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Volume 3 Issue 6
Monthly Social Events!
ASID Michigan starts monthly FREE Social Gatherings around town

Tuesday, June 9th | 5:30 PM

ASID Michigan Industry Night: SPONSORED BY REAL TEAM 

Red Ox Tavern, 45411 Park Ave, Utica, MI  


Each month, ASID Michigan has arranged with some of it's wonderful area partners to sponsor social events around the state and Metro-Detroit highlighting the boom of new restaurants popping up all around town.

Please reserve your seat ahead of time, the event is fully sponsored by our industry partners- so there is no cost to our members!

Continue to check back our website and our Facebook page for each month's sponsor and location information

ASID Michigan Industry Nights List of sponsors and dates

June 9th sponsored by: RealTeam @ Red Ox Tavern Utica
July 14th sponsored by: Lunada Bay
August 11th sponsored by: Sherwin-Williams
September 8th sponsored by: Blakely Products
October 13th sponsored by: Nieddu Draperies
November 10th sponsored by: Stay Tuned!
December 8th sponsored by: Stay Tuned!




Facebook event page:  

A Note From Your President
Cynthia Hensie, ASID

Now that the temperature is moving in the right direction...ASID also is also moving forward.  We will always have bumps (potholes) in our roads, we just have to continue to manuever them and keep pressing on.  We are close to have the adequate sponsorship for the 2015 Michigan Directory.  Make sure your information is current, if you want to advertise in the directory, call immediately so you can be included.  We plan to give the new, long awaited directories out at the Annual Meeting on September 25.  Put that in your calender! ASID is celebrating its 40th anniversary and we decided oue annual meeting and gala will be a formal affair and it will be on the east side of the state. Industry Partners are encouraged to be a sponsor, a variety of options are available to suit your budget.  We will have a portion of the day with product display and need a few more CEU opportunities.
A Note From Your Membership Director
Christina Bliss, ASID

As membership director... I have begun to develop an acute awareness of the ebbs and flows of designers in Michigan's chapter.  Each month, I review the membership roster and assess how the number of names reflects the vitality of our group.  I am excited to see new names as they pop up, encouraged to know those in the design community want to be a part of an organization which fosters camaraderie, support, and resourcefulness.  It is my hope that during the tenure of your memberships you are able to connect with others that are like-minded, collaborate on projects which incite professional growth and contribute to ASID in a manner that carries us all to the next level. 

On that note I would like to extend the warmest welcome to the newest members of ASID Michigan, since the beginning of the year the following students, designers and industry partners have joined our community:
Karen Donarski
Katelyn Webster
Rebecca Stanley
Kelsey Powell
Cassandra Palmer
Demetrea Ponton
Caroline Wickens
Kimberly Dawson
Sydney Dahlstrom
Tiffany Mitchell
Kathleen Resnick
Jordan Gregory
Annette Chapman
Markell Hayes
Kaye Gensler

Robert Israels

Megan Preston

Chapter Industry Partners
Robert Nusbaum - EuroAmerica Design (L)
Erica Zanni - REALTeam (L)
Sara Steptoe - Dwyer Marble and Stone (R)
Elisa Young - Applied Textiles (R)
Terese Bernardi - Ferguson (N)
Michael McColgan - Ferguson (N)
Arthur Ziebinski - Ferguson (N)
James Garner - The Tile Shop (N)
Charles Reiman - The Tile Shop (N)
Ray McPherson - Excel Dryer, Inc. (N)

A Note From Your Financial Director
Rebecca Luckhardt, Industry Partner

ASID's Annual Spring Fling

In true Michigan fashion, our Spring Fling event had questionable, cloudy weather, cooler temperatures and light sprinkles but that did not stop members, Industry Partners, and Emerging Professionals from the coming out to enjoy the change of pace and scenery that Interior Environments offered.


As an approved All Steel dealer, creative collaborative workspaces, configurable wall systems, and mobile lounge seating allowed us to set the space for mingling, networking, and of course- our derby themed team challenge. Guests arrived in their best plaids, wide brimmed hats, even culottes! and were warmly greeted by Sherry Tattrie, Committee Member, and Jeffery Kolp, President Elect.


Tickets could be redeemed at the door and students were graciously sponsored by Marcus Perry of Blakely Products. Dwane Adle, ASID Past President and Annual Events Committee Chairperson had arranged in advance a notable cause suitable for the occasion. Half of all proceeds from the event were donated to Camp Casey, an organization that brings riding camps and surprise "horse calls" to sick children. One of the charities founders was present for the festivities and nearly brought us to tears as she shared their mission, their purpose, and their passion in a video montage worthy of the You Tube hall of fame.


After warming up (both to bite the chill and to get us socializing) over Maker's Mark Mint Juleps, shrimp cocktails, marinated asparagus, and warm biscuit sandwiches provided by The Lafayette Market catering, guests were shuffled into random teams for a 'decorate your derby hat' contest. What better way to meet new people than amongst ribbons, glue, feathers and sequence? Especially when gift cards for the winners were on the line! Sandra Brown of Mark English & Associates (whom I always see at Drinks by Design events or anywhere "happening" in Detroit) a Decorative Artist and Muralist, Jill Gordon, who certainly knows how to improvise beauty, along with Paul Nieddu of Nieddu Draperies - who immediately went to the sewing kit - had the misfortune of joining my team. After hungrily sorting through the bins of supplies over the tops of other teams, my group decided on a color palette then quickly adhered anything and everything we could to the straw hat within the allotted 10 minute hustle.


Votes were cast not only for the best hat, but the best dressed to the event as well. Ann Sacks representative Tina Rossi provided a 'his and hers' bottle of bourbon for our winners, along with the Sherwin-Williams and Ferguson sponsored gift cards for the best hat creators. Right at this moment I realized, oh! It's time to pick up my sister from the airport - I better go! I said a hurried goodbye to my guests Barb Klien of Creative Impressions and Kimberly Sansone from Kraemer Design Group and rushed out the door. Oops! Without even a thank you to Interior Environments host Reggie Rolland. Thank you! And to all of those who made my Thursday night one I'd be able to share as a memorable and fantastic "Kentucky Derby" party.


If you don't know these Industry Partners and valuable board members - be sure to mark your calendar for their next event series; "Industry Night" where every 2nd Tuesday of the month we will rotate dining venues and cities with member mingle happy hours throughout the summer months.


A Note From Your Member at Large
Tina Rossi, Allied ASID

Attention Designers!
If you haven't been to the Michigan Design Center lately, you need to see what your missing.  The design center is hosting Summer event series.

Upcoming events are :
COLOR MATTERS June 18th 9am-5pm
THE CRAFT June 23rd 9am-5pm
ART of DESIGN September 10th 9am-5pm
Check out for details.

While you're at the design center check out completely remodeled showrooms Ann Sacks and Henderdon.  As well as a new showroom for RJ Thomas.
A Note From Your Professional Development Director
Cynthia Hahn, Allied ASID


This is the first year ASID requires 10 CEU credits to avoid penalty. See some upcoming opportunities below!


 CEU Courses now available on the Sherwin-Williams Website

The new Sherwin Williams Online Learning Center has a library of continuing education courses on Paint & Coatings and Color & Design. View more than a dozen CEU courses that are all accredited by AIA, IDCEC, or GBCI. CEU credits are processed within a week of course completion.

Paint & Coatings Courses: A variety of courses from paint & coatings technology to concrete and architectural & decorative finishes.

Color & Design Courses: Learn more about everything from each year's color forecast to color, light & metamerism.

It's easy - just visit, sign on and take any course, at any time!

313 Detroit Bicycle Club
416 E. State Fair Rd., Detroit, 48203
Thursday, June 11th
5:30PM - 8PM

   This month we focus on the built enviornment and the design of public spaces.  We've teamed up with the Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC), Bleeding Heart Design, and Young Nation to discuss and celebrate the use of art in public areas.  Come join us for the usual drinks, atmosphere, and a stirring conversation.   

21+ welcome
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A Note From Your Communications Director
Brittany Walsh, Allied ASID
Hello everyone!
I am usually so busy putting this newsletter together that I can't fit my own article in- but this month was an exception.
I have volunteered to head and reform the Directory Committee. ASID MI will be producing a physical directory once again as requested by many members. Details are still being worked out but you could be a part of the decision making process and have a lasting impression on your chapter with your service.
Please contact me if you would like to be involved in getting this directory made. Involvement will include mostly email correspondence and occasional in person meetings if necessary. We will discuss design and layout while working with a third party to arrange the printing and binding, etc. Please email me if you are interested or forward this notice to someone you may think would be interested:

To update your information the the director- see instructions below: 

If you've forgotten your username or password, please contact ASID directly @ 202-546-3480 or by contacting our ASID MI Administrator Debbie during her normal working hours (Wednesday and Friday Afternoons and Evenings) @ 248-649-6770
Here's to the bright new future of ASID Michigan.


Your 2015 Board of Directors

President Cynthia Hensie, ASID
President Elect Jeff Kolp, Allied ASID
Member at Large Tina Rossi, Allied ASID
Membership Director Christina Bliss, ASID
Financial Director Rebecca L. Luckhardt, ASID Industry Partner
Professional Development Director Cynthia A. Hahn, Allied ASID
Communications Director Brittany Walsh, Allied ASID
Emerging Professional Director Korinne Ishmel, Allied ASID
Student Representative to the Board Eitan Mendelson, Student ASID

Quote of the Month
Brought to you by: Brittany Walsh

"If you think you're meeting your destiny on the other side of a door you may not be interested in its design"
-Ettore Sottsass


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