ORCHARD LAKE — Florida-based artist Paula Mae Green has a particular saying that aptly describes her outlook on life and her more than three decades of experience as an artist: “Youth is a gift of nature, but age is a work art.”
Green, 63, lives by those words after spending her 20s as an art teacher and growing into herself as an artist after attending an art show in 1975 — she loved it so much that she changed career paths and became an artist full- time.
“I’m glad, after 30 years of doing this as a livelihood, I am glad I did what I did and made the decision not to be a teacher,” she said.
Green is among the 150 artists showcasing work — and the stories behind it — during the 11th annual Orchard Lake Fine Art Craft Show, which will be held on 14 Mile and 15 Mile roads, on the west side of Orchard Lake Road, on the corner of Powers and Daly roads. Parking is available behind Barnes & Noble, West Bloomfield Corporate Plaza and Beaumont Medical Center. The event is a juried fine art and craft event.
Green — who has been in the show the past seven years — said she hopes that people who see her work understand its value.
“I don’t put a piece down until I feel like I’ve done the very best that I can,” she told C & G Newspapers recently. “When people walk away from my booth, I want them to know the value and appreciation … was there.”
Green paints with the medium Batik, which originates from Java, Indonesia. It’s a wax-resist technique that works with natural fibers like silk, fabric and beeswax.
Green said she looks forward to the show.
“It is pleasant,” she said. “I know what to expect. I know I can count on the show.”
The top artist wins $2,500, the second-place winner receives $1,000, and two third-place winners will receive $500 for judges’ awards of excellence; one prize of $500 goes to an award of excellence recipient.
According to a press release, some of the artists’ mediums include paintings, clay, glass, sculpture, jewelry and photography.
Executive Director Patty Narozny said all of the work is original and handmade by the artists at the show.
Narozny also discussed the youth division of the show, the seventh annual Youth Art Competition, which offers youth in kindergarten through eighth grade — or 5-12 years old — to enter their artwork for a chance to win a $250 prize.
“The average age of artists is 62 years old, so we want to encourage young artists to create their original, handmade art,” Narozny said. “Not only is the artwork publicly displayed, but they are encouraged to speak with professional artists in the show and consider it (to at) least expose them (to the idea) that this could be a future. We want this to be a positive experience.”
The deadline to apply for the youth art show is July 1. A maximum of two entries per person are allowed. The entry fee is $3.
Hours are from 5-9p.m. Friday, July 26; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, July 27; and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, July 28. Admission is $5, or free for ages 12 and younger. Parking is free.
For more information, go to www.hotworks.org.
For more information on applying for the youth portion, go to http://www.hotworks.org/pdf/OlfasYouth13.pdf.
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