Summer Events in Royal Oak – Clay, Glass & Metal Show
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Discover How It’s Made at the Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce
22nd Annual Clay, Glass & Metal Show
ROYAL OAK, MI – It’s summer in Michigan, a season well-known for construction — and art shows. And while construction spans the community, Washington Avenue is open once again, ready to host the Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce’s 22nd Annual Clay, Glass & Metal Show.
But the Clay, Glass & Metal Show is a unique art show, featuring only works created from the earth using heat and fire. In addition, it’s an award-winning event that showcases fine art, with artists juried in and only the most skilled artisans selected to participate. And the Royal Oak Chamber has been bringing it to the community for 22 years.
“Though the Chamber is fundamentally a member-based business organization, we also promote Royal Oak by organizing community events that connect us to civic organizations, residents and visitors alike,” stated Executive Director Shelly Kemp. “And the various expressions of “Art” are important to our community. We have artwork displayed throughout the downtown, a concert series in the summer and the Celebration of the Arts event held at annually at the beginning of June.”
But when strolling Washington Avenue, there’s more to the event than just browsing and shopping fine art. Over 12 demonstrations will take place over the weekend, a unique feature of this event. So whether you are an art connoisseur or just browsing, you can discover first-hand how these pieces are made. In some cases, you can even enjoy a hands-on experience or take home a piece you craft yourself!
Demonstrations at this year’s event include an opportunity to watch metal being forged, tile pressing and tile decorating, glass work into floral pendants, jewelry and forms as well as sculptor who craft figurative pieces live at the event. In addition, aspiring artists can learn to create a bunny with a pipe clearer, make origami crane earrings or design their own stained glass work to take home — for a small fee.
Young attendees can learn how to work with metal and also stop by the Friends of the ROPL to create their own mosaic art piece. And as always, the Path to Emagination Mosaic project, sponsored jointly by The Royal Oak Chamber and Emagine Royal Oak, gives attendees a chance to add a piece to the design as part of the ongoing community art project.
“Learning how it’s made helps us truly appreciate the artists’ work and their creations … and it can inspire future artists too,” stated Kemp. “It makes this show unique.”
The 22nd Annual Clay, Glass & Metal Show will run thru the heart of Royal Oak’s downtown, inviting shoppers to experience fun or fine dining at any of Royal Oak’s popular restaurants. Or, they can partake in
Chamber Clay, Glass & Metal 2016
sweet selections from the ever-popular Tawas Bay Fudge Company, Mystic Kettle and Terry’s Tastee Treats.
The Michigan Candy Company will be on hand with extensive flavors of licorice, and the Sunrise Noodle Co. will bring Asian Soba noodles with veggies, secret sauce — served with chicken or shrimp – while Trenton Concessions will be on hand with lemonade and smoothies.
Sponsors for the event to date include Matthews-Hargreaves Chevrolet, Renewal by Anderson, HealthMate International, Bath Planet, Kroll Construction, Majic Windows, MetroParks, C & G Newspapers, Holiday Market, Jose Madrid Salsa, Friends of the Royal Oak Public Library, Ace & Sons, Signs by Tomorrow and Comcast Xfinity.
The Show hours for the 2016 event will be Saturday, June 11 from 10am – 7pm and Sunday, June 12 from 11am – 5pm. Street closures are limited to Washington Avenue and sections of Sixth Street. Washington Avenue between 4th & Lincoln will be closed to through traffic by 5pm on June 10 for artists and vendor set-up. The event includes artists from 13 states as well as Canada.
Made up of more than 500 members, the Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce, www.royaloakchamber.com, is a business organization dedicated to bringing business people, civic groups, local government and citizens together to advance the economic, professional, cultural and civic welfare of the community.