New exhibition at Dearborn’s Rotunda Gallery showcases Detroit, Italy artists

An exhibition by photographer Richard Haskin of Dearborn and a related documentary film by Pierette Domenica Simpson of Novi are the catalysts for launching “Detroit-Turin Exchange” (DETUR) here in the States. DETUR is an international project aimed at creating cultural bridges between Detroit area artists and Detroit’s sister city, Turin, Italy. This October event segues from the international summer launch in Turin this past June and July. The exhibition and documentary highlight exceptional artists from both cities, their connections, and their work in multiple disciplines including visual arts, music, literature, cinema, and jewelry making.

Friday, October 17, 2014 marks the Detroit area opening and premier showing of Richard Haskin’s photographic exhibition, “Art Within Art: From Italy to Detroit and Vice Versa” as a component of DETUR, the “Detroit – Turin Exchange.” The photographic exhibition is accompanied by a documentary film created by Novi author Pierette Simpson.

DETUR’s Opening Reception on October 17th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at The Henry Ford Centennial Library’s Rotunda Gallery and Library Auditorium is free and open to the public. The celebration includes refreshments and live music performances by DETUR artists, Heidi Hepler & Michele Ramo’s Voice & 8 String Guitar Duo. Other artists featured in the exhibition and documentary film will be present to discuss their work. The exhibition runs through Oct. 30.

Simpson explains how the exhibition is a model for project DETUR’s format. “Turin’s art curator, Loretta Del Ponte, proposed the idea for ‘Art Within Art: From Italy to Detroit and Vice Versa’ to Haskin. It was presented overseas in June-July, and now it is being repeated here as a cultural exchange.”

Del Ponte describes Haskin’s solo exhibition as “Rare visual conversations with Italian American artists of various genres in Michigan, documented via a photographic and cinematographic objective”. Interviewees include Detroit Institute of Arts (D.I.A.) curator, Alan Darr; sculptor Sergio De Giusti; Michigan Opera Theatre founder and creative director, David DiChiera; and art professor/painter, Rick Vian. Italian masterpieces from the Detroit Institute of Art enhance the exhibition.

Project DETUR was founded by Simpson and Haskin. It mirrors the Fiat-Chrysler merger between two automobile cities. Like FCA, DETUR intends to provide a larger platform for local artists. Haskin explains how it will help young people. “My son, Nik, filmed Pierette’s documentary. He also created a short film on Detroit Street Art, which was shown at an art center in Turin called LungoTavolo45. He has now been discovered overseas as a Detroit videographer. We want DETUR to play a role in Detroit’s rebirth and hope it will also create jobs in related industries such as travel and tourism, and gastronomy.”

The exhibition, “Art Within Art: From Italy to Detroit and Vice Versa”, is held with support from the Dearborn Community Arts Council. It is endorsed by the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Italian Consulate of Detroit, and the Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan. The latter will hold a mini-exhibition of Haskin’s works as part of their 90th anniversary celebrations in November.

For more information on project DETUR and the exhibition, Haskin and Simpson are providing the documentary on YouTube for a limited time:

Additional information on

An English version of the site is accessible at Detroit Turin Exchange on Google, by clicking on “Translate this page”.

Nikolas Haskin’s documentary, “Detroit Street Art”, can be viewed on YouTube:

DETUR: “Detroit-Turin Exchange”and “Art Within Art
October 17 – 30
Henry Ford Centennial Library Rotunda Gallery
16301 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI 48126.

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Gallery Welcomes Home Dearborn Artist David A. Bell Oct. 2 – Nov. 7

Dearborn-native David Bell returns with his artwork to the Padzieski Gallery Oct. 2-Nov. 7.

Dearborn-native David Bell returns with his artwork to the Padzieski Gallery Oct. 2-Nov. 7.

“Nature sometimes shouts, sometimes it whispers,” says artist David A. Bell, whose solo exhibition, “Meditation On Nature” opens this week at the Padzieski Art Gallery located in the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn, MI 48126.

Bell is a naturalist working primarily in watercolor but with a depth and grandeur that belies the medium.

As a boy David A. Bell played in the streets and neighborhoods of Dearborn, where he also began to develop his interest in art at Henry Ford College.

For almost 20 years he’s been living among the raw beauty of the wilds of Northern Michigan drawing inspiration from Lake Huron’s timeless beauty and the woodland environments exclusive to our State. Coming back to Dearborn has given the artist a chance to share his strong impressions and expressions of nature with the people and places representing the roots of his artistic vision.

Bell’s love of painting shows in the studies and the glimpses of nature both intimate and grand that he presents in these large works of art that draw the viewer into his world – a world that he feels the need to share more and more through his paintings as he battles increasing difficulties with his vision.

The free Opening Reception for “Meditation On Nature” is Thursday, Oct. 2 from 6-8 p.m. with light refreshments and a chance to meet the reclusive artist. The Padzieski Art Gallery also presents a free “Teatime with the Artist” on Wednesday, Nov. 5 from 2-3 p.m.

The exhibition closes Friday, Nov. 7.

The Padzieski Art Gallery is located at 15801 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI 48126 at the south west corner of Michigan and Greenfield inside the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center. Plenty of free parking is available.

For more information, call 313-943-3095.

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100 artists, 10×10 canvas, $50: 100×50 opens Sept. 11

What can 100 artists create on a 10×10 canvas?

Come see 100 x 50 to find out, opening Sept 11 with a special reception at the Padziesky Gallery inside of the Ford Community and Performing Arts center, 15801 Michigan Ave.

All 100 pieces start at the incredibly low price of $50 each for a one-of-a-kind, professional piece of artwork.

Proceeds from sales benefit the Dearborn Community Arts Council and be used toward gallery updates.

One hundred local artists–including Mohamad Bazzi, Jerry Vile, Melanie Manos, Kevin Castile, Windy Weber, Joseph Marks, and Ash Nowak–have donated 10-inch square works of art for this special fall fundraiser.

The “100 X 50” fundraiser begins with an Opening Reception “First Look & Kick Off Party” on Thursday, Sept. 11, from 6-8pm. A $5 ticket gets you a 20 percent discount on art purchases at the opening, a silent auction, food, drinks, prizes and live entertainment!

The show also includes a retrospective “Wall of History of The Padzieski Art Gallery.” “100 X 50” opens to the public Sept. 12 and ends Sept. 26, 2014. Gallery admission is free. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday from 12-6 p.m.

For more information, call 313-943-3095.

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