MOT holds fashion show featuring acclaimed designs of Zandra Rhodes
DETROIT – Michigan Opera Theater will hold a fashion show and benefit, featuring vintage and contemporary designs by the world-renowned Zandra Rhodes, on Thursday, May 27. Ms. Rhodes will be on hand for the festivities. The fashion show will be produced by Linda Dresner.
In addition to the fashion show, the event will include a cocktail reception, strolling supper provided by Opus One, a live auction and entertainment by the cast of Michigan Opera Theatre’s production of “The Pearl Fishers,” which opens June 5 at the Detroit Opera House.
The fashion show is planned to coincide with Georges Bizet’s “The Pearl Fishers,” which features stunning sets and costumes designed by Ms. Rhodes. The production, which opened at San Diego Opera in February, has received rave reviews for its unique and colorful staging.
Rhodes’ designs helped to put London at the forefront of the international fashion scene in the 1970s. She has since designed for the late Diana, Princess of Wales, and continues to design for the royal and the rich and famous all over the world.
Rhodes made her first contribution to the world of opera in 2001, when she designed costumes for San Diego Opera’s “The Magic Flute.” When San Diego Opera offered her the opportunity to design the sets and costumes for “The Pearl Fishers,” she jumped at the opportunity.
Three years in the making, Rhodes’ sets and costumes are magnificent.
Tickets for Michigan Opera Theatre’s Zandra Rhodes fashion show and benefit are available now. Tickets are $200. A limited number of seats are available, so please reserve early. For further information or tickets please call 313-237-3425.
Emerging artists featured at 79th annual CCS exhibition
DETROIT – On Friday, May 14 the 79th Annual College for Creative Studies Student Exhibition opens and CCS becomes home to thousands of original works of art. Students created each extraordinary piece of artwork, with many for sale to art patrons.
The exhibition showcases stunning work by students who make one-of-a-kind furniture, sculpture, jewelry, glass pieces, ceramics, paintings, photography, fiber designs and other fine creations.
“Art is life. It creates adventure, emotions, interest and importance. Art defines the character of the artist through different materials and techniques creating a piece that can intrigue or satisfy a crowd,” said College for Creative Studies junior and featured artist Tina Tomicic.
The exhibition opens with a patron preview from 5:30 until 10 p.m. with tickets priced at $300 each. Patron tickets extend the privilege to serious art collectors to be the first to view and purchase the student work.
Public preview begins at 7 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m., at a cost of $50 per ticket.
Several area vendors and restaurants will be providing food.
From May 15 through May 28, the exhibition is free and open to the public during the hours of 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday through Wednesday, and Thursday & Friday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Parking is free and available in the secured CCS parking structure located on Brush between Frederick Douglass and Ferry.
Tickets may be purchased by calling 313-664-7464.
Volunteers needed for Sloan Museum’s docent program
FLINT – An informational session will be held at Sloan Museum, 1221 E. Kearsley St., on Tuesday, June 1 at noon for community members interested in joining the museum’s volunteer docent program.
Community members interested in becoming a Museum Experience Facilitator in Sloan Museum’s docent program will need to make a commitment to work at least 2-4 hours each week. The position will include preparing for and leading learning activities, including discussions and interactive exercises related to exhibitions. Volunteers will receive extensive training, which will include an orientation to the Flint Cultural Center and Sloan Museum operations, opportunities to shadow museum educators and reading materials on exhibit content.
Sloan Museum is a member organization of the Flint Cultural Center Corporation (FCCC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the ongoing development and vitality of the Flint Cultural Center.
Interested candidates must RSVP at 810-237-7383 or firstname.lastname@example.org by May 26 to attend.
UMMA presents ‘Masterworks of African Art’
ANN ARBOR – The University of Michigan Museum of Art presents “Masterworks of African Art: Gabon and Cameroon,” an installation of approximately 20 works, that reflects the complex relationship between form and meaning in African art at the historical moment in which specific artistic traditions were produced.
The second in a series of three exhibitions on African art from private collections in Michigan, this display focuses on works created in Gabon and Cameroon from the late 19th to the early 20th centuries. Their exceptional aesthetic quality attests to the sophistication and refinement of African artistry during this crucial moment of European contact with Africa. The artistic traditions of Gabon and Cameroon left a lasting impact on Europeans during this period, when travelers and colonial administrators collected large numbers of works for ethnographic museums or simply as souvenirs.
The exhibit opens May 22 and runs through Nov. 7. Admission is free.
UMMA is located at 525 South State Street in Ann Arbor.
For complete information, call 734-763-UMMA or go online to www.umma.umich.edu.
Other gallery happenings:
Fuentes Gallery presents “There’s Something About Mary” from May 21 through June 4; opening reception, including refreshments and a live band, is scheduled for May 21 from 6 – 9 p.m. The gallery is located at 904 Oak Street in Wynadotte. For information, call 734-285-3715; Now on view through June 25 at Oakland County Galleria is Michigan Surface Design’s “Fascinating Fibers.”
For complete details, call Oakland County Office of Arts, Culture and Film at 248-858-0415.