Padzieski Gallery transforms into a Holiday Boutique Nov. 17-Dec. 16

Each year, holiday shoppers and art lovers anxiously await the yearly transformation of the Padzieski Art Gallery into a Holiday Boutique of fine art, practical crafts and personal, hand-made gift items.

The Holiday Boutique is open Nov. 17-Dec. 16 in the Padzieski Gallery at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, located at 15801 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn. Parking is ample and free.

As part of the tradition, the DCAC's popular Preview p“ART”y Fundraiser once again puts the “ART” in “PARTY” on Sunday, Nov. 19. Click here for more details, and to purchase tickets.

The DCAC’s annual Holiday Boutique presents a pleasurable alternative to aggressive mall crowds and the frustrations of online shopping by offering truly special, unique and affordable gifts, all created by local artists and displayed in the relaxed atmosphere of the beautiful Padzieski Art Gallery.

Click here to view the Gallery’s special extended holiday hours, or call 313-943-5377 for updates. 

“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.