We are always looking for locations to host our next event or CEU or board meeting! Please contact Communications Director Brittany Walsh ( to be put on our list of event hosts and for more information.
Volume 3 Issue 5
AND They're off!
ASID Michigan's Day at the Races - Spring Fling 2015

Thursday, April 30th | 5:30 PM

A Day at the Races 

Interior Environments, 48700 Grand River Ave., Novi, MI 48374) 


Join us for an evening of fun, food and a few games while we celebrate the upcoming horse races!  


Please dress in Derby Day attire, as there will be a prize for best dressed!


A portion of all ticket sales will go to benefit Camp  Casey, a local charity that brings horses to children with disabilities for a chance to take a ride. A representative from the charity will be present at the event for any questions.  


Tickets are available beforehand for your convenience at or by calling the ASID Office 248-649-6770

$15 for ASID Members

$20 for Non-Members

Students gain entry for FREE with a valid college ID from their school, thanks to Marcus Perry representing Blakely Products for sponsoring our students!

Pre-Party Meet & Greet for our Emerging Professionals
Details below...
A Note From Your President
Cynthia Hensie, ASID

Spring is around the corner in Michigan, get your summer hats out and join us April 30 for our Spring Fling! Celebrate the warmer weather with us with a mint julep and dress like you're off to the races.

Last week I had the pleasure of working with the team on Career Day at the MDC. There were various activities throughout the day and I had a chance to talk with the Student Competition winner, Ms. Zimmerman from CCS. I find it invigorating to be around our emerging professionals and hope to see them more often at our functions.

   Jeffrey Kolp and Rebecca Luckhardt are at work creating 2nd Tuesday Industry Happy Hour programs. We are always looking for more interaction within our membership, stay tuned.

   We are reviewing the possibility of joining the Freedom House Detroit organization by helping them with improved office areas, a more hospitable dining area for their residents and possibly a fresh coat of paint. This non profit is in Detroit close to the bridge and is a home for people from around the world working on getting asylum from their native country where the majority of them have fled for the life. Should you have an interest in this project, email me and I can give you more details.

   We are going to have a Directory again! Industry Partners are not the only ones that could benefit from advertising. You will be contacted by E& M Consulting firm. They are a great team of people that want to help us make our Directory a great tool again for our membership.

            See you soon!

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!

Dwyer Marble & Stone

Trend Night 2015 is next week, and we wanted to give you another opportunity to register for this free event, which has been planned with the architect, designer, builder, and re-modeler in mind.

Come celebrate "Margaritaville" with us while you see and learn about all the new and exciting products and trends in exterior and interior surface materials.

Highlights of Trend Night include:
  • 2 CEU presentations titled, "Quartz: The Ideal Sustainable Flooring & Surface Material" (presentation accepted by AIA, ASID, IDCEC, IIDA, IDC)
  • Featured speaker Brooks Utley, HGTV personality and contestant on Ellen's Design Challenge
  • Manufacturers' showcase displaying just-released products
  • Hors d'ouevres, cocktails, and of course, MARGARITAS!
  • Valuable prizes throughout the night
  • Photography station to update your professional headshot
Thursday, April 23, 2015
3:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Dwyer Marble & Stone Showroom
23177 Commerce Drive
Farmington Hills, MI 48335

Click here to REGISTER and for more information!

  Date:  May 7, 2015  
  Time:  11:30 AM - 1:00 PM  
  Location:  Office Design & Furnishings Corktown Display
1551 Rosa Parks Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48216 

A Note From Your Membership Director
Christina Bliss, ASID

Frida Frenzy
The exhibit, 'Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit' is currently on display at the Detroit Institute of Arts and will be until July 12th of this year.  What a wonderful opportunity to view and learn about the work of two amazing artists and the time they lived in Detroit, while Rivera worked on his most famous commission, "Detroit Industry".  Though one may not agree with their artistic styles or political views -- so richly displayed in their paintings.  The vivid and colorful strokes of their work will do nothing, if not inspire a viewer.  Over 60 works are on display, predominately that of Rivera's; many working drawings to reveal insight to his process of painting the mural.  Though only 23 are of Kahlo's work, she clearly steals the show.  The city geared up for weeks to prepare for the opening -- social media was ablaze in anticipation: there is a pop-up store named for her, and even special menu offerings at several local restaurants.  One cannot deny her magnetism, it is still strong after more than 80 years.  I encourage everyone to indulge -- see the exhibit, taste the flavor of Mexico, or better yet both!
See below and visit for more info!

Sunday, March 15, 2015 - Sunday, July 12, 2015

Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo were an explosive couple. He carried a pistol. She carried a flask. He romanticized Detroit. She rejected it. But what they shared was a belief in communism, a thirst for tequila and a passion for each other. Discover how they left their mark on Detroit. And how Detroit left its mark on their art. Exclusively on view at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit brings together nearly 70 works of art that depict the evolution of these two extraordinary artists' careers, including eight of Rivera's epic preparatory drawings for the Detroit Industry murals and 23 pieces by Kahlo, whose work has never before been shown at the DIA. Photography is not permitted in the special exhibition galleries. 

For a complete listing of programs related to Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit, please visit

A Note From Your President Elect
Jeff Kolp, Allied ASID

Spring is in the air, or at least it's trying to be, which means that our 2015 Spring Fling is just around the corner! It will be held on Thursday, April 30th and I look forward to seeing all of you there. Stay tuned for all of the event details.


I would like to thank Ferguson Kitchen, Bath & Lighting Gallery for hosting a Designer Night and allowing us to hold our March board meeting in their offices. Ferguson's Designer Night was a blast and it was great to see familiar faces and make new friends. I was personally impressed with the eclectic mix of unique lighting and plumbing fixtures. The staff was extremely friendly and I look forward to more events at their showroom and to working with them in the future!  

Midtown Interior Finishes The Auburn
4240 Cass, Suite 111 Detroit, 48201
Thursday, May 14th
5:30PM - 8PM


   This month we focus on interior design, and we're presenting a variety of products from exceptional designers in the area.  Come join us for the usual drinks, atmosphere, and a stirring conversation on interior design and the spaces we inhabit.

   Our host and partner this month, Midtown Interior Finishes is Detroit's local source for interior finishes for the home and office. They feel good interior design starts from the ground up -- wood, bamboo, cork, LVT, carpet, area rugs, ceramic and porcelain, wall coverings, and office furniture are their specialties.  Weather you're the DIY kind of person, or need help from start to finish,  Midtown Interior Finishes has you covered!  They are founded on passion for their profession and for Detroit. 
   Also partnering this month is the Detroit Wallpaper Company, bringing fresh designs and fresh designers to the Auburn for our event this May.  DWC maintains a presence in Midtown Interior Finishes and provides unique, colorful, and memorable designs to clients all over the region.

21+ welcome
Register here with Eventbrite
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

"Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that's why it is so complicated."
- Paul Rand



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