Fine art, fine food, fine time in Ferndale

By |2005-09-01T09:00:00-04:00September 1st, 2005|Entertainment|

FERNDALE – Where can you do a spot of early Christmas shopping, enjoy some great food and maybe even toast yourself in warm autumn sunshine? In Ferndale, that’s where, during the Fine Art Show and Food Festival Sept. 17-18.
One hundred artists have been selected from 217 applications to display their works for your shopping pleasure, and ten of Ferndale’s finest restaurants have signed on to tempt your tastebuds during the festival. Last year, an estimated 35,000 people attended the show, which takes place at the corner of Nine Mile and Woodward.
It’s a perfect mix of art and food for one local business that blends food and art every day. Starving Artist at 212 W. Nine Mile is a lovely restaurant and art gallery, an everyday Fine Art Show and Food Festival, and they will be featuring both art and fine dining during the festival.
“I think it’s great, and especially that it’s right on Nine Mile,” said Brad Johnson, Starving Artist’s proprietor. “We will be open during the festival, and we will run specials on the artwork. We have an eclectic mix – local and national artists – everything from European prints for the budget conscious all the way up to the more expensive ones for the hardy artists.”
Local gay artist Tey, who has been making a splash at shows and winning several prestigious art contests, will be featured at Starving Artist that week. “We periodically feature local artists, and Tey had his first show here in Ferndale at Just 4 Us, and then here at Starving Artist. We are excited he will be returning with his art here during the festival,” said Johnson.
This year, the festival will also offer something new; displays by local high school and juried university-age artists. In addition, live entertainment will be provided on the Real Detroit Stage.
The fun starts at 10 a.m. on Sept. 17 and ends at 7 p.m. on Sept. 18. For more information visit

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