Fifty-seven talented high school and college art students have submitted their designs for a Limited Edition Avenue of Fashion Livernois 2019 hand-painted scarf, and you can help pick the winner.
The contest is not only showcases the talent of Detroit’s young artists. Yvette Jenkins, owner of Love Travels Imports, which created the contest, hopes it will bring more people to the Avenue of Fashion as its businesses deal with the construction on Livernois.
Five of those young artists will be chosen as finalists by a group of judges.
On Saturday, September 28, during the Light Up Livernois celebration, the community will vote to name the winner of the first “Avenue of Fashion: My Unique Vision” contest.
The concepts of the finalists will be on display at Love Travels Imports inside of Art In Motion at 19452 Livernois Ave. all day from 12 noon to 10:00 p.m.
The winning concept art piece will be hand-painted on a scarf in Haiti by Sandra Russo.
“With everything going on in Haiti, we are grateful to be able to highlight the skills of the artisans there and give back to young art students in the Detroit area,” says Jenkins.
The scarf will be sold by Love Travel Imports, which created the contest. The public can order the limited edition individually hand-painted 28” x 70” scarves that will be made from the winning design beginning that Friday, October 4 until October 31. The price will be $97.
Some proceeds from the sale will be shared with non-profits The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative and the young artists of the Mint Artist Guild. Jenkins will announce the amount to be donated as a result of the scarf sales on Nov. 1.
Guest judges with strong community ties are reviewing the entries and will select the five contest finalists whose concepts will be on display during the Light Up Livernois celebration.
The judges are:
- Mark Loeb of Integrity Shows, organizer and founder of the Funky Ferndale, Palmer Park Art Fair and Belle Isle Art Fair
- Barbara Barefield, People For Palmer Park board member
- Melinda Anderson, senior event producer, Design Core Detroit
- Patricia Millender, founder of Clay & Cloth
The winner will be announced during October’s First Friday Livernois on October 4.
“We were so excited by the number of students that entered our contest in its first year,” says Jenkins. “Mark Loeb of Integrity Shows shared with me that he had thought we might receive half that number this first time. We encourage everyone to come out and vote on Saturday. We have such talented art students here.”
Love Travels Imports LLC brings fair trade, handcrafted work of artisans around the world to Detroit.
Editor’s Note: This small business feature is sponsored by Bank of America.
To learn more about Bank of America’s many programs and resources visit: https://www.bankofamerica.com/smallbusiness/business-financing.go.
This year, to offset construction challenges, a free shuttle service will take Light Up Livernois patrons from the University of Detroit’s parking lot to the shopping district from 6 Mile to 8 Mile Roads. The event is being sponsored by Design Core Detroit. Participating locations include:
Eric’s I’ve Been Framed
Good Cakes and Bakes
Detroit Fiber Works
C. Granston Bullard Design Studio
Prime Financial Plus Realty
Mitchell’s on the Avenue
Baker’s Keyboard Lounge
Live 6 Night Market
Majik Touch Dance Studios
Narrow Way Cafe
Love Travels Imports
Mr. and Mrs. Benson’s Bakery
Art In Motion
The Fel’le Gallery
Ooh Wee Coffee
Sherwood Forest Art Gallery
Times Square Men’s Custom Clothing
Micah’s Salon & Boutique
Shears & Shaves
Detroit Professional Racquet Services
Good Times Restaurant and Bar
TABLE No. 2 Restaurant
Happy To Be Nappy Salon
Shoozz 4 U 19371
Alter Ego Boutique 313
The Shoe Box