Press Room

Here are recent press releases sent by the BBAC to media outlets throughout the region. (Contact: Peggy Burkhard, 248.770.5172, PeggyBurkhard@sbcglobal.net

October at the BBAC: Altered book exhibit continues to be a real page-turner just in time for the back to school season!

Register today for your preferred fall classes and check out our Spook-tacular Holiday Shop finds  

Birmingham, MI, Oct. 1, 2014 –Adaptation: Transforming Books Into Art is on display, showcasing the work of 17 internationally known artists of the altered book genre. This unique and inspiring exhibit allows visitors to see the work of an exceptionally large talented set of artists simultaneously. As well, the Students of Andrea Tama will be on display through Nov. 7. The Students of Andrea Tama exhibit presents a rich array of abstract and realistic paintings by the intermediate/advanced students of Tama, an artist and popular teacher.

“It’s fascinating to see books—usually so familiar and predictable—in such different and re-imagined forms,” said Annie VanGelderen, President & CEO of the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center. “It is equally interesting to examine the work of some of our accomplished students. Visitors to that exhibit will see what they might learn from our many painting classes.”

Book It: Free Adaptation Gallery Talk by Curator Linda Ross on Thursday, Oct. 9 at 5:30 p.m.

Participants will delight in this free event, which will provide insight on the process, the inspiration and the extraordinary artists featured.

Halloween Hype: Carve out Time to Visit the Gallery Shop

We’ve got our spooky on! Magical pumpkins, scary jewelry as well as exquisite ceramics, boxed cards and much more. The Gallery Shop is open Monday through Thursday from 9 am-6 pm and Friday and Saturday from 9 am-5 pm.

Workshops and Classes to Consider

Register online at BBArtCenter.org (24 hours) by phone, (248) 644-0866 or in person, Mon.-Thurs., 9 am-6 pm and Fri.-Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Book Art: Clamshell Box Workshop- All levels

Students will learn how to construct a clamshell box to safely house a rare or fragile book.

Saturday, October 11, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, 1 session, $60 Members, $100 Guests, $15 Materials Fee

Instructor: Laura Beyer, Sign up for #1120.51.02.14

Jewelry/Metals: Beginning- Level 1

This class is for students who have no experience in jewelry making. Instruction

covers the fundamentals of basic tools and safety in the studio while engaging in the design process to create both decorative and functional metal objects. Wednesdays,October 6-December 17 (No Class December 3) 6:30 pm-9:30 pm, 11 sessions, $261 Members, $301 Guests, $40 Materials Fee, Instructor: Robin Servo, Sign up for #1108.11.02.14

Jewelry/Metals: Intermediate & Advanced – Levels 2 & 3

Students who have proficiency in basic jewelry skills will have lectures, demonstrations and plenty of hands-on time to meet individual needs. Techniques such as metal forming and fabrication, stone setting, and surface embellishment may be covered. Thursdays, October 23-December 11 (No Class onNovember 27) 7:00 pm-10:00 pm, 7 sessions, $166 Members, $206 Guests, $35 Materials Fee, Instructor: Terri Dworkin, Sign up for #1108.51.05.14

Painting: Figure & Portrait in Oil- Levels 2 & 3

Using oils or acrylics, students will concentrate on traditional principles of observational painting while working from a live model in each class. Fridays, October 24-December 5 (No Class November 28) 9:00 am-3:30 pm, 6 sessions, $308 Members, $348 Guests, $120 Model Fee, Instructor: Daniel Keller, Sign up for #1112.31.08.14

DROP-IN WORKSHOPS:

2nd Sunday @ the Center: Sunday, Oct. 12, 1-4 p.m.

Studio 1 Drop-In Workshop – $5 per person includes all materials

PROJECT: Altered Book Pumpkin

Make a festive fall pumpkin decoration by giving an old book new life!  This project is fun for all ages. Participants must arrive by 3:15 p.m.  No advance registration required. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Ceramic Studio – $20 per person includes all materials

PROJECT: Bookends
Make a set of bookends using slab construction and extruded clay. Participants may choose to color their bookend surfaces with underglazes. Space is limited to 10 people per session. Session 1 starts at1:00 p.m. and session 2 at 2:30 p.m. Check in at the LaBan Commons Gallery prior to attending the workshop. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

2nd Sundays @ the Center are supported in part by PNC Foundation and happen every second Sunday, September through June.

Seniors @ the Center: Tuesday, October 14, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Studio 1 Drop-In Workshop  $10 per person includes all materials

PROJECT: The Altered Book!

Explore a variety of techniques to transform a re-purposed book into a work of art. No experience necessary. Participants must arrive by 11:00 to complete a project.

BBAC Seniors @ the Center happens every second Tuesday, September through June. Join us for drop-in workshops featuring art projects that entertain and educate. Projects will be completed in 45 minutes. Advance registration for groups over four people – please call the BBAC, 248-644-0866, at least three days prior to the workshop date.

New BBAC Board Announcements

We welcome two new board members to our esteemed list of those dedicated to serving our community and sharing their time and talent at the BBAC.

Amy Messano, VP/Communications & Marketing for Delphi’s Electronics & Safety Division will share her expertise in public relations, crisis communications, consumer and business marketing, digital strategies and social media. Messano holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Colorado and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

Stacey L. Reeves, CPA, PartnerPlante Moran. Reeves has more than 15 years of experience specializing in serving high net worth/family office clients and not-for-profit organizations, including private foundations.Reeves is a member of the firm’s compliance audit and professional standards teams for Plante Moran’s not-for-profit industry.

Save the Date: 13th annual Shop & Champagne

On Wed., Dec. 3, at 6:30 p.m. the BBAC will sparkle with unique treasures at this popular, annual holiday event. Guests will preview the Holiday Shop, a retail boutique covering more than 3,000 square feet with artisan, one-of-a-kind gift items and receive 10% of all purchases will sipping on champagne and wine. A gourmet strolling supper from top restaurants and caterers makes this the perfect way to kick off the gift giving holiday season. All proceeds support BBAC educational and outreach programming. For more info, visit BBArtCenter.org or call (248) 644-0866. Shop & Champagne tickets start at $70 and will go on sale in early November; sponsorships are available. Holiday Shop will be open from Dec. 4-20.

 

September at the BBAC: Engaging, new altered book exhibit opens

Also be sure to register today for your preferred fall classes and check out our new drop-in workshops

Birmingham, MI, Sept. 4, 2014 –You’ll fall for new exhibits set to open Friday, Sept. 19. Adaptation: Transforming Books Into Art and Students of Andrea Tama. The opening reception is Friday, Sept. 19 from 6-8 p.m. The shows will run through Nov. 7.

“September will be stellar at the BBAC,” said Annie VanGelderen, President & CEO of the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center. “New fall classes and the extraordinary altered books exhibit, curated by Linda Ross, will provide a unique perspective just in time for back to school—books telling a story in an entirely different way. It’s very exciting that our exhibit will showcase some of the best internationally known artists of this genre.”

The BBAC has an incredible fall line-up for students of all ages. The fall term at the BBAC runs from Sept. 8 through Dec. 13. Youth classes begin Sept. 15. Register now online at BBArtCenter.org (24 hours); by phone, (248) 644-0866 or in person, Mon.-Thurs., 9 am-6 pm and Fri.-Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Fall Classes to Consider

Introduction to Ceramics – No Experience Necessary

Relax, have fun, get your hands into clay, and find out why people love this incredible art medium. Learn clay-forming methods and techniques such as pinching, coiling, slab-building and wheel-throwing. Glazing colors and techniques will be taught and students will use different clay sculpting tools. Choose either Wednesday, September 10 – November 26, 9:00 am-12:00 pm, 12 sessions $284 Members, $324 Guests $52 Materials/Studio Fee: Sign up for class # 1104.11.01.14

Or: Thursdays, September 11 – November 20, 6:30 pm-9:30 pm, 11 sessions, $261 Members,

$301 Guests; $48 Materials/Studio Fee, Sign up for class # 1104.11.02.14

Jewelry/Metals Studio Sampler- No Experience Necessary

This class is designed to introduce students to the BBAC metals department, its current faculty members, and a variety of jewelry making techniques. Six processes including piercing, small steel forging, bezel setting, fold-forming, chainmaille, and precious metal clay will be presented in one to two week segments, each taught by a different metals instructor. Each segment will focus on making a different project including rings, bracelets, earrings, and pendants using the techniques listed above. Projects as well as instruction are aimed at the beginning level student, but may also appeal to more advanced students looking to broaden their skills. Saturdays,September 27-November 15

9:00 am-12:00 pm, 8 sessions, $190 Members, $230 Guests, $60 Materials Fee, Sign up for class #1108.51.06.14

Drawing & Painting: Botanical Art with Mixed Media

This class will focus on creating traditional botanical art with a mixed media approach. Explore combining graphite, watercolor, ink, and colored pencil to accurately render botanical subjects. Following introductory exercises, students will work from life on seasonal subjects of their choice with individual guidance from the instructor. Level 2 & Up, Tuesdays, September 16-December 2, 12:30 pm-3:30 pm, 12 sessions, $284 Members, $324 Guests, $10 Materials Fee, Instructor: Barbara Holmer, Sign up for class #1121.31.01.14 

Two September drop-in workshops are inspired by our upcoming exhibition, Adaptation: Transforming Books into Art.

DROP-IN WORKSHOPS:

2nd Sunday @ the Center: Sunday, Sept. 14, 1-4 p.m.

Studio 1 Drop-In Workshop – $5 per person includes all materials

PROJECT: Back to School Miniature Book

Bind and paint a miniature canvas-covered book to use as a necklace or backpack ornament. This project is fun for all ages. Participants must arrive by3:15 p.m.  No advance registration required. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Ceramic Studio – $20 per person includes all materials

PROJECT: Relief Sculpture Tile
Carve a relief sculpture from a 6″x 6″ clay tile.  All pieces will be glazed and kiln fired.
Space is limited to 10 people per session. Session 1 starts at 1:00 p.m. and session 2 at 2:30 p.m. Check in at the LaBan Commons Gallery prior to attending the workshop.

2nd Sundays @ the Center are supported in part by PNC Foundation and happen every second Sunday, September through June.

Seniors @ the Center: Tuesday, September 9, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Studio 1 Drop-In Workshop  $10 per person includes all materials

PROJECT: Book Lovers Pendant
Make a pendant-size book necklace using leather, metal charms and canvas.  No experience necessary. Participants must arrive by 11:15 to complete a project.

BBAC Seniors @ the Center happens every second Tuesday, September through June. Advance registration for groups over four people – please call the BBAC, 248-644-0866, at least three days prior to the workshop date.

 

About the BBAC

The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center has been providing “art for all” since 1957 and is a regional non-profit art center committed to promoting visual arts experiences. Each year more than 500 classes are offered for all skill levels and ages preschool to senior citizens. Throughout the year, nearly 5,000 individuals are served by classes, workshops, art camps, outreach programs, special events and exhibitions that are free and open to the public (with an additional 75,000 impacted by Art Birmingham, the BBAC’s annual fine art fair).  The BBAC also supports hundreds of artists each year, with opportunities to teach, exhibit, and sell their work. The BBAC is a 25,000-square foot facility, with nine classroom studios, four exhibition galleries, and retail Gallery Shop. BBAC summer hours for the office, exhibitions and Gallery Shop: Mon.-Sat., 9 am-5 pm

The BBAC is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, visit the BBAC at BBArtCenter.org, phone 248-644-0866 or visit our Facebook page. The BBAC is located at 1516 S. Cranbrook Rd., Birmingham MI 48009 between 14 and 15 Mile Rds.