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Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce Brings Clay, Glass & Metal Show Back to Washington Avenue

By |2016-06-09T09:00:00-04:00June 9th, 2016|Neighborhoods, Royal Oak|

ROYAL OAK – With the construction long complete, The Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce will fire up Washington Avenue once again June 11 & 12, returning the popular Clay, Glass & Metal Show to its home on Washington Avenue.
“This event began on Washington Avenue 22 years ago as an effort of local businesses and restaurants who wanted to create a ‘premier event’ in Royal Oak for both residents and visitors,” explained Chamber Executive Director Shelly Kemp.
This year’s event will feature over 120 artists from across the nation. The only art show that focuses solely on these three mediums, the Clay, Glass and Metal Show receives recognition annually as one of the top art shows in the nation.
“It’s a unique art event with artists creating works from the earth using heat and flame,” added Kemp. “But it’s this tradition that keeps the event strong and brings people back year after year.”
In addition to the artist booths, visitors of all ages can enjoy popular demonstrations in metal-working, glass-making and pot throwing. The Path to Emagination mosaic, sponsored by Emagine Entertainment, will once again take center stage with community members invited to add shards to the panels designed by Laurie Eisenhardt and Marcia Hovland. Once complete, these panels will go on display in the lobby of Emagine Royal Oak before going on the walls of the Childrens’ Area of the ROPL. And, young, aspiring artists can make their own take-home mosaic at a special tent sponsored by the Friends of the ROPL.
For families and art connoisseurs alike, the 22nd Annual Clay, Glass & Metal Show will run thru the heart of Royal Oak’s downtown, inviting shoppers to experience fun or fine dining at any of Royal Oak’s popular restaurants. Or, they can partake in sweet selections from the ever-popular Tawas Bay Fudge Company, Mystic Kettle and Terry’s Tastee Treats. The Michigan Candy Company will be on hand with extensive flavors of licorice, and the Sunrise Noodle Co. will bring Asian Soba noodles with veggies and secret sauce — served with chicken or shrimp.
Sponsors for the event to date include Matthews-Hargreaves Chevrolet, Renewal by Anderson, HealthSource Chiropractic, Bath Planet, Kroll Construction, Majic Windows, C & G Newspapers, Holiday Market, Signs by Tomorrow and Comcast.
The show hours for the 2016 event will be 10 a.m.-7p.m. Saturday, June 11 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, June 12. Street closures are limited to Washington Avenue and sections of Sixth Street. Washington Avenue between Fourth and Lincoln will be closed to through traffic by 5 p.m. on June 10 for artists and vendor set-up.

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