Holiday Season Kicks off Nov. 23 With Annual Preview p”ART”y

IMG_1234An exciting opportunity is presented for holiday shoppers from November 21 through December 19 with the return of the Padzieski Art Gallery’s Holiday Boutique and the DCAC’s Preview Party on Sunday, November 23 – a celebration and first look at this year’s artistic gift ideas IMG_1203and so much more.

Putting the “ART” in “PARTY”, the DCAC invites you to the popular Annual Preview p“ART”y, on Sunday, Nov. 23, from 2-5 p.m. on the mezzanine of the Ford Community & Performing ArtsCenter at 15801 Michigan Ave. Dearborn, MI 48126 with plenty of close and FREE parking near the Theater entrance.

The DCAC’s Holiday Boutique is a transformed Padzieski Art Gallery with special hours, featuring the unique, original creations of more than 30 area artists open from November 21 through December 19. Admission for the Preview Party on November 23 is only $15 and allows holiday shoppers to be the first to shop the Holiday Boutique at a 10% discount. Admission to the Festival of Trees in the Hubbard Ballroom is also included as well as a Mini Taste Fest on the mezzanine with a variety of local eateries providing a tasty strolling food court. The fun continues with a Silent Auction and a Mystery Treasures Raffle Drawing. Many of the available items will be listed on the DCAC website at

Proceeds from the Preview p“ART”y go towards program services that DCAC provides for the 50 local arts & cultural groups under its umbrella. The Preview p“ART”y is truly a festive prelude to the Holiday Season!

For more information and Preview Party reservations contact Dearborn Community Arts Council Executive Director, Ralph Valdez: or 313-943-3095.

Holiday Boutique
Nov. 21-Dec. 19
Preview p”ART”y: Nov. 23, 2-5 p.m.
Padzieski Gallery
15801 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI 48126

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SEE: Meditation on Nature, works by David Bell

Open through Nov. 7 in the Padzieski Gallery.

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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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