Despite inclement weather and all the pumpkin spice around the corner, Allegria Village residents recently enjoyed another blast of summer at their sprawling Dearborn campus.
The Village Art Palooza, held on July 30, featured an eclectic mix of live musical entertainment and artistic creations by residents. The celebration was casual and inspired by Lollapalooza, a four-day global pop music festival held each summer in Chicago’s historic Grant Park.
“We are extremely fortunate to host a wealth of creative people who share a love and passion for art, and for the community of people who not only embrace and appreciate the artworks, but also the stories their artist neighbors tell, to bring their art to life,” said Elizabeth Brown, General Manager of Allegria Village.
Up-tempo jazz band The Ambassadors and multi-instrumentalists Gemini, along with pop singer Kevin Wills’ Vegas Rat Pack sounds, provided the musical backdrop for the sunny day. The varied artworks and presentations by residents were numerous and of great interest to the participants.
Resident Bob Cosey, who has traveled every continent since becoming a Village resident, displayed a fascinating series of photographs from his recent trip to Havana, Cuba.
World traveler and photography enthusiast Christine Panyard shared a colorful photo of a carousel blanket from the Michigan State Fair. Panyard — who runs the Village-based photography club, one of many clubs on campus — featured the photo because it contained scenes from one of her favorite travel destinations, Venice, Italy.
The exhibition also featured sculptures and other works by resident and accomplished artists Richard Berlin and Charles Alexander, both well known and respected in the community.
Several other parishioners displayed a range of artwork, including paintings and intricate stained glass creations, with a home-made working camera by resident Cathleen Rogers the center of attention.
Allegria Village is located on Greenfield and Ford Streets in Dearborn, near the birthplace of Henry Ford. For more information, call 313-584-1000 or visit allegriavillage.com.