Musician, potter win Farmington area arts honors

The Farmington Area Arts Commission will honor Matt Watroba, 2016 Artist in Residence, and Distinguished Service to the Arts Awards winner John Glick during the Festival of the Arts Reception and Awards Ceremony held April 15 at the Costick Center, 28600 W. 11 Mile Rd. in Farmington Hills.

Matt Watroba
Matt Watroba is 2016 Artist in Residence.

The event marks the 40th year of recognizing excellence in the arts in the Farmington community. The Artist in Residence Award is given each year to a resident of Farmington or Farmington Hills who displays exceptional talent and artistic accomplishments. The Distinguished Service to the Arts Award recognizes outstanding service to the community in the creative arts by a group or individual.

Glick is artist and has owned Plum Tree Pottery in Farmington Hills since 1965. His world renowned pottery is on display in museums and galleries throughout the country and overseas. His contribution to the arts in the city where he resides is a well-deserved tribute for the potter who finds life in his work.

Watroba, a community singer, song leader and educator, sings and writes songs of compassion, inner strength, humor and everyday living. He was awarded “Best Overall Folk Performer” by the Detroit Music Awards for the year 2000. He has shared the stage with some of our greatest performers, including Arlo Guthrie and Pete Seeger.

The reception will start at 6 p.m. with the ceremony following at 7 p.m. The event, open to all ages, features hot and cold appetizers, a cash bar (for adults ages 21 and older) and music by the Oakland Community College Jazz Band. Awards will also be presented to the Farmington Hills Arts Foundation, PTA Reflections winners and Farmington area high school students. The Farmington Hills Youth Theatre “Seussical” cast, 2015 Artist in Residence winner Ara Topouzian, Nadanta Indian dance performance, Farmington Hills vocal groups TruNorth and Northern Lights, and Susie Lee, violinist and scholarship awardee from the Farmington Musicale, will perform.

Tickets are $10 per person by April 7, or $15 per person beginning April 8, and can be purchased at or in person at the Costick Center. For more information, call 248-473-1848. Learn more at