Artist Robert Dale Perrish’s “Eastern Market” painting will be one of hundreds on display at the annual OUR TOWN art show and sale at The Community House Nov. 2-3.

Artist Robert Dale Perrish’s “Eastern Market” painting will be one of hundreds on display at the annual OUR TOWN art show and sale at The Community House Nov. 2-3.

Photo provided by Hope Brown, of PublicCity Public Relations


Homegrown art is focus of annual OUR TOWN show and sale

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published October 23, 2018

BIRMINGHAM — The annual art show and sale that takes place at The Community House each fall features hundreds of pieces created by Michigan artists set in a public downtown venue, and all proceeds benefit local outreach programming.

It’s truly a show highlighting the best of “our town.”

The 33rd annual OUR TOWN art show and sale returns to The Community House next weekend with close to 400 works by more than 150 Michigan artists.

Guests can view — and, of course, purchase — original creations in a variety of mediums, from paintings and sculptures to glassworks, fiber arts, photography, jewelry and more.

The show opens to the public Friday, Nov. 2, and lasts through the following day. Individuals can purchase tickets to the opening night party, which will be held 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1. For the $75 ticket price, party guests can enjoy an artists recognition reception with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dessert, along with the chance to preview and purchase artwork ahead of the crowds the following morning.

“It’s a fabulous show for the new collector and the person who has been collecting a long time because of the range of prices and the range of items, works on paper, sculptures,” said Liz DuMouchelle, event chair. “A collector is always a collector, and the prices are excellent for a new collector. And the variety is great just for someone who is thinking about one day buying a piece of art. They can come to the exhibition and form an opinion so one day when they do have an opportunity, they know what they’re drawn to.”

As with most events at The Community House, the nonprofit will use ticket revenue from the preview party and a percentage of art sales to benefit its outreach programs for families in need around metro Detroit.

“OUR TOWN is not only an important fundraiser for The Community House, but it’s also an extraordinary outreach to the community,” said Kathie Ninneman, senior director of The Community House Foundation.

She added that new to this year’s event is Art After Work, a program featuring a panel of experts who will share with guests tips on caring for artwork and properly displaying their pieces. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

The free OUR TOWN art show and sale will be open to visitors 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. Tickets for the opening night party can be purchased at communityhouse.com. The Community House is located at 380 S. Bates St. in downtown Birmingham.