2018-09-12 / Front Page

Getting artsy

Art in the Rough set for Sept. 29 in Imlay City
BY NICHOLAS PUGLIESE
810-452-2601 • npugliese@mihomepaper.com

IMLAY CITY — Each year, Art in the Rough, downtown Imlay City’s premier arts and culture event of the fall gets bigger and more elaborate, and the 2018 edition of his year’s street fair aims to continue that trend.

Saturday, Sept. 29 from 6-10 p.m., will feature all the art, food and brews the event’s become known for as well as three performances by local musicians ranging in styles. Organizers for the event, now entering its fourth year, are excited to expand the event and feature art of several different mediums, and music is no exception.

“We have had live music before during Art in the Rough,” Dana Walker, director of the Imlay City Downtown Development Authority said. “This year we wanted to go a step further and feature a singer from the Detroit area to offer a variety of musical genres.”

Walker is speaking of Detroit native and vocalist Pat Smillie, who grew up as an avid music collector whose earliest musical influences included Motor City artists such as The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Wilson Pickett, Bob Seger and Mitch Ryder. Smillie performs regularly with renowned Detroit guitarist Jim McCarty (formerly of Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, Cactus, and The Rockets) and has served as an opening act on shows and festivals for Mitch Ryder as well as Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band. Smillie, along with his band, will perform on Third Street during Art in the Rough from 8-10 p.m.

As excited as Walker is for Smillie to appear in downtown Imlay CIty this year, he’s equally excited to be a part of the burgeoning street art festival. “I can’t wait to check out all the amazing artists who will be gathered to display their work at Art in the Rough,” Smillie said. “It’s going to be a beautiful vibe and I hope everybody enjoys our performance.”

Returning to perform during the VIP experience, held 4-6 p.m. at Hiram’s Tavern, is Lapeer County’s own Jaime Marvin. “Jaime has a diverse repertoire, and she pulls from a variety of genres making her a perfect choice for the VIP event,” Walker said. Along with the performance by Marvin, VIP attendees will receive two beverages, appetizers, a handcrafted mug, a meet and greet with the featured artists, and admission into the main event.

Kicking off the main event at 6 p.m. is Untamed Beauty who will perform original music and covers of songs ranging from artists like Indigo Girls to Little Big Town. The returning Lapeer duo will perform on Third Street.

“Every year we try and grow Art in the Rough so people can experience a variety of artists,” Walker said. “It truly is a very unique event,” she stated.

Tickets to the VIP event and Art in the Rough are now available at the City of Imlay City office, 150 North Main Street, the Lapeer Art Association located in Gallery 194, 194 Nepessing Street in downtown Lapeer, and on line at www.lapeerart.org. VIP tickets are $50 and general admission is $15 ($20 the day of the event).

For more information contact Dana Walker at the Imlay City Downtown Development Authority at 810-724-2135 or visit www.icdda.com.

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