West Bloomfield artist exhibit at Lawrence Street Gallery in Ferndale

Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press

Folk art will be displayed at the Lawrence Street Gallery in Ferndale, as West Bloomfield artist Alice Frank presents her exhibit “Artful,” beginning Wednesday, May 1.

The gallery, run by the 27 resident artists, changes displays monthly. This month features Frank’s works, which she created in various media.

West Bloomfield Artist Alice Frank's exhibit "Artful" will be on Display at Lawrence Street Gallery throughout the month of May.
West Bloomfield Artist Alice Frank’s exhibit “Artful” will be on Display at Lawrence Street Gallery throughout the month of May. COURTESY PHOTO/ ALICE Frank

“I like folk art because you can create a feeling about something that might be local to a certain area,” Frank said. “It has a primitive but playful quality to it.”

Observing people and nature inspires Frank in her projects. She said art is a way for her to capture and remember the moment.

In addition to the Lawrence Street Gallery, The artist belongs The Michigan Watercolor Society, Farmington Artist Club, Michigan Guild of Artists and Artisans, Detroit Society of Women Painters, Crooked Tree Arts, Ohio Designers and Women in the Arts, according to a press release.

Frank has sold pieces to celebrity clients, including musician Bob Seger and actress Victoria Principal.

Elementary education was Frank’s original profession, after earning her bachelor’s degree from The University of Michigan in 1965. As a teacher, she incorporated art into her lessons. She provided other art education for children as well.

Frank says she loves working with children, “because they’re not swayed by any particular thing, they just go with the moment — they are pure and ready to absorb any ideas you may have.”

Frank produces art in a variety of media, including monoprints, fired enamel and metals, though she said watercolor is her favorite.

The folk works she created feature hand-painted paper and found objects united

"Africa" by Alice Frank. COURTESY/ ALICE FRANK
“Africa” by Alice Frank. COURTESY/ Alice Frank

in collage. She said she put a lot of thought into the pieces’ titles as well.

“I find her work to be very whimsical and different than any other artwork you see,” said J. Gordon Rodwan, photographer and Lawrence Street Gallery artist. “It’s sometimes abstract, sometimes whimsical. I like the way she uses images and colors, and her multimedia displays are quite awesome, very captivating.”

The exhibit will run throughout May at Lawrence Street Gallery, 22620 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, noon to 9 p.m. Thursday, noon to 9 p.m. Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Call 248-544-0394 or visit www.lawrencestreetgallery.com to learn more about the gallery.

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