A reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 5 with wine, hors d’oeuvres and entertainment will kick off the 15th Fall Festival of the Arts at the James R. DeSana Center for Arts & Culture, 81 Chestnut in Wyandotte, the headquarters of the Downriver Council for the Arts.
There is no charge to attend the event, to be highlighted by the presentation of awards to winners of the festival fine-arts competition, which offers more than $1,000 in prizes.
Steve Washburn will provide background music by Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond, John Denver and the Beatles on acoustic guitar while guests view the contest entries and artists discuss their artworks.
The juror for the competition was Darcel Deneau, chairman of the board of the Detroit Artists Market and an Alumni Council member of the College for Creative Studies. Deneau paints and creates mosaic pictures depicting the color and diversity of Detroit.
Patte Slack, honorary chairman of the show and owner and operator of River’s Edge Gallery in Wyandotte for 38 years, will address the audience at the awards ceremony. The gallery, which primarily represents Michigan artists, is the home base of her interior-design business as well.
Slack is a founding member of the Downriver Council for the Arts, Art Ambience and the Wyandotte Business Association. In addition, she is the city’s Downtown Development chairperson.
First place, $300; second, $200; third, $100; and Artists’ Choice, $100, awards will be presented at the ceremony. In addition, four $25 honorable mention awards will be presented.
The show will continue through Oct. 19 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.
Family activities, including a children’s make-and-take project and demonstrations by artists, are planned for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 6. The artists will be available to answer questions about their mediums and discuss art classes for children and adults.
Artists who will demonstrate are Jackie Walock, watercolors; MaryJo Caruana, ink stippling; Rita Gazdag, wood burning; Joe Lippo, sculpture, and Maureen Cassidy Keast, mixed media.
For additional information about the show, activities and demonstrations, call Keast at 734-777-6109.
Talk set by guild
Courtroom and portrait artist Carole Kabrin will be the speaker at a meeting of the Downriver Arts & Crafts Guild at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Southgate Veterans Memorial Library, 14680 Dix-Toledo Hwy.
Kabrin, an Emmy Award-winning artist and teacher, will offer tips on portraiture and how to use photographic references. An author and creator of 3-D puppets, the speaker earned bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees at Wayne State University.
Series starts in October
The Lincoln Part Historical Society will begin its fall speaker series at 7 p.m. Oct. 3 with talks by representatives of the city’s two Veterans organizations — American Legion Post 67 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 552.
The speakers will discuss the origins of their respective organization, founded in the early 1930s by veterans of World War I. Museum Curator Jeff Day said Post 552 was named in honor of World War I veteran Benjamin V. Goodell, a member of a long-settled family in the area.
Day said Goodell suffered from gas poisoning during the war and died from its effects in 1928 after showing interest in forming a local VFW post.
The American Legion post was named for former city mayor and veteran Robert A. Demars in 1997.
There is no charge for the meeting, to be held in the Lincoln Park Historical Museum, 1335 Southfield Road.
The speaker Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. will be author Elizabeth Clemens, who will give a presentation on Detroit in World War I.
Clemens is an audiovisual archivist with the Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, at Wayne State University.
The current exhibit at the museum, “The Great War and Its Local Connection,” will continue through Nov. 11. For more information about the programs and the exhibit, call Day at 313-386-3137 or go to www.lphistorical org.