A car helps sell some clothes at last year’s Berkley Art Bash.

A car helps sell some clothes at last year’s Berkley Art Bash.

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Art Bash’s 17th year to bring more than 150 artists to Berkley

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published May 15, 2018

 Jason Gibner, of Ann Arbor, poses at his booth while he sells his paintings at last year’s Berkley Art Bash. The 17th annual Art Bash will take place Saturday, June 9.

Jason Gibner, of Ann Arbor, poses at his booth while he sells his paintings at last year’s Berkley Art Bash. The 17th annual Art Bash will take place Saturday, June 9.

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 The Friends of Berkley Parks and Recreation will have a presence at the Berkley Art Bash, where the group will auction off three Little Free Libraries to raise money to fund different projects for the Parks and Recreation Department.

The Friends of Berkley Parks and Recreation will have a presence at the Berkley Art Bash, where the group will auction off three Little Free Libraries to raise money to fund different projects for the Parks and Recreation Department.

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BERKLEY — Approximately 150 artists will be making their way to Berkley in early June, as the city’s annual Art Bash will return for its 17th year.

The Berkley Art Bash will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 9, on 12 Mile Road near Coolidge Highway. In addition to 150 artists showcasing their work, there will be a selection of food trucks, live music and kids activities that an expected 10,000 attendees can enjoy throughout the day.

The Art Bash has seen an increase in the number of artists featured over the years, though event director April McCrumb said that in recent years they usually feature anywhere from 130 to 150 artists.

“We probably do max out at 150, to be honest, in terms of having the space,” she said. “We expanded last year, so we have that flexibility.

“You want your artists to come back year after year, but sometimes, if they don’t have a good show, they’re not going to come back, or their schedule is not working out for this year or what not. So it does vary year to year in terms of the number of applicants, and also just the quality as well.”

The art pieces found at the show vary from mosaic creations, original jewelry, handmade crafts or paintings. McCrumb said Motor City Barrels, a Berkley business that uses old-fashioned whiskey barrels and repurposes them as home décor pieces, is something she’s excited to feature.

“We don’t tout ourselves as a fine art show. We tout it as sort of fun, hip, Michigan-made wares, because most of our artists are from Michigan,” she said. “You can find a treasure whether you want to spend $5 or $500.”

Charitable causes also will have a presence at the Art Bash, and the Friends of Berkley Parks and Recreation are hoping to raise money for their efforts in the community.

Friends member Lowell Vick said the group will be silent-auctioning off three Little Free Libraries to raise money that will go toward the Friends, who help fund different projects for the Parks and Recreation Department that aren’t in the normal budget.

Little Free Library is a nonprofit literacy program to spread access to books by constructing small boxes to house books at various locations where people can take a book for free or leave a book for someone else. The three Little Free Libraries were painted by students at the Shrine Academy and Berkley High School, and by Detroit artist Sanda Cook.

The libraries can be found at the Berkley Public Library from May 15 to June 8 for people who want an up-close look.

“Hopefully, people will bid the price up to be able to take that home, and then we’ll have (an) installation available at a small fee for the top bidders if they want to have an ingrown installation, or there’s an option for a stand,” Vick said.

For more information about the Berkley Art Bash, visit www.berkleyartbash.com.