Celebrate the art of tea at DCAC’s annual “First Lady’s Tea” April 29

The Dearborn Community Arts Council is once again hosting the annual First Lady’s Tea honoring Dearborn’s First Lady, Christina O’Reilly, while celebrating culture, creativity and the Art of Tea on Sunday, April 29 at the Dearborn Hills Golf Course Clubhouse at 1 p.m.

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."

Tables are artistically decorated by arts supporters, prominent community members and cultural and business organizations. The afternoon begins with music and mimosas and a leisurely stroll of the clubhouse, taking in the wide array of creatively decorated tables, while being serenaded by beautiful live music.  The luncheon features an assortment of fine teas complimented by a tasty Michigan salad, delicious assorted tea sandwiches, scones and muffins, as well as a buffet of healthy fruits and decadent desserts. There will also be chances to win wonderful gift items and packages including original art, gift cards, and to shop the Teatime Treasures Auction and Raffle.

Proceeds from the First Lady’s Tea go toward programs and activities benefiting the DCAC and its partnering arts organizations.

Reservations are required! Tickets are $35 each or $245 for a table for eight people (a discount of $35!). Make yours today online using the registration form 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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Mayors Arts Awards 2014

Celebrate the 30th annual Mayor’s Arts Awards on April 10

The public is invited to celebrate several people and organizations who made 2017 an exciting and productive year in the arts in the greater Dearborn community.

The Dearborn Community Arts Council and the Mayor’s Office are proud to present the 30th annual Mayor’s Arts Awards ceremony on Tuesday, April 10 at 7 p.m. in “Studio A” at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center. An afterglow reception to follow in the Padzieski Art Gallery. Admission is free to the awards and the afterglow and the public are invited to come and celebrate with the honorees.

The Center is located at 15801 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn.

The Mayor’s Arts Awards Selection Committee announces and congratulates these individuals and organizations being honored for their work in the arts in 2017:

2017 Volunteer Award: DAVID WOOD

2017 Artist Award: HAYDAR AL YASIRY

2017 DCAC Bravo Award:  LESLIE HERRICK

2017 Mayor's Award: NORETTA DUNWORTH

2017 Arts Educator Award: SHARON BALOGA

2017 Arts Patron Award: PARK PLACE CATERERS

2017 Arts Organization Award: STOUT THEATER COMPANY

These great friends to our community will be honored at the Awards Ceremony, recognizing their outstanding achievements and contributions for 2017. The DCAC looks forward to spotlighting these individuals and groups who have enriched our lives and our communities with their talent, as well as their dedication and support of the arts.

Entertainment for this year’s Mayor’s Arts Awards includes a musical theater performance by students of Stout Theater Company and a special performance courtesy of The Silver Strings Dulcimer Society. MC for the evening’s festivities is WHFR’s Susan McGraw, longtime host and General Manager at Henry Ford College’s popular radio station.

Anyone interested in purchasing ad space in this year’s program (only $20-$50) should contact DCAC Executive Director Ralph Valdez at rvaldez@ci,dearborn.mi.us or 313-943-3095.


“Rock, Paper, Paintbrush” exhibit open through April 13

Three distinguished artists educated in Dearborn’s Public School system during three different decades will celebrate their mixed media work together at Dearborn’s Padzieski Art Gallery March 9 through April 13.

Through the years and throughout the region, Dearborn Public Schools has been known for its strong support of arts education.

A new exhibit “Rock, Paper, Paintbrush – Revisited," showing in the Padzieski Gallery through April 13, unites artists Elroy Grandy, (Dearborn High School 1966), Wendy Sample (Edsel Ford High School 1970) and Mohamad S. Bazzi (Fordson High School 1987) to show their work together for the first time in Dearborn. These three artists create their highly personal art in the Dearborn area, all distinct from each other but all benefiting from the strong impact that their Dearborn educations and early exposure to the arts have made on each of them.

Artist Elroy Grandy was born and raised in Dearborn where his talents were encouraged and developed by two art teachers at Dearborn High, Mr. Hire and Mr. Martin. After graduating from Dearborn High in 1966, Grandy studied at the Society of Arts and Crafts in Detroit, now known as College for Creative Studies. Currently a clay sculptor and laser paper artist, Grandy sells and exhibits his work throughout the state.

Dearborn artist Wendy Sample was inspired to pursue her art by Edsel Ford High School art teacher, Mr. Ralph Hashoian. Upon graduating in 1970, she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Art Education at Alma College, received her Master’s Degree at Eastern Michigan University and her Education Specialist Degree at Wayne State University. Most of her 36-year teaching career was as the Art Resource Teacher for Dearborn Public Schools. She has been exploring new ways to work with clay including the use of hi-tech lasers.

Mohamad S. Bazzi grew up in Dearborn and has fond memories of the art classes he attended at McDonald Elementary, Lowrey Junior High and Fordson High School. After graduating in 1987, he studied architecture at Lawrence Technological University and painting at Wayne State University, graduating with both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Art Education. He has collaborated with other artists and mentored students of all ages on numerous community arts projects around Dearborn and Detroit. His paintings depict abstract environments that delve into the relationship between individual identity amidst a broader social and historical landscape.

“Rock, Paper, Paintbrush – Revisited” will be open during regular gallery hours through April 13 with a special April Arts Month celebration as part of Dearborn’s Gallery Rally on Saturday, April 7, from 5-7 p.m.