Celebrate Dearborn’s “HIGHLIGHTS” in June

From June 6 - 30, The Padzieski Art Gallery presents its annual “HIGHLIGHTS” exhibition. The show is comprised of recent works by the Artists’ Society of Dearborn (ASD), which this year also includes work from the Arab American National Museum’s award-winning SURA Arts Academy, a student photography program. Featured artists will speak at the DCAC’s FREE Gallery Art Talk “Art & Appetizers” on Thursday, June 27, from 5-7 p.m.

“HIGHLIGHTS: Artists’ Society of Dearborn & SURA Arts Academy Student Photography” is an exhibition of outstanding and wide ranging artwork from the ASD in 2D and 3D formats including oil and water based paintings as well as pastels, mixed media and photography. The AANM, dedicated to nurturing the next generation of artists, is sharing eight works from their SURA Arts Academy – an after-school program providing professional photography lessons to middle and high schoolers in Dearborn and metro Detroit through ACCESS since 2000.

Equipped with cameras supplied by the AANM, students from different cultural backgrounds develop an understanding of the mechanics of photography and career opportunities in the field. Professional photographers and educators, including the DCAC’s own Bruce Harkness, have lead these discussions and explorations, helping students gain insight into issues of identity, ethnicity, diversity, and community history. The eight images included in “HIGHLIGHTS” – of the students’ families, friends and communities – represent just a portion of the inspiring creative output of the SURA Arts Academy.

The next SURA program is a summer camp and takes place July 29-Aug. 2.  Students will embark on daily field trips, exploring, documenting and photographing their surroundings. This semester, students will focus on issues of home, community and culture, telling their story and capturing experiences through their photographs. More information at: www.arabamericanmuseum.org/sura

The student’s work is shown side by side in the Padzieski Gallery with some of the best from The ASD and their most recent exhibitions. The ASD (www.dearbornart.com) includes theme challenges, such as an exploration of texture, which encourages their group to explore creativity within specific guidelines. These theme challenges will also be on display.

The exceptional quality of the student work often presents its own fun challenges as viewers enjoy  trying to distinguish between the art shown by these talented local youngsters and the more experienced members of the ASD. 

The Padzieski Art Gallery is free to visit and open Tuesdays through Fridays from 12-6 p.m. and also select weekends. The Gallery can be reached by phone during hours of operation at 313-943-5377 and the DCAC website provides more information at www.dcacarts.org.

This impressive exhibition represents a variety of works from the many talented young artists of Dearborn and the ASD and will be on display at the Padzieski Gallery through June 30.


First Lady’s Tea rescheduled for June 23

Join the Dearborn Community Arts Council for the First Lady’s Tea honoring Dearborn’s First Lady, Christina O’Reilly, while celebrating culture, creativity and the Art of Tea.

The First Lady's Tea is scheduled for Sunday, June 23 at 1 p.m. at the Dearborn Hills Golf Course Clubhouse. The event was rescheduled from its original date due to flooding at Dearborn Hills.

Dearborn Hills is located at 1300 S. Telegraph Road in Dearborn.

This elegant fundraiser and traditional luncheon tea offers a fun filled afternoon in a refined atmosphere of beauty and luxury and is highly anticipated every year by many in the community who enjoy the “Art of Tea."

The event includes an assortment of fine teas and foods, as well as a presentation by newly appointed Arab American National Museum Director, Dr. Diana Abouali.  Ms. O’Reilly invited Dr. Abouali to speak because of the deep educational background and wide range of significant international educational leadership experience she brings to the role of directing the AANM in telling the story of Arab Americans.

The highly anticipated First Lady’s Tea fundraiser and luncheon offers an assortment of fine teas and foods, scones and assorted desserts. Guests also enjoy the Silent Auction and opportunities to win Teatime Treasure raffle prizes. Another highlight is strolling and viewing the individually decorated tea tables, each with a different theme.

As a special addition to this year’s tea, the Dearborn Historical Museum will display information about influential women in the City’s history in celebration of Dearborn’s 90th birthday.

Proceeds from the First Lady’s Tea benefit the Dearborn Community Arts Council, which operates the Padzieski Gallery and promotes the arts and arts organizations in the Dearborn area, as well as offers a variety of community arts programs.

The 2019 First Lady's Tea is presented thanks to the support of signature sponsor Maram Alaiwat, Partner, New York Life Greater Detroit, and other generous donors.

Reservations are required! Tickets are $40 each or a discounted price of $280 for a full table. Make your reservation today online via PayPal below, or using one of the following options:

  • The Ford Community & Performing Arts Center Box Office, 15801 Michigan Ave., in person, by calling 313-943-2354
  • Email: rvaldez@ci.dearborn.mi.us
  • Phone: Call DCAC Director Ralph Valdez at 313-943-3095
  • Mail: Send a check made out to the Dearborn Community Arts Council to 15801 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, 48126 - ATTN: FLT

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Learn the art of photography with award-winning Dearborn photographer

The Dearborn Community Arts Council is offering a Basic Photography Workshop with award-winning photographer Lance Rosol at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center in the Padzieski Gallery on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 5-7:30 p.m.

Attendees are invited to understand more about the art of digital photography, and take their abilities to the next level at Lance Rosol’s Digital Imaging Academy’s Basic Photography Workshop.  This two-hour seminar has been created for both the casual and experienced photographer wanting to better understand their camera’s manual settings to gain more control over the photos that they take.  The Workshop will also include an overview of suggested accessories that help create quality images in more challenging environments, proper use of framing and negative space, choosing the correct lenses for different situations, knowing what to look for when purchasing a new camera and other helpful instruction.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions and are encouraged to bring along with them whatever equipment they desire.

Dearborn’s Lance Rosol is a professional photographer and videographer who has enjoyed a successful career working within a variety of disciplines and artistic styles. His company, Pixel Perfect Photography, has been hired by Ford, General Electric, NBC, Masco Corp., Henry Ford College, The Society of Manufacturing Engineers and many others to provide photographic services.  During his travels Mr. Rosol has come to understand that, although the tools and the technology for taking photos may change constantly, what makes a striking and memorable photograph remains consistent.  Mr. Rosol has received multiple awards for his work and currently does video and photography full-time for Ford Motor Company. He enjoys exhibiting his work as well as jurying competitions including DCAC’s current Juried Photography Exhibition at the Padzieski Gallery.

Register to attend

Register online below via PayPal, or email Dearborn Community Arts Council Director Ralph Valdez at rvaldez@ci.dearborn.mi.us for more information. Registration fee is $50. Cash and charge accepted.