Nearly 100 artists, artisans and manufacturers will fill 12 Mile Road in Berkley from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on September 11 for a folk art fair that is more like a festive block party. The leisurely pace of the annual Berkley Art Bash invites attendees to take a break and see what Berkley is and what its businesses have to offer residents and visitors alike.
“The chamber of commerce has been organizing this event, which has been awaited for 18 years. It attracts 10,000 people to our downtown area and really benefits the businesses that are part of it, ”said April McCrumb, bash art organizer and business owner of Berkley.
The fun environment brings art to everyone with affordable handcrafted finds from talented people in the community. Some of the fan favorites returning to this year’s event are the Sassy Olive stretch headband, Andy Ozark and his robot sculptures made from discarded mechanical parts and the art of the Blue Turtle garden. Many artists are local or from all over Michigan and offer unique pieces that cannot be found anywhere else, including colorful jewelry, carefully crafted stained glass, candles, panels, woodwork, soaps and more. .
The focus will remain squarely on artists, especially since some of the elements that bash art has included in the past will not make an appearance this year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers have chosen to skip concerts and bounce houses. In addition, artists’ tents will be more dispersed to promote better circulation of patrons.
Still, there will be plenty to see and do at the Berkley Art Bash. McCrumb said patrons will be able to enjoy sweet and savory treats and kids will be able to create cute crafts to take home.
“Plan to make it an afternoon and enjoy lunch or dinner at one of the many excellent restaurants,” she suggested.
There will be plenty of free parking on the side streets of 12 Mile Road.
For more information
Come visit the Berkley Art Bash from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on September 11. For more information, visit BerkleyArtBash.com.