Photo by Evelyn Cairns
Winners of the Downriver Council for the Arts “Recycled Runway Project” fashion show, Koreen Dachowski (left) of Wind Lake, Wis., and Emily Hein of Southgate, wear their winning entries. Dachowksi won for the Most Creative Design, and Hein in the Green Friendly and People’s Choice categories. The contest was held at a luncheon fashion Show April 5 at the Grecian Center in Southgate.
By EVELYN CAIRNS
A unique design by Emily Hein of Southgate captured the top prize of $100 in the Green Friendly category and $50 as the People’s Choice in the Downriver Council for the Arts “Recycled Runway Project” fashion competition April 5 at the Grecian Center in Southgate.
The benefit show, part of the worldwide celebration of Earth Day, included a luncheon, raffle and entertainment by members of the Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center.
Hein created her entry from plastic garbage bags, spun yarn, leather, string and clothespins.
Koreen Dachowski of Wind Lake, Wis., won $75 for the Best Creative Design, utilizing discontinued wallpaper samples, grocery bags, sweatshirts and fabric scraps.
Other contestants included Pamela Frucci of Grosse Ile Township, Jaynmarie C. Hubanks of New Baltimore, Michael Kawa of Pontiac, and Tamra Reddie of West Allias, Wis.
In addition, George Melichar, a nationally known marathon runner, traveled from New Orleans to take part in the competition.
Award-winning fashion designer Cheryl Zemke of Riverview, showed creations from her current C3 collection with a recycling twist. They included a dress made from atlas maps, accessorized with a necklace of mini CDs, and a frock with a flirty hemline of note pads.
Table centerpieces for the luncheon were made by Downriver high school students.
The “Mother Nature” creation of Jordyn Hutcherson, a senior at Riverview Community High School, composed of a plastic bottle, yarn, wire and dried leaves, was named the People’s Choice.
Jazmyn Bencik was the master of ceremonies for the event. Committee members were Bencik, Zemke, Cheryl Alt, Erin Suess, Krista Ewbank, Lynn Campbell and DCA Executive Director Tammy Trudelle.
Proceeds from the show will help fund the DCA summer camp program for children.
Trudelle said she enjoyed the creative blend of living art and fashion, adding that another Earth Day show is planned for next year.
Architecture talk is slated
Michael Farrell, former adjunct curator at the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Detroit Historical Museum, will present an illustrated lecture about the Rockefeller Center at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the James R. DeSana Center for Arts & Culture, 81 Chestnut in Wyandotte.
Farrell will discuss the ornamentation and structure of the buildings that comprise the complex. He said the buildings may well be the greatest example of art deco, although the style had its birth in France.
Tickets for the talk are $15 ($10, Downriver Council for the Arts members; $5, students). For reservations, call 734-720-0671 or e-mail [email protected].
Farrell’s final lecture in a series on architecture is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 14 about Washington’s National Cathedral.
Center sets programs
Support programs for family caregivers will take place this month, without charge, through the auspices of the Information Center of Taylor as follows:
April 16 — 1:30 p.m. in the library of the American House, Southland, 25250 Eureka, Taylor.
April 17 — 10 a.m. at the Dearborn Senior Center in the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave.
April 17 — 6 p.m. at the Henry Ford Self-Health Center, 23400 Allen Road, Woodhaven.
April 24 — 6 p.m. at the American House, 20300 Fort St., Riverview.
For additional information, call Laura Rossow at 734-287-7858.
Coming up . . .
April 25, 26, 27 — Annual Fine Art Exhibition & Juried Fine Art Miniature Show of Art Ambience; opening reception at 6 p.m. April 25 at the Woodhaven Community Center, 23101 Hall Road; no admission charge.
April 26 — Dearborn Community Arts Council’s annual First Lady’s Tea, honoring Christina O’Reilly; at the Dearborn Golf Course Clubhouse: high tea will offer assorted teas, Mimosas, soup, salad, scones, tea sandwiches and desserts; reservations, $35, are being accepted by Ralph Valdez at 313-943-3095 or [email protected].