Kick off the holiday season with us Nov. 19

Enjoy delicious food, holiday music and the Festival of Trees at the Dearborn Community Arts Council's annual Preview p"ART"y Fundraiser from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19.

The event takes place Sunday. Nov. 19 from 1-4 p.m. at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, located at 15801 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn. Parking is ample and free.

Admission is $20 and offers holiday shoppers a chance to discover the one-of-a-kind artwork and affordable crafts available at this year’s Holiday Boutique, as well as admission to the 33rd Annual Festival of Trees in the recently remodeled Hubbard Ballroom. Guests will also enjoy delicious food, holiday music and desserts from area restaurants at the Holiday Sky Lounge on the Theater Mezzanine of the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center.

The fundraising party also includes a Silent Auction with a Mystery Treasures Raffle Drawing and more.

Proceeds from the Preview p“ART”y Fundraiser benefit community programs and services provided by the DCAC.

For more information or to reserve tickets, contact DCAC Executive Director Ralph Valdez at or 313-943-3095.

Purchase tickets online

Purchase tickets to the 2017 Preview p"ART"y Fundraiser via PayPal. To redeem your purchase, give your name at the entrance to the event.

“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.

Celebrate Hudson’s Exhibit at Free Gallery Talk July 26

The Padzieski Art Gallery has collaborated with local artists and collectors to present "Hudson's Historic Windows to the Past," an exhibition that invites viewers to experience the history and the glory days of Detroit’s iconic J.L. Hudson Department Store (1891 – 1998) through photographs and memorabilia.

The exhibition features rare photos of the store’s famous window displays from the 1900s into the 1960s. The exhibition began July 13 and runs through Aug. 4 with a FREE “Art & Appetizers,” Gallery Talk and presentation Wednesday, July 26 from 6-8 p.m.

Artists and collectors Paul Balog and Timothy Caldwell have teamed up with Detroit historian and author Michael Hauser to share images of the downtown Detroit Hudson’s historic window displays, as well as other important memorabilia and unique items from their collections, to present a fascinating look at life from the past.

All this and more will be discussed and presented by these knowledgeable collectors and historians at “Art & Appetizers,” an entertaining Gallery Talk on Wednesday, July 26 at 6 p.m. Hudson’s and Detroit-themed refreshments will be served as history buffs and the simply curious share stories and information on the importance of Hudson’s to the local community, Southeast Michigan, and to the world. The Gallery Talk, “Art & Appetizers” is free and open to the public without registration.

Regular hours for The Padzieski Gallery are Tuesday-Friday, 12-6 p.m. And, this month only, Saturday, July 22, from 7-9 p.m. and Saturday, July 29, from 1-4 p.m.