Roseville DDA to host first Bohemian Art Stomp

By: Bria Brown | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published August 30, 2017

 Roseville’s Downtown Development Authority will host its first Bohemian Art Stomp festival, rain or shine, from noon to 7 p.m. Sept. 16 behind Gonzo Art Studios, 28305 Gratiot Ave. Art such as this 2015 portrait of Frida Kahlo from DDA board member and event coordinator Edward Stross, and pieces by other local artists, will be on display at the festival.

Roseville’s Downtown Development Authority will host its first Bohemian Art Stomp festival, rain or shine, from noon to 7 p.m. Sept. 16 behind Gonzo Art Studios, 28305 Gratiot Ave. Art such as this 2015 portrait of Frida Kahlo from DDA board member and event coordinator Edward Stross, and pieces by other local artists, will be on display at the festival.

Photo provided by Edward Stross

ROSEVILLE — Roseville’s Downtown Development Authority will host its first Bohemian Art Stomp festival, rain or shine, from noon to 7 p.m. Sept. 16 behind Gonzo Art Studios, 28305 Gratiot Ave.

The Bohemian Art Stomp will feature local and regional artists, vendors and crafters.
The admission fee is $2, and proceeds will go toward the DDA to “invest in the area,” according to DDA board member and event coordinator Edward Stross.

The event will have a host of food, drinks, music, poetry and art supplies for attendees.
Stross explained how the festival went from an idea to reality.

“It was one of those things that was spoken of from the beginning of the Downtown Development Authority. The arts were one of the first things that were mentioned that bring the revitalization downtown,” he said.

Stross also went into detail about how residents will benefit from attending the festival.

“They will get a better understanding of the arts. There will be many different forms of art there, and I’m encouraging all the artists to mentor the children who come through there by showing them how they do their work,” he said.

According to Stross, this is one of many steps to make Roseville more involved in the arts. 

“We were the only city that wasn’t celebrating the arts in a manner like this, and now my goal is to make Roseville a cultural center,” said Stross.

The Bohemian Art Stomp will include pieces produced in and out of Macomb County.
“Artists will be from Macomb County and outside of the area participating,” he said.

“We’re getting a lot of residents from Royal Oak and Ferndale,” he added.

There will also be dance instruction for children and adults in styles ranging from break dancing to ballet, according to Stross.

“It’s going to be a very unique event. There are many events around metro Detroit, and I saw a missing link that they don’t have, but we have, and that is going to be the community,” said Stross.

In an email to the Eastsider Aug. 24, DDA Vice Chair Bryan Shishakly stated that the festival will help the DDA’s efforts to bolster the city’s development.

“This event is a continuation of our efforts to engage with the creative community to bring new ideas and development to Roseville. I think I speak for the whole board when I say that ensuring that the arts have a major role in our downtown is critical to our success. We want to see this event, our pavilion project, and other ideas continue to engage the creative class and generate new and interesting things for our great community,” stated Shishakly.

For more information on the event visit sites.google.com/site/destinationrosevillemi/home or email rosevilledda@roseville-mi.gov.