Start the season Nov. 17 at the Holiday Boutique Preview Party

Holiday shoppers, artists and art lovers all look forward each year to the transformation of the Padzieski Art Gallery into a Holiday Boutique gift shop of fine art, practical crafts and personal hand-made gift items.

You can get early access to the Holiday Boutique at the Dearborn Community Arts Council's popular Preview Party fundraiser, returning to the elegant Theater Mezzanine of the Ford Community & Performing
Arts Center Sunday, Nov. 17, from 1 to 4 p.m.

The Preview Party is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season and shopping. Tickets are $15 in advance ($20 at the door) and include:
● 10 percent discount at the Holiday Boutique / Gallery gift shop during the Preview Party
● First look at the beautiful artwork and affordable crafts available in the Gallery gift shop this year
● Discounted admission to the 35th Annual Festival of Trees in the Ballroom from Nov. 24-Dec. 1.
● Silent Auction & Mystery Treasures Raffle with one-time-only special experiences (Click here to get a sneak peak at some of our auction items!)
● Delicious food, drinks and desserts

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It all happens Sunday, Nov. 17 on the Theater Mezzanine of the Ford
Community & Performing Arts Center and in the Padzieski Art Gallery, with plenty of close and FREE parking near the theater entrance. Proceeds from the DCAC’s Preview Party Fundraiser benefit community programs and services provided by the DCAC.

The DCAC’s Holiday Boutique presents a pleasurable alternative to aggressive mall crowds and the frustrations of online consumerism by
offering pleasant one-stop shopping with unique and original artistic creations for sale in the relaxed atmosphere of the Padzieski Art Gallery.

There will be special extended holiday hours as the Holiday Boutique Gallery gift shop is open from Nov. 17 thru Dec. 21.

Thank you to our donors and sponsors!

La Cakery Bakery
Park Place Catering
Bartz Bakery
Gus & Us Grill
The Great Escape Spa
The Glass Academy
Dickerson Art Gallery
Village Picture Framing
The Henry Ford
Westborn Market
Raices Mexicanas de Detroit
Arab American National Museum


Buy, sell art at the DCAC’s Art Exchange Aug. 15-18

The DCAC is inviting all art collectors, artists and art enthusiasts to participate in its 4th Annual Art Exchange. This exciting Art Sale is also a fundraiser offering participants a chance to display and sell artwork with a portion of sales benefiting the Padzieski Art Gallery and its many community projects and programs.  

With an open invitation to all, the Dearborn Community Arts Council’s Padzieski Art Gallery is holding an Art Exchange and Art Sale on Aug. 15-18 from 12-7 p.m. 

This is the fourth Art Sale fundraiser to benefit the gallery and it offers a special opportunity for artists and collectors to sell their art. The Art Exchange also provides a venue for those looking to purchase beautiful gifts of art for the upcoming holidays or just to freshen up their own collections with new art.

The art exchange is a fundraiser for the Dearborn Community Arts Council. There is no admission fee to attend.

How to submit art

The DCAC will choose work from submissions from throughout our region. These works include paintings, prints, photography and other fine and decorative art.  Participating artists and collectors will split proceeds from the sale of their art with the DCAC for support of its various community programs and upkeep of the Padzieski Art Gallery.

Donations of art are also appreciated.

All art must be dropped off Thursday, Aug. 8, Friday, Aug. 9 or Tuesday, Aug. 13 between the hours of 3-7 p.m. at the gallery.

Artwork submitted must be properly wired and ready to hang.

Participants may submit their paperwork for including their art in the exchange by using the form below, or may pick up the form in the gallery.

The Padzieski Art Gallery is located in the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center at 15801 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn.

Art Exchange Submission Form

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You may submit up to five works of art for consideration. Please list all works in one form.


First Lady’s Tea rescheduled for June 23

Join the Dearborn Community Arts Council for the First Lady’s Tea honoring Dearborn’s First Lady, Christina O’Reilly, while celebrating culture, creativity and the Art of Tea.

The First Lady's Tea is scheduled for Sunday, June 23 at 1 p.m. at the Dearborn Hills Golf Course Clubhouse. The event was rescheduled from its original date due to flooding at Dearborn Hills.

Dearborn Hills is located at 1300 S. Telegraph Road in Dearborn.

This elegant fundraiser and traditional luncheon tea offers a fun filled afternoon in a refined atmosphere of beauty and luxury and is highly anticipated every year by many in the community who enjoy the “Art of Tea."

The event includes an assortment of fine teas and foods, as well as a presentation by newly appointed Arab American National Museum Director, Dr. Diana Abouali.  Ms. O’Reilly invited Dr. Abouali to speak because of the deep educational background and wide range of significant international educational leadership experience she brings to the role of directing the AANM in telling the story of Arab Americans.

The highly anticipated First Lady’s Tea fundraiser and luncheon offers an assortment of fine teas and foods, scones and assorted desserts. Guests also enjoy the Silent Auction and opportunities to win Teatime Treasure raffle prizes. Another highlight is strolling and viewing the individually decorated tea tables, each with a different theme.

As a special addition to this year’s tea, the Dearborn Historical Museum will display information about influential women in the City’s history in celebration of Dearborn’s 90th birthday.

Proceeds from the First Lady’s Tea benefit the Dearborn Community Arts Council, which operates the Padzieski Gallery and promotes the arts and arts organizations in the Dearborn area, as well as offers a variety of community arts programs.

The 2019 First Lady's Tea is presented thanks to the support of signature sponsor Maram Alaiwat, Partner, New York Life Greater Detroit, and other generous donors.

Reservations are required! Tickets are $40 each or a discounted price of $280 for a full table. Make your reservation today online via PayPal below, or using one of the following options:

  • The Ford Community & Performing Arts Center Box Office, 15801 Michigan Ave., in person, by calling 313-943-2354
  • Email: rvaldez@ci.dearborn.mi.us
  • Phone: Call DCAC Director Ralph Valdez at 313-943-3095
  • Mail: Send a check made out to the Dearborn Community Arts Council to 15801 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, 48126 - ATTN: FLT

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