Scores of unique, talented artists are set to descend upon West Bloomfield later this month for three days of fun and fascination at a juried art and crafts show.
celebrates its 10th anniversary July 27-29 on Powers and Daly roads, south of Maple, west of Orchard Lake Road with about 160 artists.
Patrick Walsh, of Lakewood, NJ, creates what he calls "photomosaics" — fine art prints using a series of related photos — which he has brought to the show for the past four years. Walsh, who won Best in Show at last year's event, said that the talent of the show, which has been voted in the top 100 art shows in the country five years in a row by Sunshine Artist magazine, has been the biggest contributing factor to its longetivity.
"Financially it's always been a good show for me ... I had three pieces sold last time," Walsh said. "The people are spectacular. It's a great show."
Patty Narozny directs and owns the company, Hotworks.org, which produces the show along with others in Indiana, North Carolina, and Florida. She said that in planning the West Bloomfield show, she contacts artists from around the country and out, including Israel.
"We have art professionals who know what they're doing with the jurying process in order to keep the quality of the show higher than most," said Narozny, of Milford. "We're getting really good as to figuring out (which artists) we want to have."
Paintings, clay, glass, sculpture, wood, fiber, jewelry, photography and more will be available for between $25-25,000, Narozny said. Children's Art activities including plaster painting, tie-dye T-shirts, candle making, face painting will be available– kids take home their creations.
General admission for all three days is $5, but kids under 12 are admitted free.
Stay tuned for more on the art show.