Local arts professionals get to the ‘Art of the Matter’

The Farmington Area Art Commission and the Farmington Hills Cultural Arts Division will host “The Art of the Matter,” an April 13 panel discussion and networking event for anyone interested in pursuing a career or involvement in the arts.

The free event runs from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Costick Center, 28600 W. 11 Mile Rd., and coincides with the annual Festival of the Arts.

Jon Aldred for Farmington Hills City Council

Art of the Matter

“The Art of the Matter” panel includes these five accomplished arts professionals who will share their education, experiences, and insights:

Pamela Alexander is a Farmington resident and the 2019 Farmington Area Artist in Residence winner who works primarily with acrylic paint on canvas. She studied art at Oakland Community College, Art History at U of M Dearborn, and received her Bachelor of Arts from Madonna University. Alexander’s artwork is currently on display through 2020 in the Farmington Hills Public Art Program at City Hall.

Mark Boyd was born and raised in Oklahoma, then traveled across the U.S. as a stand-up comedian before settling in Michigan and doing local theater, television and radio commercials (both on camera and as voice talent), audio books, industrial videos, and dozens of Michigan-based movies, both short and feature length. In his first major theatrical release, he played “Ronny” in “Whip It” directed by Drew Barrymore. Boyd was most recently seen as “Wilson” in the premiere episode of “12 Monkeys” on the Syfy Network.

Lesa Ferencz is a longtime Farmington Hills resident and a Farmington Area Arts Commissioner who has worked as a freelance fashion, portrait, and commercial photographer for over 20 years. Her work was featured in Ambassador Magazine, Inspire Bride Magazine, Stand Magazine, LA Guitars, the Farmington Hills Activities Guide, and on the American Eagle billboard in New York City’s Times Square. Ferencz has taught both private and group photography, curated the 2011 Roots in Detroit photography exhibition, and was the Keynote Speaker for the “Creativity in Daily Life” Photo Studio Group seminar in Ann Arbor.

Jill Jack is a 44-time Detroit Music Award recipient who began her professional career singing backup with well-known Detroit country and rock bands. She has opened for prominent touring acts including Bob Seger, John Waite, Emmylou Harris, Dan Fogelberg, Marshall Crenshaw, and Loretta Lynn. She was a headliner at festivals including SXSW (South by Southwest), Ann Arbor Folk Festival, 30A Songwriters Festival, WYCD Downtown Hoedown, Blissfest Music Festival, and has had successful tours all over the U.S. and in England. She has 12 award-winning CDs and stars in the documentary “Live Like Tomorrow – The Jill Jack Story,” which is currently in development.

Kahn Santori Davison is from Detroit and owns Kahn Santori Photography and Be Immortal apparel. He has worked as an art columnist for The Gazette News and Arts, an entertainment writer for The Michigan Citizen, and is currently a music writer for The Detroit Metro Times. Davison wrote the panel text for the DIA’s “D-Cyphered” exhibit, and taught creative writing at Detroit Impact Community Center and Inside Out Literary Arts. He was one half of the poetry group Khaos, co-starred in the award-winning play “Mahogany Drams,” and authored the poetry book Blaze. Davison was the recipient of the 2015 Kresge Literary Arts Fellowship and has a B.A. from Oakland University.

The Festival of the Arts is presented by the City of Farmington Hills Cultural Arts Division, Farmington Community Arts Council, Farmington Public Schools, and the Farmington Area Arts Commission, and sponsored in part by the Farmington/Farmington Hills Education Foundation.

For more information about “The Art of the Matter,” call the Farmington Hills Cultural Arts Division at 248-473-1857.

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