Fall Festival of Arts slated at DeSana Center

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Photo courtesy of Maureen Cassidy Keast
“Autumn Blast,” by Maureen Cassidy Keast is one of the paintings entered in the Fall Festival of the Arts Fine Art Show, Sale and Holiday Boutique. The annual event will open Nov. 1 with a reception at the James R. DeSana Center for Arts & Culture in Wyandotte.

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By Evelyn Cairns
Visitors to the ninth annual Fall Festival of the Arts Fine Art Show, Sale and Holiday Boutique will have an opportunity to start their Christmas shopping early when the three-week event opens Nov. 1 at the James R. DeSana Center for Arts & Culture in Wyandotte.

A joint endeavor of the Downriver Society for Arts and Crafts, the Acanthus Society and Art Ambience, the event will kick off with a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception from 6 to 9 p.m.

The evening will include demonstrations by artists, musical entertainment by Tammy Trudell and Natalie Rankin, a basket raffle and the auction of a Hiener Hertling painting.

A highlight of the program will be an awards ceremony at which a prize of $300 will be presented for first place in the art show, and $100 for the Artists’ Choice category winner. Joe Ogden will emcee.

Tony Arminiak, president of Wayne County Community College Downriver, is honorary chairman of the festival.

Demonstrating their crafts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 2 will be Nancy Knapp, pastels; MaryLou Riechard, origami paper folding; Colleen Wilson, clay and silver jewelry; Nancy Wesser, watercolors; and Maureen Cassidy Keast, children’s make-and-take items.

Woodcarver David Matt will demonstrate his craft from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 3, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 16.

Additional receptions are planned for Nov. 15, when wine and cheese will be served during art demonstrations, and Nov. 16, when light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be offered during the Downriver Council for the Arts’ annual luncheon and a talk on movie palaces by Michael Hauser.

For additional information, call Keast at 734-777-6109 or the DCA at 734-720-0671. The DeSana Center is at 81 Chestnut.

Society slates fashion show
Downriver fashionistas will see what’s new for fall and winter Nov. 9 when the Overture Society of the Southern Great Lakes Symphony presents its annual luncheon fashion show at the Grecian Center in Southgate.

The event will begin with a cash bar and social hour at 11 a.m.

Modeling the latest styles from Trisha Boutique of Brownstown will be Marilyn Belamaric, Diane Hepner, Nina Szuch, Florence Morrow, Jennifer Conti, Barbara Klemens, Chris Dowhan-Bailey, Pat Montgomery and Cinda Rogers.

Also modeling will be Bernice Rynearson, Shelly Schutt, Jody Sharp, Doreen Markwardt, Leslie Zancanaro, Kathy Griffiths, Linda Freitag, Kris Roberts, Drea Caldwell and Carol Scott.

Fashions from Bohemian chic to casually elegant in shades of blue, plum and turquoise will be featured, according to boutique owner Trisha Flavin, along with accessories including hats, purses, scarves and jewelry.

Chairman Judy Gullen has chosen a menu that includes Chicken Florentine, salad, glazed carrots and redskin potatoes. Dessert will be an ice-cream-topped brownie.

Tickets, $35, are available by calling Gullen at 734-285-4626 or Faye Nelson at 734-382-0408, or visiting Trisha Boutique at 19115 West Road.

The Grecian Center is located at 16300 Dix Toledo.

Coming up . . .
Nov. 2 — Country Hoedown and Chocolate Jubilee, a benefit for the Alzheimer’s Association; at the MGM Grand; dinner at 7:30, chocolate bonanza at 9 p.m.; live country music (country cocktail attire suggested); for ticket prices or additional information, call 248-351-0280.

Nov. 5-10 — Musical, “Mamma Mia!” smash hit celebrating more than 4,000 performances in its 12th year on Broadway; at the Fisher Theatre; for tickets, $30 to $76, including parking, go to www.ticketmaster.com. or www.broadwayindetroit.com or call 800-982-2787.

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Photo courtesy of Tom Morris
“Queen Anne’s Lace,” by Sally Morris is one of the paintings entered in the Fall Festival of the Arts Fine Art Show, Sale and Holiday Boutique. The annual event will open Nov. 1 with a reception at the James R. DeSana Center for Arts & Culture in Wyandotte.

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