Thomas Tunney Named 2017 MI Great Artist Winner

Commerce Township artist Thomas Tunney was named 2017’s winner of the MI Great Artist competition October 25th at the Park West Gallery in Southfield.

The gallery’s mood was festive as art enthusiasts from throughout Oakland County gathered to celebrate Tunney and his fellow finalists. Event focal points included a shared exhibition of artistic works by the finalists, and a solo exhibition for the 2015 MI Great Artist Ken Hershenson.

The finalists were chosen from a field of 232 artists from Oakland, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, St. Clair, Shiawassee and Wayne counties who entered the online competition in July in hopes their entries would catch the discerning eye of the public. After 34,000 online votes were cast during two weeks the field was whittled down in August to 20 artists. A panel of art experts selected the five finalists and ultimately chose the winner.

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Spread Warmth this Winter with Coats for the Cold

The warmth of your generosity could help those less-fortunate this winter. The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office is accepting donations of new or clean, used coats through November 30th as part of their 30th annual “Coats for the Cold” coat drive.

Donated coats will be sent to a variety of local charitable organizations, who in turn distribute the coats to community members most in need.

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It’s Merry and Bright at Lagniappe and The Big, Bright Light Show!

Kick off the holiday season in the merriest of ways in Downtown Rochester at the 45th annual Lagniappe celebration. Enjoy strolling carolers, free horse-drawn carriage rides, Santa and his real reindeer and, of course, the lighting of The Big, Bright Light Show!

It all starts on Monday, November 20th with holiday festivities going from 6 – 9 p.m. Merchants will add to the jolly excitement with the Lagniappe tradition – Lagniappe comes from the Creole word that means “a little something extra” – of passing out snacks and trinkets to passersby. This popular event, combined with The Big, Bright Light Show, brings thousands of visitors to view the lighting of over 1 million glimmering twinkle lights draped over the buildings on Main Street.

If you haven’t experienced the magic of Lagniappe yet, we highly recommend it! It’s an evening filled with happiness, joy, and delight – a perfect start to the holiday season. Take a look at our video and get a sneak peek.

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