Stuff to Do: Michigan Fine Arts Competition @ BBAC

The 27th Annual Michigan Fine Arts Competition opens to the public this Friday evening, March 20, at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center.  The exhibit runs from March 20 – April 17.  Featured works include a mixed media project (an altered book) by local artist and fellow Royal Oak blogger Cindy La Ferle.  Cindy reports that “This is a great local arts event – and many other Michigan artists from this area will be included.”


This mixed media project by Royal Oak writer and artist Cindy La Ferle is one of the works accepted for the competition.

"Nature" by Royal Oak writer and artist Cindy La Ferle.

An opening reception — PARTY ARTY — will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 pm (March 20th).  The Juror, Tony DeBasi will give a lecture the following day (March 21st) at 11:00 am.

The BBAC is located at 1516 S. Cranbrook in Birmingham.  They’re open M-Th 9-7, Fri-Sat 9-5 and “most” Sundays, 1-4.  The Center features exhibitions, art camps, and classes and workshop.

Take a look at a couple more photos of the piece by Royal Oak’s own Cindy La Ferle, after the jump . . .

The piece is an altered children’s board book, and employs mixed media techniques. It is crafted entirely from found objects. The interior of the book is collaged with nature quotes, art prints, and bits and pieces I collected on walks around Royal Oak — yes, Royal Oak!  The cover of the book was made from an old insurance ledger I found at a local flea market.  –Cindy

Cindy tells us that many of her art pieces are inspired by her favorite works of literature or poetry.  “Nature” was inspired by Thoreau’s “Walden,” which is, according to Cindy, “one of my favorite books of all time.” 

I borrowed the idea of keeping a “field journal” on nature walks. Inside the book, in a pocket, there is a copy I made of the first three pages of “Walden,” in Thoreau’s handwriting.  –Cindy

Check out more of Cindy La Ferle’s work on facebook.  Cindy is the author of Writing home, essays on home and family life.  Her “Home Office” is located at  More on the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center at

Let us know about other local artists that are featured in the show in the comments below!

This article brought to you by the good folks at Urbane Apartments Royal Oak Michigan, Urbane Apartments Ferndale Michigan,Urbane Apartments Birmingham Michigan, and Urbane Apartments Dearborn Michigan

  • Connie J.

    This looks like a very interesting show. I’m glad to see that a local art center is featuring local artists — pretty rare outside of the area of arts and crafts.

  • AIG Bonus Baby

    Is there any fee to get in to see this exhibit? I can afford it, of course, but wanted to ask on behalf of the taxpayers without government funded bonuses.

  • Cindy La Ferle

    The exhibit is free to the public. More info on the BBAC Web site.

  • Brandon

    Thanks for the comments everyone!

    Connie — It’s our aim to highlight local artists/ events/ themes — feel free to write in with ideas for coverage.

    Bonus Baby — congrats on the bonus!

    Cindy — thanks for answering his question.

    Looking forward to seeing this show!!

  • Melissa

    All exhbits and opening receptions at the BBAC are free.

  • Brandon

    Thanks for that information, Melissa. That’s just the right price in this economy! Though if you do have some extra cash — consider buying a gift in the Gallery Shop:

  • Babs

    What a beautiful, interesting piece. Cool to hear about the connection of the artwork to Royal Oak. I hope Cindy wins the competition!!!

  • Brandon

    Hey Babs — thanks for all of your comments. I agree — the work is beautiful. I can’t wait to see it in person @ the show! We and UrbaneBlog are all rooting for Cindy too!

  • Pingback: Cindy La Ferle’s Home Office » Blog Archive » Junk or treasure?

  • Pingback: Buy Local: Ten Last Minute Gifts for Mom | the urbane life

  • Pingback: Stuff to Do: Rochester Writers’ Conference | the urbane life