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.


Detroit Society of Women Painters & Sculptors Show “VISIONS” Open March 3-31 in the Padzieski Gallery

The Padzieski Art Gallery is proud to host an exhibition of recent works organized and juried by one of the longest standing, self-sustaining women’s arts groups in the U.S., the Detroit Society of Women Painters & Sculptors. Though established in Detroit in 1903, this prestigious art organization boasts extremely talented members from all over Southeast Michigan. This showing of their latest creations is called “VISIONS” and opens this Thursday, March 3 and will be on display through the month of March.

The exhibition features all media and will be celebrated with an Opening Party Thursday, March 3 from 6-8 p.m.

The talented artists of this exhibit represent women of all ages, all interests, and all walks of life expressing themselves through various media. The remarkable artistic range on display offers a first-hand opportunity to experience what the Detroit Society of Women Painters & Sculptors contributes to Michigan’s artistic community.

Wednesday, March 16 from 2-3 p.m., “Teatime with the Artists” The DCAC’s regular monthly Gallery Talk program, will feature artists from the Detroit Society of Women Painters & Sculptors “VISIONS” exhibition, up through March 31. This informal and entertaining art talk with refreshments includes tea and sweets and is FREE to the public without registration. Come learn what inspires and motivates these artists.


Juried Photography Exhibition Open Through Feb. 12

Photographers and art lovers from everywhere enjoy the diversity and creative strength of the DCAC’s Juried Photography Exhibition, showing at the Padzieski Gallery in Dearborn through Feb. 12. Now in its 21st year, this competition appeals to photographers of all ages and at all levels of development in their art, presented with an opportunity to share their work, win cash prizes and sell powerful, one-of-a-kind and limited edition works of art.

The talented artists of this show represent all ages, all interests and all walks of life expressing themselves through the exhibition’s three categories of color, black and white and digitally altered photography. The remarkable artistic range on display presents a chance to experience the world of photography elevated from simple “picture taking” to a higher level of creativity that inspires the experienced as well as the novices in our artistic community.

Technology has made both casual and serious photography more common, but this exhibition serves as a reminder of the fine line between art and observation. To help define that line the DCAC has enlisted two of our area’s favorite award-winning photographers to judge the exhibition; Sylvia Ford and Jonathan Warren. Ms. Ford’s work has been shown and appreciated throughout the U.S. and Japan. As the official photographer for People Dancing and Dancers Company of Ann Arbor, Ms. Ford earned her certification from the New York Institute of Photography, and has been judging competitions in Ohio and Michigan since 2013.

Her judging partner, Mr. Warren, has been a Dearborn-based fine art photographer for more than 35 years, recognized and awarded as a past winner of this exhibition, amongst others. He is also a Scarab Club photography medal winner and past president of the Livonia Camera Club, part of the Greater Detroit Camera Club Council.

Wednesday, Jan. 20, from 2-3 p.m., “Teatime with the Artists” - the DCAC’s regular monthly gallery talk program - will feature discussion with artists from the Juried Photography Exhibition. This informal and entertaining art talk includes tea and sweets and is free to the public without registration. Come learn what inspires and motivates these photographers.

DCAC thanks PROCAM Photo & Video Gear for their generous sponsorship support and contributing prizes to the 2016 Juried Photography Exhibition.