April McCrumb chats with Jason Carr about the 11th Annual Art Bash.
By ALI ARMSTRONG
The summer art season is beginning to gear up, and the 11th annual Berkley Art Bash is just one reason to get excited.
Berkley Art Bash is not only an outdoor creative festival, it also is a nonprofit organization that gives local artists a chance to shine in their own community. The Bash runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 9 with art displays, food, live music and children’s activities. The event fills four blocks of 12 Mile Road, between the Wakefield and Tyler streets.
More than 100 artists including jewelers, photographers, painters and potters will participate in this year’s Art Bash, plus live music from I Love Lightning Bugs, Maggie McCabe and Motor Honey.
Brandee Ross, owner of Brandee Ross Pottery, lives and works in Waterford Township. She began making pottery in 2008, then selling her pottery at a local farmers market in 2010. In the spring of 2012 she was able to make her pottery her full-time job.
“I am loving it!” Ross says. “I make all the art, I sell all the art. I’m a one-man show.”
Her pottery is handmade on a wheel using stoneware clay from a local Michigan supplier. Each piece is completely unique and a fully functional piece of art work.
“I took some art classes a while ago while I was a teenager and then I didn’t touch clay again for about 17 years,” she says. “So I have just kind of come back into it. My husband got me a class one year, and then I just had the bug and I just couldn’t stop doing it.”
This is her second time exhibiting at the annual Berkley Art Bash, and she has been working on projects and pieces for this show since December 2011. Ross says her success at the Bash last year was the best she has ever done financially, and she is looking forward to attending again this year.
Another artist displaying her work this year is Brooke Whitney Ellis of Brooke Ellis Designs.
Ellis recently moved to Detroit, where she is entering a master’s program at the University of Detroit Mercy for architecture this fall. She paints with acrylics on large canvas. Most of her latest pieces incorporate inspiring or humorous quotations into the composition. She also makes large-scale paintings with an expressive abstract style.
She has been selling her art for a little over three years now.
“I was always an artist and loved to play will all sorts of media while growing up,” she said. “But it wasn’t until I was out of art class and in college that I started to paint abstractly quite frequently.
“I posted some of my work on Facebook and suddenly the parents of close friends were requesting custom orders. One custom order lead to the next custom order until I eventually started to have my own booth at art fairs locally to see what kind of response I would get from the public.”
Along with her artwork, she is involved in two nonprofit organizations in the city, People for Palmer Park and Racquet Up. She also works at a tennis club where she coordinates 80 members and their weekly events and matches.
This is Ellis’ first Berkley Art Bash, but she has participated in other art shows for the past two years. She sells at many weekend events during the winter and summer — everywhere from Ferndale to Elk Rapids, in northern Michigan.
“I’m constantly adding new pieces to my inventory; I have numerous new paintings added weekly to keep the ever-changing variety for customers,” Ellis said. “Nearly one-third of my work will be new to the display because of the busy summer season.”
"Retro feel. Metro appeal!" That's the slogan Berkley's Downtown Development Authority uses to promote the homey Oakland County burb, which is often overshadowed by some of its boisterous neighbors. On Saturday, it steps into the spotlight when the 10th annual Berkley Art Bash transforms a section of 12 Mile Road into a charming street fair featuring food, live music, sidewalk vendors and activities for kids. The star attraction, of course, will be the work of more than 100 artists (chosen from a record number of applicants this year) who'll be offering everything from fine art to jewelry and fashion to creations that can only be described as whimsical.
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 12 Mile Road, downtown Berkley. 248-414-7222.
By Carrie Simon
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Where: 3117 12 Mile Rd., Berkley
When: Saturday at 10 a.m.
Why go: Berkley is having their 10th Annual Art Bash Saturday, and it promises to be bigger and better than years before. There will be over 100 artists participating in this years Art Bash plus live music from the Company of Strangers, Mod Orange, and Motor Honey. For the kids there will be bounce house, fire truck tours, face painting, and lots of art projects. The Bash also promises plenty of tasty treats. I like the size of this festival large enough for everyone to enjoy, but not so large that you get lost in the crowd.
Anderson Middle School student Hana Coon will sell her jewelry designs on Saturday at the Berkley Art Bash.
School: Finishing seventh grade at Anderson Middle School
Accomplishment: Hana will be selling handmade earrings and necklaces Saturday in the student section of Berkley Art Bash on Twelve Mile Road. Last year she sold her earrings and necklaces at the event'. “They were a big hit,” said her mother, Conny Coon. “We started seeing her earrings on people all over the city.” April McCrumb of Catching Fireflies in Berkley took notice and contacted Hana when opening a sister store, Yellow Door Art Market, and added Hana's creations for sale there. “It's taught her a lot about business and the importance of merchandising, maintaining stock levels and having an interesting display,” Coon said.
Hana has been experimenting with jewelry since she was 8.
“From the time she was young, she's always enjoyed making jewelry with store-bought beads, but she saw an article once about making beads from paper. After deciding to give it a try, she mastered it and began wearing them," her mom said. "Then I began wearing them. And suddenly, everyone was asking for a pair.”
The earrings are created from colorful pages of magazines and rolled into individual beads, Coon said.
Hana is “an all-A student who pushes herself very hard academically and is determined to attend an Ivy League college,” Coon said.
She plans to save the money she earns from her jewelry for college expenses. Hana “has always been a pretty wise-beyond-her-years kid and one who sees the larger picture,” her mom said. “The way she sees it, 'I can take the money I earn, put it toward a great college and then do something that will have an even bigger impact – like discovering a new drug or something.' ”
This year Hana will be joined by little sister Hilary at the student artist booth. More than 100 artists will sell their work during the 10th annual Berkley Art Bash, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. The Berkley Chamber of Commerce said 12 Mile Road will be closed from Wakefield to Tyler. Chamber members are invited to display their goods outside their businesses.
“Not only is it fun to have a space in the Art Bash and to sell her handmade creations," Coon said, "but (Hana also) gets a big kick out of seeing so many people from the community all in the same day as they walk by her booth, stop and say 'hi.' ”
Berkley Patch is a sponsor of Berkley Art Bash and editor Leslie Ellis and ad manager Jarrod Dambro will be on hand to chat with visitors. So, stop by and say hi!
By Brooks Laimbeer
This year authors and food creators will join artists and musicians downtown for Saturday’s Berkley Art Bash.
“This year we have a record number of 110 artists,” said April McCrumb, director of the Berkley Art Bash, which runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and encompasses four blocks on 12 Mile Road.
“It wasn’t long ago when the Art Bash only had 50 participating artists, so we are thrilled that we have been able to grow the event size and attendance each year.”
An assortment of photographs, garden art, jewelry, pottery and paintings will be on sale to art enthusiasts.
From 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., live music will be performed by Mod Orange, the Company of Strangers, Linda’s Danceworks and Motor Honey.
Rachel Longhurst, a Milford author, will be presenting her book “Where My Story Begins” and will be bringing her yellow Labrador retriever, Corey, who is the star of her book.
“There is so much entrepreneurial energy in metro Detroit, it only made sense to expand our offerings this year,” McCrumb said.
Another new addition to the Art Bash is the student artist section where students under 18 will be selling their artwork.
An inflatable slide, a moon bounce, sandy candy, spin art and the Berkley Fire Truck will be available to kids as well.
Classic corn dogs, burgers, pizza, fresh squeezed lemonade, elephant ears, roasted almonds, homemade whoopee pies and kettle corn will be sold at the event.
Twelve Mile Road will be closed from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. between Tyler and Wakefield Streets.
“The Berkley Art Bash is very beneficial to the community and city and the businesses really benefit greatly,” said McCrumb.
More than 100 artists, authors and cottage food creators will fill four blocks on 12 Mile Road in the downtown area when the Berkley Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual Berkley Art Bash, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, June 11.
Art and music lovers looking to add a little color to their weekend will find a diverse assortment of photographs, garden art, jewelry, pottery, wearables, paintings, edibles, live music and more during the event.
“This year we have a record number of 110 artists,” said show director, April McCrumb. “It wasn't that long ago when the Art Bash only had 50 participating artists, so we're thrilled that we've been able to grow the event size and attendance each year.”
Much of the success comes from the diverse collection of affordable art wares from local artists like Susan Scherer of Lathrup Village, who creates hip necklaces from discarded wrist watch parts, and Berkley Art Bash veteran, Barb Witt of Roseville, who transforms fun fabric into fabulous and functional handbags.
In addition to art, there will also be local authors and cottage food creators making their debut this year.
Fair goers will be able to sip samples of exotic teas created by Pavan Chandra of West Bloomfield, and taste tempting toffee made by Heidi Paterson of Rochester. And author Rachel Longhurst of Milford will even be bringing her yellow lab, Corey, who is the star of her book, Where My Story Begins.
The stage will also be buzzing with live music from Mod Orange performing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by the Company of Strangers performing from 1 - 3 p.m., with Linda's Danceworks strutting their stuff from 3-3:30 p.m. and Motor Honey wrapping up the day from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Kids will be sure to have a grand time with an inflatable slide and moon bouncer, sandy candy, spin art and the Berkley Fire Truck. There will also be a student area where creative kids ages 8-18 will be selling their art wares.
Culinary creations abound with classic corn dogs, burgers, pizza, fresh squeezed lemonade, elephant ears, roasted almonds, homemade whoopee pies and the ever popular kettle corn.
The Berkley Art Bash is presented by the Berkley Chamber of Commerce.
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Addison Parker and Olivia Parker of Dearborn sell handmade jewelry at last year’s Berkley Art Bash. This year’s event will be on June 11.
Berkley Art Bash — downtown Berkley
More than 100 artists — along with local authors, musicians and cottage food creators — will take to the streets of downtown Berkley June 11 for this year’s Art Bash.
Photography, garden art, jewelry, pottery, paintings and homemade edibles are just a few of the items visitors can expect to see at the event.
“One thing people love about the fair is the variety of art wares offered,” said Art Bash Director April McCrumb. “We intentionally seek out a diverse collection of artists who offer items with a large variety of price ranges, so there really is something for everybody.”
Younger festival-goers will also find several attractions just for them, including an inflatable slide and moon bouncer, spin art, a Berkley fire truck, and a student area where creative kids ages 8 to 18 will be selling their arts and crafts.
“This is a very family friendly event, with many Berkley residents walking to it from their homes with kids and wagons in tow,” McCrumb added.
The Berkley Art Bash will be held from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on 12 Mile Road, between Tyler and Wakefield streets.