“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.


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