Faces in the Crowd at the Peoples' Arts Festival Detroit 9-21-08 deedsphotos

People's Arts Festival in Russell Industrial Center Detroit

The Peoples' Arts Festival at the Russell Industrial Center drew a large crowd on Saturday September 21 which sunny and warm in contrast to the previous weekend when heavy rain caused the event's cancellation. The event was held in the former Packard Motor Company's Detroit plant which at one time was one of the larget automobile factories in the world. Part of the long-abandoned plant is now being used for artist studios and other commercial purposes.

The crowd was young and, as in the photos below, colorfully dressed for the occasion. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves because although the quality of the art was uneven, there was a lot of it, and the weather couldn't have been better. One of the most impressive art offerings were large, lifelike trout and salmon fashioned out of metal by Tim Shoemaker of Metal Art. A photo of one of Shoemaker's brown trout appears below.

Lyndon LaRouche and Communist Party crusaders had booths at the festival as well as a few other non-artist vendors. I spoke for a few minutes with the very nice woman representing the Communist Party and with an earnest young man pitiching for LaRouche who I was informed when I asked why he isn't running for president this year is 87 years old. There were a fair number ofObama buttons in evidence and a woman at one booth offered colorful Obama T-shirts. She laughed when I asked her why she had none for McCain. No one offered McCain buttons or T-shirts, and I didn't notice a single McCain button or cap.

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robie2 8 years ago from Central New Jersey

love the cerowd.Ralph--feel like I was there too:-)


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Ralph Deeds 8 years ago Author

Thanks for the comment. It was a nice afternoon. The crowd was more interesting than the art, for the most part.


ColdWarBaby 8 years ago

Human interaction.  Communal activity.  Peaceful, convivial and positive. 

I think we'll be seeing much more of this, out of necessity, in the near future. 

Local economies and industry will soon be required for simple survival. 

Not necessarily a bad thing.


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G-Ma Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

Very interesting and fun to see all the people..did you get permission to show them? or is that not neccessary??Just wondering for future photo's of mine? I guess it probably doesn't matter just a public event anyway.

Loved all the shots and looked like quite a day or two? Very colorful; and many,many pictures...was fun and like Robie2 said it was"felt like being there in person" or close to that...Thanks so much I loved it...G-Ma :o) hugs


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Ralph Deeds 8 years ago Author

No, I didn't. I'm not a lawyer, but I don't think its nececessary when the pictures are taken, as you said, at a public event. Glad you enjoyed the pics. I enjoyed taking them.


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Paraglider 8 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

Must have been a great day out. The pictures are a mini-celebration of humanity. Enjoyed this one a lot.


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Ralph Deeds 8 years ago Author

Thank you. That was my intention. Have you read any of Walt Whitman's poetry? Or Carl Sandburg, or Karl Shapiro or Allen Ginzburg? They are my favorites, and they influence my photographs.

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