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 Rare and unpublished comic book and cartoon artwork from the 1930s to the present day will be shown, highlighting some of the legendary artists who brought these pages to life for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.
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.
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.