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Maureen Feighan
The Detroit News

Monday deadline to vote for local finalists in Martha Stewart contest

Tick tock. Monday is the final day to cast your votes in this year’s Martha Stewart American Made contest, and there are at least 15 Metro Detroit artisans and entrepreneurs who want your vote for the Audience Choice Award! A panel of judges will pick winners in four main categories, including design, food, crafts and style. The winner will receive $10,000, a spread in Martha Stewart Living and other prizes. Metro Detroit’s finalists include: Ciseal (pictured above), Detroit Beard Collective, Detroit Bikes, Detroit Dirt, Alex Drew & No One, Lead Head Glass, Ponyride and Rebel Nell. Go to marthastewart.com/americanmade/nominees.

Pontiac glassblower to be featured on new PBS series

April Wagner is a glassblower pushing the boundaries of her craft. Working out of her 4,000-square-foot glass studio in Pontiac, ephiphany studios, Wagner has created abstract glass sculptures now in galleries, homes and businesses all over the country. Wagner will be featured on the second episode of a new PBS series, “A Craftsman’s Legacy,” that airs at 11:30 a.m. Saturday on Detroit Public Television. Hosted by Detroit native Eric Gorges, the show will explore just how hot a glass studio is and the sacrifices required in starting a small business.

Boo-tiful contest: Submit your Halloween photos to Homestyle

Are your Halloween decorations especially spook-tacular this year? We’d love to see them! Go to submissions.detroitnews.com, click on “Add your photo to the collection” and submit your best Halloween decor photos, choosing the Halloween collection. We want it all — images of frightful indoor and outdoor displays, wide shots and up close ones. And don’t forget jack-o-lantern photos. The scariest (or best) image will be rewarded with a free Halloween book. Last year’s winners were Leslie Hardy and Tim Proper of Ferndale, who created a ghoulish date night on their front lawn.

Exhibition of rare modern art lithographs tonight in Birmingham

An exhibition of rare lithographs by some of the biggest names in modern art — Picasso, Matisse and Chagall among them — will be held from 6:30-8:30 tonight at the Ethan Allen Design Center, 275 N. Old Woodward. The vintage lithographs are part of Ethan Allen’s new Modern Masters Collection, which was unveiled earlier this year and includes 81 remarkable pieces designed by 20th century legends such as Joan Miró, Alexander Calder, Henri Matisse and Georges Braque. Tonight’s event will have a special guest, Eric Mourlot, the grandson of Fernand Mourlot, who established the original Atelier Mourlot in Paris in 1852. He’ll discuss the new Ethan Allen collection and its history, along with some archival one of a kind pieces. Five percent of tonight’s sales will benefit the Birmingham Community House. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Meanwhile, the 29th annual Our Town Art Show and Sale at the Community House in Birmingham runs 10 a.m.-6 p.m. today and Saturday. The juried art show features 355 works of art in all forms from 159 Michigan artists. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Community House’s wellness, leadership and art programs for at-risk kids in Pontiac and Detroit. The Community House is at 380 S. Bates. Call (248) 644-5832.

Novi Home Remodeling Show through Sunday

Ready to tackle a major remodeling project and need some inspiration? Check out the 2014 Novi Home Remodeling Show at the Suburban Collection Showplace, which begins at 2 p.m. today. This year’s show, sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Southeastern Michigan, will feature exhibits on windows, doors, bath and kitchen interiors, furniture, cabinetry and more. America’s Master Handyman — and Homestyle’s own! — Glenn Haege also will be there, offering tips and advice. The show runs until 9 p.m. today; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $9 for adults; $8 for seniors; and kids 12 and under are free. For details (and a coupon on admission), go to novihomeshow.com.

Art Deco society hosts Lustron home tour

A Lustron home was a prefabricated house, designed by engineer Carl G. Stranglund as an answer to the post-World War II housing shortage. Considered a completely modern home, Lustron homes were constructed on cement slabs and made with porcelain enamel steel wall panels and a steel roof. Even the interior walls were porcelain enameled steel. “The selling point was that it ‘Never needs paint!’ ” says Rebecca Binno Savage of the Detroit Area Art Deco Society. DAADS, with the help of Lustron enthusiast Marion Christiansen, will lead a tour of four Lustron homes — two in Detroit, two in Oak Park — from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m Saturday. Tickets are $45 and include lunch. Go to www.daads.org.