Kick off the holiday season with us Nov. 19

Enjoy delicious food, holiday music and the Festival of Trees at the Dearborn Community Arts Council's annual Preview p"ART"y Fundraiser from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19.

The event takes place Sunday. Nov. 19 from 1-4 p.m. at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, located at 15801 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn. Parking is ample and free.

Admission is $20 and offers holiday shoppers a chance to discover the one-of-a-kind artwork and affordable crafts available at this year’s Holiday Boutique, as well as admission to the 33rd Annual Festival of Trees in the recently remodeled Hubbard Ballroom. Guests will also enjoy delicious food, holiday music and desserts from area restaurants at the Holiday Sky Lounge on the Theater Mezzanine of the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center.

The fundraising party also includes a Silent Auction with a Mystery Treasures Raffle Drawing and more.

Proceeds from the Preview p“ART”y Fundraiser benefit community programs and services provided by the DCAC.

For more information or to reserve tickets, contact DCAC Executive Director Ralph Valdez at rvaldez@ci.dearborn.mi.us or 313-943-3095.

Purchase tickets online

Purchase tickets to the 2017 Preview p"ART"y Fundraiser via PayPal. To redeem your purchase, give your name at the entrance to the event.






“Glorious Color” on display through Nov. 9 at Padzieski Gallery

The Colored Pencil Society of America, Michigan Chapter, presents a juried competition of new work in an exhibition called “Glorious Color” at Dearborn’s Padzieski Gallery.

Established in 1990, the Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA), has grown throughout the country with membership not just from the U.S. but from around the world. The Michigan Chapter is presenting their latest work “Glorious Color”, a juried competition at Dearborn’s Padzieski Art Gallery from Oct. 12 through Nov. 9 with a special Opening Party open to the public with refreshments offered on Thursday, Oct. 19 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The juror for the “Glorious Color” exhibition is arts educator Anthony R. Bacon. Professor Bacon teaches at the College for Creative Studies Creative Arts Project in their community outreach program in Detroit.  In addition, he is an Arts and Humanities professor at Schoolcraft College, where he teaches watercolor and drawing classes, works as a continuing education instructor and also mentors children and teens.

All awards will be announced at the Opening Party on Oct. 19.

Colored Pencil art is experiencing a whole new level of appreciation in the art world. The sophistication and creative potential expressed in this medium is exciting for artists and art lovers world-wide. The DCAC and the Padzieski Art gallery are proud to present “Glorious Color” and help bring this stunning exhibition to Dearborn and Southeast Michigan.


“Inspired By” Exhibition on display through Sept. 27

The DCAC and the Padzieski Art Gallery, in collaboration with Mary’s Artists, presents “Inspired By,” featuring 12 accomplished and award winning artists and their interpretations of themes from classic, historic and modern works including Alice in Wonderland, Madame Butterfly and Queen Elizabeth. The show also features artwork inspired by the artists Frida Kahlo, Henri Matisse, Alphonse Mucha, Alberto Giacometti and more.

“Inspired By” is at Dearborn’s Padzieski Art Gallery inside of the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center Sept. 7- 27. The opening reception is Thursday, Sept. 7 from 6-8 p.m.

The Ford Community and Performing Arts Center is located at 15801 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn.

Mary’s Artists represents more than 20 artists who attend weekly life studio sessions at Step Studios. Mary Step’s Studio was founded 10 years ago when 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. Barbara leads, coordinates and encourages the artists to show their art in solo and juried art shows. Mary’s Artists celebrate their mix of gender, age, religion, heritage, education, and other differences blending creatively to form a unique art community and studio experience. All of these artists share a passion for this community found at Mary Step’s Studio and for the importance of painting from life.

All this and more will be discussed at “Art & Appetizers,” an entertaining and informal FREE Gallery Talk on Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served as several of Mary’s Artists, including Janet Kondziela and Susan Perrish, discuss their contributions to the exhibition.

The DCAC’s regular monthly Gallery Art Talk program “Art & Appetizers” provides an opportunity for art lovers and enthusiasts to learn what motivates creative people to express themselves whether through the study of art or through life experiences. The Padzieski Gallery (313-943-5377) is free and open Tuesday through Friday from 12-6 p.m.