Meet Farmington Hills gallery featured artist November 1

A November 1 reception at Farmington Hills City Hall honors a local artist whose work features portraits of endangered animal species.

The Rotating Exhibits Gallery at Farmington Hills City Hall will host painter Patrice Donnelly in a solo show from October 22 through November 16. The gallery, located at 31555 W. 11 Mile Rd., is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Donnelly will speak about her work during an Artist Talk held on Thursday, November 1, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Red Wolf Patrice Donnelly
“Red Wolf” by Patrice Donnelly (City of Farmington Hills)

With a theme of “Once Upon A Time,” the exhibit features nine oil portraits that include the Rhino, Red Wolf, Orangutan, and Gorilla.

“This is a touching collection that hopes to bring public awareness. Without our involvement in protecting endangered species, they have no future,” she said in a press release. “Will they become simply a tale we tell our children? We will say ‘Once Upon a Time’ these nine beautiful creatures were part of our world.”

Donnelly began her artistic career in 1986 and has works displayed at the Flint Institute of Arts, TLC Center Gallery in Davisburg, as well as Farmington Hills City Hall. She teaches for VSA (Very Special Arts) in school classrooms through its Artists-in-Residence Program. VSA offers students with moderate to severe disabilities a chance to express themselves through the arts.

The Cultural Arts Division is currently accepting applications for the 2019-2020 Public Art Program. Learn more about the program at http://bit.ly/PublicArt2019.