Talk with a local artist June 25 at Farmington Hills City Hall

Meet multi-media artist and Farmington Hills resident Rose Marie Starke during an artist talk held June 26, 6:30 p.m., at Farmington Hills City Hall, 31555 W. 11 Mile Rd.

Starke’s “Corners of My Life” collage art collection is featured through July 13 at City Hall’s Rotating Exhibits Gallery, open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Jon Aldred for Farmington Hills City Council

In her detailed collages, Starke uses acrylic paint, colored pencil, and pastels, plus cardboard, wire, paper, and ribbon to make up the scenes where her love of miniatures and textures create delightful little worlds. “Prime Real Estate,” pictured below, has parts of 36 rooftops, and “Savannah” even incorporates real cat whiskers.

“My artwork is a personal statement where I use color, texture, and design elements to express my moods and ideas,” she said.

Starke started her career in advertising as a commercial artist, and then formed her own company called Starke’s Studio, where she designs company logos and brochures, paints and publishes greeting cards, and writes calligraphy for notable clients including the Princess of Monaco.

A native of Livonia, she attended Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids. She paints weekly with the local Farmington Arts Foundation and Plein Air Troupe.

Starke is part of the city’s Public Art Program, which showcases work from 74 talented artists from Farmington, Farmington Hills, and surrounding communities. Their artwork is on loan and displayed at City Hall through 2018. Works include a variety of media including clay, metal, fiber, paint, glass, and photography.

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