she recently joined the Mint board of directors.
Read about the first three artists featured in this post. And watch for more posts about the rest of our 13 Mint Learn and Earn artists who will have such a wide variety of work for sale June 1 and 2 at the Palmer Park Art Fair.
We are less than a month away from the Palmer Park Art Fair on June 1 and 2. And all our artists are working diligently to create work, plan their displays and prepare to show and sell their work during the juried boutique art fair
Anne Kinney is new to Mint, and she paints beautiful florals using water color, and sometimes pastels, charcoal or other mediums. She attends Clawson High School and has been an active volunteer, helping out at craft shows and more.
Alexis Wright attends Cass Technical High School and intends to go to Wayne State University in the fall. She works in digital art and acrylic painting. Alexis created the popular marbled paper at our youth-led art workshops.
These three artists and another 10 are working hard to prepare for their first fine art fair, or in Trinity’s case her 10th plus. So please meet them in person and support their creative entrepreneurship on June 1 or 2!
Mint Artists Guild will bring two groups of artists to Belle Isle. The Learn & Earn artists will sell jewelry, photography, duct tape and paintings in a shared tent. The Summer Creative Jobs workers will assist artists and may work on a creative art activity with guests. Hours are Saturday 10-7 and Sunday 11-5 near Scott Fountain. (Photo: Barbara Barefield for Integrity Shows)