New exhibits, Art Birmingham and creative classes bloom at the BBAC

The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center is  bursting with classes, workshops, exhibits, and special events. Plan to attend Art Birmingham, check out the Gallery Shop for unique, one-of-a-kind gifts for every mom on your list and plan a visit to see the newest exhibits, which will run May 3 – June 16. The opening reception will be May 3 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Photo by Michael McGillis.

Photo by Michael McGillis.

“Mary Fortuna, Exhibition Director of the Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Rochester will present her impeccable, puppet inspired show called She Towers Above,” said Annie VanGelderen, President & CEO of the BBAC. “Sara Sheldon will utilize recycled metal cans as her canvas in Rusting Brains Make Pretty Faces. The enlightening and nostalgic work of Sarah Tule will bring you back to simpler times while the painting students of Chris McCauley, including her current students and those with developed successful art careers, will be of interest to all.”

“I’m so happy to be in a show at a peer organization,” said artist Mary Fortuna, active in the Detroit art community for more than 20 years. “The BBAC exhibition space offers artists a great opportunity to work in a suspended culture with generous dimensions allowing me to creatively install things from the ceiling. I just love the response to gravity. I like to mix human and animal characteristics. Even as a kid, I made dolls and marionettes. I have some very large, new pieces for the show.”

Art Birmingham – annual fine art fair

Enjoy 150+ artists May 11 and 12–Mother’s Day weekend (Sat., 10 am-6 pm; Sun., 10 am-5 pm)

Stop by Shain Park and visit the BBAC Youth Activities Tent, sponsored by DTE with FREE special projects for kids 12 and under.  Replaces the BBAC’s 2nd Sunday @ the Center in May.

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This annual event is produced by the BBAC in association with The Guild of Artists and Artisans.


Seniors @ the Center: Tuesday, May 14, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Porcelain Pinch Pots with Glazed Accents

Seniors will want to dig right in with enthusiasm as they create these containers, perfect for a small candle. For all Seniors @ the Center sessions: Admission complimentary, thanks to sponsor Home Instead. Participants should arrive by at least 12:30 p.m. in order to complete the project. Advance registration is appreciated for groups of more than four. Please call (248) 644-0866. BBAC Seniors @ the Center happens every second Tuesday, September through June.


Featured Class of the Month: Growing Creative Energy

Wed., May 15, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $36 Members, $76 Guests, $5 Materials Fee

This workshop will help grow awareness of energy patterns, intuition and individual strengths. Students will bring a creative idea or project and develop a unique action plan and timeline. Facilitator: Betsy Hemming, Creativity Coach

Join us for classes, workshops and creative coaching designed to inspire anyone interested in enhancing their creativity.


Registration for summer art camps- now open. Register online at, by phone at (248) 644-0866 or in person.


This year’s Michigan Fine Arts Competition (MFAC) exhibition is scheduled for

June 28 – August 23. Artists must be 18 and older. NEW: Artists from Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan are invited to enter. The deadline is May 20, 2013.  This year’s juror is Brad Durham. For more information, visit or phone 248.644.0866.


Save the date: Thursday, June 20, 2013, 6-8:30 p.m.

A very special event at the historic James Couzens house in Bloomfield Hills, designed by Albert Kahn, built 1923-27

Tickets: $150; on sale May 10 by phone 248.644.0866 or online All proceeds benefit educational and outreach programming at the BBAC.

About the BBAC

The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center has been providing “art for all” since 1957 and is a regional non-profit art center committed to promoting visual art experiences.  Each year more than 500 classes are offered for all skill levels and ages preschool to senior citizens. Throughout the year, more than 8,500 people are served by classes, workshops, art camps, outreach programs, special events, and exhibitions that are free and open to the public (with an additional 75,000 impacted by Art Birmingham, the BBAC’s annual fine art fair). The BBAC supports hundreds of artists each year, with opportunities to teach, exhibit, and sell their work. The 25,000-square foot facility houses nine classroom studios, four exhibition galleries, and a retail Gallery Shop.

The Gallery Shop is open Mon-Thurs., 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The BBAC is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, visit the BBAC at, phone 248-644-0866 or visit our Facebook page. The BBAC is located at 1516 S. Cranbrook Rd., Birmingham MI 48009 between 14 and 15 Mile Rds.

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