EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU IS INVITED TO COME HELP paint the second in a series of community murals, themed on inclusivity,” according to Mark Loeb, a member of the Ferndale Arts and Cultural Commission. “And that’s the point. Our community is best served when we all are involved and work together.”
This year’s mural, entitled Human is designed by local teen artist, Heaven Guty. Her work was selected from more than 30 submissions. Artist Nevik Monet is working with her to convert it into large scale and the public will paint it during this year’s Funky Ferndale Art Fair, September 22-24.
Guty feels that her work is inspired by her relationship with God. She explains “Inclusivity means that we are one. Mankind, that is. We are made in the image of God, made equally in his worth. In perspective, this should mean that we should look at each other void of differences and allow love to have its way.”
Her work will join last year’s mural designed by Desaree Emmi, portraying tennis shoes in multiple cultural themes with the laces tied together to show unity.
“Our goal is to place four inclusivity murals on the wall of the Cupcake Station on Allen at Nine Mile Road to create a display reminding each of us how important we are to each other,” explains Loeb.
“The Michigan Council for the Arts has funded half of the costs of the first two, and the community has come together to support the balance.”
This year the Funky Ferndale Art Fair and the DIY Street Fair will be on September 22-24. The mural painting project is open to all, and will be near the corner of Nine Mile and Allen.