FAB Hosts Music O’ the Green, Feb 24

FAB Hosts Music O’ the Green, Feb 24

(Joan Weidner, FAB President)

The Ferndale Schools Fine Arts Boosters (FAB) announces the third installment of their Capital Improvement Fund drive, Taste of Music III, Music O’ the Green.

On Thursday, February 24, 2011, guests will enjoy a taste of Ireland with performances by dance groups The Leim Irish Dancers (Ferndale High School Alumni) and The Ardan Academy of Irish Dance, and musical groups Bill Grogan’s Goat and Seacht.

The event, open to the public, takes place at Ferndale High School, 881 Pinecrest. Doors open at 6 pm, performances begin at 7 pm. Performances take place in the Auditorium, a silent auction in the Commons, and food (available for sponsor guests) in the Media Center.

Silent Auction items include a print from nationally known artists Cooper Holoweski (FHS Alumni, class of 1999, http://www.thisisprogress.net/), and a painting from Stephen Goodfellow (http://goodfelloweb.com). See bios of these artists below. Other items up for auction include photographs, pottery, stained glass, jewelry and more!

Sponsors: $35 (includes hors d’oeuvres in media center, goodie bag & special seating in auditorium)
Purchase tickets online at www.fsfab.org/tasteofmusic or at Twisted Shamrock in Downtown Ferndale, the Ferndale Kulick Center, or FHS main office.

General Admission: $10 adults, $7 seniors, $5 students, children under 5 free. Purchase  tickets at the door.

Cash, check, and credit card payments accepted the evening of Feb 24.

The “Taste of Music” fundraisers are part of a plan to raise $200,000-$250,000 to replace instruments, uniforms, concert dress etc. The Ferndale Schools Music Program has an exceptional legacy of achievement and outstanding record of awards and recognition on a local, regional and state level. The program is truly a jewel of the community and the school district. The achievements of the Music Program are the result of the hard work of staff, students, parents and dedicated community members.

The Ferndale Schools Fine Arts Boosters is a 501C (3) registered non-profit organization.

For more information, contact Joan Weidner, FAB President at weidner@greenmonkeysolutions.com,  visit www.fsfab.org/tasteofmusic or email tasteofmusic@fsfab.org.

Cooper Holoweski was born in 1981 in Detroit, Michigan and grew up in Pleasant Ridge. He attended Ferndale schools and graduated from Ferndale High School in 1999. After receiving a BA in political science and BFA in printmaking from the University of Michigan he worked as a translator in Santiago, Chile and moved between Chile, Argentina, and Brazil for a year. Upon returning to the United States he worked as a Public Transportation Program Coordinator for two years at a small non-profit in metro Detroit. During the summer of 2005 he was the resident artist at Gallery Titanik in Tuku, Finland. In 2009 he completed an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and participated in the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He currently lives and works in New York City.

Stephen Goodfellow:

Born in Southampton, England on August 31st 1953, Goodfellow has lived in Nigeria, England, Denmark and Mexico before he settled in Detroit, Michigan.  Most of his early education took place in Danish schools. Consequently, he was steeped in Danish language, its culture and history. At the age of fifteen (1969,) he applied for and was accepted to East Ham Technical College (Foundation Course,) in London, England.  He obtained a Diploma for Art and Design (BFA) at Hull Regional College of Art in the North-East of England in 1974.  Goodfellow graduated from Wayne State University in 1977 with an M.F.A., having concentrated on painting and printmaking. During his studies at Wayne State University, he saw that it was possible to transfer his primary color printing technique to conventional surfaces. This technique is called ‘Primary Micropointillism‘. Micropointillism uses only the primary colors (yellow, red and blue,) which are applied to the surface in small spatters of color. Several examples of these works have been acquired by the Detroit Institute of Art and further work was in the “Interventions” Exhibition at the DIA in 1995 and this institution has purchased three of Goodfellow’s paintings.  Goodfellow currently resides in Ann Arbor.

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