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Former Cultural Arts Supervisor exhibits at City Gallery

"Mr. Donut" by Nancy Coumoundouros
“Mr. Donut” by Nancy Coumoundouros

Nancy Coumoundouros, former Cultural Arts Supervisor for the City of Farmington Hills, is the featured artist in a City Gallery exhibit at the Costick Center that runs through November 11.

The public is invited to a free reception for the artist on September 9 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Prior to her time in Farmington Hills, Coumoundouros was Director of the Waterford Cultural Council, where she created and oversaw programs in all areas of the arts – music, theater, visual arts, and special events. As an artist herself, she has painted public and private murals, and also created artwork for an event company.

A graduate of the University of Michigan, Coumoundouros has recently spent time as both an art juror and lecturer. “Eighteen Months” is a collection of works from the past year and a half, which represent her return to oil painting, primarily concentrating on family and events close to her.

“I’ve always been fascinated by people, and the intricate combination of human strength and delicacy,” said Coumoundouros. “Painting offers an infinite opportunity to continue learning and exploring. You’re always a student of all that surrounds you.”

Rachel Timlin, the current Cultural Arts Supervisor, is excited to exhibit the work of her predecessor. “Nancy worked tirelessly for many years serving the Farmington area art community including coordinating exhibits in the City Gallery,” she said. “We are thrilled to exhibit her personal work in that same space.”

"Well, Hello Cello" by Nancy Coumoundouros
“Well, Hello Cello” by Nancy Coumoundouros

The City Gallery is located in the Costick Center, at 28600 W. 11 Mile Rd. in Farmington Hills. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information, call the Cultural Arts Division at 248-473-1859.

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Farmington Hills foundation hosts ‘Bollywood’ fundraiser

Farmington Hills-based Kyyba Kidz Foundation, with the Novi-based School of World Music and Dance (SWMD), will host a “Bollywood” entertainment fundraiser from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on September 10, at Divine Providence Lithuanian Catholic Church in Southfield.

Created by SWMD Owner Lalitha Ramamoorthy, the show “Gehna-Aja Nachle,” will feature lively music and dancing performed by local youth and adults. The aim of the event is to raise funds meant to help empower, enrich and enhance the lives of children with special needs.

“The talents of our performers will not only entertain but help support a noble cause,” Lalitha Ramamoorthy said in a press release. “The contribution and presence of our diverse community will help transform lives.”

Performers began preparations for the performance during a three-day summer camp during the first week of August at the Keidan Special Education Center in Detroit. Involved youth will perform a traditional Indian Ramp Walk.

“I have felt for most of my life that we all got where we are by dumb luck. We have the moral obligation to share our random advantage with those who are less privileged,” said Tel Ganesan, president of the Kyyba Kidz Foundation’s Board of Trustees. “The time has arrived to make a difference. I am happy to work with a like-minded and multitalented person like Ms.Ramamoorthy, who has an incredibly inspiring purpose of giving back to our community.”

Founded in 2010, Kyyba Kidz Foundation seeks to promote and support the education and general welfare of those most in need. SWMD, a nonprofit school, promotes, trains and coaches more than 60 children and 40 adults in Indian classical performing art forms.

Tickets, which are $20 each, can be purchased at kyybakidzfoundation.org, by writing to natyadhwani@gmail.com or calling Lalitha at 248-767-4409 or Harini at 586-372-8228.

Farmington Musicale launches 51st year of free concerts

The Farmington Musicale launches its 51st season of free concerts September 7, 1 p.m., at the Farmington Community Library Main Library, 32737 W. 12 Mile Rd. in Farmington Hills.

“Music –Its Incredible Power” will feature Roy Coloma, Susan Nuckolls, Jim “Knight” Nuckolls, and Elaine Vermiglio all on piano, and soprano Sharon Cardeccia.

The Musicale welcomes new members who like good music, or wish to perform and sing. In addition to performing the group offers annual scholarships to all music students in grades 7-12 in Farmington area public and private schools. Auditions will be held in February 2017.

To learn more, visit farmingtonmusicale.org or call 248-626-7768.

Press release

New Farmington HIlls City Hall gallery exhibit opens

TectonicDetroit-area artist Candace Law’s artwork is showcased in the Rotating Exhibit Gallery at Farmington Hills City Hall, 31555 W. 11 Mile Rd., through October 14.

After receiving degrees and working in other fields, Law earned a BFA in Architectural Illustration, but found herself drawn to fine art. Her current body of work focuses on encaustic (hot wax) and mixed media, especially incorporating found objects.

“Art for me is a means of communicating about our environment and our lives,” Law said in a press release. “It’s a way of sharing our experiences.”

Law’s work has been exhibited in solo shows, regional and national exhibitions, and is included in private collections including Detroit’s Historic Trinity Church. Her work has also appeared in Encaustic Arts and Studio Visit magazines. Law also teaches encaustic workshops at her studio in Berkley.

An artist talk and a demonstration of Law’s work will be held sometime during the exhibit, which was made possible through a grant from the Farmington/Farmington Hills Foundation for Youth and Families.

The City of Farmington Hills is accepting submissions for the 2017-2018 Public Art Program. For more information, contact Staci Hayman, Cultural Arts Programmer, at 248-473- 1870 or shayman@fhgov.com.

 

Young actors needed for Farmington Hills Youth Theatre’s ‘Music Man’

There’ll be trouble in River City as young actors try out September 10 and 11 for the Farmington Hills Youth Theatre December production of “The Music Man”.

Held at the Costick Center in Farmington Hills, auditions run from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Newcomers and experienced actors in grades 1-12 and adults are welcome, and need not be residents of Farmington or Farmington Hills. No preparation is necessary for the “drop in” sessions.

Participants are asked to bring a recent photo to auditions; all other materials are supplied. Additional information is available at fhgov.com/YouthTheatre.

Meredith Wilson’s Tony Award winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957, and is a family-friendly story to be shared with every generation.

“The Music Man was a perfect choice for the fall show,” show producer Kim Gearns said in a press release. “The story is fun, and the production has a great cast of characters with opportunities for the seasoned actor as well as the first time performer. Costumes, set, music – we can’t wait to bring that era to life on the stage.”

The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize – despite the fact that he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by the curtain’s fall.

“Wilson weaves together childhood memories, an imaginative love story, and music that recreates small town America in 1912,” said Vocal Director Kathy Seremet. “Songs like ‘Goodnight My Someone’, ‘Wells Fargo Wagon’, ‘Gary, Indiana’, and of course ‘Seventy-six Trombones’ will have everyone singing.”

A free audition workshop is scheduled September 8, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Costick Center, for those who wish to learn the songs and dances prior to the formal audition process. No pre-registration is required.

 

The Costick Center is located at 28600 W. 11 Mile Rd. in Farmington Hills. To learn more, call 248-473- 1856.

Press release

Allie Louise closes out Rhythmz concert series

Allie Louise
Allie Louise (contributed photo)

Country singer Allie Louise and her band will close out the 2016 Rhythmz in Riley Park season, with a 7 p.m. concert on August 26 in downtown Farmington.

“I think my music is like a rainbow,” Louise said in a press release. “It’s blue when I sing a sad song; it’s red and orange when I’m feeling a little sassy. When I sing a ‘free and easy’ tune, my music is green and if it’s a story rich in emotion and full with instrumentation, I do believe it could be purple.”

“Downtown Farmington offers many opportunities for dine-in or carry-out meals and treats. You can stay close to home for a kickoff to a great weekend – a little TGIF with friends, followed by a terrific musical performance,” said Annette Knowles, DDA Executive Director and Assistant to the City Manager.

The rain location is the Farmington First United Methodist Church, directly across Grand River Avenue from the park. Food and drink are not permitted in the church.

Learn more at downtownfarmington.org, or follow Downtown Farmington on Facebook and on Twitter @DntwnFarmington.

Farmington-based Delta Twins performs in Riley Park

Delta Twins
Bob Young, left, and Tom Kozanecki, right, co-founded Delta Twins. (contributed photo)

A band with roots in a Farmington church headlines this week’s Rhythmz in Riley Park free concert in downtown Farmington.

Delta Twins founders Bob Young and Tom Kozanecki met in 1998 while playing in a church band. The two decided to get together one Monday afternoon and seven years later, they’re still making music.

Current band members include Young on vocals, keys, blues harp, guitar, Kozanecki on bass guitar, Doug Austin on drums, and the band’s newest member, Weldeab Weldeab on lead guitar.

After starting a few different bands, the two came up with the idea for the Delta Twins. Young shared that the band went through a revolving door of members for years until the lineup settled down in 2011. That continued until the fall of 2014 when Delta Twins went on hiatus.

“Tom and I started an Americana band at that point, and Doug agreed to join us on drums,” Young said in a press release. “The Americana band didn’t get enough traction, so we set that project aside and waited for the next vision of what we should do. When we met Weldeab and saw what he could do, we realized that it was time to get the Delta Twins back together with a leaner lineup, and Doug graciously agreed to join that project.”

“We had two practices in February 2016 and then our first two gigs in March,” he added. “We’re talking three hours of music on only two practices, but it worked.”

Delta Twins will perform a mix of old school blues mixed with modern blues, classic covers and outstanding originals August 19, starting at 7 p.m. Rain location is across Grand River at First United Methodist Church. No food or drink is allowed inside the church.

For more information, visit downtownfarmington.org. Follow Downtown Farmington on Facebook and on Twitter @DntwnFarmington.

Final Mercedes drawing at Thursday Stars in the Park

The Stars in the Park 2016 concert series closes on a high note with The Brian Alexander Band on Thursday, August 18 at 7 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Brian Alexander Band
The Brian Alexander Band (contributed photo)

The Brian Alexander Band has performed with Ne-Yo, Justin Bieber, Beyoncé, and Steely Dan, as well as for charity fundraisers, corporate parties, and Presidential inaugural events. Locally, the band performs during half-time at the Detroit Pistons home games.

This is also the final chance for concert-goers to win a Mercedes-Benz driving experience for one week. Attendees who are 21 years or older with a valid U.S. driver’s license may enter the random drawing raffle by visiting the Mercedes-Benz Financial Services vehicle display at Heritage Park during the concert. Winners need not be present at the time of the drawing.

Heritage Park is located at 24915 Farmington Rd., between 10 and 11 Mile Roads in Farmington Hills. No alcohol or pets are allowed in the park. The rainout site is the Costick Center, 28600 W. 11 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills.

For more information, call the Cultural Arts Division at 248-473- 1848.

Press release

Farmington Hills opens public art program to new entries

Artists across the region have a new opportunity to show their art at Farmington Hills City Hall.

Artwork in all media will be considered for the 2017-18 Biannual Public Art Program. Applications are due by November 20, 2016; applicants do not have to be residents of Farmington Hills.

Farmington Hills Public Art Program
Artworks line the walls of Farmington Hills City Hall. (contributed photo)

Created in 2010 to enhance the newly renovated Farmington Hills City Hall, the exhibit has included thought-provoking and enjoyable artworks in glass, painting, pottery, wood, fiber, photography, indoor and outdoor sculpture, mixed media, and more.

In addition to the two-year program, a portion of the City Hall Public Art Program space has been designated for shorter six to eight-week exhibits, giving artists additional opportunities to display and sell their work, and providing more exposure with local art collectors and businesses.

“The Rotating Exhibits Gallery, created during the 2015-16 cycle, was a great success and very well received by artists and the public,” Cultural Arts Supervisor Rachel Timlin said in a press release.

Priority for the Rotating Exhibits Gallery will be given to artists accepted into the 2017-18 Public Art Program.

The 2017-18 application process has been revamped, making it easier to apply, according to Cultural Arts Programmer Staci Hayman.

“The new online application provides artists with an easier submission process to enter their work for consideration,” she said. “It also allows us to have images of the artist’s work at our fingertips to enhance the promotional and marketing opportunities for our accepted artists.”

For more information, write to Hayman, shayman@fhgov.com or call 248-473-1870. Applications can also be found at http://conta.cc/2aOvua2.

Chosen works will be presented to the public at a reception on January 9, 2017, prior to a Farmington Hills City Council meeting. Artwork will also be featured in news releases, on the City website, and in a printed artist guide. Art will remain on exhibit for approximately two years. Special arrangements to substitute other artwork during this period may be allowed upon the sale of a piece.

Annabelle Road brings country sound to Heritage Park

Annabelle RoadAnnabelle Road will bring its blend of rock, country, and polished originals to Heritage Park August 11, as part of the City of Farmington Hills’ Stars in the Park concert series.

Named “Next Big Star” finalists on Kenny Chesney’s “Poets & Pirates” tour, the band features vocalist Amanda Bailey, guitarist Jeremy Temple, bassist Mike Zahler and drummer Donovan Tarjeft.

Stars in the Park sponsor Mercedes-Benz Financial Services will once again offer two random drawings for a one-week Mercedes-Benz driving experience. Attendees who are 21 years or older with a valid U.S. driver’s license may enter the random drawing raffle by visiting the Mercedes-Benz Financial Services vehicle display at Heritage Park during each summer concert. The first driving experience winner will be announced at the July 14 concert, and the second winner will be announced at the final concert of the season on August 18.

Admission to the 7 p.m. concert is free. Concert-goers are encouraged to bring a blanket or chair. In case of bad weather, head over to the Costick Center, 28600 W. 11 Mile Rd. in Farmington Hills.