DYPAC calls for artists to vie in mannequin contest

Photo by Evelyn Cairns
Shelly Schutt (left) and Therese Maggioncalda prepare to assemble mannequins for a mannequin-art contest currently under way in conjunction with a Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center benefit. Schutt is chairman of the fundraiser, a luncheon fashion show to be held April 27 at the Grecian Center, and Maggioncalda is ticket and publicity chairman.

By Evelyn Cairns
The Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center has issued a call for artists to take part in its Mannequin Arts Competition, being conducted in conjunction with the center’s April 27 “First Impressions” fundraiser.

The benefit, a luncheon fashion show, will take place at the Grecian Center in Southgate.

According to Shelly Schutt, chairman, the contest registration fee of $35 includes a life-size mannequin of hard plastic to be decorated as the participant chooses. The deadline for registration is March 25.

The entries, which must be completed by April 19, will be judged on creativity, use of materials, media, degree of difficulty and interpretation of theme by a panel of artist jurors and community representatives.

Prizes of $300, first place; $200, second; and $100, third, will be awarded, with additional awards to be presented for the most unusual use of media and the people’s choice.

Winners will be named at the luncheon, at which the mannequins will be displayed. Afterward, the mannequins will be on exhibit at the Downriver Council for the Arts gallery and other Downriver locations.

For contest rules and additional information, call Schutt at 734-552-0052 or go to www.dypac.com.
Luncheon tickets are available at Trisha Boutique, Timber’s Salon ad the offices of Drs. Jackson, Snider & Parker Family Dentistry; by calling 734-771-7945; or by going to the above website.

Art Ambience seeks entries
Art Ambience is accepting entries for its juried Fine Art Exhibition & Fine Art Miniature Show, scheduled for May 3, 4 and 5 at the Woodhaven Community Center.

The deadline for submissions is April 15. Downriver residents over 18 are eligible to participate. Entry details are available at
www.facebook.com/downriverartscraftsguild and www.downriverarts.org.

The fine art exhibition offers prizes of $300, first place; $200, second; and $100 each, third and artists’ choice. Honorable-mention awards also will be presented.

A reception with hors d’oeuvres and entertainment is planned for opening night. For additional information, call Judy Nelms at 734-634-4800 or Maureen Keast, 734-777-6109.

Center sets trivia event
A trivia contest on March 21 at the Westfield Center, 2700 Westfield, Trenton, will benefit the Taylor-based In-formation Center.

Light fare and soft drinks will be served at 6 p.m., and the trivia challenge will start at 7 p.m. Teams of up to eight will compete for prizes. The cost is $20. For more information, call 734-282-7171.

Save the date . . .
April 5 — Overture Society of the Southern Great Lakes Symphony’s “Welcome Spring” fundraiser for the symphony; at the Grecian Center, 16300 Dix-Toledo, Southgate; dessert at 7 p.m., and music by banjoist Bill Jackson & Friends from 8 to 9 p.m.; for tickets, $20, call Gloria King at 313-386-9305 or 313-690-3644 before March 29.

April 9-21 — “Memphis,” four-time Tony Award-winning musical; at the Fisher Theatre; tickets, $35 to $89 (with parking included) are available online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.broadwayindetroit.com; for additional information, go to www.memphisthemusical.com or www.broadwayindetroit.

April 10 — Illustrated talk in the Downriver Council for the Arts Lecture Series by professor Michael Farrell; “Great American Collectors: The Vanderbilts”; 7 p.m. at the James R. DeSana Center for Arts & Culture; for tickets or reservations, call 734-720-0671.

April 12 — Twenty-fifth annual Henry Ford Estate black-tie benefit dinner dance; at the Dearborn Inn; cocktails at 7 p.m., dinner at 8 p.m., afterglow in the lounge with dancing, dessert and late-evening snacks; tickets, $250, are available by calling 313-884-4222.