Villa Barr is a four acre property, previously owned by internationally famed artist David Barr which includes a home, studio and sculpture garden. Current plans for the property include developing a pathways system throughout and a parking lot. Plans for a grand opening will be available in late 2018.
There are a variety of art programs for adults including Colored Pencil Art, Creative Card Making, crafts, and more. See the Engage recreation guide for current offerings.
Instructor Kelley Folger has been involved in both Spring and Summer Break camps for the City of Novi for 4 years. Kelley is a certified teacher from the area and her campers have a blast with her fun and engaging art projects which include drawing, printmaking and art fundamentals.
Atrium Art Exhibit
A public gallery is available for exploration at the Novi Civic Center Atrium. The gallery provides local artists the opportunity to display their work and share it with the community. Special exhibits are displayed throughout the year.
If you are interested in more information or purchasing artwork on display in the atrium, please call 248-347-0400. Find out more information on displaying your work.
The exhibit is available for viewing during regular business hours, Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm, with some exceptions. The exhibit is also open many evenings and weekends. Call 248-347-0400 for details.
Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit
The City of Novi strives to offer a variety of parks and green spaces for its residents to play, learn, and be inspired. Fuerst Park provides great opportunities to enjoy musical performances, gather with friends, or take a stroll across the rolling grounds. It has been an initiative of the Cultural Arts Advisory Board and the Novi Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department to enhance this great space with unique and inspirational public art pieces. For the past few years we have been working diligently on discovering new ways to fund these public art displays.
This past year the City of Novi received a grant for the purpose of enhancing the 2017 Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit on the Novi Civic Center Campus. This grant was awarded by the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and the grant funding was matched by the Novi Parks Foundation. Seven sculptures have been installed by artists from all around Michigan and join the five sculptures already on the Novi Civic Center Campus. We encourage you to take some time this year to head out to the park and enjoy the exhibit, and as always thank you for supporting your Novi Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department!