Detroit Beach Art Market scheduled for this weekend

Bekah Ballmes will exhibit both days at the Art Market.  Ballmes is a crochet lover who enjoys creating creatures and critters.

Several local artists and creators will show and sell their work at the fourth annual Outdoor Art Market, scheduled for this weekend at the Friends of Companion Animals Feline Rescue & Adoption Center, 2532 N. Dixie Highway. The shelter is located across from the Detroit Beach community.

The market will be open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on both days. This is the first year that the market will be open for two days.

“Some performers will be there both days, while others will be ‘one day only,’ so each day will have something different to see,” the shelter said. “Bring home original works by local artists and artisans.”

Art created by shelter cats will also be sold. The works are visible from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. this week at the refuge. To bid on cat-created art, visithttps://www.ebay.com/usr/friendsofcompanionanimals. Auctions run until September 26.

All proceeds will benefit the shelter and will be used to house, feed and care for the cats, including the over 200 cats that are at the shelter or in foster care.

“(Last year) we raised about $600 through our eBay art auction and walk-in donations that day,” the shelter said.

ESM Photography's Eryn Meeker will be exhibiting her work Saturday at the Friends of Companion Animals Art Market.  Meeker specializes in urbex, nature and macro photography.

Participants can also visit the shelter to see the cats available for adoption. The Art Market will take place rain or shine. FOCA is Monroe’s only all-cat non-profit rescue.

“FOCA always strives to bring people together, so it’s nice to see this market enter its fourth year. Each day is expected to feature no less than 10 artists and artisans showing off their talent, so we hope people stop by and support them as they have supported us,” said Penny Bly, Rescue Director. “People are looking for local things to do around Monroe. It’s a great way to visit the shelter cats and enjoy the creative works of a local artist.”

FOCA is also seeking donations including Purina Naturals Original dry food, Purina Gentle dry food, Purina One Healthy Kitten dry food, and Purina Kitten Chow.

“Every little help gets things done,” Bly said.

OFAC plans to open a sterilization clinic next to his shelter.

“We’re still halfway there, $10,000 to get things started,” the shelter said. “Of course, to continue, it will also require funds, so between fundraising for our new roof and the clinic, this is where the bulk of our donations have been allocated lately.

The art is on display at a previous Pet Friends Art Market.

OFAC has other events planned for this fall. Trunk or Treat will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. on October 22. Free entry. Tickets are now on sale in advance for the shelter’s annual fall fundraiser, scheduled for Nov. 5 at LaRoy’s Hall in LaSalle. Tickets are $40 each or $300 for a table of eight. Live and silent auctions, dinner, dessert and a cash bar will be offered. On the Web: animalfriends.org

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