Art show winners receive awards at opening event

Photo by Evelyn Cairns

Fran Hassan (left) of Trenton, who won first place in the Downriver Fall Festival of the Arts, admires the mosaic-tile sculpture of Marilyn Bomarito, of Woodhaven, second-place winner. Bomarito said it took 11 months to construct the sculpture using a mannequin she bought at a yard sale. The festival was held Nov. 3 at the Trenton Village Theatre.

By Evelyn Cairns
Fran Hassan captured first place for her painting “Barn Scene” in the juried portion of the eighth annual Fall Festival of the Arts, a joint effort of the Downriver Arts & Crafts Guild, the Acanthus Art Society and Art Ambience, Nov. 3 at the Trenton Village Theatre.

Hassan was awarded a prize of $300 for her work during a reception that kicked of the four-day festival, which featured a juried fine art exhibit and a craft boutique.

Other fine-art winners and their prizes were Marilyn Bomarito, second, $200, for her mosaic-tile sculpture of “Venus United-One Blood, One Race,” and Katherine Wake Rowley, third, $100, for “Mums the Word.”

The coveted Artists’ Choice Award, chosen by the exhibitors’ peers, went to Barbara O’Neil for “Mini Me.”

Honorable-mention awards of $25 went to Sandra Difazio for “Hidden Lake Reflections”; Doni Mox-low-Harris, “Amaryllis Shadows II”; Kathy Ogden, “In the Garden of Good and Evil”; Amy L. Thomas, “Oscar Federov”; and Laura Mocnik, “Mother and Child.”

The works were judged by acclaimed artist Carol LaChiusa.

27th tree festival will aid hospital
The holiday season officially begins with the Fes-tival of Trees, a benefit for the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation. This year, the 27th annual event will be held once again at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center Nov. 20 through 27, with a gala preview party on Nov. 19.

Galagoers will gather from 6:30 to 11 p.m. for a strolling dinner and desserts, live entertainment and the opportunity to shop for unique gifts, gingerbread houses, wreaths, centerpieces and spectacularly decorated trees. A cash bar will be available, and black tie is optional.

Tickets ($75, adults; $25, children) and more information are available by going to or calling 248-336-2331.

Tickets also are available for a brunch with Santa to include a gift bag and admission to the festival on Nov. 26. The cost is $25, adults; $20, children; and $75, family of two adults and two children.

Festival doors will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 20; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 21; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 22; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 23 (closed Thanksgiving); 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 25 and 26; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 27.

Admission will cost $5, adults, and $3, children (under 2, free). The Performing Arts Center is at 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn.

Silent movie to be shown
A screening of a silent movie first shown in Berlin in 1927 by Austrian film maker and screenwriter Friederich Christian Anton Lang is planned for 7:30 Nov. 19 at the Heinz Prechter Educational & Performing Arts Center at Wayne County Community College in Taylor by the Southern Great Lakes Sym-phony.

Members of the symphony will provide live accompaniment for the film under the baton of Nick Hersh of Indiana University, who created a reduction of the original score for chamber orchestra.

The film is considered a silent-era masterpiece, according to a spokesman for the symphony, and regarded as the precursor to such later movies as “The Bride of “Frankenstein.”

Tickets and more information are available by calling 734-246-2890 or going to

Coming up . . .
Nov. 18 — Third Friday celebration and tree-lighting ceremony in Downtown Wyandotte; 5 to 10 p.m.; many shops will remain open later than usual and offer discounts; musical entertainment; free trolley, horse and carriage rides; hot chocolate and cookies will be served by the Downriver Council for the Arts at the Wyandotte Arts Center, 81 Chestnut.

Nov. 19 — World premiere screening of “Tank II” (rated R), written and produced by Wyandotte’s Scott Galeski and directed by Brian Dodson; 5:30 p.m. at the Wyandotte Arts Center, 81 Chestnut; a special guest will be filmmaker Mike Eshaq with his Down-river premiere of the “Ed & Moe Show”; tickets, $10, are available by emailing

Nov. 19, 20 — Film showing, “Our Polish Story: Fam-ily, Faith and Fortitude”; 1 p.m. at the Detroit Historical Museum, 5401 Woodward; the Nov. 19 screening is free with paid admission to the museum ($6, seniors; $4, college students and youths); the Nov. 20 screening is free as part of the museum’s Third Sundays promotion, for more information, call 313-833-1805 or go to