TCH to celebrate 30 years of art in Our Town

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published October 7, 2015

 Lulu Zheng, of Birmingham, will display “I Am Flying” at the Our Town show Oct. 15-17.

Lulu Zheng, of Birmingham, will display “I Am Flying” at the Our Town show Oct. 15-17.

Photo provided by The Community House


BIRMINGHAM — For three decades, The Community House has brought together the state’s finest artists for its annual juried Our Town art show and sale. And during that time, the show’s momentum has only gotten greater.

The 30th Our Town show will take place 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 15-17 at TCH in downtown Birmingham. The juried all-media art event provides a forum for Michigan artists to show and sell their work, while 35 percent of the sale’s proceeds go to fund TCH’s outreach programs for children and families in need.

It’s what you call a win-win, according to event co-chair Liz DuMouchelle, of Bloomfield Township.

“Usually, (visitors) tell us they enjoy the show very much. For some, it’s the first time they’ve been, and others, it’s an event they attend every year. It’s a great way, I always tell people, to see an art exhibition, or if you’re a beginning collector, come develop your taste in art and maybe take the big step and buy something,” said DuMouchelle.

This year, Our Town will showcase 345 pieces of artwork and will award $10,000 in prize money to several artists for outstanding pieces, selected by this year’s jurors: Barbara Heller, director and conservator of special projects for the Detroit Institute of Arts, and Robert Dempster, owner of Studio D.

Before the event opens to the public next Thursday, TCH will host Art in Vogue beginning at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 14. The opening night party will include strolling hors d’oeuvres, live musical entertainment, a live fashion and art presentation and, of course, a chance to get the first glimpse at this year’s art exhibition.

Tickets for Art in Vogue start at $75 and, like other events at TCH, will go toward the 93-year-old nonprofit’s work with local families in need.  

“We are proud to present the 2015 Our Town art show and sale,” William Seklar, president and CEO of TCH, said in a prepared statement. “For 30 years, this extraordinary event has raised needed funding for TCH’s outreach programming for children and families in need. In addition, Our Town has served as an important platform to support the work of our very own talented Michigan artists. We are grateful to our presenting sponsor, the DeRoy Testamentary Foundation, for making this event possible.”

Our Town is free and open to the public Oct. 15-17. To make reservations for Art in Vogue or for more information, call TCH at (248) 644-5832 or visit

The Community House is located at 380 S. Bates St. in downtown Birmingham.