Downriver Celebrates Woodstock: 50 Years of Peace and Music

The Downriver Council for the Arts (DCA) is pleased to announce a multi-media art and music exhibit to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the 1969 Woodstock Art and Music Festival.

Saturday, July 27th from 5:00pm-7:00pm
Reception in the Main Gallery
Art Exhibit opening and reception with refreshments in the beautiful art gallery of the DCA.
-Artwork on loan exclusively to the DCA by Wavy Gravy. Wavy, along with his wife Jahanara (Bonnie Beecher), and their Hog Farm Commune, were instrumental to the success of Woodstock, by providing free food to the masses in attendance there.
-Meet the legendary poster artist, Dennis Loren. Dennis has designed thousands of posters for famous rock performers during the past 50 years. Name a band or musician and Dennis Loren has probably done a poster or album cover for them.
-Award winning fashion designer Cheryl Zemke from C. Creations, LLC with models wearing her clothing designs of the Woodstock era.
-Renowned t-shirt artist Gary Koral from Lost in Sound Detroit with his iconic rock and roll t-shirt artwork.
-Photo opportunities and fun surprises.
Exhibit Run: July 27 - August 17, 2019

Saturday, July 27th from 7:30pm-11:30pm
Musical performances in the upper level concert auditorium.
-Internationally acclaimed, award winning acoustic duo Joe Kidd & Sheila Burke.
-Punk fusion band The Ayonics featuring the DCA's own Scott Galeski.
-Front man Dave “Stoney” Mazur of Stoney and the Jagged Edge. The famous Detroit area band and opening act for such legendary bands as The Doors, Pink Floyd, Uriah Heep, B.B. King, The Animals, and many more. Stoney will be performing with his current All Star Band.
-The next generation of true rock and roll, Kougaran. According to Reverbnation, Kougaran carries the #1 slot for all rock bands in Detroit.

This multi-media art exhibit is free and family-friendly. Wheelchair access. Plenty of free parking.


Thank you to our sponsors!


Special Event – Saturday, August 3rd 5PM-10PM

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Screening of “Woodstock – The Director’s Cut” (Rated R) Woodstock Inspired Raffles, Vendors, Photo Ops, Concession Stand, and More!

Featuring special items from Jefferson Airplane members
and Grace Slick autographed “White Rabbit” Raffle and Toy Drive.

Donate a small, white stuffed animal of any type (new with tags) at the door and receive free fun prizes.

All donated stuffed animals will be given to first responders to comfort distressed children.

Early Bird Tickets $5. Door Tickets $7. Children under 12 free. Tickets available at Downriver Council for the Arts or email president@downriverarts.org

All proceeds to benefit Downriver Council for the Arts, 81 Chestnut in Wyandotte.


Call for Entries - Downriver Celebrates Woodstock: 50 Years of Peace and Music

The Downriver Council for the Arts (DCA) is accepting entries to our exhibit: “Downriver Celebrates Woodstock” (50 Years of Peace and Music). On August 15-18, 1969, the alfalfa fields of the humble dairy farmer, Max Yasgur, became home to the greatest music festival of all time. Nearly half a million people converged on the White Lake area of Bethel Woods, New York to escape the turmoil of the 1960’s. Their message of love, peace and unity was successfully told through music and art. Billed as “An Aquarian Experience: 3 Days of Peace and Music,” Woodstock remains synonymous with the counterculture movement of the era. We encourage artists to research the iconic festival, and explore its depth for inspiration. Art can be of any media, but must relate to the subject matter. This is a family-friendly exhibit. The curator reserves the right to deny entries deemed overly graphic. Woodstock can never be replicated, but it can be celebrated!

Please download the complete guidelines.

Call for art: entry deadline and drop-off: Tuesday, July 23, 2019 by 5pm

Reception: Saturday, July 27, 2019, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
in the Main Gallery, followed by live musical performances in the auditorium.

A screening of “Woodstock Director’s Cut” will be on Saturday, August 3, 2019, time TBD in the auditorium.

Exhibit Run: July 27 - August 17, 2019