Birmingham Street Art Fair

September 19-20, 2015

Saturday, 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday, 10 am - 5 pm

common groundCommon Ground’s Birmingham Street Art Fair celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2014.  The fair returns to South Old Woodward, the celebrated gateway to downtown Birmingham.  Unique shopping and fabulous restaurants line the street, drawing residents from throughout Oakland County and beyond. More than 160 juried-selected artists will be featured in this elegant setting; more than 80,000 fairgoers attend annually.

Common Ground, Crain’s 2014 Best Managed Nonprofit, is pleased to continue its presenting partnership with The Guild of Artists & Artisans. This collaboration helps Common Ground maintain its status as an important regional resource helping youths, adults and families in crisis while ensuring the continuation of this highly-respected fine art fair. The Guild of Artists & Artisans is a non-profit, membership association of independent artists best known for its award-winning Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair.

Artist Booth Origin Media  
Alanna St. Laurent 147 Ferndale, MI Photography Alanna St. Laurent's work in Photography
Alexa and Peter Smarsh 173 Key Largo, FL Jewelry Alexa and Peter Smarsh's work in Jewelry
Alice Ham 009 Berkley, MI Clay Alice Ham's work in Clay
Allan Teger 143 Vero Beach, FL Photography Allan Teger's work in Photography
Amos Amit 166 Los Angeles, CA Fiber Amos Amit's work in Fiber
Andrea Anderson 034 Farmington Hills, MI Fiber Andrea Anderson's work in Fiber
Andrew Manaylo 036 Hungary Painting Andrew Manaylo's work in Painting
Anita Spencer 035 Lapeer, MI Jewelry Anita Spencer's work in Jewelry
Ann Marie Fischer 090 Farmington Hills, MI Mixed Media 2D/3D Ann Marie Fischer's work in Mixed Media 2D/3D
Annette Morrin 056 Lambertville, MI Jewelry Annette Morrin's work in Jewelry
Annette Poitau 040 Oberlin, OH Painting Annette Poitau's work in Painting
Antoni Kozlowski 135 Shelby Twp., MI Jewelry Antoni Kozlowski's work in Jewelry
Aric Jorn 101 Dearborn, MI Sculpture Aric Jorn's work in Sculpture
Autumn Aslakson 099 Novi, MI Clay Autumn Aslakson's work in Clay
Barry Bernstein 013 Marquette, MI Clay Barry Bernstein's work in Clay
Beth North 158 Birmingham, MI Jewelry Beth North's work in Jewelry
Bill Perkins 172 Suttons Bay, MI Mixed Media 2D/3D Bill Perkins's work in Mixed Media 2D/3D
Bob Daily 149 Rochester Hills, MI Wood Bob Daily's work in Wood
Brian Brook 080 Three Rivers, MI Sculpture Brian Brook's work in Sculpture
Carole Berhorst 070 Bloomfield Hills, MI Clay Carole Berhorst's work in Clay
Carolyn Newell-Turner 104 Toledo, OH Glass Carolyn Newell-Turner's work in Glass
Chris Maher 057 Lambertville, MI Photography Chris Maher's work in Photography
Chris Pawlik 117 Anchorville, MI Mixed Media 2D/3D Chris Pawlik's work in Mixed Media 2D/3D
Cynthia Mann 115 Brighton, MI Jewelry Cynthia Mann's work in Jewelry
Darren Jones 008 Chicago, IL Mixed Media 2D/3D Darren Jones's work in Mixed Media 2D/3D
David Ellison 031 St. Claire Shores, MI Clay David Ellison's work in Clay
David Hoornstra 168 Ann Arbor, MI Painting David Hoornstra's work in Painting
David Levy and John Deveer 058 Davis, CA Wood David Levy and John Deveer's work in Wood
David Scherer 154 Madison Heights, MI Mixed Media 2D/3D David Scherer's work in Mixed Media 2D/3D
David Smallcombe 121 Kalamazoo, MI Jewelry David Smallcombe's work in Jewelry
David and Pamela Berari 122 Ortonville, MI Sculpture David and Pamela Berari's work in Sculpture
Dean Myton 098 Akron, OH Mixed Media 2D/3D Dean Myton's work in Mixed Media 2D/3D
Denise and Norman Kleiner 086 Otisville, MI Clay Denise and Norman Kleiner's work in Clay
Diane Marksz 148 Davie, FL Jewelry Diane Marksz's work in Jewelry
Diane Sicheneder 110 Rochester, MI Painting Diane Sicheneder's work in Painting
Diane Wright 041 Pittsburgh, PA Jewelry Diane Wright's work in Jewelry
Dinah Morrison 073 Battle Creek, MI Fiber Dinah Morrison's work in Fiber
Doug Remien 072 Farmington Hills, MI Photography Doug Remien's work in Photography
Douglas and Renee Sigwarth 164 River Falls, WI Glass Douglas and Renee Sigwarth's work in Glass
Duane Scherer 095 Madison Heights, MI Mixed Media 2D/3D Duane Scherer's work in Mixed Media 2D/3D
Dylan Engler 043 Columbus, OH Glass Dylan Engler's work in Glass
Ed Brownlee 059 Kalamazoo, MI Clay Ed Brownlee's work in Clay
Elaine Yang 175 Dublin, OH Fiber Elaine Yang's work in Fiber
Eric Cooper 019 Farmington Hills, MI Clay Eric Cooper's work in Clay
Erika Bell 093 Flower Mound, TX Mixed Media 2D/3D Erika Bell's work in Mixed Media 2D/3D
Fiona Collins 081 Canada Painting Fiona Collins's work in Painting
George Raab 144 Canada Printmaking/Paper George Raab's work in Printmaking/Paper
Hal Froot 164 Grand Rapids, MI Wood Hal Froot's work in Wood
Harry and Kimberly Welsch 174 Lutz, FL Clay Harry and Kimberly Welsch's work in Clay
Helen Springer 139 Milford, MI Baskets Helen Springer's work in Baskets
Helmut Goral 105 Cedar, MI Jewelry Helmut Goral's work in Jewelry
Humberto Hernandez 150 Flat Rock, MI Jewelry Humberto Hernandez's work in Jewelry
Jack Pine 077 Columbus, OH Glass Jack Pine's work in Glass
Jack Schwab 018 Brooklyn, MI Wood Jack Schwab's work in Wood
Jack Valentine 076 Akron, OH Clay Jack Valentine's work in Clay
James Durow 028 Marine City, MI Wood James Durow's work in Wood
James Parker 007 Rochester Hills, MI Photography James Parker's work in Photography
James Wilbat 123 Deerfield, IL Glass James Wilbat's work in Glass
Jan Kaulins 137 Manitou Beach, MI Photography Jan Kaulins's work in Photography
Jane Merrills 044 Mason, MI Jewelry Jane Merrills's work in Jewelry
Jason Parsley 053 Cincinnati, OH Clay Jason Parsley's work in Clay
Jayne Akison and David Brown 140 Columbus, OH Mixed Media 2D/3D Jayne Akison and David Brown's work in Mixed Media 2D/3D
Jeremy Kuivanen 054 Milford, MI Wood Jeremy Kuivanen's work in Wood
Jie Zhou 146 Hayward, CA Painting Jie Zhou's work in Painting
Joe Cilluffo 091 Algonac, MI Drawing Joe Cilluffo's work in Drawing
Joe Paratore 103 Warren, MI Photography Joe Paratore's work in Photography
John Boyett 116 North Canton, OH Glass John Boyett's work in Glass
John Herbon 006 Saint Ignace, MI Clay John Herbon's work in Clay
John Schirmer 120 Fairfield, IA Printmaking/Paper John Schirmer's work in Printmaking/Paper
John Weller 133 Liberty Twp., OH Photography John Weller's work in Photography
Joseph Ferris 002 Boca Raton, FL Metals Joseph Ferris's work in Metals
Julie Roth 141 West Bend, WI Drawing Julie Roth's work in Drawing
Karl Feng 055 Cincinnati, OH Painting Karl Feng's work in Painting
Karl Wertanen 119 Monroe, MI Photography Karl Wertanen's work in Photography
Kate Lally 042 Dayton, OH Clay Kate Lally's work in Clay
Kathleen Robinson Young 118 Detroit, MI Jewelry Kathleen Robinson Young's work in Jewelry
Katie Chichester Mester 134 Claire, MI Painting Katie Chichester Mester's work in Painting
Katie Hofacker 157 Powell, OH Mixed Media 2D/3D Katie Hofacker's work in Mixed Media 2D/3D
Kevin Barton 026 Harbor Springs, MI Painting Kevin Barton's work in Painting
Kim Arden 170 Temperance, MI Jewelry Kim Arden's work in Jewelry
Kim Ensch 132 Belleville, MI Mixed Media 2D/3D Kim Ensch's work in Mixed Media 2D/3D
Kim Rhoney 021 Milan, MI Painting Kim Rhoney's work in Painting
Kristen Dukat 075 Findlay, OH Glass Kristen Dukat's work in Glass
Kristin Perkins 010 Ypsilanti, MI Jewelry Kristin Perkins's work in Jewelry
Larry Clarke 037 Boca Raton, FL Leather Larry Clarke's work in Leather
Larry Clegg 016 Grand Blanc, MI Clay Larry Clegg's work in Clay
Lea Alboher 069 Sonoma, CA Digital Art Lea Alboher's work in Digital Art
Leah Dziewit 108 Maple City, MI Fiber Leah Dziewit's work in Fiber
Lisa Ben-Zeev 167 Evanston, IL Jewelry Lisa Ben-Zeev's work in Jewelry
Lisa Parker 039 Pittsburgh, PA Jewelry Lisa Parker's work in Jewelry
Lisa Williams 017 Chicago, IL Jewelry Lisa Williams's work in Jewelry
Luciano Duse 001 Petoskey, MI Photography Luciano Duse's work in Photography
Lynn Fisher 068 Bellaire, MI Clay Lynn Fisher's work in Clay
Lynn and Stephen Cebula 074 Palm Harbor, FL Mixed Media 2D/3D Lynn and Stephen Cebula's work in Mixed Media 2D/3D
Marjorie Rawson 109 Chelsea, MI Jewelry Marjorie Rawson's work in Jewelry
Mary Kondraciuk 094 Novi, MI Photography Mary Kondraciuk's work in Photography
Mel Hamrick 100 Beaver, WV Wood Mel Hamrick's work in Wood
Melanie and Justin McKenney 136 Buffalo, NY Clay Melanie and Justin McKenney's work in Clay
Mike and Sheri Rothfuss 169 Sylvania, OH Mixed Media 2D/3D Mike and Sheri Rothfuss's work in Mixed Media 2D/3D
Nancy Connors 030 Grosse Pointe, MI Drawing Nancy Connors's work in Drawing
Nancy Cooper 004 Belleville, MI Jewelry Nancy Cooper's work in Jewelry
Neil Cluck 151 Tulsa, OK Mixed Media 2D/3D Neil Cluck's work in Mixed Media 2D/3D
Orna and Ami Amrani 160 Tamarac, FL Mixed Media 2D/3D Orna and Ami Amrani's work in Mixed Media 2D/3D
Pam O'Hara 083 Dexter, MI Clay Pam O'Hara's work in Clay
Patricia Zabreski Venaleck 027 Macomb, MI Jewelry Patricia Zabreski Venaleck's work in Jewelry
Patti West-Martino 142 Chesterfield, MI Jewelry Patti West-Martino's work in Jewelry
Patty Tiry 078 Palmyra, WI Jewlery Patty Tiry's work in Jewlery
Paul Christopher James 162 Chelsea, MI Photography Paul Christopher James's work in Photography
Paul Fletcher 138 Westlake, OH Painting Paul Fletcher's work in Painting
Paula Mae Green 005 Pompano Beach, FL Fiber Paula Mae Green's work in Fiber
Paula and Charlie Shoulders 131 Brighton, MI Glass Paula and Charlie Shoulders's work in Glass
Phil Dimmer 163 White Lake, MI Painting Phil Dimmer's work in Painting
Princy and Jonathan Fears 020 Palm Springs, CA Fiber Princy and Jonathan Fears's work in Fiber
Ralph Polasky 165 Riponm WI Clay Ralph Polasky's work in Clay
Reza Pishgahi 171 Bloomington, IN Sculpture Reza Pishgahi's work in Sculpture
Rick Burger 156 Rochester Hills, MI Painting Rick Burger's work in Painting
Robert Nilsson 014 Pensacola, FL Jewelry Robert Nilsson's work in Jewelry
Robert Simmons 085 Ann Arbor, MI Wood Robert Simmons's work in Wood
Ron Schmidt and Bob McPherson 176 Tequesta, FL Metals Ron Schmidt and Bob McPherson's work in Metals
Sam Hitchman 124 Cincinnati, OH Clay Sam Hitchman's work in Clay
Sara Hannick 061 Kingston, MI Mixed Media 2D/3D Sara Hannick's work in Mixed Media 2D/3D
Sarah and Thomas Gelsanliter 159 Milan, MI Clay Sarah and Thomas Gelsanliter's work in Clay
Sharon and Bob Spry 084 Merritt Island, FL Jewelry Sharon and Bob Spry's work in Jewelry
Shinichi Sato 096 Kentwood, MI Painting Shinichi Sato's work in Painting
Simon Tarasiewicz 015 Birch Run, MI Wood Simon Tarasiewicz's work in Wood
Smadar Livne 079 Owing Mills, MD Mixed Media 2D/3D Smadar Livne's work in Mixed Media 2D/3D
Sonja Sheriff 092 Columbus, OH Jewelry Sonja Sheriff's work in Jewelry
Sooney Kadouh 029 Royal Oak, MI Photography Sooney Kadouh's work in Photography
Stephen Wilson 011 Warren, MI Wood Stephen Wilson's work in Wood
Steve Rohr 161 West Bloomfield, MI Wood Steve Rohr's work in Wood
Steven Huyser-Honig 045/046 Grand Rapids, MI Photography Steven Huyser-Honig's work in Photography
Steven Wirtz 145 Mattoon, WI Mixed Media 2D/3D Steven Wirtz's work in Mixed Media 2D/3D
Sue Rosengard 067 Chicago, IL Jewelry Sue Rosengard's work in Jewelry
Susan Luks 060 East Lansing, MI Fiber Susan Luks's work in Fiber
Ted July 033 Otisville, MI Wood Ted July's work in Wood
Thomas Bauer 003 St. Petersburg, Fl Painting Thomas Bauer's work in Painting
Troy Anderson 032 Cedar Springs, MI Sculpture Troy Anderson's work in Sculpture
Vincent Pernicano 082 Boyne Falls, MI Mixed Media 2D/3D Vincent Pernicano's work in Mixed Media 2D/3D
WanChuan Kesler 012 Northville, MI Painting WanChuan Kesler's work in Painting
Wayne Gao and Michelle Chang 062 Rowland Heights, CA Clay Wayne Gao and Michelle Chang's work in Clay
YoungJoo Yoo 102 Coralville, IA Jewelry YoungJoo Yoo's work in Jewelry

Detroit Institute of Arts

Heraldry emerged during the middle ages as a way to visually represent lords and knights. Heraldry was used on shields, flags, coats of armor, and seals. In this way, individuals could be recognized by a picture.

Stop by the Art Activity Tent and imagine yourself during medieval times. What designs and symbols will you use to depict yourself?

The Art Activity Tent is located on Merrill Street. Participants must be accompanied by an adult.  The project is free.


Common Ground is a nonprofit agency dedicated to helping people move from crisis to hope.  The Birmingham Street Art Fair is an important fundraiser for the organization.  To learn more visit

The agency’s programs throughout Oakland and Genesee Counties are a lifeline for runaway and homeless youths, families in crisis, victims of crime, people with mental illness and others in critical situations.

Common Ground serves more than 50,000 individuals each year and is supported in part by state and federal grants, contracts, individual and corporate contributions, foundation grants, special events, the Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority, Genesee County Community Mental Health and United Way for Southeastern Michigan.

Most of its services are free of charge and 93 percent of the funds received go to direct service. Common Ground’s programs and services are divided into three distinct impact areas: Responding to crisis, providing safety and advocacy, and building communities of support.  Here is a sampling of these programs and services:

Resource and Crisis Helpline is available 24-hours per day, 365 days per year. Trained staff and volunteers provide over-the-phone crisis intervention counseling, information and referrals.

Victim Assistance Program provides 24-hour access to counselors and advocates for victims of crime, domestic and sexual abuse, and workplace violence.

Crisis Residential Units provide short-term voluntary psychiatric care for adults that includes medical supervision, nursing and discharge planning. These services are designed to support stabilization, reduce symptoms, restore function and prevent additional functional impairment, with the goal of transitioning to a less-restrictive level of care.

The Sanctuary, a free and safe 24-hour shelter, provides 3-week voluntary residential counseling to runaways and youths in crisis between the ages of 10-17, with the goal of reuniting youths with their families.

A Step Forward is a safe and home-like transitional living shelter for homeless youths ages 16-21, who are seeking self-sufficiency. The program provides counseling, job training, career development, educational assistance, financial subsidies and medical assistance for up to 21 months.

Survivors of Suicide Support Group is a bi-monthly free 12-week program available to all surviving family, friends and work colleagues of the person who ended their life through suicide.

Survivors of Homicide Support Group is a bi-monthly free 12-week group available to all surviving family, friends and work colleagues of the homicide victim.

Growth and Healing Support Group provides support for young women ages 14-17 who have been victims of sexual assault and/or abuse.

SaYes Theatre Troupe is a prevention-based theater program comprised of trained Peer Mentors, ages 15-25. The group presents live performances on issues facing children, teens, young adults and families. Topics include peer pressure, bullying, teasing, substance abuse, dating violence, conflict resolution, stress and others.


The Common Ground’s Mosaic Project.  Each square in the mosaic is a separate drawing.  Many of the squares were created at the Birmingham Street Art Fair.  To learn more, visit:

Common Ground’s Mosaic Project Video

Common Ground Mosaic Project 2