The City of Farmington Hills Cultural Arts Division is pleased to offer a view of the
vibrant paintings and sculptures of local artists Robbie Best, Priscilla Phifer, and Ozie
Norman in the Rotating Exhibits Gallery at Farmington Hills City Hall, located at 31555
W. Eleven Mile Road. An Artist Talk will kick off their six-week exhibit on Tuesday,
November 28 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Each of the artists will be available to talk about
their work and mingle with friends, family, and community art enthusiasts.
Robbie Best: Robbie creative impulses were placed on the back burner for over 50
years until she retired and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Wayne State
University. Her most consistent theme is visibility. Robbie foray into abstraction
evolved out of figurative images when she decided to deconstruct and simplify forms,
while at the same time maintain the rhythm and dynamic character of her narrative.
Robbie lives and paints in the City of Farmington Hills.
Priscilla Phifer: Priscilla is an abstract expressionist artist who paints primarily
without a brush. An intuitive painter, she scrapes, drips, drags, and splashes. She
gathers a few paint hues, and then lets her hand and gravity do their thing. Priscilla
holds a Bachelor Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Wayne State University and
resides in Franklin.
Ozie Norman: Ozie has built his mark in the world of carpentry, graduating from
Detroit Carpenters Apprenticeship School in 2003 and becoming a contractor in the
field. Ozie constructs his own canvas out of wood and primarily uses acrylic, enamel,
glue, paper, sand, and resin to create one-of- a-kind abstract paintings and wood wall
sculptures. Detroit native Ozie finds inspiration in African culture and has been
influenced by Gerhard Richter, Jackson Pollock, and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
The colorful exhibit will be on display from November 27 through January 5. All City
Hall visitors are welcome to stroll through the building Monday through Friday from
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Best, Phifer, and Norman are all participating artists in the
City’s Public Art Program, featuring work from 74 talented artists from Farmington,
Farmington Hills, and surrounding communities. Their artwork is on loan and displayed
at City Hall through 2018. Works feature a variety of media including clay, metal,
fiber, paint, glass, and photography.