Bill Joyner's Friday Musings
Friday Musings
8.29.14 Published Tuesday & Friday (or Monday/Thursday)

A first for FridayMusings: We are out on Wednesday this week because of the upcoming Labor Day weekend. Hopefully as we head into the homestretch of summer we will get back to a regular Tuesday/Friday gig. Enjoy the holiday.
Downtown Livonia art community enhancing our cultural reputation throughout southeast Michigan.

Students have a great time at the Visual Arts Association of Livonia
Portrait-Open Studio Session
Larry Sekulich
Laura Callow
Linda Luetz
VAAL Fall Class Schedule Released
Is it time for you to get back into the art groove? The fall class schedule for art classes and workshops at the Visual Arts Association of Livonia is now available. Classes begin in September and run through the end of November.
Their standard classes in watercolor, acrylic, experimental studies and paper mache sculpture are all taught by a staff of professional instructors and will be offered along with some new offerings.
"Photography - the other Art," will be taught by Allen Brooks, an internationally acclaimed photographer whose prolific career spans five decades. He has been judged twice as one of Michigan's Top Ten Photographers by the Professional Photographers of Michigan. His photography is widely exhibited in this area. The class is on Tuesdays for four weeks starting Sept. 23 to Oct. 28 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm.
This photography course is for anyone with a desire to learn another art medium, create great looking portraits of grandchildren, family groups, landscapes, still life to either enjoy as photographs, or simply to use as a reference for a painting. Each one of the four week sessions the student will learn more about controls on their camera, and how to use them effectively and creatively. Anyone with a pocket digital, a DSLR or even a smartphone camera will benefit. Cheap cameras take great photos too!
"Framing Your Art" a one day workshop in framing pictures will be offered by Jennifer Helner, an experienced framer of 22 years. She started framing in college at Wayne State University where she received a BFA in painting. Jennifer has worked in several framing stores and worked under a Master Framer in Farmington Hills. Jennifer is currently working out of her own studio. This one day workshop is being offered on Saturday Sept. 13 from 10 am - 2 pm. The workshop will provide an overview of the picture framing process from start to finish - joining frames, cutting mats and mounting artwork.
A class for teens as well as adults, Julie Woodward will teach, "Paint the Masters", in which students will paint in acrylics and practice the style, techniques, and color mixing of four famous master artists: Georgia O'Keefe, Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh and Edgar Degas. The students will practice the techniques of these masters using their preferred color mixing and composition. The class will meet for four weeks on Saturdays starting Sept 20 to Oct. 11 from 10 am to 12:30 pm. Julie has taught drawing in schools for the Young Rembrandts Program and has taught for the past seven years in Northville.
Two drawing classes are offered this term. A class for teens to adults, "Gesture Drawing - Quick Figure Sketching - Dynamic Poses" with Carole Kabrin. 5 weeks on Monday starting Sept 8 - Oct. 6, 6:30 - 9:30 pm.
A new class this term, "Drawing with Confidence" is a 6 week course that includes: Perspective, Shading, Reflective Surfaces, and Betty Edward's Drawing on the right Side of the Brain". It's always good to hone your drawing skills as we are reminded that the basis for any good painting is a good drawing.
6 weeks starting Tuesday Sept 2 - Oct. 7, 2pm - 4 pm. Fran Seikaly, who taught pastel last term, is offering this class for the first time.
Also, back by popular demand is world renowned pastel artist, Jim Markle. His workshop, "Painting the Landscape in Pastel," will meet on Friday and Saturday, November 7 and 8, from 10 am - 3:30 pm. Topics for discussion include, underpainting, composition, design, and color and value.
To receive a catalog of all classes and information on registration, call 734-838-1204. Also check out the VAAL website for the latest VAAL news and class information at The VAAL classroom is located at 37653 Five Mile Road, at Newburgh Rd. in Livonia.
How about dormitories at Schoolcraft College?
Summer dreaming. . .of what could be. . .
Now that our hometown community college has created a partnership with Wayne State University and the University of Toledo and the culinary arts program has a four year degree program perhaps it is time to build dormitories creating an expanded campus feeling.
Picture the college accepting students from a foreign country and housing them in a multi-cultural dorm providing a living, breathing campus that functions around the clock, seven days a week. The benefits for the existing students alone would be tremendous. Picture the expanded image for our hometown
The muticutural fair held every April could take on a whole new meaning
Livonia as students from around the world call Livonia their home for educational excellence.
What would Henry Schoolcraft think in seeing this campus named in his honor?
We already see that benefit at Madonna University as they attract students from throughout the midwest and around the globe.
Some at the college are already talking about this being a real possibility. Here is hoping that the word on the street soon becomes a reality as this magical two year college rapidly turns into a focal point for educational excellence for all of Michigan.
Leading the way. That is what we have come to expect from Schoolcraft Community College.
Thanks to Schoolcraft College and Madonna University
Livonia is no longer a K-12 community.
Livonia is a K-16 hometown.
Music From the Heart
See you this Thursday and again on September 11

Steve King and the Dittilies
Thursday, August 28
7:00 on the back porch

Steve King and the Dittilies 30 years ago
This is about the time they started as the house band in Canton, at CENTER STAGE. Bands used to all hang out when the Dittiles played their Sunday night jam sessions.

Livonia Symphony Orchestra
Thursday, September 11
7:00 Parks and Recreation Center
LSO in concert
Arts Commission
A project of the Livonia Arts Commission
One day left to sign up!
The Observer & Eccentric Media is now accepting artist and crafter registrations for its first Arts & Craft Show to be held on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the Quality Inn & Suites on Plymouth Road in Livonia from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Artists and crafters of various media are invited to register for this one day event. Sign-up during our EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION for ONLY $90!
Early Bird registration ends August 29, 2014. Space is available. For more information or with questions email
Swami Beyondananda Cosmic
Comedy Show arrives in downtown peaceful Livonia
Downtown Farmers Market
See you at our Livonia Farmers Market
Every Saturday
8:00 -- 2:00
Brought to you by our
Friends of the Wilson Barn

1835 Livonia City Hall of Fame
Class of 2013

The typewriter absolutely loves getting mail from readers of Musings.
And it sure beats getting bills via snail mail.


Paul with his photo art work on display in Hermosa Beach
Paul Joyner, Michigan ex-patriot living in California and traveling to Europe for the Octoberfest: Sorry, Munich is much cooler than Livonia...

Typewriter: Think about all the good food in Livonia and the yard work you could do at dad's, or painting, or. . .
Barbara Murphy Barbara Eko Murphy, retired Livonia teacher turned artist: Thank you for the awesome write up! At VAAL today, during an art workshop, artists were telling me about the article.

It will be posted at VAAL. We at VAAL really appreciate your listings. A new class schedule is on the VAAL website. (Musings is) such a fantastic promoter of all arts.
Typewriter: Thank you Barbara for sharing your tremendous skillset with those of us who can only dream of being an artist.
Barbara Wiltsie, Director Lyric Theatre, Madonna
Wiltsie and Amelia
University: Count me in, twice. Barbara Wiltsie and The Wiltsie Family. THANKS.

Terry Marecki, retired nutritionist: Count me in (for the We love Livonia ad)! Can't believe it's been 10 years since you started this!

Terry and laura
Marecki and Cox
Laura Cox, retired border patrol agent: I want to be in the ad!
Maureen Miller Brosnan, taxi driver for Irish dancers: Thanks for the reminder. Count me in (for the love Livonia ad).
Maureen Brosnan and Dennis Wright
Brosnan sharing corn with Dennis Wright

Jack Engebretson, Senie's chauffeur: I apologize for letting this issue slip through the cracks. I'm reaching an age where there are more cracks that are becoming both wider and deeper. Of course, Senie and I want to Jack Engebretson, John Pastor, Charlie Mahoney continue as participants in this great tradition.

Typewriter: With two more days left to collect names for the We Love Livonia ad it really makes this newly enrolled medicare recipient breath a sigh of relief. Thanks Barbara, Terry, Laura, Maureen and Jack.
Peg Podnar, new President of the Livonia Youth Orchestra: I will be attempting to take over for Dave Lindenmuth for the Livonia Youth Orchestra. (We will be at the Livonia Civic Chorus event) and we (will have) brochures/flyers (about the LYO).

Typewriter: Keep up the outstanding traditions of the LYO.
Rose Kachnowski, happily married to Dan for 50
Dan and Rose with author daughter Julie Cassar
Hi Bill, I have responded to Peggy that we will be away celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary. I am so sorry that I cannot be there to celebrate with them. I know there will be representation from the Livonia Symphony and will send a congratulatory letter on behalf of the Livonia Symphony. Thanks for all your great work on behalf of the arts in Livonia.

Typewriter: Happy 50th Anniversary to Dan and Rose.
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