Green Brain Comics, the Dearborn Community Arts Council, the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra and Dearborn Public Schools are coming together for the first time to celebrate the history of cartoons and comic book art and even their connection to classical music. The free exhibition Comic Pages Thru The Ages opens at the Padzieski Art Gallery on March 9 with a reception at 6 p.m., but the action packed Closing Night Party on Friday, April 7 will also include the Dearborn Symphony’s premier performance of Cartoons & Comics in Concert!
The exciting collaboration of these organizations offers an opportunity to break barriers while having fun blurring the lines between art that is popular and scholarly, entertaining and serious. The exhibition Comic Pages Thru The Ages (March 9 - April 7) has been thoroughly and lovingly curated by dedicated art collectors Richard Rubenfeld and Martin Hirchak, with invaluable assistance from Dan Merritt of Green Brain Comics. Rare and unpublished comic book and cartoon artwork from the 1930s to the present day will be shown, highlighting some of the legendary artists who brought these pages to life for fans of all ages.
The lobby outside of the Gallery will feature a wide array of comic style artwork by students representing Dearborn Public Schools.
Meanwhile, on Friday, April 7, as the Gallery’s Closing Party gets under way, the Dearborn Symphony’s Pops Conductor and pianist Rich Ridenour will lead the orchestra in action packed performances ranging from classical landmarks by Wagner and Rossini to popular cartoon favorites including “Powerhouse” by Raymond Scott and others. The Symphony’s Cartoons & Comics in Concert! promises to thrill audiences not only with these musical gems but also with live action painting happening simultaneously on the stage of the Michael A. Guido Theater.
Wednesday, March 22 from 2-3 p.m., Teatime with the Artists —the DCAC’s regular monthly Gallery Talk program—will feature artists and curators from Comic Pages Thru The Ages to discuss the artwork and artists on display. This informal and entertaining art talk with refreshments including coffee, tea and sweets is free to the public without registration. Learn more about the exhibit while discovering what inspires these artists and collectors.
The Dearborn Community Arts Council, Padzieski Art Gallery and '60s Girl Productions present “An Exhibition of Detroit Rock Posters and Photography” with contributions from area artists beginning with an Opening Party & Reception on Friday, Sept. 9, from 6-8 p.m. and closing Saturday, Oct. 8.
The exhibition closing date of Saturday, October 8 will also be a major, all-day celebration at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center of the 50th Anniversary of Detroit’s legendary Grande Ballroom re-envisioned in the 1960s by Dearborn’s “Rock Royalty” Russ Gibb (visit thegrandeballroom.com for tickets and more info). The concert will feature The Yardbirds, Frijid Pink and many more.
Southeast Michigan’s important contribution to the art and photography of the '60s is not always appropriately recognized, especially in the realm of counterculture and psychedelic poster art. While some historians acknowledge San Francisco and Detroit as equally central to the art’s early formation, this exhibition presents the outstanding work of award-winning photographers Leni Sinclair and John Collier as well as world-famous poster artists Gary Grimshaw, Carl Lundgren, Dennis Loren and Mark Arminski, providing an opportunity for a second look at their social role and continuing impact.
“An Exhibition of Detroit Rock Posters and Photography” covers 1966 to 2016 and will include never-before-seen images of Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, Janis Joplin, Bob, Seger, Jim Morrison and David Bowie - as well as iconic photographs of the MC5, John Lennon, Prince, and Jimi Hendrix. Original posters and prints of The Who, The Stooges and Donovan to Patti Smith, Kid Rock and The White Stripes will also be displayed and available for sale.
The DCAC and the Padzieski Art Gallery present an art exhibition of “Highlights” from recent shows by the Artists’ Society of Dearborn (ASD) and the Dearborn Public Schools with an opening party on Wednesday, June 28 from 6-8 p.m. This impressive exhibition representing a wide range of works from the many talented young artists of Dearborn Public Schools and the more experienced members of the ASD runs through July 22.
“Highlights: Artists’ Society of Dearborn and Dearborn Public Schools” is a display of outstanding artwork from local students created in 2-D and 3-D formats, including jewelry, ceramics and other media. The students' work is shown alongside some of the best from the ASD and their most recent exhibitions including their “challenge” to create a toy-themed work of art.
The opening party is FREE and open to the public on Wednesday, June 28 from 6-8 p.m. Refreshment will be served. The gallery’s regular program “Teatime with the Artists” scheduled for July 20 from 2-3 p.m. is also free. Come celebrate Dearborn’s talented youth along with the more experienced artists of our creative community.
The Padzieski Art Gallery is free and open Tuesdays through Fridays from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The Padzieski Art Gallery is located in the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center at 15801 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn.