Sept. 13-Oct. 10 in the gallery: Works inspired by classic art

The DCAC, in collaboration with Mary’s Artists, presents Inspired By 2.0 in the Padzieski Gallery Sept. 13-Oct 10. The exhibition features works by 11 accomplished and award-winning artists painted from real-life models interpreting themes from classic, historic and modern artwork. It includes works inspired by artists such as Degas, Klimt and Rembrandt and other themes such as Steampunk and the change of the seasons.

“Inspired By 2.0” is a return for Mary’s Artists after a successful 2017 exhibition in Dearborn’s Padzieski Art Gallery, located inside of the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center.

Gallery hours for this new show are Tuesday through Friday, 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. Also, new for this show, the gallery will also be open every Saturday, 12 - 3 p.m.

The opening reception will be held Friday, Sept. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Mary’s Artists represents more than 20 artists who attend weekly life studio sessions at Step Studios, owned by artist Mary Step. The studio was founded 12 years ago when artists Barbara Eko Murphy and Mary Step met at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center and formed a life drawing group. Mary provides the studio, hires models and collects costumes and props. Other participating artists coordinate and encourage artists to show in solo and juried art shows.

Mary’s Artists celebrate their distinctive mix of artists from different disciplines and different walks of life by coming together to form a unique art community and studio experience.  These artists share a passion for the creative sense of community found at this special studio and for recognizing the importance of painting from life.

All this and more will be discussed at the free Opening Party on Friday, Sept. 13.  Refreshments will be served and many of Mary’s Artists will be available to discuss their contributions to the exhibition.


Celebrating the DCAC’s 50th Anniversary

The year 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Dearborn Community Arts Council.

To celebrate this milestone, the DCAC held a 50th anniversary celebration in July in conjunction with a show of works by members of the Artists' Society of Dearborn.

Photo collage by Sylvia Bandyke

More about Sylvia: I have a long time interest in photography and took it to a new level when I joined the Artists’ Society of Dearborn in the Fall of 2017.  Doing so gave me the opportunity to display at the Padzieski Gallery and the Henry Ford Centennial Library in the city.  From there I branched out to exhibitions in Livonia, Muskegon and Detroit and then onto exhibitions nationally from the East to West Coasts and North to South.

I like using the collage format to integrate associated images into a well-balanced, cohesive unit that is even more compelling and eye-catching because of the embedded story or theme.  Initially I began using this format when I displayed in ArtPrize in Grand Rapids from 2014 – 2018.   I have even been included in online international exhibits with my collages so I am finding acceptance of the format in many different venues.


Buy, sell art at the DCAC’s Art Exchange Aug. 15-18

The DCAC is inviting all art collectors, artists and art enthusiasts to participate in its 4th Annual Art Exchange. This exciting Art Sale is also a fundraiser offering participants a chance to display and sell artwork with a portion of sales benefiting the Padzieski Art Gallery and its many community projects and programs.  

With an open invitation to all, the Dearborn Community Arts Council’s Padzieski Art Gallery is holding an Art Exchange and Art Sale on Aug. 15-18 from 12-7 p.m. 

This is the fourth Art Sale fundraiser to benefit the gallery and it offers a special opportunity for artists and collectors to sell their art. The Art Exchange also provides a venue for those looking to purchase beautiful gifts of art for the upcoming holidays or just to freshen up their own collections with new art.

The art exchange is a fundraiser for the Dearborn Community Arts Council. There is no admission fee to attend.

How to submit art

The DCAC will choose work from submissions from throughout our region. These works include paintings, prints, photography and other fine and decorative art.  Participating artists and collectors will split proceeds from the sale of their art with the DCAC for support of its various community programs and upkeep of the Padzieski Art Gallery.

Donations of art are also appreciated.

All art must be dropped off Thursday, Aug. 8, Friday, Aug. 9 or Tuesday, Aug. 13 between the hours of 3-7 p.m. at the gallery.

Artwork submitted must be properly wired and ready to hang.

Participants may submit their paperwork for including their art in the exchange by using the form below, or may pick up the form in the gallery.

The Padzieski Art Gallery is located in the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center at 15801 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn.

Art Exchange Submission Form

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You may submit up to five works of art for consideration. Please list all works in one form.