Street Art Fair to benefit Common Ground

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published August 30, 2019

 Artist Valerie Ross will bring her abstract acrylic pieces to the  annual Birmingham Street  Art Fair Sept. 14-15.

Artist Valerie Ross will bring her abstract acrylic pieces to the annual Birmingham Street Art Fair Sept. 14-15.

Image provided by Daniel Cherrin, of North Star Strategies

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BIRMINGHAM — Like it or not, summer is coming to a close.

So we might as well make the most of it and celebrate with one of Birmingham’s favorite fall kickoff events: the 45th annual Birmingham Street Art Fair.

The art fair, which takes place in downtown Birmingham, is scheduled for Sept. 14-15. Around 150 juried artists will participate, showing off their wares in an array of mediums, including ceramics, painting, photography, glass, jewelry and more.

Kids can take advantage of the free hands-on children’s art activities and create their own masterpieces to take home, and the whole family can enjoy the amenities of Shain Park and the merchants downtown.

While admission is free to the event for the more than 80,000 people expected to come out to the fair, many of the participating artists will donate one of their pieces to the silent auction that will, like in past years, benefit Common Ground, which has nonprofit crisis facilities around Oakland County.

“We love this event. We partner with Common Ground and it’s a wonderful show, a beautiful show. It’s coming together really well,” said Karen Delhey, fair organizer with the Guild of Artists and Artisans. “We’re using #artforhope this year because Common Ground’s mission is all about bringing people from crisis to hope. I’m not sure how much the organization takes away every year, but I know it’s one of their largest fundraisers annually.”

Artist Valerie Ross said she’s looking forward to bringing her abstract acrylic work to the show, which is coordinated by the Guild of Artists and Artisans, best known for the award-winning annual Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair.

“I’m thrilled to have been accepted into this art show, especially to support awareness and auction funds to the Common Ground organization, and to exhibit my work amongst all the talent,” Ross said in an email.

She said she uses a number of techniques to create her pieces, from dripping layers of color to scraping, sanding and brushwork. She calls her compositions “female in form,” because of the curvy shapes and pops of color she often includes.

“Shain Park is a beautiful setting, and the diverse genres, creative craftsmanship and specialty items that will be featured at this show will surely offer something to take home for everybody. I can’t wait to be there,” she added in her email.

The annual Birmingham Street Art Fair to benefit Common Ground will be held 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, in and around Shain Park, located just behind Birmingham City Hall at 151 Martin St. in downtown Birmingham.

For more information, including a full list of participating artists, visit the Guild of Artists and Artisans website at theguild.org.

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