South Oakland Artist's Association 50th Anniversary
Jim Ellison, Mayor of Royal Oak, will do the ribbon cutting for the SOAA's 50th Anniversary Fine Art Show and Sale "Focus:Art" May 2 through May 8, 2010 at the American Center Building. The American Center and SOAA have presented this popular show for the last 29 years at 27777 Franklin Road, Southfield, MI 48084. The opening reception will be Sunday May 2, 2010 from 2 P.M. to 4 P.M. The exhibit will show the latest art pieces of 25 local South Oakland Artists. Regular exhibit hours will be Monday through Friday, 9 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. For More information please call Jo Chiapelli at 248-435-6041.
The South Oakland Art Association was established in 1960 by a group of artists representing a cross section of communities in southern Oakland County, as well as, Detroit. Since then we have had artist from many communities in Wayne, Oakland, Livingston and Macomb counties.
The purpose of this group was to become acquainted with other artists, their styles and techniques through regular meetings. And to share in and benefit from each other’s experiences, interests and artistic pursuits.
SOAA has developed steadily over the years and now includes professional, as well as, amateur artist and artisans. This family specializes in a wide variety of visual arts and includes the members that have an active interest in appreciation and the promotion of the fine arts. Although our association itself is a “not for profit’ organization, many of our members have benefited from SOAA through sales of their work.
We meet each month, September through June. Each meeting features our “Artist of the Month” program where members’ fine art pieces are displayed for all to peruse and discuss. All members are encouraged to bring a couple of pieces of new, original works to be exhibited and judged by the other members. This gives valuable feedback as to where our development lies. It also gives the members and opportunity to win prizes at the end of each program year. Each meeting includes a subject of interest that is a benefit to our members. These might include lectures, demonstrations, critiques and workshops.
SOAA offers several opportunities for artists, of every level, to gain public exposure through art shows, art fairs and events. The quality of our work is well recognized by the art community, by both professionals and collectors alike. Our members are kept current on the activities of the association and its members through our monthly newsletter. Included in Artifacts are additional opportunities to view
and participate in area artistic activities.