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An A-Maize-Ing Day At The 2017 Ann Arbor Street Art Fair!

This post is just a fun quick one about our day at the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair!  As photographers we appreciate all things visual, as admirers of art we appreciate all things creative whether visual or otherwise sensory in other ways, and as Frameable Faces we celebrate living a life you would want to celebrate – one you would want to remember and capture.  We think strolling through an art fair fits into what we do here in plenty of ways!

Ann Arbor Street Art Fair

The 2017 Ann Arbor Street Art Fair!

Meanwhile I felt a blog post would be a good place to post our snapchat story from the day and include the links to the websites of our favorite artists from the day and have them in one spot.  For starters you should get to the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair one July if you’ve never been – it’s a 4 day event that takes over a good part of the University of Michigan campus and parts of downtown (which is adjacent to campus).  For those of you who may not know, the University of Michigan colors are maize and blue – hence the “a-maize-ing” title!

At this point I think we’ll let the snapchat story do the talking for a couple minutes…

Some cool stuff right?  And how funny was that squirrel?  And we had to throw in the spot where Ally and I bumped into each other once in Ann Arbor during our college years in front of Ulrich’s….

So let’s break it down a little and talk about the artists we focused on in the story above:

First we have the sculptural weaving of Gloria McRoberts from Watertown, TN whose fiber sculptures are hand woven from natural, undyed wool.  We were really drawn to her booth and these awesome pieces.  You can visit her website here.

Next we came across these amazing sketchings on skateboards done by simple pen or pencil by Jeffrey St. Romain who is from New Orleans.  My favorite was the one you see of Jimi Hendrix with the lyrics from Castles Made Of Sand.  Here is his website.

Next you saw a piece from Erika Bushee and her Art Rocks Studio – stunning.  The rocks jut out from the surface and in the case of the one I snapped above, continue right onto the floor.  Really cool.

Last but not least the piece which kept people talking on Snapchat for 24 hours and on into our Periscope community was the amazing guitar tree by Demi Heitzman who is located not far from Toledo.  Here is her website.

We also would like to call attention to an amazing underwater photographer we met (even though I did not get any of his work into the snapchat) named Chris Gug.  Wow.  Just wow.  Check out his website here.

We’re also giving a shout out to our favorite new plant based restaurant in Ann Arbor – The Lunch Room!  OMG – delish right down to the deserts (VEGAN DONUTS!!!).  Check it out – here’s the website.

And there you have it!  A GREAT day at the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair!  We hope you enjoyed the highlights!

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Frameable Faces Photography is a small biz retail mom & pop shop of Doug&Ally Cohen located in the Orchard Mall in West Bloomfield, Michigan, United States Of America!
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Ally & Doug can be reached at the studio at tel:248-790-7317 or emailed at mailto:info@frameablefaces.com
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Our Amazing Experience in San Francisco at Summit Live! Part 1

Summit Live was an incredible experience.  Yes it was.  Just simple truth.  It is hard to describe unless you were there what it was like, but I’ll just say that the first night I had a moment where I looked around and was just really overwhelmed.  One of those feelings that will stay with you for a long long time, and I swear I’m not just being dramatic.  It was such a special feeling to be a part of such a great community with people you have been enjoying spending time with, learning from, laughing with, and admiring virtually for months, and then suddenly you’re hugging them one by one….by one, by one, by one, by one – one favorite to the next to the next.  Your head starts to spin and you start to feel this buzz and you know this is a really special moment in your life.  It might sound a little ridiculous but that’s the truth.  At least for me it is and I’m not embarrassed to say it.  I’m pretty sure Ally felt the same way.

Let’s Let The Broadcasts Tell The Story…

We started out pretty early with a flight that connected in Chicago where we did a quick shortened version of our morning show from the airport.  We were so hyped!  Note: these replays do not contain the comments that were made in the broadcasts… when we posted this originally they were embedded from Katch.me and that website no longer exists.  These are the raw feeds that we now have on our YouTube channel.

Summit Live

Arriving at the Park Central!

 

When we finally arrived in San Francisco and walked up to the front entrance of the Park Central Hotel we had our first surreal moment as a crew of our people came flooding out the door right at that moment for hugs all around!

We still needed to check in and we had a few hours before the festivities so we went off on our own for a while.  San Francisco is amazing and Ally had never been there.  I had been there once a little over 22 years ago and was eager to get back.  We started out at the Ferry Building and hung out on our own where we ate at The Slanted Door and sampled some ice cream from Humphry Slocombe and some toffee from GL Alfieri – both delicious.

 

From there we walked to North Beach to meet up with my old college buddy Jeff Meisel for a cup of coffee at Réveille Coffee Co. before we headed back to the Park Central Hotel to start the party…

Summit Live

Frisco Frameables Selfie Time…

Summit LIVE!!!

Once we went down to the opening party that’s when that overwhelming moment happened that I was referring to earlier…  and at that point I had to start scoping.  I have gone through and listed the people who appear in the broadcast at what time marker in case there is anyone you would like to see:

@YoPickless appears at the 4:53 mark.  LOVE this girl – she was handing out #Yopickles #PassTheTat tattoos and she is beautiful in person!

@BenLeonard appears at about the 8:33 mark.  What a nice guy he is!  Pretty much everyone was really cool.

@CathyHackl at 9:40 – one of our closest friends in the community and she is expecting their third child!  You’ve seen her and her family appear on this blog here.  Love her!

@VictoriaTaylUK at about 12:10 – Vikki was on the small business panel with us and what a sweetheart.  We actually first met her on another live streaming app called Blab.  She’s great!  Had a lot of fun with her.

@KatieLance and @TigerwonNYC appear at 12:46.  Katie is my favorite social media “guru” on Periscope – her blog is awesome and I always learn something new from her.  She really knows her stuff.  Tiger we had met before at a meetup in NYC last summer and she interviewed me later on during Summit Live.

@TerryLWhite shows up at around 14:20.  He was on the photography panel that Ally moderated and he actually used to have a photography studio in Troy not far from our studio.  He’s currently based in Atlanta and he’s an Adobe expert.  Good guy!

@RyanSteinolfson aka “Periscope Ryan” appears right after Terry at around the 15 minute mark.  A digital marketer based in San Diego, I felt a little bad that my Wolverines destroyed his Gators in the Citrus Bowl – okay maybe not that bad, but we hung out and talked shop quite a bit over the 4 days we were there.  What a great dude.

@JelCruz at 16:33 – this is funny – one of those whose name you’ve seen but don’t recognize right away in person!  What a sweetie!  Got to hang with her a little bit during summit.

@EthanPariseau shows up right around the 20 minute mark – we “hang out” with Ethan often on our morning show.  Good guy from the state to the south – Ohio…

@KristianCotta pops in right after that around 20:14 – personal trainer, social media consultant and Washington State alum who is still bitter about the 1998 Rose Bowl… (hahaha).  Had a great time with this guy!

@MarissaDunlap shows up at the 22 minute mark and of course Ally and I had to “sing her into” the scope as we do on our regular scopes.  Marissa lives not far from San Fran and she can sing some mean opera.

@ChrisStrub at the 22:50 mark is known for just completing an intense trek of volunteering with youth organizations in all 50 states!  What a bad ass.

@AECJosh is one of the three creators of @TheEditorTV which is a network on Periscope that we’ve been on a few times and he shows up at the 24:26 mark.  He was there with his lovely wife @TheCraftyCutie

@JoisyGirl555 – Lulu appears at 24:50.  We met her in NYC at our summer meetup last year and she’s a riot.  It was great to see her again!

@ChocolateJohnny appears at about the 27 minute mark.  Owner of Perfection Chocolates in Sydney, Australia, he moderated our small business panel and did a fantastic job.  As a small business owner like us we have connected and have been bouncing ideas off of each other for months.  He brought us some chocolate and it was fantastic!

At around 30 minutes we met a couple of really nice guys whose names I can’t remember as of this writing!!!  Dangit….  if someone lets me know I’ll update this post!

@JasonStolken and his beautiful wife @RosieStolken appear at 32:42.  We’ve talked on the phone before but had not met until this moment.  Great couple and we got to spend a decent amount of time with them.  One of the best, funny and genuinely good guys in the community.  He even gave the classic “high face” in my broadcast!  Haha!

@KeiphMaurice is the creator of www.playforstuff.com which is a network of game shows across Periscope where you can play for prizes and our Play For Stuff show should be debuting next week!  Keith makes his appearance at 37:58.

@MrASingh is an artist and a really deep thinker – he does a lot of inspirational philosophical scopes from the UK and he appears at 38:50.  I of course had to do a little British accent trolling on Amrit when I saw him…

@DaveGonz2012 I met at the 40:30 mark – don’t actually know Dave very well but a nice guy and Ally and Dave  had an opportunity later to talk a little photography.

@EricNeitzel at about the 41:20 mark is an awesome guy.  He was on the photography panel as well and we have been Peri-friends with Eric for a while.  He has used his photography to help document and provide information from choppers during wildfires among many other things.

@SandyChoiRadio at the 42 minute mark is definitely one of my favorite scopers.  I’ve spent a lot of time late night just hanging with Sandy on her scopes listening to her freestyle, play guitar, sing, rant, and whatever else she feels like.  The girl is fearless and will say whatever is on her mind.  She keeps it real and we were so glad we got to spend a lot of time with her on this trip.

@DieterDieterVB at the 42:40 mark – what a sweetheart of a guy.  A photography enthusiast, Ally was able to help him out with a couple of tips and we were happy we were able to hang with him as well.

Mr. @Ryan_A_Bell himself – the creator of the Periscope Community Summit and one of our most notorious trolls – creator of the @FlammableFeces account appears at about the 43:30 minute mark.  All joking aside he’s been a big supporter of ours and it was great to meet him in person.

@AfricaMiranda gave one of the most inspiring talks you’ll hear as one of the keynote speakers at summit.  A beauty inside and out and a very talented and accomplished girl – we’ve been fans of hers for a while and she appears at the 44:45 mark.

Whew…..  okay.  Here are a couple fun iPhone photos from that first night…

Summit Live

Doug & Ally with @LynnRose!

Summit Live

Doug & Ally with @JennyQ and @MsCandyBlog

Summit Live

With Courtney Harvey (next to Ally) and Africa Miranda (far right)

We spent a lot of time with @LynnRose (wonderful actress and singer), @JennyQ – Jennifer Quinn who is a host of The Daily Q on Blab.IM, and @MsCandyBlog – one of the most entertaining people on Periscope with her amazing candy review shows, throughout those 4 days – love each one of them!  We also loved meeting @CourtTheTrendLA – Courtney Harvey who is an E! News producer and host of The Trend LA, and of course Africa Miranda as we mentioned before!

Okay that will do it for now – the next post we will get into the panels we participated in as well as meeting more friends including Sock Cop and the Periscope Puppet….  stay tuned!!!!

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Frameable Faces Photography
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Frameable Faces Photography is a small biz retail mom & pop shop of Doug&Ally Cohen located in the Orchard Mall in West Bloomfield, Michigan, United States Of America!
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Ally & Doug can be reached at the studio at tel:248-790-7317 or emailed at mailto:info@frameablefaces.com
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Being “Frameable” is an attitude, a community, a way of life – a life you would want to celebrate and display on your walls for all to see!  Tell us… ARE YOU FRAMEABLE?
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Relay For Life West Bloomfield 2014 – Team Frameable Faces!

Relay For Life West Bloomfield 2014 was another successful and meaningful day for Team Frameable Faces!  This year we set out with a goal of raising at least $1500 to fight cancer and we are happy to say we reached our goal!

Relay For Life West Bloomfield 2014

Photo by Hala Eliya Photography

Our friend and member of our team Kelly Taylor who manages the Orchard Mall joined our family for the team lap at the beginning of the day in the photo above.

This year’s theme for Relay was “Relaywood” and every team had a movie theme.  If you follow our blog you may know based on this post we are big fans of Pulp Fiction so that’s what we chose.  Our tag line was “Cancer’s Dead, Baby.  Cancer’s Dead” (as opposed to Zed).  We had Marsellus Wallace’s briefcase at our tent which may or may not have contained the cure for cancer.  It’s still a mystery what’s in that briefcase…  We were also joined by Saundra Hood who generously donated her time for massages at a dollar per minute.  In the film a gangster who went by “Tony Rocky Horror” was tossed over a 4th floor balcony for allegedly giving Mia Wallace a foot massage so we stayed away from foot massages just to be careful – haha!  We also may not have had any Big Kahuna Burgers or 5 dollar shakes but we did have a Jack Rabbit Slim’s dance contest – here is a vine of our winners – the Freedlands!

Relay For Life West Bloomfield 2013 – Team Frameable Faces!

This was the first year we entered the Relay For Life West Bloomfield with our own team and we found it to be a very fun and rewarding experience!  For those who don’t know, Relay For Life is a community fundraising event put on through the American Cancer Society to raise money for research to find a cure for cancer.  We had donated in the past and Ally had attended several of the past Relays.  I have to admit that this was my first Relay, and now that I’ve been I don’t plan on missing another one…

Relay For Life West Bloomfield 2013

Photo Credit Hala Eliya Photography

Go Team Frameable Faces!

As pretty much everyone has, we have certainly been touched by cancer in our families and with our friends and so we thought it was time we did something about it – using our brand and our resources to try to raise money to make a world with more birthdays and less cancer, and for our first year I am happy to report we raised almost $1500.  Just so you know you can actually still donate to the cause for this year’s relay through August 31st if you like at our team page.  We had a few partners worth noting who helped us – we did fundraising days at Zoe’s House Of Pancakes and Leaf & Berry, and Hiller’s Markets donated fruit which we made into fruit kebobs and sold at the Team Frameable Faces tent at the Relay.

Disclaimer – the following photos were snapped with a Droid and are of varying quality, but they are included here to tell the story of the day.

We started with a fruit kebob-making party here at the studio Friday night June 7th…

Relay For Life West Bloomfield 2013

Fruit Kebob Party!

Relay For Life West Bloomfield 2013

Joel Ben-Moche cuts up some watermelon! Yum!

 

Then Saturday morning started the Relay with the walk of the survivors…

Relay For Life West Bloomfield 2013

Walk of cancer survivors

We spent the day manning the Frameable Faces tent with our team!

Relay For Life West Bloomfield 2013

Fruit Kebobs!!! Get your fruit kebobs here!!!

Relay For Life West Bloomfield 2013

Frameable Faces Senior Carly Simko shows off her awesome decorations!

Relay For Life West Bloomfield 2013

JC Sidaway sells origami canoes to raise money to fight cancer!

Several dignitaries came to the event including Senator Debbie Stabenow…

Relay For Life West Bloomfield 2013

Senator Stabenow addresses the crowd

Okay this was amazing….  on a day when people spent a lot of time remembering those who lost their battles with cancer an amazing rainbow circle around the sun appeared directly above the event….

Relay For Life West Bloomfield 2013

Incredible

We then decorated luminaria bags in memory of those we’ve lost, and then the entire track was ringed with lit bags at night time while everyone walked a lap in silence.  An extremely touching and powerful moment.

Relay For Life West Bloomfield 2013

Team Frameable Faces luminaria bags

Relay For Life West Bloomfield 2013

Luminaria bags lit with candles

Parting Comments

The Relay is a 24 hour event and Ally and I spent about 17 hours there.  Now that I’ve done it I get how special it is.  I don’t have a good reason why I hadn’t been before.  There was a nice turnout of people, but frankly there weren’t enough.  There is no good reason or excuse for not going to your local Relay For Life.  You don’t have to have the means to donate huge chunks of money in order to attend.  No one will hound you to give.  But you certainly can give, and you can certainly support the cause even if it’s in spirit.  Even if you just come hungry and eat at the Relay – every bit helps.  You will see a ton of people you know and you will feel a really nice sense of community.  As for Team Frameable Faces this year was a good start but we can absolutely do better.  We truly hope you will join us next year as we come together again to CELEBRATE, REMEMBER, and FIGHT BACK!