Start the season Nov. 17 at the Holiday Boutique Preview Party

Holiday shoppers, artists and art lovers all look forward each year to the transformation of the Padzieski Art Gallery into a Holiday Boutique gift shop of fine art, practical crafts and personal hand-made gift items.

You can get early access to the Holiday Boutique at the Dearborn Community Arts Council's popular Preview Party fundraiser, returning to the elegant Theater Mezzanine of the Ford Community & Performing
Arts Center Sunday, Nov. 17, from 1 to 4 p.m.

The Preview Party is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season and shopping. Tickets are $15 in advance ($20 at the door) and include:
● 10 percent discount at the Holiday Boutique / Gallery gift shop during the Preview Party
● First look at the beautiful artwork and affordable crafts available in the Gallery gift shop this year
● Discounted admission to the 35th Annual Festival of Trees in the Ballroom from Nov. 24-Dec. 1.
● Silent Auction & Mystery Treasures Raffle with one-time-only special experiences (Click here to get a sneak peak at some of our auction items!)
● Delicious food, drinks and desserts

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It all happens Sunday, Nov. 17 on the Theater Mezzanine of the Ford
Community & Performing Arts Center and in the Padzieski Art Gallery, with plenty of close and FREE parking near the theater entrance. Proceeds from the DCAC’s Preview Party Fundraiser benefit community programs and services provided by the DCAC.

The DCAC’s Holiday Boutique presents a pleasurable alternative to aggressive mall crowds and the frustrations of online consumerism by
offering pleasant one-stop shopping with unique and original artistic creations for sale in the relaxed atmosphere of the Padzieski Art Gallery.

There will be special extended holiday hours as the Holiday Boutique Gallery gift shop is open from Nov. 17 thru Dec. 21.

Thank you to our donors and sponsors!

La Cakery Bakery
Park Place Catering
Bartz Bakery
Gus & Us Grill
The Great Escape Spa
The Glass Academy
Dickerson Art Gallery
Village Picture Framing
The Henry Ford
Westborn Market
Raices Mexicanas de Detroit
Arab American National Museum


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.