South Oakland Art Association Hosts Area Artist

BTL Staff
By | 2014-10-23T09:00:00-04:00 October 23rd, 2014|Neighborhoods, Royal Oak|

By Shelby Clark Petkus

Royal Oak’s South Oakland Art Association will host Valerie Allen of Golden Artist Colors at their Nov. 3 meeting. Allen will demonstrate the various acrylic paints, mediums and techniques possible with Golden Artist Colors’ Products.
Valerie Allen is a professional artist residing in Michigan. She and her husband, artist Armin Mersmann, live and work in their studio/home near Midland Center for the Arts and Dow Gardens.
Allen is on the faculty of the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art and has taught art at several Midwest colleges, including Delta College in University Center and Northwood University in Midland.
Golden Artist Colors is a manufacturing company that focuses almost entirely on paints, used in the fine arts, decoration and crafts. Golden also prides itself on its sense of social responsibility, including water conservation. As water is a necessary component in their craft, the business has implemented a Reverse Osmosis filtering system that allows them to reuse over two-thirds of their cleaning water each day, reducing the need for transporting wastewater and resulting in a minimized carbon footprint. The overall green element of the art supply producer carries over into their “Seconds Program.” The program helps support artists by providing materials that typically fall short of Golden’s standards to non-profit groups, employees and other creative minds in need of art materials. As a result, items that veer just slightly from being ready for full retail are not wasted. For more information on the company, visit
This demo and presentation will begin at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 3 at South Oakland Art Association’s November 2014 meeting at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 814 N. Campbell in Royal Oak. The church is located between 11 and 12 mile. A short business meeting will precede the main event.
The presentation is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, visit

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