“Rock, Paper, Paintbrush” exhibit open through April 13

Three distinguished artists educated in Dearborn’s Public School system during three different decades will celebrate their mixed media work together at Dearborn’s Padzieski Art Gallery March 9 through April 13.

Through the years and throughout the region, Dearborn Public Schools has been known for its strong support of arts education.

A new exhibit “Rock, Paper, Paintbrush – Revisited," showing in the Padzieski Gallery through April 13, unites artists Elroy Grandy, (Dearborn High School 1966), Wendy Sample (Edsel Ford High School 1970) and Mohamad S. Bazzi (Fordson High School 1987) to show their work together for the first time in Dearborn. These three artists create their highly personal art in the Dearborn area, all distinct from each other but all benefiting from the strong impact that their Dearborn educations and early exposure to the arts have made on each of them.

Artist Elroy Grandy was born and raised in Dearborn where his talents were encouraged and developed by two art teachers at Dearborn High, Mr. Hire and Mr. Martin. After graduating from Dearborn High in 1966, Grandy studied at the Society of Arts and Crafts in Detroit, now known as College for Creative Studies. Currently a clay sculptor and laser paper artist, Grandy sells and exhibits his work throughout the state.

Dearborn artist Wendy Sample was inspired to pursue her art by Edsel Ford High School art teacher, Mr. Ralph Hashoian. Upon graduating in 1970, she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Art Education at Alma College, received her Master’s Degree at Eastern Michigan University and her Education Specialist Degree at Wayne State University. Most of her 36-year teaching career was as the Art Resource Teacher for Dearborn Public Schools. She has been exploring new ways to work with clay including the use of hi-tech lasers.

Mohamad S. Bazzi grew up in Dearborn and has fond memories of the art classes he attended at McDonald Elementary, Lowrey Junior High and Fordson High School. After graduating in 1987, he studied architecture at Lawrence Technological University and painting at Wayne State University, graduating with both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Art Education. He has collaborated with other artists and mentored students of all ages on numerous community arts projects around Dearborn and Detroit. His paintings depict abstract environments that delve into the relationship between individual identity amidst a broader social and historical landscape.

“Rock, Paper, Paintbrush – Revisited” will be open during regular gallery hours through April 13 with a special April Arts Month celebration as part of Dearborn’s Gallery Rally on Saturday, April 7, from 5-7 p.m.