Artist Carole Kabrin talks with guests near her sketch art from different court trials she has done for major news organizations during an art show at The Connector art space attached to the City Hall Artspace Lofts in Dearborn on Friday, February 21, 2020. Residential/workspaces give artists a place to work and show in the building that was the former City Hall. (Photo: Ryan Garza, Detroit Free Press)
Ralph Parus once made jewelry and small sculptures in a shop in the basement of his brother’s home in Jackson, Mich.
Now he’s creating his art in the front room of his 750-square-foot apartment in City Hall Artspace Lofts in Dearborn, a three-building campus where artists live and work in the old city hall.
“The main thing that I like is all the energy. It makes it easy for me to live here, to work here and to create here,” Parus, who moved in four years ago. “It’s a beautiful place.”
That’s what folks are striving for in Mount Clemens.
They’re working with Artspace to create a live/work development for artists that could end up being a multimillion-dollar project, said Phil Gilchrist, executive director of the Anton Art Center and co-chair of the Mount Clemens Artspace Steering Committee.
“It’s important in that it’s going to establish an arts infrastructure,” he said. “Part of what the artists and the creative community need in Macomb County are more brick and mortar places to do and take workshops.”
Gilchrist added: “the fact that this development offers affordable rent to artists, it helps enable artists and creative folks to pursue their passion.”
Parus said he was the first person to move into the Dearborn project in 2016 after he was searching for live/work spaces in Michigan. He just signed his new lease about three weeks ago. He said his rent started at $580 a month and is now $650 a month.
“You can still put food on the table and still do your work,” said Parus, who is in his early 60s, semi-retired and a student at Wayne State University finishing up a…