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Volunteers prepare for Ypsi PRIDE Day
By Mark Tower
May. 13, 2010   ·   7:09 a.m.

Volunteers and W.H. Canon employees plant flowers in Depot Town while Ypsilanti resident Mike Labadie repairs the planter's brick work on Ypsi PRIDE Day last year.

Each year, residents in and around the city of Ypsilanti carry on a tradition started by a group of community members enrolled in a city leadership program, a sort...read more

Bicycles zoom as flowers bloom
By Citizen staff
Apr. 30, 2010   ·   2:11 p.m.

Riders from last year's spring ride come in after a long trip. Bike Ypsi’s 2010 Spring Ride and Festival is from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday at Recreation Park (1015 Congress Street).

The weather has turned, the trees are budding and the flowers are popping out of the ground; time for a cruise through town. But don’t be so quick to hop in the...read more

Sheriff Clayton visits Ypsilanti Township
By Mark Tower
Apr. 29, 2010   ·   12:59 p.m.

Ypsilanti Township resident Kathleen Hanadel takes notes as her and other residents attempt to asses WCSO services Tuesday evening at a community forum held at the township's community center.

About 50 Ypsilanti Township residents gave the Washtenaw County Sheriff Office their input about law enforcement in the community Tuesday evening.

The information...read more

Local photographer raising funds for Ypsi Project exhibit
By Adrienne Ziegler
Apr. 20, 2010   ·   2:20 a.m.

Ypsilanti resident Nicholas Beltsos his grandson Demetrios were photographed by Project Ypsi photographer Erica Hampton during a bike ride she took Monday. A former EMU economics professor, Beltsos and his family moved to Ypsi from Dearborn in 1967.

Ypsilanti has many faces, and Erica Hampton wants to share a few of them with you.

Over the past year, Hampton created the The Ypsi Project, a series of portraits...read more

Savoy taking shape as live music venue
By Dan DuChene
Apr. 17, 2010   ·   2:38 p.m.

Local funk band Third Coast Kings play in Ypsilanti's newest live music venue, Savoy, Friday night.

Ypsilanti's newest concert venue is preparing for its grand opening weekend April 23, more than a month after its soft opening March 13.

Formerly Club Divine,...read more

Shadow art takes over Corner Brewery Saturday

The founders of the Shadow Art Fair (from left) Jennifer Albaum, Timothy Furstnau, Melissa Dettloff, Molly Mast and Mark Maynard are known as the Michigan Design Militia. Photo by Christine Laughren

The founders of the Shadow Art Fair (from left) Jennifer Albaum, Timothy Furstnau, Melissa Dettloff, Molly Mast and Mark Maynard are known as the Michigan Design Militia.
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Art fair sceduled from noon until midnight

By Christine Laughren
Dec. 5, 2008    ·    2:01 p.m.


What: The Shadow Art Fair

Time: Noon – midnight

Day: Saturday

Place: Corner Brewery (720 Norris St.)

The Citizen will be broadcasting live throughout the day, with live interviews from 2-3 p.m.

The powers of beer and local art combine again Saturday to create one of the biggest events in Ypsilanti – The Shadow Art Fair.

Saturday marks the sixth time in three years the Shadow Art Fair has taken over the Corner Brewery for the all-day event.

But don’t be fooled, the fair isn’t just about getting the opportunity to purchase great art. It is also a place for people to connect with each other and exchange ideas according to Melissa Dettloff, who helps organize the event.

“I think we're open to a more diverse set of ideas, that bend toward installation or performance art sometimes,” Dettloff said.

The idea for the Shadow Art Fair came after the Ypsi/Ann Arbor shop Henrietta Fahrenheit closed its brick-and-mortar location.

“Jennifer Albaum (the owner) was fielding a lot of business questions from all of us, and invited us to get together as a group,” Dettloff said. “We talked about the ups and downs of running an independent business and eventually the idea for a local art fair came up.”

Thus, the Michigan Design Militia was born. The MIDMI is Mark Maynard
Jennifer Albaum, Molly Mast, Timothy Furstnau and Dettloff.

Similar to previous years, approximately 40 vendors are on the bill for Saturday. This time around there were about 120 applicants for the 40 table slots. Dettloff said MIDMI tries to make an effort to keep the vendor list diverse and fresh, and give new vendors the opportunity to participate.

Maynard said the SAF is different from other art fairs in that it is “just better.”

“The idea is still to get the 50 or so most creative people we can into a room together and engage them in conversations about making stuff, and not just being a passive consumer of culture,” Maynard said.

Matt Greff, co-owner of the Corner Brewery, said he thought it was amazing Maynard envisioned the SAF at the Corner before the brewery even opened its doors three years ago. Greff said the SAF is a perfect fit with the Corner.

“It really wraps up everything we wanted the Corner to be,” he said. “It’s all about local, it’s all about Ypsilanti.”

Matt’s wife, Rene, said the SAF is the best event the Corner plays host to. The Greff’s have big plans for the fair this year including a heated tent outside in the beer garden as well as an open brewery for more lounge space.


Other Highlights

The special Shadow Brew will be on tap in the evening. This winter's edition is a stout made with chocolate, raspberries, blueberries and beets among other yummy things.

The Ann Arbor Film Festival's space will be accompanied by the PLAY gallery's Animation Station, which allows you to make your own animations on-the-spot.

The recipients of MIDMI’s first round of grant-giving will be there with a display demonstrating what they were able to do with the grant they received over the summer. They used their funds to support their "Art and Recovery Project."





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