“The Story of Us: Summer Performance” on Thursday, June 8, will feature visual artist and modern day blacksmith Jim Roth. The free event will be a heated exploration in the art of metal forging. The performance begins at 7 p.m. in Hyne Alley, located between the Imagination Station and Main Street in downtown Brighton.
Jim Roth fell in love with the art of metal forging as an apprentice to the world-renowned blacksmith, Scott Lankton. He then went on to open his own business in 2007, Hell Creek Forge, located in Pinckney, where he has been the lead blacksmith for over a decade. Hell Creek Forge’s work ranges from building railings for homes and businesses, creating beautiful metal art pieces, and restoring 20th-century ironwork at the University of Michigan Law School.
Roth’s performance is part of The Story of Us: Summer Performance Series, presented by the Brighton Arts and Culture Commission and in partnership with the Michigan Association of Realtors and Griffith Realty who have generously provided a grant to energize Hyne Alley. The weekly event will be held on the first, second, third, and fourth Thursdays in June, July, and August in downtown Brighton. These events will feature performances by musicians, visual artists, storytellers, dancers, and also offer open-mic opportunities. For event updates, follow Downtown Brighton on Facebook.