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Come In From The Cold And Play On Sunday Afternoon
Sunday January 18.
BBAC Winter Community Open House

Staff and faculty at one of SE Michigan’s most active art centers know that each day people pass their facility on Cranbrook Road, unaware that inside hundreds of people with messy hands and dirty smocks are learning while “playing.” They are participating in the annual 500 classes and enjoying dozens of art exhibits and family-friendly events. In short they are having fun. On Sunday January 18 the BBAC hopes to share the secret at the Winter Community Open House.

The Winter Community Open House is designed just for that. Individuals can try their hand at creation, maybe get their hands messy, and get inspired - ideal activities for a blustery winter Sunday. The entire community is invited to explore the art center from 1 PM to 4 PM on Sunday January 18. All activities are free of charge.

The BBAC’s Winter Community Open House includes two free drop-in workshops: one, in honor of Martin Luther King Day, to create one’s own dream box; the other an Action Drawing Workshop by graphic artist and faculty member Chris Girard. In addition, it’s “Spoken Word Sunday,” a free Poetry Slam with a team from Detroit Youthville, led by poet Saleem Ameer Hakim. All afternoon there are refreshments and tours of the art center, which includes four art exhibits in separate galleries.

The BBAC is located at 1516 S. Cranbrook Rd. (Evergreen Rd.), Birmingham, MI 48009 between 14 and 15 Mile Roads. More information is available by calling (248) 644-0866 and visiting

The art center, a former waste treatment facility, celebrates 52 years in 2009, and is indeed a cultural resource. ”Many communities across the country could only dream of a professional resource like this”, says CEO Jane Linn. “Under the guidance of 100-plus instructors, our students, from pre-school to seniors, are exploring their creativity.” They may be preparing portfolios for art schools, competing for statewide awards or just taking time out in an art camp. “At the end of the day, every day, the activities at the art center are all about creativity – making, seeing and/or appreciating art,” continues Linn.

BBAC memberships are good for 12 months; basic benefits include $40 off each class and early-bird registration. At the $100 Community Membership level and above, benefits increase to include 12 complimentary passes to the Sundays @ the Center Drop-In Workshops and everyday discounts in the Gallery Shop and on exhibited work. All member fees support the BBAC’s educational and community programming.


Friday December 5 through Monday, December 8

Just in time for lovers of ceramics and those who appreciate a great deal, the semi-annual Student Pottery Sale at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center features the works of artists with up to 30 years experience. They exhibit and sell their wares for four days only from December 5-8.

Items are all made by ceramics students of the regional art center but range from porcelain to stoneware, from raku-fired to molded slabs and pieces adorned with decorative items. Styling ranges from traditional to contemporary. Special orders are welcome.

They include serving pieces such as pots, dinnerware, casseroles, mugs, teapots, trays and platters. Items for the home and family include an assortment of critters, and useful items for gardens and porches like pedestals, bird houses, planters and vases.

Unlike a retail setting, visitors to the BBAC looking to purchase and collect ceramics can meet the artists and ask about their inspiration or technique as they browse.

The sale runs from Friday December 5 through Monday, December 8. Hours are 10AM - 6 PM, Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and Dec. 3; Noon-4 PM Dec. 2. There is no charge to attend and parking is free.

Also that weekend is a drop-In workshop that is ideal for the holiday season. On Sunday December 7 as part of the Sundays @ the Center from12-4PM is a workshop on Printmaking & Greeting Cards. Kids under 12 need be accompanied by an adult. The workshop $5 per person (children under 4 are free) and participants will make and take hand made cards and prints. Sunday drop-in workshops are a regular part of the BBAC’s programming; on Dec. 14 & 21, gift-making projects continue.

The BBAC is located at 1516 S. Cranbrook Rd. (Evergreen Rd.), Birmingham, MI 48009 between 14 and 15 Mile Roads. More information is available by calling (248) 644-0866.

Also concurrently at the BBAC is the annual Holiday Shop featuring works of art for sale from more than 160 juried artists from around the country. Items include jewelry, apparel, home furnishings, paintings, metalwork and an extensive ornament gallery. Prices start at $8. The Holiday Shop runs from December 5-20.


Dec. 7 -- Printmaking & Holiday Cards
Make prints with a real printing press using block printing inks, "winter objects" (like pine branches) & other textural objects. Finished product will be suitable for framing or can be made into a card. Expect to turn out at least a dozen prints.

Dec. 14 -- Silk Scarves
Splashes of color transform a plain, white scarf into a wearable piece of art. Decorate silk scarves using a simple Shibori technique that dates back to eighth-century Japan. It involves folding & tying, while dipping in paint. (Limit 1 scarf per person.)

Dec. 21 -- Journals & Photo Albums
Using decorative papers with different folds or simple stitch-binding, create a journal or photo album.

For the complete one-stop shopping experience on Sundays December 7 and 14 visitors can also shop for gifts at the BBAC Holiday Shop which runs December 5-20.

The BBAC is located in Birmingham at 1516 S. Cranbrook Rd., just north of 14 Mile Rd. For general information, visit or phone 248.644.0866.

The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center is a regional nonprofit art center that promotes the visual arts with classes for all ages and levels in a wide variety or programs for more than 100 communities in the Detroit region.

1516 S. Cranbrook Rd. Birmingham 248-644-0866