Arts, crafts event at college willfeature demonstrations

By Evelyn Cairns
A one-day Downriver Arts & Crafts Guild holiday sale featuring demonstrations ranging from painting to sculpture will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 1 in the Heinz C. Prechter Community Arts & Learning Center of Wayne County Community College Distict-Downriver.

All of the items for sale will be original and affordable, guild spokeswoman Maureen Cassidy Keast said.

More than 40 artists will participate in the demonstrations, Keast said, adding that some are donating works as door prizes.

The artists and their donations include a ceramic Santa by Margaret Arnott; an origami star by MaryLou Reichard; Christmas ornaments by Judy Nelms; and an animal quilt and toys created by Teddy Malhowski.

Also donating works are David Grose, a painting; Elroy Grandy and Keast, ceramic pieces, David Matt, a woodcarving; Karen Yops, a photograph; Rita Gazdag, glass art; and Gail Borgman McGuire, note cards.

Demonstrations will be conducted throughout the day by Gloria Dunn, polymer clay; Marilyn Bomarito, sculpture; Nancy Knapp, pastels; and Nan Wesser, Joyce Kardel and Evelyn Kachadoorian, watercolors.

Other demonstrators will be Ken Barbb and Grose, painting; Borgman McGuire, book arts and drawing; Reichard, origami; Gazdag, woodburning; and Matt, woodcarving

In addition, Adrianne Stepaniak will conduct a children’s make-and-take workshop.

There is no charge for admission. WCCCD-Downriver is at 21000 Northline Road in Taylor.

Nutcracker set with principals
Ashley Bouder and Matthew Dibble, principal dancers with the New York City Ballet, will star as the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Prince, respectively, in the Ballet Americana production of “The Nutcracker” Friday and Saturday at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center in Dearborn.

Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday and 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday in the center’s Michael A. Guido Theater.

Accompanying the dancers with the music of composer Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky will be the Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra, composed of approximately 60 musicians.

Ballet Americana, based in Taylor, is directed by Joy Squire. Patricia Squire Lorenz and Leif Lorenz are artistic directors.

“The Nutcracker” is a fantasy about a young girl named Clara who receives a nutcracker as a gift at a family gathering, falls asleep and dreams of a winter wonderland with amazing characters. MacKenzie Phillips will appear in the role of Clara.

Tickets, $12 to $26, are available by calling 313-576-5111.

DSO benefit is scheduled
Dueling pianos, a mini shopping gallery and an array of exceptional raffle prizes will be among the attractions at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Volunteer Council’s 30th annual benefit Nutcracker Luncheon Extravaganza Dec. 4 at The Henry hotel in the Fairlane Town Center in Dearborn.

Upon arriving at 11 a.m., guests will be greeted by Ballet Americana dancers and receive signature martinis before a luncheon of butternut squash soup, brick-roasted chicken and French toast brule with berries and whipped cream.

Raffle prizes are being donated by Saks Fifth Avenue, Park West Galleries and The Henry, among others.

Tickets, $75, and additional information are available by calling the DSO Volunteer Council office at 313-576-5154 or going to

Opening event is scheduled
The Downriver Council for the Arts has scheduled a reception for 6 p.m. Thursday to mark the opening of a juried mixed-media fine art exhibit and the DCA’s annual holiday boutique at the James R. DeSana Center for Arts & Culture, 81 Chestnut, Wyandotte.

The exhibit, titled “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” features works inspired by winter and relevant activities. It was judged by photographer Marianne Letasi.

The boutique will feature one-of-a-kind gift items created by local artists and crafters.

Refreshments will be served. There is no admission charge. Those who donate a wrapped new toy for Toys for Tots will be entered into a drawing for a prize. The exhibit and boutique will remain open through Dec. 21.