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11/08/2010 - Welcome to the new home of Social Lights. Read new online reports with photos each week and their reprisals in the monthly print edition which you will get free by mail in the 48009, 48301,48302 & 48304 zip codes. If you live elsewhere, you can order a subscription in the upper right index at the top of this page (subscriptions). If you want e-mail notification of when new Social Lights columns are posted to this site each Monday, sign up in the Newsletter Sign Up box at the lower right side of this home page.

OUR TOWN Art Show & Sale

The OUR TOWN art show opened for the 25th time with a festive social at The Community House. The event founders conceptualized the show as a showcase for Michigan artists and a fundraiser for TCH. Those missions continue, as does the name, selected to suggest geographic guidelines for the artistic subject matter (i.e., any town or place). When that limitation was dropped after a couple of years, the name was retained as reflective of the small town (think Thornton Wilder's play of the same name), yet artistically sophisticated Bloomingham area. For the first seven years, the Opening Night Party was planned to accommodate the schedules of the corporate executives whose wives were OT committee members. The idea was that the early-rising, hard working guys would meet their wives at The Community House, have a cocktail, select a painting or two and then take home a box supper, put up their feet and enjoy a relaxing repast in the comfort of home.

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Many changes have occurred over the lifetime of the successful event, but the Opening Night Party is still the place to see and be seen on the third Wednesday of October. More than 400 attended this year, including many of the 228 exhibitors who were juried into the show and past chairs like artist Julie Dawson, Miranda Burnett, Kathy Schwartz, Carol Aubrey, Connie & Ian McKewan, Denise Little, Pamela Gerber, Chris Winans, this reporter and Patty Ghesquiere. The latter, along with Chuck and Barbara Ghesquiere's entire clan, were the event honorees, selected for many years of generous support of the historic community center.

Gone are the box suppers because no one seems in a hurry to leave, and the TCH catering staff stocks buffet stations with abundant mounds of succulent lamb chops, shrimp and tenderloin. Guests applaud the artists who have been awarded prizes (see photo gallery). People still buy paintings, photographs and sculpture, but jewelry has been among the most popular mediums since it was added 15 years ago. Many hurry to look for the work of nonagenarian jewelry artist Jeanne Hackett, whose work always sells out. This year, guests also added their own strokes to a chalk painting - raffle prize won by committee member Nicole Gopoian.

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