Berkley Art Bash
Bring the kids for a day of outdoor shopping and supporting local artists on June 9, 2012. Family fun also includes crafts, airbrush tattoos and music.
Want some unique art pieces to deck out your family's home – or maybe even to wear? Well, the 11th annual Berkley Art Bash offers a special chance to find amazing artwork to express your style – from tykes to teens (and mom and dad, too!). The 115 artists at the bash range from clothing designers and jewelry and pottery artists to painters, garden artists and even authors. The fun begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m. on June 9, 2012.
Best of all, this art bash is known for featuring student artists, celebrating the talents of those as young 8 years old.
"The event encourages young artists," says April McCrumb, director of the Berkley Art Bash. "Artists do not always have to be adults."
Catering to 8,000-10,000 people, different shops in the area will be hosting sidewalk sales. Of the vendors, an impressive 98 percent are from Michigan, and primarily metro Detroit.
Trying to avoid the traffic of downtown Berkley by traveling on two wheels? You don't have to worry about finding a bicycle ramp, because there will be a bike valet available!
And, just for kids, there is an arts and crafts section. Face painting and airbrush tattoos are staples of the bash that allow children to express their inner artists. Be sure to take tours of the on-site fire truck and ambulance, too. And an inflatable slide will keep little ones entertained throughout the day.
Featured Mom's Choice Awards-winning author Dana Lehman also will be here. Lehman is the author of the children's book series Adventures at Walnut Grove, which explores issues children face – such as teasing.
The entire family can sit back and take a break from shopping while enjoying live music from I Love Lightning Bugs, Maggie McCabe and Motor Honey. The young ladies of Linda's Danceworks are back to wow the crowds, too. The live entertainment starts at 11 a.m. and runs until 5:30 p.m.
If you need an energy boost, you can enjoy the kettle corn, lemonade and fudge. And organic teas and coffees will be available for purchase.
The event is free and pet friendly, so feel free to bring your dog!
See the Metro Parent listing for more on the 2012 Berkley Art Bash.