When all of the art fairs and showcases were canceled during the coronavirus pandemic, three Detroit women decided to create the Leaf and Blossom store, which serves as a space for artists to sell their artwork and products. 

Mother and daughter Lillian Li and Victoria Li, both of Grosse Pointe Shores, along with their friend, Maggie Mazzara, of Grosse Pointe Woods, are all local artists. They opened Leaf and Blossom, which also is a place for the public to participate in art classes. In the store, you can find anything from handmade birdhouses to photography, and even get a tarot card reading while you’re there. 

Leaf and Blossom co owners Lillian Li, 62, of Grosse Pointe, left, Maggie Massara, 72, of Grosse Pointe Woods and Victoria Li, 26, of Detroit stand out front of their Detroit store Wednesday, May, 5, 2021. The store opened in December of 2020 during the pandemic after art shows were being cancelled. The store supports local artists.

“I kind of figured — well, what if I do something that I like to do and have my own store,” said Victoria Li. “I originally was just going to sell tea, since I was a tea blender. But then we came across

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Festival of Arts organizers were unsure if the summer festivals would be able to return this year until a matter of months ago.

Without question, those involved are ecstatic to be back, even if it meant that the work that usually takes place over the course of a year had to be completed in significantly less time.

“There is such a celebratory spirit,” said Sharbie Higuchi, director of marketing and public relations for the Festival of Arts. “It feels like a giant family reunion of the arts, and we are so grateful and pleased that our doors are open and that we get to reconnect with the arts, reconnect with our artists, and actually, one another. I think Laguna Beach and all the art shows are the perfect place to do just that.”

The Festival of Arts Fine Art Show, established in 1932, reopened to the public on Monday, when

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The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., announced the selections for the 2021 Irene Rosenzweig Biennial Juried Exhibition. The show opens July 22 at ASC with an awards reception from 5-7 p.m. Juror Deidre Argyle will announce the awards at 5:30 p.m.

The reception is free and open to the public, but for social distancing measures, capacity will be capped at 75 people, according to a news release.

The prizes are Best of Show ($1,000), first place ($500), second place ($200) and three Merit Awards ($100 each). There is also an opportunity for ASC to purchase exhibition pieces to add to its permanent collection.

ASC received more than 350 artwork submissions, from which Argyle chose the finalists.

The 34 artists selected for the 2021 exhibition are: Susan Chambers of Little Rock; Louise M. Halsey of Ozark; Yelena Petroukhina of Little Rock; Laura Brainard Raborn of

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DANVILLE — Like many local events which took a one-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, Arts in the Park is back for 2021 in historic Lincoln Park, off Logan Avenue in Danville.

Arts in the Park is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. This is the 32nd year for the event.

The sidewalk chalk contest, south of the Lincoln Park Pavilion near the playground, is the first event, with registration opening at 9 a.m. Saturday. The contest runs from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Bring your own chalk or use chalk provided. Registration is free and prizes are awarded. All ages are welcome, organizers say.

The Art on Wheels Car Show presented by the Illiana Antique Automobile Club is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Registration starts at 9 a.m. Saturday. It’s an open show for cars, trucks, customs,

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