“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.


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.

 


Padzieski Gallery transforms into a Holiday Boutique Nov. 17-Dec. 16

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

The Holiday Boutique is open Nov. 17-Dec. 16 in the Padzieski Gallery at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, located at 15801 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn. Parking is ample and free.

As part of the tradition, the DCAC's popular Preview p“ART”y Fundraiser once again puts the “ART” in “PARTY” on Sunday, Nov. 19. Click here for more details, and to purchase tickets.

The DCAC’s annual Holiday Boutique presents a pleasurable alternative to aggressive mall crowds and the frustrations of online shopping by offering truly special, unique and affordable gifts, all created by local artists and displayed in the relaxed atmosphere of the beautiful Padzieski Art Gallery.

Click here to view the Gallery’s special extended holiday hours, or call 313-943-5377 for updates.