“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.


Dearborn cultural organizations team up to push city’s arts future forward

“Sculpting Dearborn’s Vibrant Future,” a fundraising event, will provide an exciting evening of visual art and live musical performances

The public is invited to be part of Dearborn’s next cultural chapter as two local organizations, the Dearborn Community Fund (DCF) and the Dearborn Community Arts Council (DCAC), host their first-ever joint fundraiser—an evening of art, music and shared purpose.

“Sculpting Dearborn’s Vibrant Future” will be held Wednesday, Feb. 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn.

“Throughout the past year, the DCAC and DCF have worked together not only on serving Dearborn’s arts community in the present, but building a stronger arts community for generations to come,” said EmmaJean Woodyard, DCF executive director. “‘Sculpting Dearborn’s Vibrant Future’ is the next step in making that happen.”

The evening will begin at 6 p.m. on the Center’s mezzanine with a champagne reception and an opportunity for guests to be involved in the city’s next artistic endeavor.

On the mezzanine, guests will get a sneak peak of seven “maquettes”—or small-scale models—of sculptures to be displayed throughout the city in 2018-19 as part of Dearborn’s Art in Public Places initiative. They will then have an opportunity to view two additional models and cast a vote for their favorite to assist in the selection of an eighth piece. Sculptors Erik and Israel Nordin of the Detroit Design Center will be present and will do a short presentation about their work.

At 7 p.m., guests will have the unique opportunity to enjoy being served dinner on stage in the Michael A. Guido Theater followed by performances from classical pianist Jacqueline Csurgai-Schmitt and jazz singer Alexa Kalasz.

Tickets are $75 and can be purchased through the DCF by calling 313-943-5478 or online at www.dearborncommunityfund/give-online. Sponsorships are also available and can be viewed on the DCF website. Sponsors to date include: Mr. Sam Baydoun, Ms. Carolyn Blackmore, Dearborn Public Schools/Henry Ford College, Armada Oil & Gas Company, Mayor & Mrs. John B. O’Reilly, Mr. & Mrs. Paul Butler, the Henry Ford College Foundation, Mr. George Darany, Ms. Margaret Schaefer and Ms. Leslie Herrick.

Honorary Event Committee:

  • Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr.
  • First Lady Christina O’Reilly
  • Wayne County Commission Chair Gary Woronchak
  • Mrs. Vivian Woronchak
  • Honorable Gene Hunt and Mrs. Carol Hunt
  • Ms. Renee Aloe
  • Mr. Sam Baydoun
  • Mr. Paul Butler & Mrs. Sandy Butler

The Dearborn Community Fund and Dearborn Community Arts Council are both 501(c)3 non-profit organizations. For more information, call 313-943-5478


Juried Photograph Exhibition opens Feb. 1 in the Padzieski Gallery

The Dearborn Community Arts Council is proud to present the 23rd annual Juried Photography Exhibition, set for Feb. 1-28 at the Padzieski Gallery.

The gallery is located inside of the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn.

The exhibition is sponsored by photo and video gear store ProCam of Livonia and features black and white, color and altered works by amateur and professional photographers.

All works will be judged by Celebrated local photographer Bill Gemmell and winners will be awarded in each category.

OPENING RECEPTION:

The Opening Party & Reception with Awards will be held Friday, Feb. 2 from 6-8 p.m. The Reception & Exhibition are free to attend.

 

For more information, please call 313-943-3095.