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 Lathrup Village residents Carol Moore and artist Consuelo Diaz and Southfield resident Nikki Moss pose for a photo with some flower art for the garden during last year’s Berkley Art Bash on 12 Mile Road.

Lathrup Village residents Carol Moore and artist Consuelo Diaz and Southfield resident Nikki Moss pose for a photo with some flower art for the garden during last year’s Berkley Art Bash on 12 Mile Road.

File photo by Donna Agusti

Berkley Art Bash bringing 150 artists in its 18th year

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published May 28, 2019


BERKLEY — Work of all kinds will be featured by hundreds of artists at Berkley’s upcoming art show.

The 18th annual Berkley Art Bash is scheduled to occur from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 8, on 12 Mile Road between Buckingham and Kipling avenues.

Featuring more than 150 artists showcasing their handcrafted pieces, the art show also will include food trucks and kids activities such as inflatables, face painting and balloon sculptures. Attendees will be able to purchase art in various mediums, including pottery, handbags, jewelry, whiskey barrels and pocketknives made from recycled skateboards, said Art Bash Director April McCrumb.

“We have a large variety of art and styles and price points, where you can be five or 95 and find something that’ll tickle your fancy,” she said. “Lots of different treasures.”

McCrumb, who owns the Berkley businesses Catching Fireflies and the Yellow Door Art Market, has the biggest hand in selecting the artists.

When it comes to choosing, McCrumb said she likes to have a diverse array of artists so Art Bash attendees have a variety from which to shop.

“I go to art shows all across Michigan all year long seeking out people,” she said. “Me doing that sort of legwork ahead of time sort of builds the flavor of the show. I feel, being that I’m a buyer for shops, I have a better idea of what my customer base likes, and I think they’ll like this artwork as well. … Of course, people will hear about our show randomly and apply as well.”

Nicole LeBoeuf is bringing her business, Ennelle, back to the Art Bash once again, as she’s been going on and off for the past several years.

LeBoeuf, a Berkley native, specializes in making leather jewelry, whether that be bracelets, necklaces, earrings, rings or handbags, as well as using stones such as turquoise and onyx for various decorative pieces.

She said she’s been attending art shows for years now, and for her business, it means everything.

“By going to these shows, you just grow bigger and bigger, and now I sell locally to stores, and the last couple of years, I’ve been doing out-of-state shows,” she said. “I started my own website because of the shows. That’s how you understand the demand for your stuff and hear what people like, what they don’t like, what’s your best sellers. I mean, it just kind of drives your whole business.”

LeBoeuf said she’s excited to be going again to the Art Bash, as it feels like she knows everybody there.

“I know people from my generation, from my son’s generation. One of my best friends lives in Berkley; she has kids. They all became followers of my stuff. I think Berkley is always fun because it’s like a community event, but one where you know everybody,” she said.

McCrumb said the bash always tries to seek out people who organizers think would have a good show, make some money and have fun. After every show, they send out a survey to artists to get their feedback, and what she hears is how much artists love coming back to Berkley for the fair.

“These people do shows all the time, and so for them to say that, that’s pretty cool,” she said. “The people that visit us, they come to shop. It’s not just to walk around and admire the art. They come to shop. They come to learn about the artists, and the artists really appreciate that and enjoy that.”