This weekend was as close to perfect as you can hope for. The weather was beautiful and there was lots of activity with great people. Part of our perfect Sunday included a trip to Palmer Park – a 296 acre green space designed in the late 1800s by Frederick Law Olmsted. There are many great things to share about the park and I plan to do so in the future; however, today it’s all about the art show. It was my first time at the event and it was larger than I expected it to be. There were dozens of tents along the pond and people crowding the paths (in a good way!). In general, I’m not a big fan of art shows but we walked away from this one with a couple things, including a print. Paintings are definitely my preferred art form and for once I let Danny make the selection. I’m weighing my options for its permanent home and once that’s decided I’ll be sure to post -in the interim there’s Instagram.
Since this was our first non-IKEA art piece, I wanted to learn a bit more about the artist who painted the original and asked Robin a few question.
Are you from Detroit?
I was born in Pittsburgh but my family moved here when I was 6 or 7 years old and I’ve been here ever since.
What do you like about the city?
The friendliness of the city. And there’s a lot happening in terms of culture – the DIA, Orchestra Hall. I enjoy the symphony.
What would you like to see changed in Detroit?
I’d like to see the interior of the city be more family-friendly. I’d like to see more families moving back in. Even though it may not be necessary, I think we need to dispel people’s prejudice of city life and taxes have to come down.
What would you like to see happen in the city in the next year?
Tigers winning the World Series.
What inspires your art?
I try to capture what I call ‘quiet moments of beauty’. That is a moment when you are looking at a scene and the outside world goes away and you can get in touch with your inner self with any spirit you believe in and start connecting with the scene in front of you.