The Scarab Club

Upcoming events

    • 18 Dec 2016
    • 31 Dec 2017
    • The Scarab Club
    2016 CATALOG | American Dreaming — Corvette, 7 Generations & Beyond

    Exhibition runs through Saturday, February 18th

    Born in the boom years following World War II, the Corvette matured into a bona fide American icon. First and foremost, automobile designers are artists.

    Automotive artwork, in large part, was never supposed to leave the studios they were designed in and were often destroyed. This scarcity makes the exhibition and catalog that much more remarkable and history.

    Our exhibition catalog contains 120+ pages of these historic and rare sketches. Catalogs are full color and will be available in a very limited quantity. All proceeds of exhibition catalog sales to benefit the arts programs at the Scarab Club.

    Purchased catalogs will be shipped domestically. International inquirers, please reach out to 

    • 9 Jul 2017
    • 1:30 PM
    • 28 Jun 2018
    • 10:00 PM
    • The Scarab Club

    Popularly known at the club as “sketch classes”, these non-instruction​al, drop-in opportunities for artists to draw and paint from live models welcome all artists. Drop in and join us! Materials: Bring a pad of drawing paper or stretched canvas and your favorite drawing and/or painting supplies.

    • 18 Oct 2017
    • 29 Nov 2017
    • 5 sessions
    • The Scarab Club

    Iyawo Afro-Cuban Dance Class Wednesdays 
    October 18 & November 1, 8, 15, 29
    7:00 - 9:30pm
    Free to the first 20 Scarab Club members who sign up! Drop in or take the full series.

    Learn the basics of Afro-Cuban dance with master teacher & choreographer Lisa McCall of Iyawo Folkloric Dance Theater. Classes are based in movements and rhythms of the African Caribbean Diaspora and to celebrate the powerful trio of live musicians, song and dance. Ms. McCall's training is in the Katherine Dunham technique incorporated with principles from folkloric Afro-Cuban, Caribbean and Haitian dance. The experience is designed to be beneficial for all experience levels and is a wonderful tool for community building and spiritual healing through the benefits of dance.

    Please bring water and a long skirt to practice in. More information (and traditional skirts available for purchase) here.

    • 2 Nov 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • The Scarab Club
    • 11

    • 9 Nov 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Scarab Club

    Thursday, November 9, 2017
    6 pm | Cocktails
    7 pm | Dinner
    8 pm | Lecture

    Lee Glazer, Curator of American Art
    Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

    All art was modern once, and to underscore the point, this talk begins with the unexpected juxtaposition of two paintings from 1862: Cotopaxi by Frederic Edwin Church and Symphony in White, No. 1: The White Girl by James McNeill Whistler. Despite its South American subject, Cotopaxi was impossible to divorce from current events in the United States. Its first viewers saw its blood-red sky and seething volcano as references to the carnage of the Civil War and the atrocities of slavery. Yet its imagery, “throbbing with fire and tremulous with life,” as the New York Times put it, was also read as a “picture poem” expressing universal ideals of truth and beauty. The White Girl, meanwhile, seemed neither beautiful nor truthful to its early audiences.

    In fact, it seemed barely legible. Conceived as a realist picture whose subject-- a model who has dropped her pose-- is hiding in plain sight, the painting was retroactively re-titled Symphony in White, No. 1, making it the ground zero of Whistler’s later aestheticist idea that art should speak for itself, as self-referential as a piece of pure music. In short, Cotopaxi and The White Girl would seem to have nothing in common but their date of 1862. Yet their chronological coincidence allows us to consider how each of these works ultimately achieved iconic status: Cotopaxi as an exemplar of American exceptionalism, The White Girl as a problematic prelude to modernist purity.


    Lee Glazer is the curator of American art at the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and is a specialist in Gilded Age painting and the arts of the Aesthetic movement. She has curated numerous exhibitions, including, most recently, Peacock Room REMIX: Darren Waterston’s Filthy Lucre, which received the Smithsonian Secretary’s Research Award in 2016. Dr. Glazer is the author of Charles Lang Freer: A Cosmopolitan Life and A Perfect Harmony: The American Collection in the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and co-editor of East West Interchanges in American Art: A Long and Tumultuous Relationship and Palaces of Art: Whistler and the Art Worlds of Aestheticism. Her current research focuses on James McNeill Whistler’s watercolors, to be featured in an exhibition at the Freer in 2019.

    Dinner Menu
    Tossed green salad
    Standard entree: salmon with lemon caper, toasted rice pilaf, vegetable medley
    Vegetarian: roasted vegetable lasagne roll ups
    Lemon cake

    • 12 Nov 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church

    ChMezzo soprano, Briana Elyse Hunteramber Music at the Scarab Club continues its 20th season with Words and Music, at Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church on Sunday November 12, 2017 at 7:00 pm.

    This delightful program showcases several newcomers to CMSC and presents two works strongly influenced by text, either poetry or prose. The Michigan-based trio Protea (flutist Dennis Carter, clarinetist Lisa Raschiatore and pianist Mariah Boucher) performs Valerie Coleman’s dynamic Portraits of Langston, based on the poetry of African American writer Langston Hughes and includes readings that describe his experiences in Paris and Harlem. Mezzo soprano Briana Elyse Hunter sings Letters to the Immortal Beloved by Canadian composer James Wright. Ms. Hunter may be a newcomer to CMSC but she has been seen and heard many times on stage with the Michigan Opera Theatre, most recently in the role of Giovanna in Rigoletto. She will perform Wright’s beautiful chamber art song cycle consisting of settings of excerpts from Beethoven’s passionate letters to his ‘Immortal Beloved’.

    As always, each piece on the program will be introduced by one of the musicians and the concert will be followed by a delicious and friendly reception.

    Tickets – $25 at the door, $20 in advance, $10 for students 

    For tickets and more info – (248) 474-8930

    Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church  – 17150 Maumee Avenue, Grosse Pointe, MI 48230

    • 18 Nov 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • The Scarab Club

    Live at the Scarab Club: RJ Spangler and Friends Celebrate the music of Louis Jordan
    Saturday, November 18

    Louis Jordan (July 8, 1908 – February 4, 1975) was a pioneering American musician, songwriter and bandleader who was popular from the late 1930s to the early 1950s. Known as "The King of the Jukebox," he was highly popular with in the later years of the swing era.

     $25 general admission // $20 students, seniors, SC members

    This event is made possible by a grant from the Knight Foundation.

    • 9 Dec 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 11:30 PM
    • 217 Farnsworth, Detroit, MI 48202


    Saturday, December 9, 2017

    Cocktails 6:30 pm
    Dinner 8:00 pm
    Dessert and Tom & Jerry’s 9:00
    Beam signing 9:30

    Members and guests $90.00
    New members $75.00

    Please advise us of any dietary restrictions.
    Please indicate the names of your guests or other individuals with whom you would like to be seated. All seating requests will be honored to the extent possible


Past events

15 Oct 2017 Chamber Music at the Scarab Club: Pastorales, Vocalise & More
1 Oct 2017 Live at the Scarab Club: Thelonious Monk at 100
29 Sep 2017 Scarab Club 110th Celebration
28 Sep 2017 Burroughs Dinner & Lecture: Marsden Hartley's Maine
21 Sep 2017 The Regulars’ Table: Olayami Dabls & Julia Solis
7 Aug 2017 104th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition
23 Jul 2017 Blue Gold: The Alchemy of Indigo
20 Jul 2017 Members' Wine Tasting in the Garden
10 Jul 2017 The SC Plein Air Challenge Exhibition
9 Jun 2017 2017 Scarab Club Garden Party
1 Jun 2017 The Ashcan’s Joie de Vivre: Life, Leisure and Detroit | June 1st, 2017
21 May 2017 Live at the Scarab Club: Kings of Kansas City Swing
17 May 2017 2017 Scarab Club Photography Exhibition Call for Entry
13 Mar 2017 2017 Blooms, Bugs, Beasts Call for Entry
2 Mar 2017 Robert Winthrop Chanler: Outrageous American Modernist | March 2, 2017
25 Feb 2017 Mardi Gras Masquerade 2017
9 Feb 2017 SC Member Reception for Corvette Exhibition
25 Jan 2017 Call for Proposals
29 Dec 2016 2017 Silver Medal Call for Entry
7 Dec 2016 103rd Annual Boar's Head Dinner
3 Dec 2016 Volunteers Needed for December 3rd Noel Night
10 Nov 2016 Lighting Up Detroit: Works of the Edward F. Caldwell Company
24 Oct 2016 103rd Gold Medal CFE | Annual Submission
20 Oct 2016 Meet our new Executive Director
29 Sep 2016 Seeking the Spirit of Old Spain: Robert Henri and Spanish Themes
28 Jul 2016 July Member Cooldown
14 Jul 2016 2016 Scarab Club Photography Exhibition Call for Entry
23 Jun 2016 Sketch Session THURSDAY 6/23
9 Jun 2016 Cocktails in the Garden
9 Jun 2016 Volunteers Needed for June 9
17 Apr 2016 2016 Blooms, Bugs, Beasts Call for Entry
31 Jan 2016 2016 Silver Medal Show Call for Entry
12 Dec 2015 102nd Annual Boar's Head Dinner
1 Dec 2015 Pleyel Piano Fundraiser
29 Nov 2015 Sketch Session SUNDAY 11/29 PM
28 Nov 2015 Sketch Session SATURDAY 11/28 AM
28 Nov 2015 Sketch Session SATURDAY 11/28 PM
26 Nov 2015 Sketch Session THURSDAY 11/26 PM
22 Nov 2015 Sketch Session SUNDAY 11/22 PM
15 Nov 2015 Sketch Session SUNDAY 11/15 PM
14 Nov 2015 Sketch Session SATURDAY 11/14 PM
14 Nov 2015 Sketch Session SATURDAY 11/14 AM
12 Nov 2015 Sketch Session THURSDAY 11/12 PM
8 Nov 2015 Sketch Session SUNDAY 11/8 PM
7 Nov 2015 Rat Pack Party - Annual Costume Ball
7 Nov 2015 Sketch Session SATURDAY 11/7 PM
7 Nov 2015 Sketch Session SATURDAY 11/07 AM
5 Nov 2015 Sketch Session THURSDAY 11/5 PM
4 Nov 2015 2015 Arts Annual Deadline for entry
4 Nov 2015 2015 Scarab Club Artists Annual
22 Oct 2015 Sketch Session THURSDAY 10/22 PM
17 Oct 2015 Sketch Session SATURDAY 10/17 AM
30 Sep 2015 102nd Gold Medal Exhibition
26 Sep 2015 Sketch Session THURSDAY 9/26 PM
19 Sep 2015 Sketch Session THURSDAY 9/19 am
30 Jul 2015 2015 Scarab Club Photography Exhibition Call for Entry
16 Jul 2015 Detroit Is: An Essay In Photographs
11 Jul 2015 Sketch Session SATURDAY - PM 7/11
11 Jul 2015 Pop Up Coffee
9 Jul 2015 Pleyel Piano Fundraiser
27 Jun 2015 Sketch Session SATURDAY PM 6/27
27 Jun 2015 Sketch Session SATURDAY 6/27
25 Jun 2015 Sketch Session THURSDAY 6/25
20 Jun 2015 Cocktails in the Garden
20 Jun 2015 Sketch Session SATURDAY - PM 6/20
20 Jun 2015 Sketch Session SATURDAY - AM 6/20
18 Jun 2015 Sketch Session THURSDAY 6/18
14 Jun 2015 Pilates in the Garden
14 Jun 2015 Yoga in the Garden
11 Jun 2015 Sketch Session THURSDAY 6/11
11 Jun 2015 No Place Like Detroit
4 Jun 2015 Sketch Session THURSDAY 6/4
4 Jun 2015 Storied Windows Richly Dight: Stained Glass in Detroit
31 May 2015 Sketch Session SUNDAY PM - Life Draw -5/31
29 May 2015 Opening Reception Blooms Bugs and Beasts!
20 May 2015 Blooms, Bugs, Beasts Call for Entry
13 May 2015 Pop-Up Cocktail Party May 13, 2015
23 Apr 2015 Pinnacles of Detroit: Steel Skyward
17 Apr 2015 Vote
5 Mar 2015 Valentine Dudensing and Friends (1922 -1948)
22 Jan 2015 Sketch Session - SATURDAY AM - costume - 10am - 1pm
15 Dec 2014 Silver Medal Show Call for Entry
13 Dec 2014 Boar's Head Dinner
6 Nov 2014 Strangely Familiar: American Magic Realist Painting, 1940-65
1 Nov 2014 Gold Medal Show Call for Entry
17 Oct 2014 A Night in Rome: The Annual Masked Ball

The Scarab Club is supported in part by awards from the Kresge Foundation, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation and the National  Endowment for the Arts.

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