The South Oakland Art Association was one of many exhibitors at the opening Royal Oak Artists Market last March, with several members showing work at the Royal Oak Farmers Market occasion.
But that exhibit was just a piece of the quality and affordable artwork you will find at the SOAA annual show May 1-7 at the Charter One/American Center in Southfield.
A Royal Oak resident, Byrne said, association in the SOAA has doubled over the last four years to 80 local area artists.
“I think that's because we were doing more things. At least once a month we have a paint together,” he said. “We have really brought on some exciting speakers for our meetings on the first Monday of every month. We have had nationally known artists come in.”
A painter who enjoys marine art, mostly seascapes, Byrne will show an inspiring acrylic painting of the Courtney Burton, a steamship built in 1953 for the National Steel Corporation of Cleveland, and acquired in 1978 by the Oglebay Norton Company to swap the lost Edmund Fitzgerald.
“Out of the Mist” shows the bow of the steamer charging into view.
Aside from an oil painting in development of horses on a farm in Tennessee, Auerbach has numerous paintings under wraps in the art room, and her home is tastefully decorated with her watercolors, oil paintings, stained glass and china painted plates, tiles, bells, vases, boxes, even kitchenware.