Celebrate Hudson’s Exhibit at Free Gallery Talk July 26

The Padzieski Art Gallery has collaborated with local artists and collectors to present "Hudson's Historic Windows to the Past," an exhibition that invites viewers to experience the history and the glory days of Detroit’s iconic J.L. Hudson Department Store (1891 – 1998) through photographs and memorabilia.

The exhibition features rare photos of the store’s famous window displays from the 1900s into the 1960s. The exhibition began July 13 and runs through Aug. 4 with a FREE “Art & Appetizers,” Gallery Talk and presentation Wednesday, July 26 from 6-8 p.m.

Artists and collectors Paul Balog and Timothy Caldwell have teamed up with Detroit historian and author Michael Hauser to share images of the downtown Detroit Hudson’s historic window displays, as well as other important memorabilia and unique items from their collections, to present a fascinating look at life from the past.

All this and more will be discussed and presented by these knowledgeable collectors and historians at “Art & Appetizers,” an entertaining Gallery Talk on Wednesday, July 26 at 6 p.m. Hudson’s and Detroit-themed refreshments will be served as history buffs and the simply curious share stories and information on the importance of Hudson’s to the local community, Southeast Michigan, and to the world. The Gallery Talk, “Art & Appetizers” is free and open to the public without registration.

Regular hours for The Padzieski Gallery are Tuesday-Friday, 12-6 p.m. And, this month only, Saturday, July 22, from 7-9 p.m. and Saturday, July 29, from 1-4 p.m.

“Highlights” exhibition showcases Dearborn artists, students June 1-28

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 in the month of June. 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 June 28.

“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.

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.

Comic Pages Thru the Ages Open Through April 7

Green Brain Comics, the Dearborn Community Arts Council, the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra and Dearborn Public Schools are coming together for the first time to celebrate the history of cartoons and comic book art and even their connection to classical music. The free exhibition Comic Pages Thru The Ages opens at the Padzieski Art Gallery on March 9 with a reception at 6 p.m., but the action packed Closing Night Party on Friday, April 7 will also include the Dearborn Symphony’s premier performance of Cartoons & Comics in Concert!

The exciting collaboration of these organizations offers an opportunity to break barriers while having fun blurring the lines between art that is popular and scholarly, entertaining and serious. The exhibition Comic Pages Thru The Ages (March 9 - April 7) has been thoroughly and lovingly curated by dedicated art collectors Richard Rubenfeld and Martin Hirchak, with invaluable assistance from Dan Merritt of Green Brain Comics. Rare and unpublished comic book and cartoon artwork from the 1930s to the present day will be shown, highlighting some of the legendary artists who brought these pages to life for fans of all ages.

The lobby outside of the Gallery will feature a wide array of comic style artwork by students representing Dearborn Public Schools.

Meanwhile, on Friday, April 7, as the Gallery’s Closing Party gets under way, the Dearborn Symphony’s Pops Conductor and pianist Rich Ridenour will lead the orchestra in action packed performances ranging from classical landmarks by Wagner and Rossini to popular cartoon favorites including “Powerhouse” by Raymond Scott and others. The Symphony’s Cartoons & Comics in Concert! promises to thrill audiences not only with these musical gems but also with live action painting happening simultaneously on the stage of the Michael A. Guido Theater.

Wednesday, March 22 from 2-3 p.m., Teatime with the Artists —the DCAC’s regular monthly Gallery Talk program—will feature artists and curators from Comic Pages Thru The Ages to discuss the artwork and artists on display. This informal and entertaining art talk with refreshments including coffee, tea and sweets is free to the public without registration. Learn more about the exhibit while discovering what inspires these artists and collectors.