The holidays are here again and many of us are looking to revive our holiday decorations and maybe zazz up our present wrapping, this year. Whether it be for Hanukkah or Christmas, or even the Winter Solstice, whatever you celebrate, we’d like you to share and swap some of your decorative wrappings and trim at this month’s Crafternoon, Sat., Dec. 17 at 2pm.

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The Ferndale Library is hosting a holiday/wintertime swap of varying decorations, where people can drop off and trade their paper, bows, bags and other decorations with other patrons

Maybe you  have rolls and rolls of wrapping paper at home that still work, that still look delightful, but you’re just longing for a fresh pattern for your gifting this year?  This event coincides with our ongoing Crafternoons program (always on the third Saturday of the month).

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Come for the swap from 2-3 pm and stay for other crafty events, including a bow making station where you can learn how to make new and fancy types of bows. We’ll have the Friends of the Ferndale Library wrapping station where you, if the spirit takes you, you can make a donation and get your present wrapped by a member of our Friends’ members. There will also be a hot chocolate bar and other crafternoon activities like sewing and knitting.

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Library Art Exhibit: Salvaging Dreams and Channeling Motion into Art

The mission of The Ferndale Library’s Art and Exhibitions Committee’ is to promote and foster an appreciation of two and three-dimensional art for library patrons, through exhibits, lectures, and an expanded collection of art books.

The Ferndale Public Library art collection and exhibits seek to represent a broad spectrum of artistic expression, with an emphasis on local and Michigan artists.

This can be a bridge to the arts community, greeting regular library patrons who are otherwise just looking for something new to read with hung works of various mediums from a range of artists and enriching their visit by-way-of alighting them a sample of local culture.

Founded in the Spring of 2012, the Ferndale Library’s Art & Exhibition Committee has, among many things, 1.) created the “Corridor Gallery” – a versatile exhibition space,
2.) curated more than a dozen exhibitions, hosted special artists’ talks, receptions, concerts and other events,  3.) facilitated “Two Twenty Two,” a circulating sketchbook, which, itself, is a jewel amid an already impressive “Community Art Collection” of books purchased with a grant, that feature local artists, historic Michigan artist, books on art marketing, and insightful texts into skills of specialized interest. And…! So much more!

Here are some images from the newest exhibition: “Urvakan,” an exhibition of drawings and paintings by Berkley-based artist Mark Benglian, from December 4, 2016 – January 14, 2017.

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Benglian’s work focuses primarily on intuitive mark-making and storytelling. The images he conjures can be whimsical and haunting at the same time, while working in almost a trancelike state with a captivating milieu of muted tones, curious/unique entities and transfixing collages.

For the past 14 years Mark has been an accomplished graphic designer, teacher and fine artist and carries a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Arts Degrees from Michigan State University. His work draws largely from dreams and the subconscious. His creative process thrives upon kinesiology, particularly his own uninhibited movements, which are aggressively recorded on a myriad of surfaces from tabletops and doors to paper and plywood.

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Benglian’s influences include primitive sculpture, cave paintings, children’s drawings and the drawings from his own childhood. Most of his pieces are created using salvaged or re-purposed materials and are created with whatever mediums are at hand; ranging from fabric, baseball innards and 2×4’s, to acrylic paint, crayons and charcoal.

Benglian could at times also be considered a philanthropic artist, often donating a large percentage of the proceeds from art sales to nonprofit organizations, animal rescue/protection initiatives including; Stiggy’s Dogs, The Michigan Humane Society and the ASPCA. His work has been exhibited in both group and solo shows across the metro area including Plymouth, Ann Arbor, East Lansing and Birmingham.

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Before The Flood screening Dec 7th

 

Registration required 

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Ferndale Library Announces Winter Reading Challenge to begin in December


Readers Can Win Prizes, with special programs like 4th Wall Theatre Workshop and more!

Expanding and developing youth literacy is a round-the-year-job, so the Ferndale Library is starting sign-ups for its first wintertime reading program, on Mon, Nov 21. Ferndale’s Youth Services Librarians received a record number of participants during their Summer Reading 2016 program, so now they’re encouraging kids of all ages up to 12th grade to take advantage of their time away from school work during upcoming winter breaks to have some fun with recreational reading.

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Library Reading Programs have been shown to effectively boost literacy and broaden young readers’ vocabularies. So the Ferndale Library invites kids to take their Winter Reading Challenge. Running Dec 1 — Dec 30, the FADL Winter Reading Challenge requires 15 minutes worth of reading for at least 15 days of the month. Librarians will provide each young reader with a fun, interactive log to color in for each reading session. When fully completed logs are turned in during the last week of December, kids/teens can receive a FREE Chipotle gift-card OR a FREE book (their choice).

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The FADL Winter Reading Challenge culminates with three days of special programing during Ferndale Schools’ winter break: Wed., Dec 28 — Fri., Dec 30.

Wed., Dec. 28, at 2pm: That’s Your Cue!! Kids Interactive Performance Workshop presented by 4th Wall Theater Group (8 and up)

Thurs., Dec. 29 at 2 pm: Full STEAM Ahead! Hands-on exploration stations (5 and up)

Fri., Dec.30 at 2pm:  Afternoon-Year’s-Eve. A matinee ball for kids to countdown to 2017 (3 and up)

Registration (sign-up) is required; kids can sign-up starting Nov. 21 (thru December).

Contact: Ashley Lehman, Head of Youth Services
ashley@ferndalepubliclibrary.org
248-546-2504 x 699

Kids Winter Reading Challenge
Signup Starts Mon., Nov. 21
Ferndale Area District Library
222 E. Nine Mile
All ages through 12th grade
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Salvaging Dreams and Channeling Motion into Art – New Exhibit up Dec 5

Mark Benglian Exhibit at Ferndale Library, Dec 5 – Jan 14

 

Ferndale Area District Library’s Art & Exhibition Committee presents “Urvakan,” an exhibition of drawings and paintings by Berkley-based artist Mark Benglian. The art will be on exhibit at the library from December 5, 2016 – January 14, 2017.

Benglian’s work focuses primarily on intuitive mark-making and storytelling. The images he conjures can be whimsical and haunting at the same time, while working in almost a trancelike state with a captivating milieu of muted tones, curious/unique entities and transfixing collages.

For the past 14 years Mark has been an accomplished graphic designer, teacher and fine artist and carries a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Arts Degrees from Michigan State University. His work draws largely from dreams and the subconscious. His creative process thrives upon kinesiology, particularly his own uninhibited movements, which are aggressively recorded on a myriad of surfaces from tabletops and doors to paper and plywood.

Benglian’s influences include primitive sculpture, cave paintings, children’s drawings and the drawings from his own childhood. Most of his pieces are created using salvaged or re-purposed materials and are created with whatever mediums are at hand; ranging from fabric, baseball innards and 2×4’s, to acrylic paint, crayons and charcoal.

Benglian could at times also be considered a philanthropic artist, often donating a large percentage of the proceeds from art sales to nonprofit organizations, animal rescue/protection initiatives including; Stiggy’s Dogs, The Michigan Humane Society and the ASPCA. His work has been exhibited in both group and solo shows across the metro area including Plymouth, Ann Arbor, East Lansing and Birmingham.

The Ferndale Public Library Art and Exhibitions Committee’s mission is to promote and foster an appreciation of two and three-dimensional art for library patrons, through exhibits, lectures, and an expanded collection of art books. You can find out more about art in the library in the community on facebook: facebook.com/FPLArt

Contact: Mark Benglianwww.be.net/b80
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What: Local Artist Mark Benglian Exhibits Dreamlike Works From Salvaged Materials
When: Monday, December 5 – Saturday, January 14
Where: Ferndale Area District Library – 222 East Nine Mile, Ferndale

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Meet Loose Koozies: Performing at FADL First Stop Friday, Dec 2

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On Fri. Dec. 2,, The Ferndale Area District Library opens their doors for an after-hours gig! A live concert inside a library! First Stop Friday, the library’s bi-monthly showcase of two great local bands, is sponsored by The Friends of the Ferndale Library.

This free concert is always hosted in the Library’s Community Room, and this month features folk/bluegrass duo Escaping Pavement and a newly formed country-rock outfit Loose Koozies. 

This month, we’ll be helping Ferndale music fans get better acquainted with the scheduled performers at the next installment of First Stop Friday.

Loose Koozies are a new quartet formed (and fronted) by local singer/songwriter Eric Allen. Allen has played with several of Detroit’s best, from the realms of garage rock to blues, pop to country (and even some hardcore punk). The versatile guitarist has always been more of the auxiliary to previous bands, but now he’s stepping into the spotlight as frontman, displaying a richly raspy voice endeared to a rust belt-flavored fraying of country twang, Americana and 60’s Nuggets rock ‘n’ roll.

Allen is joined by Andrew Moran (guitar), Nick German (drums), and Erin Davis (bass), each of with uniquely punched up resumes amid the local rock scene. They just set up their Facebook show and are yet to reach double digits in terms of the amount of gigs they’ve played so far…  But we’re so happy to help incubate this eclectic new outfit as they start to reach a galloping pace.

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The band started in August. Allen had been recording music with singer/guitarist Gordon Smith (of The Kickstand Band) and between takes he agreed to play a show opening for Smith’s band, even though he had no backing band to speak of at that very moment. “I thought that was a great idea,” Allen said with no shred of facetiousness. Because he realized an urgent sorta kick-in-the-rear to finally form a band would be just what he needed, since he’d been talking about his the desire to do so for two years at that point.

“The true origin of the band actually starts in 1995, when my parents took me to Nashville and I fell in love with country music,” said Allen. “I sat at a table and autographed it like I saw Billy Ray Cyrus do during a TV special and told them I would come back and find (that autograph) after I was famous. So, (starting this band) has always been inside me since that day, but I don’t think I had come close to doing enough living to truly be able to write songs that were as honest as the country songs that i loved. I feel like I’m in that place, now… Still haven’t found my signature back at Tootsie’s, though.”

In the past, with other songs he’d written, Allen admits to never really spending more than 15 minutes on the lyrics or the riffs. That changed with Loose Koozies. “I consciously said that I’d be sitting down to write these songs and actually spend the time to craft them. I think that effort translates to what we’ve been able to create so far.”

Allen’s measuring himself up against some formidable and iconic influences in the country music genre. Nevertheless, without worrying too much about branding or labeling, Allen still feels his trio of players help him to hit upon all the classic eras of country music. The idea is to affect a state of mind, rather than overtly try to sound like someone else.

“I want people to hear our music and have that feeling of endless freedom that only things like the highway, the mountains or the forest can provide. It sounds like some hippy-dippy shit, but I find those things to be more freeing than any band I’ll ever hear in my entire life.”

Meanwhile, the band has been working on recording demos and hope to set down to the serious work of a proper debut release early next year. “Our whole thing, now, is just playing whatever shows come up… I’m really happy that everyone in our band is down to play whatever… We’ve been having some fun playing things like chili cook-offs and other weird stuff; really, that’s what its all about to me, (is) playing, having fun with my friends and drinking a few beers.”

Friends of the Ferndale Library Presents First Stop Friday
Featuring Escaping Pavement and Loose Koozies
Fri., Dec 2 at 7pm
Ferndale Area District Library
222 E. Nine Mile Rd

INFO: https://www.facebook.com/events/310021649379030/

 

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Meet Escaping Pavement: Performing at FADL First Stop Friday, Dec 2

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On Fri. Dec. 2,, The Ferndale Area District Library opens their doors for an after-hours gig! A live concert inside a library! First Stop Friday, the library’s bi-monthly showcase of two great local bands, is sponsored by The Friends of the Ferndale Library.

This free concert is always hosted in the Library’s Community Room, and this month features folk/bluegrass duo Escaping Pavement and a newly formed country-rock outfit Loose Koozies. 

This month, we’ll be helping Ferndale music fans get better acquainted with the scheduled performers at the next installment of First Stop Friday.

Escaping Pavement recently released their second full-length album, The Night Owl: an instant classic of modern bluegrass and fiery folk ballads. The Ferndale-based duo features Emily Burns on guitar/vocals and Aaron Markovitz on vocals/mandolin; they have an impeccably sweet harmonization with their voices and dynamic synchronization of strums from a wooden stringed instruments. Sometimes they bring a banjo and a ukulele to the party… The idea is to pare the purity of folk and bluegrass back to its earthiest basics; to rethink Americana twang, rethink folk; and get back to the natural acoustic sounds. “Escape the pavement…” of dissonant, electro-heavy cityscapes and get a musical breath of fresh air.

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Escaping Pavement perform Friday, Dec 2nd with Loose Koozies (Doors @ 7pm)

 

Burns and Markovitz are native Michganders but they spent their formative years out in California, where they attended music school. They’ve got some interesting anecdotes to share, to be sure, from the several years spent as part of an ensemble of rock-centric musicians performing as the house band for luxury cruise ships.

Out at sea, under glitzy auditorium lights, performing plugged-in rock music began feeding this urge they both shared to get back to the roots of music, back to something with grit and soul. Escaping Pavement became the perfect vehicle for that, Burns said. The couple had been writing acoustic based, folk-inclined songs on the side for years during their tenure as professional musicians aboard cruise ships, but they’d kept it a secret more or less until 2011, when they started the earliest incarnation of Escaping Pavement back here in metro Detroit, essentially as a southern-rock quartet.

“After the first two years of being primarily bar band, we decided our music was once again taking a turn towards the more acoustic, folky, bluegrass side of things and we became a duo to better facilitate performing in those genres,” said Burns. “Also, the lyrics of the original music we were writing took more of a turn towards awareness of the human mind and the current state of society, which are messages much better delivered through folk and bluegrass music.

The Night Owl is their second album, but it certainly feels like their most comprehensive statement, a true arrival and idealization of their message and motif. The voices, the sentiments, the musicality, and a lot of the heart poured upon the notes exudes an endearing authenticity.

Burns and Markovitz have been working on music for as long as they’ve been together, coming up on almost 12 years, now. So, of course, that accounts for their chemistry and charisma as a duo both on recordings and on a stage. “A big part of what we do though also involves watching what the other is doing,” said Burns. “The way they’re forming their mouth, the way they’re timing their words, a lot of different factors come in to play when syncing up harmonically.”

Coming up for Escaping Pavement, new music is coming together for their third album, which they hope to start recording soon. Meanwhile, they’ll be applying for an Artist in Residency program next year at a national park. Imagine this pair, living in- and creating music about- nature, the outdoors, the earth, ecology, amid a setting such as that!

Escaping Pavement are streaming on Spotify. Or, find them via soundcloud.

 

 

 

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