Colorful prints can be a great way to start an art collection. And for Michigan eyes weary of whites and grays, they can be a treat to gaze upon. Just in time, two richly hued exhibits of fine prints and mixed media artwork open on Feb. 13 at the Birmingham-Bloomfield Art Center.
Concurrent exhibits run at the BBAC from Feb. 13 to March 6. They are "Near and Far: Contemporary Fine Prints" and "Inside the BBAC." There is no charge.
Of note at the BBAC are the free opening night receptions - "where the arty party." Visitors to the center mingle with artists, students, teachers and fans over light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments. The opening reception takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 13.
"Near and Far: Contemporary Fine Prints" is curated by Norm Stewart of Stewart and Stewart, a Bloomfield-based printer and publisher of fine art prints, specializing in screen printing. The exhibit includes prints by both local and national artists.
"Inside the BBAC" is a juried exhibit of the artwork of the center's adult students.
Students at the BBAC study with professional artists in multiple disciplines including drawing, painting (oil, acrylic, mixed, watercolor, encaustic), sculpture, printmaking, jewelry/metalsmithing, ceramics, and fiber (including one of the last hand weaving programs in this part of the state).
Savvy collectors of original art at modest prices always look forward to this show, with selected works available for purchase.
The BBAC is located at 1516 S. Cranbrook Road in Birmingham between 14 and 15 Mile Roads. More information is available by calling 248-644-0866 and visiting http://www.bbartcenter.org/.