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The 6th Annual Orchard Lake Fine Art Show, set for July 25-27, brings 150 of the highest quality juried artists from around the country and Canada to sell their art works on the campus of Orchard Lake St. Mary’s. The event will happen on the corner of Indian Trail and Commerce Roads, offering a beautiful park setting with trees for shade, a view of the lake and an overall enhanced ambiance setting for this fine art event. The Orchard Lake Fine Art Show has been voted top 100 art shows in the country and in 2007 received four awards from Michigan Festivals and Events.
The event begins on July 25 with the Caesar’s Windsor Artist Preview Party, from 6-9 p.m., sponsored by The Observer and Eccentric Newspapers. The preview gala offers patrons’ first choice to purchase the artists’ works. Complimentary beverages, including beer and wine, and savories will be served, with catering by Whole Foods Market. Maggie’s Chocolate Fountain Bar will provide a chocolate fantasy with free flowing milk chocolate in a delicious fountain. Additional food is available for purchase. The Sheila Landis Trio will delight patrons with their award-winning vocal stylings. Last year over 2,000 people attended the preview. Tickets are $25 and available for purchase online at http://www.TicketWeb.com and help to support Orchard Lake Schools.
Saturday and Sunday, the event is free to the public, though $6 parking helps support Orchard Lake Schools. In addition to the great food provided by local, quality restaurants, there will be free live entertainment, artist demonstrations, children’s art activities and the Youth Art Competition, sponsored by Target. The second annual “Youth Art Competition” program offers kids in Kindergarten through 8th grade (or ages 5-13) a chance to create and submit their art, which will be publicly displayed throughout the entire show. The work entered will be placed in a tent labeled “Youth Art Competition”.
Cash prizes totaling $250 will be awarded by professional artists who will be the judges. The winners of the Youth Art Competition will be photographed and posted on the Orchard Lake Fine Art Show Web site, http://www.HotWorks.org. The Orchard Lake Fine Art Show’s new Youth Art Competition has been made possible by Target Stores. This sponsorship is part of the ongoing support Target provides to local communities throughout the country. “At Target, we are making a real difference every day through our sponsorship program,” said Laysha Ward, vice president of community relations. “We’re proud to partner with the Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Schools as part of our ongoing commitment to give back to the communities where our guests and team members live and work.”
Also new this year, West Bloomfield Township and the city of Orchard Lake are planning activities for all ages including informational brochures about codes, construction and career opportunities, activity books featuring “Codie the Cougar” for children and helpful information regarding disaster preparedness, mold, green building, benefits of permit, pool, spa and hot tub safety and flood cleanup. Video programs on the importance of building codes will also be displayed.
West Bloomfield Township is celebrating its 175th birthday this year and City of Orchard Lake is celebrating its 80th birthday, and both cities are marking the milestones by collaborating for the weekend of events.
There is something for everyone at this event. Dad can relax in the beer tent while the kids create refrigerator-quality masterpieces in the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Michigan Family Area with a kid’s art tent and mom enjoys the garden. Then, the family can select together that perfect art work for their home’s living room, bedroom, kitchen, apartment or even outdoors.