“Inspired By” Exhibition on display through Sept. 27

The DCAC and the Padzieski Art Gallery, in collaboration with Mary’s Artists, presents “Inspired By,” featuring 12 accomplished and award winning artists and their interpretations of themes from classic, historic and modern works including Alice in Wonderland, Madame Butterfly and Queen Elizabeth. The show also features artwork inspired by the artists Frida Kahlo, Henri Matisse, Alphonse Mucha, Alberto Giacometti and more.

“Inspired By” is at Dearborn’s Padzieski Art Gallery inside of the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center Sept. 7- 27. The opening reception is Thursday, Sept. 7 from 6-8 p.m.

The Ford Community and Performing Arts Center is located at 15801 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn.

Mary’s Artists represents more than 20 artists who attend weekly life studio sessions at Step Studios. Mary Step’s Studio was founded 10 years ago when Barbara Eko Murphy and Mary Step met at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center and formed a life drawing group. Mary provides the studio, hires models and collects costumes and props. Barbara leads, coordinates and encourages the artists to show their art in solo and juried art shows. Mary’s Artists celebrate their mix of gender, age, religion, heritage, education, and other differences blending creatively to form a unique art community and studio experience. All of these artists share a passion for this community found at Mary Step’s Studio and for the importance of painting from life.

All this and more will be discussed at “Art & Appetizers,” an entertaining and informal FREE Gallery Talk on Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served as several of Mary’s Artists, including Janet Kondziela and Susan Perrish, discuss their contributions to the exhibition.

The DCAC’s regular monthly Gallery Art Talk program “Art & Appetizers” provides an opportunity for art lovers and enthusiasts to learn what motivates creative people to express themselves whether through the study of art or through life experiences. The Padzieski Gallery (313-943-5377) is free and open Tuesday through Friday from 12-6 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.


April is Arts Month in Dearborn!

Via the City of Dearborn:

Art, music, theater – Dearborn has it all!

Arts Dearborn, a month-long celebration, will shine a spotlight on the community’s rich cultural landscape and encourage all to “look, listen, learn.”

"Look" at the April calendar of events that will let you know when you can “look” at art exhibits and demonstrations across the city all month long. Find the calendar on Facebook/Arts Dearborn, pick up a printed copy at a Dearborn Library, the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, or a variety of local businesses or visit this link: Arts Dearborn Aril 2017 Schedule of Events.

Arts Dearborn begins with an exciting “Gallery Rally” during the first week of April, encouraging visitors to “look” at exhibits at the nine art gallery locations across the city. Art galleries include the Padzieski Gallery (Ford Community & Performing Arts Center); Arab American National Museum* (AANM); Artspace; Green Brain Comics, Rotunda Gallery (Centennial Library), Sisson Gallery (Henry Ford College); Berkowitz Gallery (University of Michigan-Dearborn), the Glass Academy, and Art for the Spirit (Beaumont Oakwood). Installations include work from local, regional and national artists and noteworthy collections. Admission is free at each site. (*AANM admission ticket required.)

“Look" at a captivating “Walk Around” photo exhibit representing the many faces of Dearborn on display in the windows of several area businesses. Photos were taken by local photographers and students participating in the SURA Arts program at the Arab American National Museum.

“Listen” to the award-winning Dearborn Symphony at its April 7 “Cartoons and Comics” POPS concert featuring favorites from classic cartoons, movie scores, video games with added surprises. Tickets for the 8 p.m. performance are available at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center Box Office.

“Look, listen and learn” more about the arts and their impact on Dearborn students at the annual Youth Arts Festival on April 19 at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center. Hundreds of students will participate in the city-wide art exhibit that opens at 4 p.m. and collage concert at 7 p.m., offering a fast-paced variety show of vocal, instrumental and theater performances. All are welcome, admission is free.

The annual Mayor’s Arts Awards on April 26 at 7 p.m. provides an opportunity to learn more about and celebrate individuals and businesses that promote and support the arts. Admission is free to attend this event at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center.

A number of local businesses are promoting art in Dearborn by hosting artists in their establishments during April.  The Business in the Arts-Artists in Action program provides an opportunity to observe and interact with artists working in a variety of mediums including oil and watercolor painting, performing music, and rug hooking.

Details about all April Arts Dearborn opportunities are included in a special calendar available after March 25 online on the April Arts Dearborn Facebook page. Printed copies of the calendar area available at Dearborn Public Library locations, the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, participating art galleries and a variety of local businesses. To request a printed calendar, contact the Dearborn Community Fund by phone at 313-943-5478 or email dearborncommunityfund@ci.dearborn.mi.us.

Support for Arts Dearborn has been provided by the East Dearborn Downtown Development Authority, West Dearborn Downtown Development Authority, and the City of Dearborn.

Arts Dearborn is coordinated by the Dearborn Community Fund in cooperation with community cultural organization members of the Dearborn Recreation Commission Cultural Arts Committee.  Committee organizations include the Arab American National Museum; Dearborn Community Arts Council, Dearborn Community Fund, Dearborn Public Schools (Art & Music); Dearborn Recreation Commission; Dearborn Symphony Orchestra, Dearborn Youth Symphony; Friends of the Dearborn Symphony; Motor City Brass Band; and Players Guild of Dearborn.