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September 30, 2013

Art takes over OUR TOWN in annual juried show

The Community House brings back its famed art show, sale and preview evening for a good cause

By Tiffany Esshaki
C & G Staff Writer

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Art takes over OUR TOWN in annual juried show
Artwork by Bloomfield Township resident Laurie Mueller will be among the items available at the annual OUR TOWN Art Show and Sale Oct. 11-12.

BIRMINGHAM — The Community House is celebrating 28 years of art, right here in the heart of “our town.”

The annual OUR TOWN Art Show and Sale will take place at the TCH Oct. 11 and 12. The free public art show, presented in part by The DeRoy Testamentary Foundation, will bring 167 artists together to show and sell their wares in a variety of mediums, including paint, sculpture and more.

OUR TOWN will be juried by artist Rachelle Nozero, as well as Cranbrook Art Museum Director Gregory Wittkopp. The two will assess 340 pieces of artwork and award $10,000 in prize money to Michigan artists.

One such artist is Bloomfield Township resident Laurie Mueller. For years, Mueller has been involved with TCH and has presented her artwork at the annual show. She’s been creating water color, acrylic paintings and collages for more than 20 years. But recently, she’s been trying her hand at oil painting.

Last year, Mueller was honored by the show jurors with a Gold Award for one of her collage pieces depicting a city streetscape. She created the piece by taking several individual pieces of artwork that she had painted, slicing them up, and bringing them back together to make a new scene.

But, even with the recognition, it’s the friendly feel of the community event that she said she likes the most.

“I love OUR TOWN, but I love The Community House, in general. They’re just huge on promoting local artists. They have an Artist of the Month program there, too, with a different artist,” said Mueller. “OUR TOWN is really wonderful. It’s always a fun few days. You meet a lot of nice people — it’s great.”

Just before the main event, TCH will host OUR TOWN’s preview party, dubbed Art in Vogue. Sponsored by Raymond James, the party begins at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 10 and includes strolling hors d’oeuvres, live music, and a live fashion and art presentation. Tickets for Art in Vogue start at $75 per person. Those who purchase benefactor tickets for $200 will come away with a commemorative tile designed by Mueller.

Like most events at TCH, a portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the organization’s many outreach programs for young people living in at-risk communities.

“We are thrilled to present the OUR TOWN Art Show and Sale, featuring the best of the best of Michigan’s artists,” said Barbara Heller of the Detroit Institute of Arts and co-chair of the event, in a prepared statement. “This is the 28th year this popular annual event has served to raise needed funding for The Community House.”

The OUR TOWN Art Show and Sale will run 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 11 and 12 at The Community House. The Art in Vogue preview party will begin at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 10.

For more information on both events, or to make reservations for Art in Vogue, call (248) 644-5832 or visit www.tchserves.org.

The Community House is located at 380 S. Bates St. in downtown Birmingham.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Tiffany Esshaki at tesshaki@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1095.