Award-winning cartoonist and illustrator Bill Morrison received the key to the city from Lincoln Park Mayor Tom Karnes Oct. 15 when the artist was the honoree at a reception marking the opening of a special exhibit of his works at the Lincoln Park Historical Museum.
Morrison, a native of the city who attended Lincoln Park High School, and his wife, Kayre, traveled from their home in Simi Valley, Calif., for the occasion.
The honoree drew the first Simpsons comic while working for Bongo Comics in the 1990s. He also has written and drawn his own comic book series, including the Eisner Award-nominated “Roswell, Little Green Man.”
The exhibit includes many movie posters Morrison created for Walt Disney films, including “Bambi,” “Peter Pan” and “Cinderella.”
Also on display are items from his most recent project, the publication this year of “Dead Vengeance,” a graphic novel he and his wife created.
Available at the museum are posters and T-shirts designed by the artist with sales benefiting the Museum and its Historical Society. The exhibit will close on Dec. 30.
Sweet Harvest party planned
Supporters of the Taylor Conservatory Foundation will gather at the new Bentley Banquet & Conference Center in Wyandotte Nov. 12 for the TCF’s 10th annual Sweet Harvest gala.
The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception, entertainment, gourmet food, raffles and live and silent auctions.
Teri Fritz, TCF board member and co-chair of the event with Erin Dobbins, said that just like the gardens, Sweet Harvest continues to grow.
“Sweet Harvest is our biggest fundraiser of the year,” Fritz said. “Proceeds ensure that the Taylor Conservatory & Botanical Gardens can continue to connect people with plants and move forward with thriving programs that support our mission.”
A gift card tree, sports memorabilia table and horticultural gifts also will be available. Among the auction items will be tickets to Disneyworld, the Detroit Zoo, cultural events and unique themed gift baskets.
The Taylor Rotary Club, World Heritage Foundation and ITC are the major sponsors of the event. Tickets are $65 in advance, $70 at the door and $650 for a table of 10. Call Patty Donahue at 888-383-4107 for tickets or sponsorship information or go to www.talorconservatory.org.
The Bentley is at 646 Biddle.
Coming up . . .
Nov. 12 — Family show featuring aerialists in Sephira, Aloft Circus Acts; 8 p.m. at the Heinz C. Prechter Educational and Performing Arts Center of Wayne County Community College District Downriver Campus, 21000 Northline Road; tickets, $30, are available at the box office, 754-374-3200, or online at www.wcccd.edu/about/PerformingArtsCenter.htm. For more information, call the box office.
Nov. 15-20 — “Elf: The Musical,” the story of a child, Buddy, a young orphan who accidentally climbs into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole; at the Fox Theatre; tickets, $35 to $75, are available at www.OlympiaEntertainment.com, all Ticketmaster locations and www.Ticketmaster.com; to charge by phone, call 800-745-3000.