For Art's Sake

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Nearly 90 artisans and craftspeople from Ohio and Michigan display and sell their work today at the inaugural Crocker Park Fine Art Fair. Artists range from painters and glassmakers to photographers and doll-makers, like the mother-daughter team of Marlene Denn and Kelly Hewitt from Michigan. "Saying the word doll isn't enough," says Debra "Max" Clayton, director of the Michigan-based Guild of Artists and Artisans. "They actually make fabric sculptures. You get attached to them the moment you look at them. They have so much personality that they're kind of magical."

An Imagination Station will be set up next to the fair, where kids can make hats out of crayons, glitter, and paper bags. "They can decorate them any way they want," says Clayton. "It's fun to see all these kids wearing hats. Kids have their own kind of energy, and they're going to grow up and buy art. So we're getting them started early." Clayton has organized similar fairs in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and the Toledo suburb of Perrysburg. She chose Crocker Park as the guild's newest exhibition site because of its "absolutely stunning" location. "You get to have a conversation with the artist, and that becomes part of the art," she says. "When you purchase a painting or photograph, you bring it home and you put it on the wall. And every time you look at it, you remember the artist. So find that piece of artwork, take it home, and continue that conversation."
Sun., June 11, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

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