Palmer Park fair showcases Detroit art scene

The fair billed as all about art was just that, from paintings and jewelry, even poetry and music, as hundreds flocked to the event in Detroit’s Palmer Park neighborhood on Sunday.

The Palmer Park Art Fair, 2013 and now in its ninth year, was a celebration over the weekend of art — of all kinds.

More than a hundred artists showcased their work, from poetry reading to tents where patrons could meet artists and buy their works. The fair is one part of what many said is Detroit’s vibrant art scene.

“I like to be around other artists, and to do that in a place like Detroit? I love that.” said Georgia Hetherington, one of the artists at the fair.

Hetherington was selling “art you can eat with” — artisanal cutting boards, serving trays, charcuterie boards and more — and she said being around Detroit artists who have committed to being part of the city’s renaissance was invigorating. Hetherington of Chicago came to the fair for the first time and loved meeting the other artists.

Painter Dennis Orlowski of Hamtramck paints a scene at Palmer Park during the art fair in Detroit on Sunday.

“I think it’s exciting to have a chance to be part of Detroit’s already thriving art scene,” she said.

At the Mint Artists Guild tent, visitors could meet teenage artists who were showingcasing their work; Nearby artists displayed fabric art, paintings, sculptures and more.

Catherine Wu, 29, of Detroit said Sunday she was back again after visiting Saturday because she had seen a painting that “really stuck with me.” It was raining by the time she made it back Sunday afternoon, but she was determined to find that painting.

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