Calendar of upcoming events, workshops and gallery shows at FOUND in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Closed on Thanksgiving.
Open 8am-8pm on Friday, Nov. 24, with specials on holiday wreaths and greens all weekend.
Small Business Saturday gift with purchase.
Sunday, Nov 26 Kerrytown Tree Lighting in the Courtyard 5-6pm.
MIDNIGHT MADNESS is Friday Dec. 1st with a storewide sale from morning til midnight! 20% off, plus Merry Multiples.
Past events (many of which we'll repeat next year...)
Friday, November 3rd, 5-8pm. Opening Party 2017 Holiday Collection!
Gift with Purchase, Merry Multiples, refreshments.
First Fridays in Ann Arbor's Kerrytown District.
We're working on a series of special events for the first Friday evening of each month - we'll stay open late, turn up the music, have some refreshments and feature a different artist or activity each time. A fun way to ease into your weekend!
November 3rd 5-8pm: Kerrytown District First Fridays Passport Contest!
Have your "Passport" stamped for a chance to win prizes from participating neighborhood businesses during the November First Fridays Kerrytown. A great chance to explore the area, win a prize, and do some early bird shopping! Sponsored by the Kerrytown District Association.
Cardmaking WORKSHOP: Back by popular demand!
Vintage Paper Play: Collage Cards with Laurie Longo
Thursday, October 26th, 6:30-9:00pm $32
During this relaxed evening of vintage paper play, local artist Laurie Longo will bring her voluminous stash of vintage papers and share the method of making art cards that she developed as the artist behind Stories & Divinations (see below). Laurie's unique take on storytelling through collage promises to make this an interesting evening!
The fee includes lovely Italian stationary on which you'll create your cards, use of tools and supplies, lots of antique and vintage ephemera, plus the company of others who like to cut and paste! You're welcome to bring some of your own maps or images, of course, but it isn't necessary. There will be plenty to choose from. This is intended as a creative evening for all skill levels, from collage newbies, to artists who crave a night out to play with paper.
This event will take place at Found on Thursday, Oct. 26th from 6:30-9:00pm. If you would like to be part of the fun, register at the shop or call 734-302-3060 to sign up. $32 per person, includes refreshments.
In Laurie's words: The stories we tell about the world, our past, our wishes, ourselves tell us how we view the world and our place in it and so, in many ways, they also predict our futures... we become the stories we tell. So always be truthful in telling your story and, when you tell stories, fill them with all the best things in life.
I am an appellate attorney by day. In that world, text - books and digital - completely rule not only me and my time, but the substance and outcome of everything. I've learned through 20 years of that work that our character, our decisions, our pasts, and even our futures - are largely determined by the stories we tell to ourselves and about ourselves. By night, I exact a lovely sort of revenge on books and make up stories to love in the form of art, journals, cards, and jewelry, all made out of the text and images from old books combined with ordinary, interesting odds and ends from the past. Life is much, much happier as a result.
Many, many years ago before law school I attended Pratt Institute and Columbus College of Art and Design. For the last twenty years or so, I've been reading like mad, practicing law, raising two boys (almost done!), and attending to various animals who join us from time to time.
- Laurie Longo, Stories and Divinations
Friday, October 6th, 2017. 5-8pm. First Fridays Kerrytown, with featured artist Randy Wing's Human Antiquities figures trunk show at Found all weekend long!
Opening reception for Human Antiquities by assemblage artist Randy Wing during First Fridays Kerrytown on Oct. 6th from 5-8pm at Found. Randy searches antique stores and salvage shops for unusual old items and transforms them into human forms. The characters he creates have unique persona and stories that Randy will share at the Friday event. Refreshments served. The trunk show continues all weekend.
Rug Hooking with Sarah Belcher of Old Glory Woolen Company.
2 part class - Thursdays, Sept. 21 and October 5, 6:30-9:00 CANCELLED.
We're excited to announce our first workshop of the season: a two-part class on the art of rug hooking. If you love to do things with your hands and are ready to learn something new - or refresh some forgotten skills - this is a wonderful opportunity. Sarah Belcher of Old Glory Woolen Company will guide you through the basic techniques of this relaxing, timeless craft. Using beautiful strips of hand dyed wool, you will learn how to use a hook to create a whimsical Jack-O-Lantern piece.
Registration includes 5 hours of Sarah's instruction, plus a kit containing all the materials and tools needed to make one of the Jack-O-Lanterns shown above. You'll leave with a fun piece to add to your Fall decor, and rug hooking techniques you can apply to future creative projects!
The class meets twice - Thursday, September 21 from 6:30-9:00 and again on October 5 from 6:30 to 9:00. The cost is $155 to make the small orange or white Jack-O-Lantern (about 6x6 inch finished square) or $175 for the 12" long blue JOL with houses. (Homework alert! If you choose the larger style, you’ll need to set aside extra time between the sessions to be ready to complete the finishing details on Oct. 5th.)
Friday, Sept. 1. 5-8pm. Kick off the Labor Day weekend with free hot dogs and pop, and prizes throughout the evening, during our September First Fridays Kerrytown celebration at Found!
Saturday, June 15th. Mr. B's JoyBox Express Piano Bike will roll over to Found to present an impromptu boogie woogie concert! 10% of sales that day will go to YouthQuest.
ANN ARBOR ART FAIR WEEK at Found. The annual Ann Arbor Art Fairs take place July 20-23 this year. We have some fun things planned:
First Friday. July 7. 5-8pm. Garden party at Found! 10% of evening sales to Growing Hope. Specials on outdoor and garden items. Drop in mini workshop with Michael -Learn to use metal stamping tools while you make garden markers! You'll start with flattened recycled spoon or fork and end up with an herb garden stake that will encourage your plants to grow faster. $3 fee.
Friday, June 2 from 5:00-8:00 pm, our featured artist will be Katie Bramlage of make. do. studio. You may have seen her hand built clay vessels and talismans in the shop - they have an organic feel, designed to interact with the light. For this event, we'll have a fresh collection of Katie's ceramic vessels, plus the opportunity to make your own necklace. Katie's been busy forming hundreds of glazed and natural beads in all sort of shapes that are perfect for jewelry! A casual mini workshop will be ongoing throughout the evening, at a cost of $42 per necklace.
We'll have treats and a drawing for a $50 Found Gift Card that night, too!
BEGINNING HAND LETTERING: GARDEN MARKERS
Thursday, June 8th. 7:00 - 8:30pm $30 fee
If you'e ever wished you could draw modern calligraphy style words in your scrapbooks or friend's birthday cards, or create fun place cards for a party, then this class is for you!
Britney Leal, a sign maker from Zingerman's Roadhouse, will teach this beginning lettering workshop. She does an awesome job of breaking hand lettering into easily mastered steps. The workshop begins with guided instruction and practice that can be applied to all kinds projects, and ends with lettering a set of garden markers for your herbs or outdoor plants.
The $30 class fee includes instruction in Britney's modern calligraphy lettering style, a practice journal, lettering guide, and supplies to make 3 plant stakes. Refreshments, too!
Gather a little group of friends to join you - or come and make some new friends.
We'll meet around the big counter at the back of Found. Space is limited, so call soon to register. 734-302-3060.
Thursday, March 30th, 2017. 6:00-9:00pm at Found. $75 class/materials fee
Join us for an evening of challenging fun and meditative play with artist Katie Bramlage of make.do.studio. In this workshop you will create your own talisman; an object said to have magic powers and bring good luck. You'll choose from a wide variety of handmade ceramic pieces which are reminiscent of stones and shells and sticks. With the simple instructions and supplies provided, you will assemble your own ready to hang wall piece. This workshop is open to all experience levels.
FORESHADOWING. Endangered & Threatened Plant Species. Found was pleased to present a fascinating collection of botanical art by Michigan photographer Jane Kramer winter of 2017. For her "Foreshadowing" project, Jane photographed the shadows of endangered plant species and transfered the images onto paper she made from the pulp of invasive plants. If you are interested in learning more about this project or purchase limited edition prints, many framed in reclaimed wood, you may contact Jane through her website www.janekramer.com A portion of each sale is donated to Michigan Nature Association. Please let her know that you found her at Found!
Wondering where the canoes went? Torno Canoes are still available by special order at Found. During the month of September 2016, we had a Pop-up Canoe Show featuring handcrafted, lightweight wooden canoes and stand-up paddle boards by Ann Arbor designer-builder Randall Torno. Weighing in at just 25 pounds, a 12 foot Torno canoe is a beautiful and functional way to explore Michigan's rivers and lakes. Many of you stopped by during the show see them and talk with Randall, but may have needed more time to think about purchasing one. . Although we no longer have them on display at the shop, we're happy to process a special order for you!