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At Hudson's Downtown, June 1-9

The folks from the Cass Technical High School Art Department have again graced the city of Detroit with their talents, as Hudson's Downtown housed the 11th Annual Senior Art Show and Alumni Exhibit, June 1-9. The small but tasteful oasis in Hudson's seventh floor gallery offered the public an unusually imaginative range of specialization and interpretation in many different art forms from nearly 200 artists.

The 350-piece exhibit featured, among other things, quality earthen pottery, some unique and very hot jewelry basically in silver and semiprecious stones, numerous pieces of sculpture, graphics, hand-hooked rugs, and crocheted hangings. Personal favoriles included an interpretation of The Madonna in a huge and colorful patchwork mural (Diane Bar '54) and an acrylic painting of The Annunciation (Michael Champion '70).

Much of the display this year, in spirit with the Bicentennial, illustrates the success of Cass Alumni, who, in the field of graphic arts, have had work used in national advertising campaigns, on popular magazine and book covers, and in some of New York City's "vogue" design shops. The list of Cass graduates who have been active and well-known in the arts is long and impressive (of course), including (among many others) such musicians as Donald Byrd, Paul Chambers, Curtis FulIer, and Doug Watkins.

The exhibit was good and established an impressively broad spectrum of progressive and innovative ideas, somewhat reflective of the quality of instruction at Cass, and to a greater extent reflective of the need for a lot more shows of this nature (there certainly is no lack of budding artists here), especially in such unusually accessible surroundings.