13th annual Orchard Lake Fine Art Show returns to WB

By: Cari DeLamielleure-Scott | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published July 16, 2015

 All artwork and crafts in the Orchard Lake Fine Art Show are original pieces that are handmade by artists at the show, and they are for sale.

All artwork and crafts in the Orchard Lake Fine Art Show are original pieces that are handmade by artists at the show, and they are for sale.

File photo by Donna Agusti


WEST BLOOMFIELD —  It’s the time of year when West Bloomfield gets draped in fine art.

The 13th annual Orchard Lake Fine Art Show will feature arts and crafts from no more than 150 artists July 25-26.

The Hot Works Fine Art Shows offering, which has been rated for nine years in the top 100 art fairs in the country out of 4,000 shows, will be held on Powers and Daly roads, just south of Maple Road and west of Orchard Lake Road. Parking is available behind Barnes & Noble, 6800 Orchard Lake Road; and the Beaumont Medical Center, 6900 Orchard Lake Road.

Township Supervisor Michele Economou Ureste said in a press release that the township values the arts.

“A greater emphasis is made for art installation of murals, outdoor sculptures and other functional elements by visual artists on the Orchard Lake Road business corridor in the new Township Center District ordinance and 2015 master plan,” she said.

All artwork and crafts are original pieces that are handmade by the artists at the show, and they are for sale. Paintings, sculptures, jewelry, photos, and clay, glass, wood and fiber art will be showcased at the juried show.

But what makes the Orchard Lake show unique is the elimination of the buy-sell import, which is becoming a problem in nationwide juried fine art shows, according to Executive Director Patty Narozny. After the economy turned, Narozny said, artists began sneaking in and selling items they had not made. In addition, some artists have also occasionally attempted a “bait and switch” technique where they apply to an art show with one type of work, but then bring another item to the show, she said. 

“I know a few of these, and they’re not permitted in my show,” she said.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the show’s Youth Art Competition. The program, which is sponsored this year by Kroger, encourages kindergarten through eighth-grade students — or 5- to 12-year-olds — to develop art to be displayed during the show. The Youth Art Awards will take place under the Youth Art Tent at 3 p.m. July 26.

The Youth Art Competition exposes young kids to a professional art show and future entrepreneurship possibilities, Narozny said. In the past, attendees could not purchase the youth art. But this year, after Narozny permitted the youth art to be sold at Hot Works’ Florida shows, all youth artwork on display may be purchased if the buyer comes to the youth tent after 3 p.m. July 26 and receives permission from the artist and the parent or guardian.

“Patrons were expressing so much interest in the youth art (in Florida), we started offering that. … It was a big hit,” Narozny said.

The fair will feature the Ameriprise Financial Family Area, where kids can decorate and paint piggy banks to take home. The family area is sponsored by Henry and Danielle Ilyasov, who came up with the piggy bank idea as a way to blend finance and art.

Narozny said loud music is not typically permitted at Hot Works shows as it deters from the artists, but this year, the show will feature a reggae band and a jazz and blues band.


“Reggae (music) does not (have) much support, at least among the major radio networks, so we want to make sure that’s kept alive, and then we filled the slot with blues and jazz to get a little music out there,” she said.

Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 25 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 26. Admission costs $5 and supports the Institute for the Arts & Education Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and fostering fine arts and crafts among people of all ages. Children 12 and younger attend for free. Pets are permitted but must be on a leash no longer than 3 feet and kept out of tented areas. For more information, visit www.hotworks.com.