A November 28 Artist Talk will kick off a six-week-long exhibit featuring the vibrant paintings and sculptures of local artists Robbie Best, Priscilla Phifer, and Ozie Norman in the Rotating Exhibits Gallery at Farmington Hills City Hall, located at 31555 W. 11 Mile Rd.
From 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., each of the artists will be available to talk about their work and mingle with friends, family, and community art enthusiasts.
Best earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Wayne State University following her retirement. Her foray into abstraction evolved out of figurative images when she decided to deconstruct and simplify forms, while at the same time maintain the rhythm and dynamic character of her narrative. She lives and paints in Farmington Hills.
An abstract expressionist who paints primarily without a brush, Phifer gathers a few paint hues, and then lets her hand and gravity do their thing. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Wayne State University and lives in Franklin.
Norman built his mark in the world of carpentry, graduating from Detroit Carpenters Apprenticeship School in 2003 and becoming a contractor in the field. He constructs his own canvas out of wood and primarily uses acrylic, enamel, glue, paper, sand, and resin to create one-of- a-kind abstract paintings and wood wall sculptures. A Detroit native, he finds inspiration in African culture and has been influenced by Gerhard Richter, Jackson Pollock, and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
The city’s Public Art Program features works loaned by 74 talented artists from Farmington, Farmington Hills, and surrounding communities. This collection of art will remain on display through 2018.