DCAC presents Comic Pages Thru the Ages

Comic Pages Thru the Ages Banner copyDEARBORN — The Padzieski Gallery will celebrate comic book art and cartoon history through April 7.

Comic Pages Thru the Ages — presented by the Dearborn Community Arts Council, Green Brain Comics, the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra and Dearborn Public Schools — will celebrate the history of cartoons and comic book art, and even their connection to classical music.

The free exhibit will allow the public to break barriers while having fun blurring the lines between art that is popular and scholarly, entertaining and serious. It has been curated by art collectors Richard Rubenfeld and Martin Hirchak with assistance from Dan Merritt of Green Brain Comics.

Rare and unpublished comic book and cartoon artwork from the 1930s to the present day will be shown highlighting some of the legendary artists who brought these pages to life for fans of all ages. The lobby outside of the gallery will feature an array of comic-style artwork by students representing Dearborn Public Schools.

The DCAC’s monthly Gallery Talk program from 2 to 3 p.m. March 22 will feature artists and curators from Comic Pages Thru The Ages to discuss the artwork and artists on display. Guests are welcome to discover what inspires the artists and collectors.

Admission is free. This informal art talk includes refreshments.

The Padzieski Gallery is in the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave.

The Dearborn Symphony’s part of the exhibit comes April 9, during its annual pops concert in the Michael A. Guido Theater in the Ford Center. Pianist and Dearborn Symphony Pops Conductor Rich Ridenour will lead the orchestra in performances ranging from classical landmarks by Wagner and Rossini to popular cartoon favorites including “Powerhouse” by Raymond Scott.

While the orchestra plays, live action painting will be happening simultaneously on the stage.

Tickets to the concert range from $15 to $35. For more information, call 313-565-2424 or go to dearbornsymphony.org.