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07Jul

Belle Isle Art Fair in its Third Year

If you haven’t checked it out yet – you should!
 
The Belle Isle Art Fair is coming to Belle Isle for its third year on Saturday and Sunday August 4-5, 2018.
 
As if you haven’t noticed, Detroit is in the middle of a major renewal. With the recent purchase of the Michigan Train Depot by Ford, it makes for a major step forward in Detroit’s road to recovery. What that means is you should check out what is happening in Detroit if you haven’t visited in the last two or three years. It is changing – rapidly.
 
And Belle Isle is no different. With the State of Michigan takeover in 2014, there have been many improvements made to the island. People are starting to visit once again, reacquainting themselves with the park they knew in their childhood. I had never visited Belle Isle until I started photographing Detroit, but it’s now a regular location for me to capture
 
The Belle Isle Art Fair was started by Mark Loeb, owner of Integrity Shows in 2015. Being an art fair located in downtown Detroit, and one of my favorite places to visit, I just knew I had to be a part of it. Mark approached me with interest in using one of my Scott Fountain images to promote the fair. Of course, I said yes!
 
I’ve been photographing Detroit since 2008, and I can attest to the big changes that have been happening these last 10 years. When I would travel to other cities, you would always see a crane on the horizon, constructing some new building. But in Detroit, no cranes anywhere. But now, you cannot go down any major road downtown without seeing several construction projects underway. Some people never thought they would see the day Detroit would make a comeback. It is, and that day is now.
 
I am excited to be part of the Detroit renewal and encouraging people to come back down to the city, showing Detroit in a positive light. You can see more of my Belle Isle images in my website gallery, and while you are there, check out the rest of my Detroit images. I hope to see you at the Belle Isle Art Fair 2018!

​~ Alanna St. Laurent

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