Art exhibits celebrated with launch at HFCL

Art Connects Dearborn!
Photo by Sherri Kolade
Dearborn Public Schools Art teacher Mohamad Bazzi displays information at his booth about Dearborn student-design team Pockets of Perception.

Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — Music from the Royal Garden Trio drifted in and out of the background as curious residents and area visitors walked around the Henry Ford Centennial Library’s vestibule eating finger foods and digesting the main course – art.

During an Art Connects Dearborn! event July 17, about 80 people stopped by HFCL and learned about eight reproductions of famous paintings from the Detroit Institute of Arts’ collection, 12 sculptures from Dearborn’s 2012-13 Midwest Sculpture Initiative and two permanent sculptures created by the Pockets of Perception Student Design Team.

Several booths were set up around the vestibule with information about glass blowing tutorials, creative writing workshops, comic books and almost everything in between; while visitors picked up flyers about art in the city.

Dearborn Community Fund Director EmmaJean Woodyard said the event was meant to be casual and most importantly informative.

“We want people to start paying attention (to) all of the work that is outside this summer,” Woodyard said during the event. “I want (the attendees) to walk away gaining a new appreciation for art and for Dearborn … it is important for our community to have art.”

Art Connects Dearborn! is under the guidance of the Dearborn Community Fund and the fund is in partnership with the East Dearborn Downtown Development Authority and the West Dearborn Downtown Development Authority.

One of the booths at the event, manned by Dearborn Public Schools Art Teacher Mohamad Bazzi, showcased information about student-design team Pockets of Perception. The team created two permanent sculptures in east and west Dearborn.

Bazzi, also a POP Design Team representative, said he wants to educate the public about POP.

“We want to make people aware of what we do,” Bazzi said at the event. “People are amazed by this project, people who have given money and people in general. It has been positive all around. The city has been very supportive.”

During the event, attendees listened to music from the Royal Garden Trio, known for their music in DIA commercials.

Bernice Malinowski, 62 of Detroit, said she attended the event because she is the artistic type and she appreciates other forms of art.

“Art allows a person to be creative and use their God-given talents,” she said during the event.

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