Fall festival showcases talents of Downriver artists

By Evelyn Cairns
The creative talents of Downriver artists were showcased Nov. 1 at a wine and hors d’oeuvre reception and awards program marking the 10th anniversary of the Fall Festival of the Arts, a collaborative effort of the Downriver Arts & Crafts Guild, the Acanthus Art Society and Art Ambience.

The festival, at the James R. DeSana Center for Arts & Culture, features more than 400 fine-art pieces and handmade boutique items ranging from ceramics to floral centerpieces and jewelry.

Awards were presented to Mark Kalis, first place and $300 for a pastel, “Joshua”; Laura Mocnik, second and $200 for a pastel, “Picture Achievement”; and Kelton Kaye, third and $100 for “Come Together,” a watercolor.

In addition, Deborah Norton received $100 for her mixed-media painting “Apples” as the Artists’ Choice winner.

Anthony Arminiak, president of Wayne County Community College District Downriver Campus, was the honorary chairman of the festival, and Joe Ogden, master of ceremonies.

Highlights of the evening included musical entertainment by Tammy Trudelle, Natalie Rankine and Jazmyn Bencik and a raffle for a painting by Hiener Hertling, host of the award-winning television show “Your Brush with Nature.”

Additional receptions and demonstrations by members of the three art organization are scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The festival will continue through Nov. 22 at the DeSana Center, 81 Chestnut, Wyandotte.

Show, boutique entries wanted
Entries are being sought by the Downriver Council for the Arts for its annual Holiday Boutique and Winter Wonderland Fine Art Show.

The deadline for submission of items for the boutique, which will feature original handmade items of all kinds, with the exception of paintings (which can be entered in the fine art exhibit), is Nov. 23, while the deadline for the art exhibit is Dec. 3.

An opening reception for both is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 5. The boutique will close on Dec. 21, and the art exhibit Jan. 3. The DeSana Center is located at 81 Chestnut, Wyandotte.

Poster contest entries sought
The North American International Auto Show is seeking entries in its annual poster contest for students in grades 10 through 12.

Held in conjunction with the January auto show, the competition offers prizes ranging from $100 to $1,000 in 16 categories. The deadline for entries is Nov. 22. For official rules, go towww.naias.com/2014-show/contests/poster-contest.aspx, call Sandy Herp at 248-283-5138, or e-mail sherp@dada.org.

Coming up . . .
Nov. 13 — Lecture by Michael Farrell, professor of art history, about the collections of John Pierpont Morgan; 7 p.m. at the James R. DeSana Center for Arts & Culture, 81 Chestnut, Wyandotte; sponsored by the Downriver Council for the Arts; for reservations, $15 ($10, DCA members; $5, full-time students), call 734-720-0671 or e-mail dc4arts@downriverarts.org.

Nov. 13 — Holiday buffet at the student-run Fifty-One O One restaurant of Henry Ford Community College; turkey with all the trimmings; brunch at 10:30 a.m., or dinner at 6 p.m. (beer and wine will be available after 5 p.m.); for reservations, $16, call 313-206-5101.

Nov. 16 — Downriver Council for the Arts holiday luncheon, followed by an illustrated talk by Michael Hauser on historic Downtown Detroit Movie Palaces; noon at the James R. DeSana Center for Arts & Culture, 81 Chestnut, Wyandotte; for reservations, $25, or more information, call 734-720-0671 or go to www.downriverarts.org.

Nov. 18 — Lecture, “An Evening with Dan Rather and Guests”; 7 p.m. in the Henry Ford Museum; panel discussion by Rather, author James Swanson and Douglas Brinkly about the Kennedy assassination; for tickets, $50 (including one drink) or $100 for VIP seating and prereception with the speakers, call 313-982-6001.

Nov. 19 — “ An Evening with Former Secret Service Agent Clint Hill and Lisa McCubbin; 7 p.m. at the Henry Ford Museum; Hill will give a firsthand account of the day President Kennedy was shot; tickets, $50, including one drink; $100, VIP seating and prereception with the speakers; for tickets, call 313-982-6001.