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Alanna St. Laurent is one of the artists participating in the Royal Oak Farmers Market: Art Fair Edition on Nov. 16 and 17. Courtesy Alanna St. LaurentAlanna St. Laurent is one of the artists participating in the Royal Oak Farmers Market: Art Fair Edition on Nov. 16 and 17.

Nicole Robertson

Alanna St. Laurent of Ferndale is relatively new to photography.

Coming from a background in counseling, St. Laurent was an adviser at the College for Creative Studies when, in 2007 she decided to take a photography class and discovered a new passion.

From there, she joined the photography group Exposure Detroit and started exploring the city of Detroit. St. Laurent will display her Detroit-based work at the second annual Royal Oak Farmers Market: Art Fair Edition, Nov. 16-17.

The Guild of Art and Artisans is hosting its art fair just in time to kick off the holiday shopping season, says Karen Delhey, executive director for The Guild of Artists and Artisans.

In addition to artists, The Guild commissioned Marconi’s Pizza food truck to supply munchies, and there will be beer and wine selections along with live entertainment each night.

Five-thousand attendees strolled in to view the artwork last year, Delhey says.

With several hundred applicants from around the country, a panel of artists banded together to narrow down the top 75 artists to be featured at the show, displaying jewelry, ceramics, fiber, mixed media, glass, painting and photography.

St. Laurent is familiar with the Guild of Art and Artisans and has participated in several other shows it has put on throughout the years.

“I go to the Royal Oak Farmers Market all the time anyway, so I’m already familiar with the area and location,” she said. “It seemed like a no brainer, as it’s down the street from me.”

Growing up in Troy, St. Laurent says she never spent much time in Detroit until her discovery with photography. In 2008, the Michigan Train Station was the first abandoned building she explored.

“As soon as I went in there, I knew I had to keep doing it and I had to keep finding other buildings,” she said. “At that time in Detroit’s history, there was a lot of abandonment and a lot of buildings standing open, all you had to do was walk through a door.”

St. Laurent said she never had an interest in photographing people — she was always drawn to old architecture from the turn of the century to the 1950s and ’60s.

“I love seeing old buildings being reused and renovated. I’d rather see that than them being torn down,” she said.

Her display will showcase aspects of art and architecture throughout the city.

For more information about Alanna St. Laurent’s work, visit alannastlaurent.com. For more information about the Royal Oak Farmer’s Market: Art Fair Edition, visit theguild.org.

• If you go: The Royal Oak Farmers Market: Art Fair Edition runs 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 16-17 at the farmers market, 316 E. 11 Mile Road, with 75 artists. Admission is free. Visit theguild.org/fairs/royal-oak-market-art-fair-edition.

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