October at the BBAC: Altered book exhibit continues to be a real page-turner

Adaptation: Transforming Books Into Art is on display, showcasing the work of 17 internationally known artists of the altered book genre. This unique and inspiring exhibit allows visitors to see the work of an exceptionally large talented set of artists simultaneously. As well, the Students of Andrea Tama will be on display through Nov. 7. TheStudents of Andrea Tama exhibit presents a rich array of abstract and realistic paintings by the intermediate/advanced students of Tama, an artist and popular teacher.
“It’s fascinating to see books—usually so familiar and predictable—in such different and re-imagined forms,” said Annie VanGelderen, President & CEO of the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center. “It is equally interesting to examine the work of some of our accomplished students. Visitors to that exhibit will see what they might learn from our many painting classes.”
Book Art: Clamshell Box Workshop- All levels
Students will learn how to construct a clamshell box to safely house a rare or fragile book.
Saturday, October 11, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, 1 session, $60 Members, $100 Guests, $15 Materials Fee
Instructor: Laura Beyer, Sign up for #1120.51.02.14
Jewelry/Metals: Beginning- Level 1
This class is for students who have no experience in jewelry making. Instruction
covers the fundamentals of basic tools and safety in the studio while engaging in the design process to create both decorative and functional metal objects. Wednesdays, October 6-December 17 (No Class December 3) 6:30 pm-9:30 pm, 11 sessions, $261 Members, $301 Guests, $40 Materials Fee, Instructor: Robin Servo, Sign up for #1108.11.02.14
Jewelry/Metals: Intermediate & Advanced – Levels 2 & 3
Students who have proficiency in basic jewelry skills will have lectures, demonstrations and plenty of hands-on time to meet individual needs. Techniques such as metal forming and fabrication, stone setting, and surface embellishment may be covered. Thursdays, October 23-December 11 (No Class on November 27) 7:00 pm-10:00 pm, 7 sessions, $166 Members, $206 Guests, $35 Materials Fee, Instructor: Terri Dworkin, Sign up for #1108.51.05.14
Painting: Figure & Portrait in Oil- Levels 2 & 3
Using oils or acrylics, students will concentrate on traditional principles of observational painting while working from a live model in each class. Fridays, October 24-December 5 (No Class November 28) 9:00 am-3:30 pm, 6 sessions, $308 Members, $348 Guests, $120 Model Fee, Instructor: Daniel Keller, Sign up for #1112.31.08.14
2nd Sunday @ the Center: Sunday, Oct. 12, 1-4 p.m.
Studio 1 Drop-In Workshop – $5 per person includes all materials
PROJECT: Altered Book Pumpkin
Make a festive fall pumpkin decoration by giving an old book new life!  This project is fun for all ages. Participants must arrive by 3:15 p.m.  No advance registration required. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Ceramic Studio – $20 per person includes all materials
PROJECT: Bookends
Make a set of bookends using slab construction and extruded clay. Participants may choose to color their bookend surfaces with underglazes. Space is limited to 10 people per session. Session 1 starts at 1:00 p.m. and session 2 at 2:30 p.m. Check in at the LaBan Commons Gallery prior to attending the workshop. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
2nd Sundays @ the Center are supported in part by PNC Foundation and happen every second Sunday, September through June.
About the BBAC
The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center has been providing “art for all” since 1957 and is a regional non-profit art center committed to promoting visual arts experiences. Each year more than 500 classes are offered for all skill levels and ages preschool to senior citizens. Throughout the year, nearly 5,000 individuals are served by classes, workshops, art camps, outreach programs, special events and exhibitions that are free and open to the public (with an additional 75,000 impacted by Art Birmingham, the BBAC’s annual fine art fair).  The BBAC also supports hundreds of artists each year, with opportunities to teach, exhibit, and sell their work. The BBAC is a 25,000-square foot facility, with nine classroom studios, four exhibition galleries, and retail Gallery Shop. BBAC hours for the office, exhibitions and Gallery Shop: Mon.-Thurs., 9am-6pm; Fri.-Sat., 9am-5pm
The BBAC is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, visit the BBAC at BBArtCenter.org, phone 248-644-0866 or visit our Facebook page. The BBAC is located at 1516 S. Cranbrook Rd., Birmingham MI 48009 between 14 and 15 Mile Rds.