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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Women in Communications mixing art and communication at Epiphany Studios

Discover how art infuses communications and how communications becomes livelier with art, as four leading local artists and communications pros share their perspective at the Association for Women in Communications (AWC) - Detroit chapter summer mixer on Tuesday, Aug. 5 at Epiphany Studios in Pontiac.
Speakers include world-renowned glass blowing artist and master marketer April Wagner, owner of Epiphany Studios; Nichole Christian, writer and co-author of “Canvas Detroit;” juried fiber artist Susan Weaver Schwandt, APR, director of public relations for HAP; and Sandra Xenakis, jewelry designer and founder/director of Art Meets Business.
The artists will discuss how art feeds their business side, balances their business skills with their craft, and communicates their passion. Guests will view art in a casual setting inside Epiphany Studios on the bank of the Clinton River. The aim is to inspire members and guests to make their communications projects livelier and their lives richer through art.
A leader in the Junior Council of the Detroit Institute of Arts and glass-blower for almost 20 years, Wagner’s Epiphany Studios is one of the largest private studios of its kind in the Midwest. Her work is shown in over 300 galleries worldwide, including GM, Pfizer, The Townsend Hotel, Hyatt Maui Resort, and The Four Seasons Resorts.
Christian’s new book “Canvas Detroit,” profiles 40 artists helping to revive public art in the city of Detroit. A Detroit native, she has worked for some of the nation’s top news outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Time magazine, the New York Times, and the Detroit Free Press.
The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with networking followed by a light supper and refreshments. The program begins at 7 p.m. The cost is $25 for AWC members, $35 for nonmembers, and $15 for students.
Recommended attire is light summer layers as glass blowing furnaces are on when idle. For more information or to register, visit or call (866) 385-1784.

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