We Love Art – Summer 2015 Art Festivals and Fairs

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What is Art?

American painter Georgia O’Keeffe once said, “Filling a space in a beautiful way. That’s what art means to me.”

I like that simple definition. However, I would change ‘beautiful‘ to ‘beautiful to the individual viewer,‘ since what one appreciates and thinks as beauty, should not be a group effort or popularity contest.

Here in Oakland County, We Love Our Art! We want it in our homes, our communities and as a enhancement to the experience of our day to day life. Like a reflection in a lake, our art reflects us.

Since we love our art, summers can be filled with exploring the Outdoor Art Fairs and Festivals in many of our communities. On the Summer Art Fair and Festival page, you will find a list of many of these events.

When you get there, you can expect to find every kind of art imaginable: paintings, crafts, pottery, jewelry, photography, woodworking, glass, metals and more that include works from local and national artists.

Many of the fairs and festivals will have a crafting area for kids, food court, live entertainment and the art fair may be associated with a larger community event.

Get all the details on our Summer Art Fair and Festival page.

Wild Turkeys: Gobbles, Wattles and Snoods

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

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Meleagris gallopavo, the Wild Turkey, is strutting his stuff on the wilder side of Oakland County. This colorful bird, wanted by Benjamin Franklin as our national emblem, spreads his tail feathers, gobbles up a storm and dances about with dramatic wing drags. It’s all in effort to show his dominance and lure the hens. The show starts every morning in the early days of May, just as sunlight filters through the trees.

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Are You my Mother? Leave Wildlife in the Wild

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

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This is the season of newborn fawns curled up in tall grasses, nests of cottontail rabbit babies hidden in freshly tilled soil and red fox kits and coyote pups sunning near their dens. Encounters with baby wildlife are soaring. Baby animals are cute and their vulnerability entices humans to pick them and sometimes try to make them pets. Continue reading

INNOVENTION: A Medical Main Street “Behind the Scenes” Tour at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland

Last Thursday, we had the pleasure of taking a behind the scenes INNOVENTION tour of Medical Main Street partner, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital (SJMO). We started our morning in the impressive and beautiful, art-filled lobby where we enjoyed refreshments and mingled with guests who were touring from Burton Industries, Stryker, Infection Prevention Technologies, LLC, Remco Storage Systems, Inc., Magnolia by the Lakes, Virta Labs, Placement Management Center, Seniors Helping Seniors, Sterilogy LLC and even a robot from SJMO.

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