By EVELYN CAIRNS
A reception marking the debut of an exhibit by two artists who met on Facebook and became fast friends will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Downriver Council for the Arts headquarters in the James R. DeSana Center for Arts & Culture in Wyandotte.
The artists, who call themselves “Mystic Sisters,” also the title of the exhibit, are Sanda Cook of Wyandotte and Rose Lewandowski of Jerome, who grew up in Wyandotte.
Cook, a painter, photographer and poet, will show her paintings and photography, and Lewandowski will exhibit her pottery, for which she is well known, along with paintings and photography.
Tammy Trudell, DCA executive director, said the artists are planning a magical opening night full of fun and mystery.
“There will be music, tarot card readings and other activities,” she said, adding that refreshments will be served at the cost-free event.
Cook, who was born in Romania, presented her first art show at the age of 13 and was a frequent prize winner at exhibits in that country. She later lived in Japan and Canada, where she continued her studies. Many of her works are in private collections in Romania, Japan, Canada, France, Italy, Sweden and England.
Lewandowski, whose pottery is available for sale at the DCA’s gift boutique, said painting with acrylics has given her a new outlet for creativity. She recently began pursuing photography as a new outlet for her creativity.
The “Mystic Sisters” exhibit will continue through March 14.
Ice festival is planned
Fire tricks and entertainment by Rufus the Dufus, an ice tower with a burning fire, and the display of more than 25 ice sculptures will be among the attractions at the annual Wyandotte Business Association’s Third Friday observance from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday.
Most of the activities at the cost-free event will take place at First Street and Elm, the location of the former Wyandotte Theatre.
Hot beverages, beer and food, plus an ice bar, will be available in warming tents, and horse-and-carriage and trolley rides will be offered without charge.
Many Wyandotte business establishments will extend their normal hours during the event. For additional information, go to the WBA website, www.wyandottebiz.org.
Tony Award play slated
Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess,” winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival, will be staged at the Detroit Opera House March 4 through 9.
The play will feature many of the Broadway cast members and a 23-piece orchestra performing such legendary songs as “Summertime” and “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” Tickets, $29 to $87 are available at all TicketMaster location, by phone at 800-982-2787 and online at www.tickemaster.com or www.broadwayindetroit.com, which also has additional information.
Save the date . . .
Feb. 23 — Bowling fundraiser for the Lincoln Park Farmers Market, sponsored by the Friends of Lincoln Park Farmers Market; 2 to 5 p.m. at Belmar Lanes, 4035 Fort St.; admission ($20, adults; $15, those under 18) includes three games, shoes, pizza and pop; for more information, call 313-427-0443 or e-mail [email protected] Markets will be held from May to October, with a holiday market in late November.
Feb. 28 — Program on the Downriver Council for the Arts’ current Native American Poster Exhibit by Kay McGowan, professor of anthropology at Eastern Michigan University, and Fay Givens, director of Indian services in Lincoln Park; 6 p.m. at the James R. DeSana Center for Arts & Culture, 81 Chestnut, Wyandotte; no charge for admission.
March 7, 8, 14, 15 — Romantic comedy, “Same Time Next Year”; to be staged by the Wyandotte Community Theatre; 7:30 p.m. at the James R. DeSana Center for Arts & Culture, 81 Chestnut, Wyandotte; for tickets ($12, adults; $11, students and senior citizens), call 734-775-9635; for more information, go to www.wyandottecommunitytheatre.com.