Artists will create murals for future exhibit
The Hilltop Area (Cherry Hill Street entrance) at Ford Field Park will transform into a temporary art studio during Homecoming for artists participating in Paint Out in the Park.
The new Homecoming activity, sponsored by Green Brain Comics, will feature 32 street artists creating 4 ft. by 8 ft. murals over the course of the three-day event.
Festival attendees will then have the opportunity to vote for their favorites for two People’s Choice Awards. Additionally, a three-juror panel will select one first place winner.
The Jurors’ Choice first place winner will receive $500, and the recipients of the People’s Choice Awards will each receive $150.
Prizes will be awarded on Sunday, Aug. 6 at 5:30 p.m.
The artists will be allotted different time slots over the weekend. The time taken to complete their murals will depend on the painting style and technique each artist employs.
On Friday Aug. 4, from Noon to 5 p.m., 12 artists will be on-site. On Saturday, Aug. 5, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., 24 artists will be on site; and 17 artists will be working on their projects on Sunday, Aug. 6 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Eight of the artists are from Dearborn: Alex Brand, Aimee M. Chorkey, Kevin Ferguson, Brian Gagnon, Mary Gagnon, Robin Trevino Geiseman, Mitchell (Dart) Grygorcewicz, Sarah Shackleford, and event co-cordinator Sunshine Durant.
Several of the murals, including the award-winning pieces, will become part of an exhibit titled “Tag, You’re It—Outside Art Moves In” at the Henry Ford College Sisson Gallery starting at the end of August and continuing through September.
Though sponsored by Green Brain Comics, the event is also coordinated by the Dearborn Community Fund (DCF).
“We are both pleased and excited to have such great response from street/mural artists from around southeastern Michigan. We are also very appreciative to have Ms. Sunshine Durant, a Dearborn-based mural artist, working with us to coordinate this new and very colorful event for our Festival,” said EmmaJean Woodyard, executive director of the DCF.
Street art, more commonly known as graffiti art, gained traction as a movement across the United States in the 1960’s and early 70’s; but historically, this art form has been ongoing for centuries.
Some famous modern street artists include Keith Haring, Shepard Fairey, and Banksy, the anonymous, British-born artist known for creating surprise installations in cities around the world reflecting political and social commentary.
The schedule of artists could be changed and the event could be weather dependent. For more information on Homecoming or Paint Out in the Park, please visit www.cityofdearborn.org/homecoming.
Photo: "Crow Mural" by Phybr, one of the artists participating in the "Paint Out in the Park" event.