June 5, 2011
ROYAL OAK – The Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce will heat up Washington Avenue with the 17th Annual Clay, Glass & Metal Show on Saturday and Sunday, June 11-12. Art and music will be in the spotlight with a record number of juried artists and performers from the Detroit School of Rock & Pop warming up downtown Royal Oak.
Jewelry, gifts, decorative art, pottery and architectural pieces from 140 artists will be available for visitors’ shopping pleasure. Artists’ tents will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Meanwhile, kids express their own artistic side at the Creative Arts Studio tent, located at Seventh and Washington Avenue.
The Community Mosaic Project also returns to the spotlight, with visitors invited to stop by the Mosaic Tent at Sixth and Washington to help create the next stage of panels. Participating artists will again bring in scrap materials, which will then be re-purposed into a vine and floral mosaic assembled by the Royal Oak community. Once completed, the panels will join the first two, created at the 2010 event, already on display in the Children’s Area of the Royal Oak Public Library.
According to Shelly Kemp, executive director of the Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce, the event has evolved over the years and is now united by a central concept. “All the art featured at the show is manipulated by heat and comes from the earth. Fire and heat make this event unique among art shows as all the art on display is created through this one earth element.”
“As a special treat to celebrate the Chamber’s 75th Anniversary and tie into the overall theme, we are bringing in a glass blowing display,” Kemp added. Attendees interested in experiencing the combination of fire and earth first-hand can stop by the display, located at Fourth and Washington.
Art isn’t only for the eyes, it’s for the ears, too. Event attendees can recharge and rock out on Seventh Street as the Detroit School of Rock & Pop spotlights local performers on the Detroit Zoo’s Showmobile throughout the day. Music runs the same hours as the event this year.
Sponsors for this year’s event include American Laser Centers, Ace & Sons Insulation, Creative Arts Studio, C &G Newspapers, the Detroit Zoological Society, the Detroit School of Rock & Pop, EA Schensky, Emagine Theaters & Star Lanes, Galloway & Collens, Health Source Chiropractic, Holiday Market, M-1 Studios, New York Times, Progressive Chiropractic, Renewal by Anderson, Signs by Tomorrow and Stagecrafters.
Made up of more than 500 members, the Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce, www.royaloakchamber.com, is a business organization dedicated to bringing business people, civic groups, local government and citizens together to advance the economic, professional, cultural and civic welfare of the community.