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 Mixed-media pieces by artist couple Lynn and Stephen Cebula.

Mixed-media pieces by artist couple Lynn and Stephen Cebula.

Photo provided by Patty Narozny


Orchard Lake Fine Art Show returns, with COVID precautions

By: Andy Kozlowski | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published July 1, 2020

 A piece of jewelry by Herb Brown, one of the artists in the upcoming Orchard Lake Fine Art Show.

A piece of jewelry by Herb Brown, one of the artists in the upcoming Orchard Lake Fine Art Show.

Photo provided by Patty Narozny

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WEST BLOOMFIELD — Now in its 18th year, the Orchard Lake Fine Art Show will stay on schedule despite the pandemic, with a variety of cautionary measures in place.

The event will take place Saturday and Sunday, July 25-26, at 6900 Orchard Lake Road in West Bloomfield Township. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Admission costs $5, or free for those ages 13 and younger. Parking is free, with space available in the back half of the lot behind Beaumont Medical Center.

“You will see many artists at this show not seen at other Michigan art shows,” organizer Patty Narozny said in an email. “There is something for everyone, in all price ranges.”

The pandemic means that a number of new measures will be in effect. Booths in the show are at least 3 feet apart. All booths, wherever possible, have two or more sides open to accommodate air flow through the tent.

There will of course be social distancing of 6 feet or more. There are three main entrances to break up the crowds of people entering and leaving the venue. Facial coverings are recommended; however, the show is outdoors, and facial coverings cannot be forced by law.

Some booths will only allow one family unit inside at a time; other patrons will be asked to step back and wait whenever someone is inside the booth.

Browse bins will be routinely wiped down after a guest sorts through them. Markings on the ground will indicate the appropriate spacing to keep everyone at a safe distance when standing around a booth. Each vendor is asked to bring their own hand sanitizer and display it in their booth for the duration of the show.

There will also be sinks for hand washing throughout the venue; the sinks don’t require touch by hand, instead relying on a foot pump. There will also be signage set up reminding guests of best practices for avoiding the spread of COVID-19.

Beyond that, it will be a typical art show, with a variety of works spanning a range of mediums.

Several participating artists shared their thoughts via email.

“The show has an enduring appeal because it is located in such a beautiful part of Michigan,” said Boris Kramer, of Kramer Sculptures in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. “Every year, there are many astute and savvy art buyers. I’ve had many years of success at the show because the patrons appreciate my work and are willing to commit to larger pieces. I mostly sell large pieces at this show, which is always more exciting.

“I think it will take some courage to come to the show in 2020, due to the virus, but as long as everyone is mindful, caring and diligent with health issues, we should have great success,” he said.

Herb Brown, who makes jewelry, described the show as well organized.

“The art show draws a diverse group of patrons. You will find a variety of high-quality artwork,” Brown said. “(The show also) encourages young and emerging artists, and has a foundation that supports children’s art.”

Lynn and Stephen Cebula are mixed-media artists from Florida and have participated in the Orchard Lake show since 2010.

“This show appeals to us on several levels,” Lynn said. “As artists, the ease of setup the day before, the ample booth space and nearby parking are big pluses. For our patrons, the layout makes it easy for them to see the show without confusion … (and there is) easy parking and visibility at the show. The quality of the works is also important. We travel from Florida to do a series of shows each summer, and we know this will be high quality and well run.”

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