A landscape painting depicting turbulent waves, by Johanna Schurrer, will be on display during the sixth annual South Oakland Art Association Exhibit at the Royal Oak Historical Museum Oct. 7-20.

A landscape painting depicting turbulent waves, by Johanna Schurrer, will be on display during the sixth annual South Oakland Art Association Exhibit at the Royal Oak Historical Museum Oct. 7-20.

Photo provided by Johanna Schurrer


Art exhibit coming to Royal Oak Historical Society Museum

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published September 25, 2018

 “Motherhood,” a painting by South Oakland Art Association President Bonnie Haines, will be on display during the art association’s sixth annual exhibit at the Royal Oak Historical Museum Oct. 7-20.

“Motherhood,” a painting by South Oakland Art Association President Bonnie Haines, will be on display during the art association’s sixth annual exhibit at the Royal Oak Historical Museum Oct. 7-20.

Photo provided by Bonnie Haines

ROYAL OAK — The Royal Oak Historical Society Museum will host its sixth annual South Oakland Art Association Exhibit next month.

An opening reception with refreshments will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, and the exhibit will run through Saturday, Oct. 20.

A $10 donation will be collected for the Common Ground Art Therapy Program during the opening reception, and afterward, the exhibit will be free and open to the public during regular museum hours.

The museum hours are from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Muriel Versagi, the museum curator, said the juried show will include paintings, watercolors, oil, acrylics, sculptures and pottery, and that it fills the museum.

“On Sunday afternoon (during the opening reception), the artists who were juried and judged will receive their awards,” Versagi said. “The public will be able to talk to the artists about the work they’ve done. It’s just fun to talk to them and get their picture taken with them.”

She said she loves the South Oakland Art Association Exhibit because it’s a new realm for the historical museum and it brings out a different kind of audience than the museum normally receives.

“We still have Royal Oak artifacts on display. There’s always some of our display cases that have artifacts in them, so it exposes the museum to people who might not have come for any other reason,” Versagi said.

Johanna Schurrer, a longtime volunteer with the museum and the South Oakland Art Association, helped to bring the annual art exhibit to the museum. She said Golsa Yaghoobi, a College for Creative Studies instructor, juried this year’s show.

Schurrer said the art exhibit would feature approximately 16 artists, including herself, from the South Oakland Art Association.

“We have a wide variety of artists to see. Some are professionals and other people are retired and they just like to paint, so that’s what they do,” she said. “I think it’s a nice exhibit.”

She said the South Oakland Art Association has approximately 60 members who meet monthly at the First Congregational Church, located next to the Royal Oak Historical Society Museum. Members bring in and discuss artwork and listen to a speaker.

The Royal Oak Historical Society Museum is located at 1411 W. Webster Road, west of Crooks Road.

For more information, call (248) 439-1501, email curator@royaloakhistoricalsociety.org or visit www.royaloakhistoricalsociety.com.

For more information about the South Oakland Art Association, call (248) 703-1821, email soaa200@gmail.com or visit www.southoaklandart.com.