Festival of Arts to feature artists’ best creative works

By Evelyn Cairns
A wine and hors d’oeuvres reception and awards ceremony will kick off the Fall Festival of the Arts at 6 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Trenton Village Theatre, 2447 W. Jefferson.

The festival, a joint effort of the Downriver Arts & Crafts Guild, the Acanthus Art Society and Art Ambience, will continue from noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 4 and 5 and noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 6.

The exhibit combines a juried fine-art show and a non-juried holiday boutique with original artwork and crafted items. The fine-art show includes the donated best creative works of award-winning Downriver artists, according to Maureen Cassidy Keast, public-relations chairperson.

Carol LaChiusa, an alumna of the Cleveland Institute of Art who has received national and international honors, juried the exhibit.

The boutique will offer original paintings, fused and silver jewelry, ceramics, purses, scarves, cards and wreaths.

Keast said that the boutique is a favorite of holiday shoppers because the items are popular as affordable one-of-a-kind gifts.

Karl Kamulski, honorary chair of the event, will speak at the awards ceremony, at which prizes of $300, first place; $200, second; and $100, third, will be awarded. In addition, a $100 Artists’ Choice Award will be pre-sented, as well as four honorable-mention awards of $25 each.

Kumulski, a former professor at Wayne County Community College, is a founding member of the Michigan Gallery in Detroit and the Empty Bowls program at the college.

A highlight of the evening will be the auction of a framed print, “Poppies,” by Chris Unwin, and her book, “The Artistic Touch.” The original paining was a finalist in a Detroit Institute of Arts Art and Flower Show.

L&LS achieves goal for walk
Neither rain nor cold winds deterred more than 500 supporters of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society from taking part in the society’s annual Downriver Light the Night Walk fund-raiser Oct. 14 and achieving their goal of raising $72,125.

The downtown Wyandotte area was awash with color as the walkers carried lighted balloons: red in support of the L&L Society; gold in memory of those who have died of blood cancers; and white by survi-vors and patients of the diseases.

In addition to individual walkers, 59 teams par-ticipated, with the Team Grammalva of Brownstown, led by Joe and Lia Grammalva, raising $6,257.

Second was the Grunds Group of Flat Rock, spearheaded by Rose Grudziniski, $4,047; and third, Parker’s Pails of Lincoln Park, led by Sarah Boyd, $4,039.

Employees of the Burlington Coat Factory in Taylor also took part in the drive. As of press time, they had raised $17,000 through the sale of paper balloons at the store checkout counter. The L&LS drive will continue through November.

On hand for the kick-off was Shelby Gardiner, Miss Wayne County. Carey Ann’s Clown Caravan entertained the crowd and painted faces.

Fund-raising booths at the walk included hair braiding and head shaving by Salon JoElle and the sale of red golf balls inscribed with the L&LS logo by Wesburn Golf Club and a club membership drawing.

Participants who raised $100 or more for the walk were designated as Champions for Cures, received logo T-shirts and balloons and were served food including submarine sandwiches and donated desserts from Panera Bread and Sweet Tooth Cakes.

The walk was “absolutely incredible,” said Stephanie Holland, campaign manager for the walk, one of five in southeast Michigan.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society was host for an appreciation dinner Oct. 20 at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Belle Isle for the yacht clubs that participated in the L&LS Leukemia Cup regattas this summer.

In addition to the Grosse Ile Yacht Club, which raised approximately $30,000, the clubs were the North Star Sail Club, the Port Huron Yacht Club and the Great Lakes Yacht Club.

Among those recognized for planning the races and raising funds were Downriver residents Bob and Karen Ranka, Ken and Susan Muscat, Katie and Brian Hartwell, Terry McCarthy, Courtney McCarthy and Carol and Larry Ladomer.

Fund-raising ideas for regattas to be held in 2012 were exchanged by the group.