Thomas Tunney Named 2017 MI Great Artist Winner

Commerce Township artist Thomas Tunney was named 2017’s winner of the MI Great Artist competition October 25th at the Park West Gallery in Southfield.

The gallery’s mood was festive as art enthusiasts from throughout Oakland County gathered to celebrate Tunney and his fellow finalists. Event focal points included a shared exhibition of artistic works by the finalists, and a solo exhibition for the 2015 MI Great Artist Ken Hershenson.

The finalists were chosen from a field of 232 artists from Oakland, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, St. Clair, Shiawassee and Wayne counties who entered the online competition in July in hopes their entries would catch the discerning eye of the public. After 34,000 online votes were cast during two weeks the field was whittled down in August to 20 artists. A panel of art experts selected the five finalists and ultimately chose the winner.

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Young Leaders Sought for Elite 40’s Class of 2018

“Are you a dynamic leader?”

That is the question at the center of Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson‘s Elite 40 Under 40 initiative. Now in its seventh year, the program celebrates Oakland County’s “Best and Brightest” young adults between ages 18 and 39. If you know a young person who adds value to the community through their compassion, intellect, or entrepreneurial spirit, don’t keep it a secret!

Nominations can be made at www.Elite40.com between now and noon on October 30th. Candidates may enter themselves until noon on November 3rd. To be eligible, a candidate must live or work in Oakland County and have been born after December 31, 1978.

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Celebrate America’s First Principles During Patriot Week

Patriot Day Logo with 5-Point Star and American Flag

Honor and celebrate America’s founding principles during Patriot Week. Started by Circuit Court Judge Michael Warren and his daughter in 2009, Patriot Week is a time to reflect upon the ideals, documents, and historical figures who represent the best of the United States. Patriot Week is bookended by two key dates. The week begins on September 11th, honoring the nearly 3,000 Americans who lost their lives in 2001, and ends on September 17th: Constitution Day.

Special events, ranging from solemn remembrances and intellectual discussions, to joyous festivities, will take place throughout the week. Patriot Week events culminate on September 16th with the 8th Annual Patriot Festival held at Bower’s Farm in Bloomfield Hills.  The free Festival will feature wagon rides, animals, and music. Food will also be available for purchase. Continue reading

Make Your Voice Heard! Vote Daily for MI Great Artist 2017

Support local artists, and cast your vote for the next MI Great Artist! With over 230 entries from across southeast Michigan, we need your help! Visit http://www.MIGreatArtist.com to peruse the hundreds of artworks and vote for your favorites. With art ranging from surrealist paintings, life-like graphite drawings, intricate sculptures, jewelry, photography, and more, you are sure to find a few pieces that speak to you!

Vote for your favorite artists every 24-hours from now until noon on August 28th. The 20 entries receiving the most votes will move on to become semi-finalists. A select panel of five jurors will then determine the five finalists, including the overall winner, who will share in a prize package worth more than $16,000. Continue reading

Oakland is Open for Business – Join us August 9th!

Oakland County business owners, entrepreneurs, suppliers, contractors, and vendors, you’re invited to ‘Oakland is Open for Business,’ a FREE event that will help you explore the services the county offers to help your business grow and thrive. Did you know Oakland County spends $100 million annually on goods and services? Here’s your chance to learn how to bid on new business opportunities with the county, increase visibility for your business, and get an overview of the free business services and resources that we offer.

Join us at the Executive Office Building Conference Center in Waterford on Wednesday, August 9th from 2 – 4 pm and let Oakland County help you set your business up for continued success.  Continue reading