Annual Juried Photography Exhibition opens Feb. 6

The Dearborn Community Arts Council (DCAC) has invited photographers — from hobbyists and beginners to intermediates and professionals — to participate in the Padzieski Art Gallery’s Annual Juried Photography Exhibition, which kicks off the DCAC’s new year on Thursday, Feb. 6.

This yearly competition offers photographers from our region an opportunity to share their work in a professional and prestigious gallery setting. Various awards and prizes are offered, including honorable mentions, as well as an opportunity for art enthusiasts to purchase limited, one-of-a-kind art photography.

This highly anticipated exhibition represents all ages, all interests and all walks of life expressed through the three categories of Color, Black and White and Digitally Altered photography. The remarkable artistic range on display presents a chance to experience the world of photography elevated from simple “picture taking” to a higher level of expression and creativity. While current technology benefits both casual and serious photographers, this exhibition serves as a reminder of the line between fine art and simple observation.

Photography Exhibition 2020 Judge Nik Haskin

Helping to define that line is this year’s judge, Nik Haskin. Haskin is a Dearborn based photographer, graphic designer and independent filmmaker. His other creative work consists of mixed media experimental art as well as science fiction influenced props & set construction. Haskin’s work has been showcased regionally and internationally.

The DCAC thanks Livonia-based PROCAM Photo & Video Gear ( for their generous ongoing support, sponsorship and contribution of prizes for this exhibition.

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.

Shop local for unique art at the Holiday Boutique through Dec. 22

Each year, holiday shoppers and art lovers alike anticipate the transformation of the Padzieski Art Gallery into a Holiday Boutique and gift shop of fine art, practical crafts and personal hand-made gift items.

The Dearborn Community Arts Council's Holiday Boutique presents a pleasurable alternative to aggressive mall crowds and the frustrations of online shopping by offering “one-stop shopping” in the relaxed atmosphere of the Padzieski Art Gallery, open daily through Dec. 22.

Proceeds from the Holiday Boutique benefit local artists, as well as the gallery, community programs and other services provided by the DCAC.


Sunday, Nov. 25: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 26: 12-4 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 27: 12-6 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 28: 12-6 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 29: 12-6 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 30: 12-8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 1: 12-8 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 2: 12-6 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 3: 12-8 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 4: 12-6 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 5: 12-6 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 6: 12-6 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 7: 12-8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 8: 12-8 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 9: 12-6 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 10: 12-4 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 11: 12-6 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 12: 12-6 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 13: 12-6 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 14: 12-8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 15: 12-8 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 16: 12-6 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 17: 12-4 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 18: 12-6 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 19: 12-6 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 20: 12-6 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 21: 12-8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 22: 12-6 p.m.

For more information, contact Dearborn Community Arts Council Executive Director Ralph Valdez: or 313-943-3095.