Comic Pages Thru the Ages Open March 9-April 7

Green Brain Comics, the Dearborn Community Arts Council, the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra and Dearborn Public Schools are coming together for the first time to celebrate the history of cartoons and comic book art and even their connection to classical music. The free exhibition Comic Pages Thru The Ages opens at the Padzieski Art Gallery on March 9 with a reception at 6 p.m., but the action packed Closing Night Party on Friday, April 7 will also include the Dearborn Symphony’s premier performance of Cartoons & Comics in Concert!

The exciting collaboration of these organizations offers an opportunity to break barriers while having fun blurring the lines between art that is popular and scholarly, entertaining and serious. The exhibition Comic Pages Thru The Ages (March 9 - April 7) has been thoroughly and lovingly curated by dedicated art collectors Richard Rubenfeld and Martin Hirchak, with invaluable assistance from Dan Merritt of Green Brain Comics. Rare and unpublished comic book and cartoon artwork from the 1930s to the present day will be shown, highlighting some of the legendary artists who brought these pages to life for fans of all ages.

The lobby outside of the Gallery will feature a wide array of comic style artwork by students representing Dearborn Public Schools.

Meanwhile, on Friday, April 7, as the Gallery’s Closing Party gets under way, the Dearborn Symphony’s Pops Conductor and pianist Rich Ridenour will lead the orchestra in action packed performances ranging from classical landmarks by Wagner and Rossini to popular cartoon favorites including “Powerhouse” by Raymond Scott and others. The Symphony’s Cartoons & Comics in Concert! promises to thrill audiences not only with these musical gems but also with live action painting happening simultaneously on the stage of the Michael A. Guido Theater.

Wednesday, March 22 from 2-3 p.m., Teatime with the Artists —the DCAC’s regular monthly Gallery Talk program—will feature artists and curators from Comic Pages Thru The Ages to discuss the artwork and artists on display. This informal and entertaining art talk with refreshments including coffee, tea and sweets is free to the public without registration. Learn more about the exhibit while discovering what inspires these artists and collectors.

Join Us: Yoga and Art Party March 26

Join us at the Padzieski Gallery March 26 for a one-of-a-kind yoga and art party!

Yogis, artists and all who are interested are invited to channel positive and creative forces to stretch, focus and create personal artwork with this fun and relaxing class. Raluca Metea, who teaches yoga at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, will instruct the yoga class, while professional artist Kate Blair will lead participants in the creation of a "vision board" with collage and paint.

The class will be held 3- p.m. on Sunday, March 26 in the Padzieski Gallery, located inside of the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn.

Tickets are $35.

In addition to yoga and art, admission includes appetizers, wine and all art materials. Participants are encouraged to bring personal items to incorporate into their art, such as photos or quotations. Participants should also bring their own yoga mats, though mats and other materials will be available for those who do not have them.

Reserve your spot online below, or call 313-943-3095, or email DCAC Executive Director Ralph Valdez at

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Improve Your Photography Skills at March 17 Workshop

The Dearborn Community Arts Council will host a photography workshop, "Taking Your Photography to the Next Level" on Friday, March 17.

Taught by award-winning photographer Lance Rosol, the workshop and demonstration will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Clubroom One of the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, located at 15801 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn. 

Dearborn photographer, teacher and longtime arts & culture proponent Lance Rosol will instruct participants on:

  • The relationship between aperture, shutter speed and ISO
  • Choosing appropriate lighting for any situation
  • Choosing the right camera and accessories
  • Different techniques of photographic styles
  • Some post production tips and choosing the right software
  • Adapting your photos for output, and presentation considerations

Bring your own equipment and improve your photography whether for fun, exhibitions or for profit.

The registration fee is $20 and can be completed online, or in person. For more information, call DCAC Director Ralph Valdez at 313-943-3095, or email him at

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