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.

“Expressions” of colored pencil art open through Nov. 9 in the Padzieski Gallery

Established in 1990, the Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA), has grown throughout the U.S. with a membership which also includes other countries from around the world. The Midwest Chapter is presenting their latest work“Expressions,” a juried competition at Dearborn’s Padzieski Art Gallery through Nov. 9 with a special Artist’s Reception /Opening Party & Awards Ceremony open to the public and with refreshments offered on Thursday, Oct. 18 from 7-9 p.m.

The judge for this show is Bonnie Auten. Auten is a multi-award winning Colored Pencil artist whose work is featured online and in various books, magazines and other publications. She believes art should be rendered well, but should serve as a window into the personality and perspective of the artist.  It is her philosophy that “Fine art must catch the eye and hold the heart.”

Colored Pencil art is experiencing a whole new level of appreciation throughout the art world. The sophistication and creative potential expressed in this medium is exciting for artists and art lovers world-wide. The DCAC and the Padzieski Art gallery are proud to bring this art form back to Dearborn following the success of last year’s “Glorious Color” exhibit. All awards will be announced at the Artist’s Reception and Opening Party on Oct. 18.