Monday, August 1, 2011
New Birmingham Montage captures the spirit of our community
One thing that has always impressed me about the greater Birmingham-Bloomfield community in the 20-some years I have worked here is the fierce loyalty residents have toward their hometown. “Community Pride” is not a simple catchphrase here; rather it is on proud display throughout the communities.
Want proof? When Birmingham city leaders decided to adopt an official color to help brand the community, they were unable to identify an existing color good enough to represent their hometown, so they created their own, which now is known as “Birmingham Green.”
It is because of this display of civic pride that the Birmingham Chamber decided to join forces with four outstanding community resources – The Community House, Baldwin Public Library, the Birmingham Historical Society and the Principal Shopping District – to commission a piece of artwork showcasing the many special attributes of these communities. The Birmingham Montage highlights many of the longstanding businesses that serve the area, as well as highlights local landmarks and pays homage to historical figures and local celebrities.
We are proud of the Montage, and have partnered with Chamber member Art & Frame Station in Birmingham to make prints of the work available for sale along with special discounts for those who wish to have the prints matted and framed when they purchase the print. Store owner Jill Haury is a big-time supporter of the community, and is looking forward to helping residents proudly display their latest display of community pride.
Feel free to stop by the Art & Frame Station next to Peabody’s Restaurant to check out the Montage, or visit us at the Chamber offices the next time you are near Adams Square to sneak a peek. We think you will like it.
By: Joe Bauman, President, Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber