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. 


“Glorious Color” on display through Nov. 9 at Padzieski Gallery

The Colored Pencil Society of America, Michigan Chapter, presents a juried competition of new work in an exhibition called “Glorious Color” at Dearborn’s Padzieski Gallery.

Established in 1990, the Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA), has grown throughout the country with membership not just from the U.S. but from around the world. The Michigan Chapter is presenting their latest work “Glorious Color”, a juried competition at Dearborn’s Padzieski Art Gallery from Oct. 12 through Nov. 9 with a special Opening Party open to the public with refreshments offered on Thursday, Oct. 19 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The juror for the “Glorious Color” exhibition is arts educator Anthony R. Bacon. Professor Bacon teaches at the College for Creative Studies Creative Arts Project in their community outreach program in Detroit.  In addition, he is an Arts and Humanities professor at Schoolcraft College, where he teaches watercolor and drawing classes, works as a continuing education instructor and also mentors children and teens.

All awards will be announced at the Opening Party on Oct. 19.

Colored Pencil art is experiencing a whole new level of appreciation in 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 present “Glorious Color” and help bring this stunning exhibition to Dearborn and Southeast Michigan.


“Inspired By” Exhibition on display through Sept. 27

The DCAC and the Padzieski Art Gallery, in collaboration with Mary’s Artists, presents “Inspired By,” featuring 12 accomplished and award winning artists and their interpretations of themes from classic, historic and modern works including Alice in Wonderland, Madame Butterfly and Queen Elizabeth. The show also features artwork inspired by the artists Frida Kahlo, Henri Matisse, Alphonse Mucha, Alberto Giacometti and more.

“Inspired By” is at Dearborn’s Padzieski Art Gallery inside of the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center Sept. 7- 27. The opening reception is Thursday, Sept. 7 from 6-8 p.m.

The Ford Community and Performing Arts Center is located at 15801 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn.

Mary’s Artists represents more than 20 artists who attend weekly life studio sessions at Step Studios. Mary Step’s Studio was founded 10 years ago when 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. Barbara leads, coordinates and encourages the artists to show their art in solo and juried art shows. Mary’s Artists celebrate their mix of gender, age, religion, heritage, education, and other differences blending creatively to form a unique art community and studio experience. All of these artists share a passion for this community found at Mary Step’s Studio and for the importance of painting from life.

All this and more will be discussed at “Art & Appetizers,” an entertaining and informal FREE Gallery Talk on Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served as several of Mary’s Artists, including Janet Kondziela and Susan Perrish, discuss their contributions to the exhibition.

The DCAC’s regular monthly Gallery Art Talk program “Art & Appetizers” provides an opportunity for art lovers and enthusiasts to learn what motivates creative people to express themselves whether through the study of art or through life experiences. The Padzieski Gallery (313-943-5377) is free and open Tuesday through Friday from 12-6 p.m.