Fran Hassan (left) of Trenton, who won first place in the Downriver Fall Festival of the Arts, admires the mosaic-tile sculpture of Marilyn Bomarito, of Woodhaven, second-place winner. Bomarito said it took 11 months to construct the sculpture using a mannequin she bought at a yard sale. The festival was held Nov. 3 at the Trenton Village Theatre.
By Evelyn Cairns
Fran Hassan captured first place for her painting “Barn Scene” in the juried portion of the eighth annual Fall Festival of the Arts, a joint effort of the Downriver Arts & Crafts Guild, the Acanthus Art Society and Art Ambience, Nov. 3 at the Trenton Village Theatre.
Hassan was awarded a prize of $300 for her work during a reception that kicked of the four-day festival, which featured a juried fine art exhibit and a craft boutique.
Other fine-art winners and their prizes were Marilyn Bomarito, second, $200, for her mosaic-tile sculpture of “Venus United-One Blood, One Race,” and Katherine Wake Rowley, third, $100, for “Mums the Word.”
The coveted Artists’ Choice Award, chosen by the exhibitors’ peers, went to Barbara O’Neil for “Mini Me.”
Honorable-mention awards of $25 went to Sandra Difazio for “Hidden Lake Reflections”; Doni Mox-low-Harris, “Amaryllis Shadows II”; Kathy Ogden, “In the Garden of Good and Evil”; Amy L. Thomas, “Oscar Federov”; and Laura Mocnik, “Mother and Child.”
The works were judged by acclaimed artist Carol LaChiusa.
27th tree festival will aid hospital
The holiday season officially begins with the Fes-tival of Trees, a benefit for the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation. This year, the 27th annual event will be held once again at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center Nov. 20 through 27, with a gala preview party on Nov. 19.
Galagoers will gather from 6:30 to 11 p.m. for a strolling dinner and desserts, live entertainment and the opportunity to shop for unique gifts, gingerbread houses, wreaths, centerpieces and spectacularly decorated trees. A cash bar will be available, and black tie is optional.
Tickets ($75, adults; $25, children) and more information are available by going to www.fot.org or calling 248-336-2331.
Tickets also are available for a brunch with Santa to include a gift bag and admission to the festival on Nov. 26. The cost is $25, adults; $20, children; and $75, family of two adults and two children.
Festival doors will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 20; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 21; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 22; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 23 (closed Thanksgiving); 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 25 and 26; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 27.
Admission will cost $5, adults, and $3, children (under 2, free). The Performing Arts Center is at 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn.
Silent movie to be shown
A screening of a silent movie first shown in Berlin in 1927 by Austrian film maker and screenwriter Friederich Christian Anton Lang is planned for 7:30 Nov. 19 at the Heinz Prechter Educational & Performing Arts Center at Wayne County Community College in Taylor by the Southern Great Lakes Sym-phony.
Members of the symphony will provide live accompaniment for the film under the baton of Nick Hersh of Indiana University, who created a reduction of the original score for chamber orchestra.
The film is considered a silent-era masterpiece, according to a spokesman for the symphony, and regarded as the precursor to such later movies as “The Bride of “Frankenstein.”
Tickets and more information are available by calling 734-246-2890 or going to www.sgls.org.
Coming up . . .
Nov. 18 — Third Friday celebration and tree-lighting ceremony in Downtown Wyandotte; 5 to 10 p.m.; many shops will remain open later than usual and offer discounts; musical entertainment; free trolley, horse and carriage rides; hot chocolate and cookies will be served by the Downriver Council for the Arts at the Wyandotte Arts Center, 81 Chestnut.
Nov. 19 — World premiere screening of “Tank II” (rated R), written and produced by Wyandotte’s Scott Galeski and directed by Brian Dodson; 5:30 p.m. at the Wyandotte Arts Center, 81 Chestnut; a special guest will be filmmaker Mike Eshaq with his Down-river premiere of the “Ed & Moe Show”; tickets, $10, are available by emailing [email protected]
Nov. 19, 20 — Film showing, “Our Polish Story: Fam-ily, Faith and Fortitude”; 1 p.m. at the Detroit Historical Museum, 5401 Woodward; the Nov. 19 screening is free with paid admission to the museum ($6, seniors; $4, college students and youths); the Nov. 20 screening is free as part of the museum’s Third Sundays promotion, for more information, call 313-833-1805 or go to www.detroithistorical.org.