Riverview designer chosen to take part in DIA contest

Photo Courtesy of C. Creations Custom Sewing & Design
Cheryl Zemke (third from left) of Riverview, owner of C. Creations Custom Sewing & Design, is pictured with three models wearing her designs at a fashion show during the International Women’s Expo last year. Zemke is one of 10 designers chosen to participate in a design challenge inspired by the Detroit Institute of Arts exhibition “Beyond the Armor.” Her next shows will be May 1 and 4 at the International Women’s Expo in Novi.

Cheryl Zemke of Riverview, owner of C. Creations Custom Sewing & Design, is one of 10 fashion designers chosen by the Detroit Institute of Arts to participate in a design contest in conjunction with the museum’s exhibition “Beyond the Armor.”

The artists are creating complete outfits inspired by items in the exhibition and are posting blogs and videos about their designs at http://blog.dia.org.

Zemke, an award-winning fashion designer, is well known in the ownriver area. Most recently, she created designs with a recycled twist for the Downriver Council for the Arts Recycled Runway Project Fashion Show in Southgate

Her next fashion show is scheduled for May at the Novi/International Women’s Expo.

Also taking part in the DIA contest are design artists Narjes Almajidi, a Wayne State University student; Jabba Coumoundouros of Lilacpop Studio; Loren D. Jordan of LOJO; and Sarah Lapinski of Wound Menswear Studios.

More are Bonnie Pearce, a student at the College for Creative Studies; Kelly Sager of Kelly Lynne; Bridget Sullivan of Bridget Sullivan Designs; Lena Harbali, an Eastern Michigan University student; and Deanna Zapico of Deanna Zapico.

The public will choose the winner of the competition by voting online at www.detroitgarmentgrop.org. The winner will be announced during a fashion show at noon May 18 at the DIA. Plans are being made to display the designs at three metropolitan Detroit locations.

“Beyond the Armor” is the third “DIA Inspired” program that asks individuals to use the museum as a source of inspiration for works of art.

DCA slates, ‘Monologues’
“The Regina Monologues,” a play about six women who were married to the same man in the past, will be presented by the Downriver Council for the Arts at 8 p.m. April 12 at the James R. DeSana Center for Arts & Culture, 81 Chestnut, Wyandotte.

The cast members, who will share their characters’ experiences from a room in which they all had once lived, include Michelle Kelley of Allen Park and Tammy Trudelle, Julie Abshire, Elizabeth Stone Hall, Judy Cisco and Jazmyn Bencik, all of Wyandotte.

Tickets, $15, including an afterglow, are available by calling the DCA at 734-720-0671 and will be sold at the door. The play contains adult language and is not suitable for children.

Designers and fashions created for the DCA’s recent Recycled Runway Project Fashion Show will be on display.

Seafood buffet Set at college
A New Orleans seafood buffet, complete with such favorites as gumbo, cornbread muffins and bread pudding with whiskey sauce, is scheduled for April 9 at the Henry Ford Community College Fifty-One O One restaurant on the Greenfield Road Campus in Dearborn.

A brunch buffet will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., when a made-to-order omelet station will be available. A dinner buffet, with beer and wine offered for purchase after 5 p.m., is slated for 6 to 7:45 p.m.

Among other items on the menu will be peel-and-eat shrimp, Cajun Pork Loin, Chicken Oscar, red velvet cake and peanut butter pie.

The cost is $16 per person. For reservations, call 313-206-5101.

The restaurant is operated by Henry Ford Community College culinary arts students.

Save the date . . .
April 22-May 4 — Musical, “Sister Art,” which received five Tony Award nominations; at the Fisher Theatre; the play is about a woman who witnesses a murder and is put in protective custody in a convent disguised as a nun; tickets, including parking, start at $40; they are available at all TicketMaster locations, at www.tickemaster.com or www.broadwayindetroit.com; for tickets for an open-captioned performance, call 313-872-1000, Ext. 0.

April 25 — Detroit Red Wings Hockeytown BrewHaHa craft beer happy hour, five-course dinner and beer pairings; 5:30 to 9:30 at Joe Louis Arena; tickets, $64.50, are available at all TicketMaster outlets (800-745-3000) or online at www.DetroitRedWings.com/BrewHaHa; in the event a Red Wings home playoff game falls on April 25, the rescheduled date would be April 26.