Back To Home Page
Selo/Shevel Gallery
301 South Main Street

Urban Fairy door appeared
May 11, 2005

Selo-Shevel Gallery is a wonderful collection of exotic and domestic handcrafted items. This seems to be a natural lure for inquisitive fairies.

2014
Elaine Selo & Cynthia Shevel
decided to close the gallery,

That was sad for the community, it also meant that the urban-fairies vanished as well. *

Urban Fairies, fairy doors, fairy door, Fairies, fairy doors of Ann Arbor, original fairy doors, selo shevel gallery Urban Fairies, fairy doors, fairy door, Fairies, fairy doors of Ann Arbor, original fairy doors, selo shevel gallery, fairy window selo shevel
Window in the window
Urban Fairies, fairy doors, fairy door, Fairies, fairy doors of Ann Arbor, original fairy doors, selo shevel gallery
Urban Fairies, fairy doors, fairy door, Fairies, fairy doors of Ann Arbor, original fairy doors, selo shevel gallery, fairy window selo shevel Urban Fairies, fairy doors, fairy door, Fairies, fairy doors of Ann Arbor, original fairy doors, selo shevel gallery, fairy window selo shevel
Urban Fairies, fairy doors, fairy door, Fairies, fairy doors of Ann Arbor, original fairy doors, selo shevel gallery, fairy door selo shevel busted
Sadly, some people are just mean.

Happily, The Urban-Fairies seem to be patient and have repaired most damge. I suspect that at some point they would give up and move on.

Urban Fairies, fairy doors, fairy door, Fairies, fairy doors of Ann Arbor, original fairy doors, selo shevel gallery Urban Fairies, fairy doors, fairy door, Fairies, fairy doors of Ann Arbor, original fairy doors, selo shevel gallery
There are all kinds of signs of urban decay...even in the fairy world.
Winters are rough in Michigan!

BUT!
A few days after I took this picture...the stoop had been repaired!
(I'll post a pic later)

Urban Fairies, fairy doors, fairy door, Fairies, fairy doors of Ann Arbor, original fairy doors, selo shevel gallery
10.25.06
The stoop has been in pretty good shape for some time.
However, the door knob went AWOL around 8.26.06 to return around 10.2.06
(I guess the fairies don't HAVE to have it to get in)
and around 10.3.06 the architectural detail urn vanished
(above there are pennies in the urn's former location).
Urban Fairies, fairy doors, fairy door, Fairies, fairy doors of Ann Arbor, original fairy doors, selo shevel gallery, flat fairies
FLAT FAIRIES visit
1.10.07
Urban Fairies, fairy doors, fairy door, Fairies, fairy doors of Ann Arbor, original fairy doors, selo shevel gallery
Latest damage
recorded 4.25.07
Urban Fairies, fairy doors, fairy door, Fairies, fairy doors of Ann Arbor, original fairy doors, selo shevel gallery
Urban Fairies, fairy doors, fairy door, Fairies, fairy doors of Ann Arbor, original fairy doors, selo shevel gallery
4.24.2008

Well 3 months later the fairy door is fixed!
Maybe the urban fairies were waiting for good weather. It has been a long winter. Or maybe they were scared?

Urban Fairies, fairy doors, fairy door, Fairies, fairy doors of Ann Arbor, original fairy doors, selo shevel gallery
4.26.2010

It never ends...
The door was pushed in and after the, aptly named, FESTIVAL of FOOLS the upper cornice was also broken. That is a rather deliberate bit of destruction.

Urban Fairies, fairy doors, fairy door, Fairies, fairy doors of Ann Arbor, original fairy doors, selo shevel gallery
4.28.2010

Luckily, the urban fairies did not pack up and leave.
Once again, they made repairs.

Urban Fairies, fairy doors, fairy door, Fairies, fairy doors of Ann Arbor, original fairy doors, selo shevel gallery
Someone was kind enough to leave a pretty little flower.
April 4, 2011

It is very difficult for me to fathom what might motivate a person to destroy a fairy door. Just the day before finding this, I was dismayed to see the cornice had once again been broken.
May 11, 2011

Now the door is realy gone, even the remnents left by the vandals. The concrete stoop remains as does the miniature cornice. At least it does not appear like a war zone.

To add insult to injury, I heard that there were some people giving grief to the gallery owner about the destroyed fairy door! "How could you let this happen!?", "Why haven't you fixed it!?".

It seems that I should RE-explain that the store owners are graciously hosting the urban-fairies, they are not responsible for them. That being said....the do try and keep an eye out for them, but they have full time jobs running businesses.
May 13, 2011

They're back! I wouldn't recommend getting too close, I bet the urban-fairies are really ticked off! Maybe let them cool down a bit.
(and the let the door cure)
May 13, 2011

I got a bit closer (with a zoom), so you don't have to.
April 9, 2012
I was driving by the Selo/Shevel Gallery and saw a Gold frame around the fairy door. I thought "Hey, that looks kinda nice."
April 9, 2012
On closer inspection I still thought it was pretty nice. HOWEVER, I note dthat the inner corners were not mitered as the urban-fairies would have done...and that the frame was afixed with Liquid Nails! Not cool, not cool at all.
April 9, 2012
There was a "gallery tag" attache dto the frame, which gave a clue to the purpose. It seems that someone was making a statement about the fairy doors being "art"... a participatory art.
This seems to be a case of stating the obvious, and best left unsaid.
April 10, 2012
The urban-fairies were able to return their door to it's former state.
If it had been me, I would have been grumbling and cursing the near freezing weather and the hardened liquid nails and paint being pulled off. Luckily, I think that fairies are more resilient than I , and were likely humming to themselves as they cleaned up, painted and plotted revenge.
*April 14, 2014
The gallery and the urban-fairies, along with their door are gone.

SAD.

Back To Home Page

GNOME NEWS

HOME Stuff to Get BOOKS

SITE MAP EVENTS Mythology-History LOCATIONS MAP

FAQs Observations SIGHTINGS Flat Fairies VISIONS-gallery FAIRY CAR Droppings Fairy Finders

Journals
PRINT News RADIO News TV NewsBLOGS AWARDS

MAKING CONTACT

FaceBook

© 2005 Urban Fairies Operations, LLC

Other Cool Links

This where it (fairy doors) all began — the concept, the phenomenon. This site is all about the Fairy Doors in Ann Arbor, Michigan and what illustrator, Jonathan b. Wright , certified fairyologist, discovers about them. It includes photographs of the Fairy Doors, comments in the Fairy Journals, Observations and speculations about the Fairies. Tiny Doors, Urban Fairies®, Faery, Faeries, Fairy, Fairies, miniature doors, tiny doors, little doors, tiny fairy doors, little fairy doors, little faery doors, tiny faery doors, weensy doors, Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea, Peaceable Kingdom, Jefferson Market, The Ark, The Ann Arbor Framing Company, Selo Shevel Gallery, Lakewood Elementary Kindergarten, Fairy ticket window, Found Gallery, Mott Children's Hospital, The Michigan Theater, Google Offices, Nicola's Books, Flying Pumpkin Cottage, fairy entrances, fairy windows, fairy spaces, fairy store, fairy shop, Flat Fairies, Clarence the Bridge Troll, fairy droppings. The site will be updated frequently with new excerpts from the Fairy Journals, New fairy sightings, Specifics about each location a fairy map. Any new knowledge of the fairy activity will be passed along by Jonathan. Also on this site are some hidden fairy surprises a list of Frequently Asked Questions about Fairies. There is a brief history of how Jonathan became involved with the Urban Fairies®. There are links to local publications about the Urban Fairy® phenomenon. Jonathan is currently writing several books on the fairies in collaboration with his wife, Kathleen, who coincidentally has found a fairy door in her kindergarten classroom. Hopefully it will be fun and informative to come back and see what's new with the Urban Fairies of Ann Arbor.