Paul Zenian “Overview” opens Sept. 7 in Padzieski Gallery

Renowned artist Paul Zenian and a sample of his wide-ranging body of work will be celebrated at Dearborn’s Padzieski Art Gallery in the exhibition “Paul Zenian: Overview,” opening Friday, Sept. 7 with an artist’s reception from 6-8 p.m.

The show runs through Wednesday, Oct. 3 and showcases some of the extensive output of this singular artist who expresses his creativity through large representational and abstract oil paintings. He has also worked in other media including charcoal, crayon and pencil as well as sculpture and printmaking.

“Personally, the issues of painting have never changed—what to paint, how to paint, and why bother in the first place," Zenian says of his work. "Every painter deals with these ‘problems’ either intuitively or self-consciously.”

Besides the opening party on Sept. 7, the exhibition also offers opportunities to meet the artist at the Padzieski’s free, monthly Gallery Talk “Art & Appetizers” on Thursday, Sept. 27 from 6-8 p.m. Zenian will also be at the Gallery Saturday, Sept. 15 & Saturday, Sept. 22 from 12-2 p.m.

Born in New York City, Zenian began his career in science as a physicist before pursuing art and receiving his MFA from the University of Michigan. His scientific background allowed him to experience art from the inside out and to appreciate and balance both method and freeform expression. He has exhibited around the state and around the country dating back to the 1960s. His work is included in various local, regional and national collections.

Dearborn’s art community and the Dearborn Community Arts Council are proud to have this esteemed artist residing in Dearborn and thrilled to be able to celebrate the fine art of Paul Zenian, an artist whose contemplative work takes inspiration from both the natural world and the spiritual. Zenian has generously offered to present this exhibition as a benefit to help support the DCAC and the Padzieski Art Gallery.


“Holes in the Wall” Exhibition Celebrates Iconic Diners and Restaurants

Over the past several months, five Detroit-area photographers have ventured out to capture the images and essences of some of the most iconic and beloved “Holes in the Wall” diners and restaurants in Metro Detroit.

Those photographs and and interpretations of them created by seven visual artists will be the subject of the Padzieski Gallery's next exhibition: Hole in the Wall.

The exhibition is open July 12-Aug 10, including a free opening party and reception on Thursday, July 12 from 6-8 p.m and an Art and Appetizers gallery talk on Thursday, Aug. 2 from 6-8 p.m.

A term of affection, a “hole in the wall” references those special, often overlooked destinations where hot food is served in a more personal, non-corporate atmosphere, where the conversations can be casual and friendly—even passionate—and where friendships can be made to last, or sometimes fade. Many folks have had their favorites through the years—perhaps too many to mention—and certainly too many to adequately represent in a single series of photographs and paintings. However, nearly 50 images representing eight different establishments have been lovingly produced in this Padzieski Gallery exhibition including painted interpretations on canvas by several outstanding Detroit-area artists of those photographic depictions of “Holes in the Wall.”

Photographers Tim Tonachella, Jim Aho, Danny Rebb, Michael Kearney and Glenn Kujansuu along with painters Sharlene Welton, John Lange, Jack Noremac, Carrie Care Wheeler, Elizabeth Gullikson and Joe Hosler come together to present this special collaborative exhibit featuring the following "Hole in the Wall" restaurants:

  • Farmer's Restaurant – Detroit
  • Becky's Nip 'N Tuck Diner – Berkley
  • Greene's Hamburgers - Farmington Hills
  • Scotty Simpson's Fish and Chips – Detroit
  • Duly's Place - Detroit
  • Hygrade Deli – Detroit
  • Bates Hamburgers – Livonia
  • Red Hots Coney Island - Highland Park

“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.