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Padzieski Gallery honors Detroit rock music history Sept. 9-Oct. 8

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.


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“Highlights” Exhibition showcases Dearborn artists, students June 28-July 22

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.


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Art of “Early American Hooked Rugs” – Teatime with Artists June 8

The DCAC and the Michigan Rugg Artistes Guild of Dearborn are presenting an exhibition at the Padzieski Art Gallery featuring hand crafted works demonstrating the intricate and exquisite designs of early American hooked rugs. The exhibit is now open, and includes the DCAC’s free monthly gallery art talk, “Teatime with the Artists” with “artistes” from the exhibition on June 8 at 2 p.m.

Though some scholars trace rug hooking back to ancient Egypt, the Michigan Rugg Artistes Guild of Dearborn honors the comparatively more recent history of this art and its craft born out of necessity in the early, drafty homes of Colonial America. The simplicity of the hooking process allowed rug makers the freedom to express their individual creativity while providing practical floor coverings for warmth.

“Early American Hooked Rugs” is more than a celebration of folk art. This exhibition highlights the many diverse and distinctive styles in which these textiles and fabrics can be presented. The show features designs through the ages as well as contemporary designers and purveyors of the craft and the many talented local artists who bring life to these visions, patterns, and designs.

Dearborn is fortunate to have its very own slice of American history preserved and expanded upon by the Guild in this rare exhibition. Besides the Guild’s sense of humor, offering a chance to “meet your local hookers doing their thing,” it’s also important to them that attendees are presented with an educational opportunity to learn more about the art of rug hooking. Weekly demonstrations will be a part of the exhibition.

Check the DCAC website for more details and opportunities as they’re presented.