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.

    • 10 Jul 2017
    • 12:00 AM
    • 26 Aug 2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • The Scarab Club 217 Farnsworth Street Detroit, MI 48202
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    Stephen Magsig, Dix Avenue Bridge, Oil, 2016


    Exhibition in the SC Lounge:
    August 26-September 16, 2017
    Reception: Saturday, August 26, 6-11 pm 

    The Scarab Club invites artists to participate in its 2017 Plein Air Challenge Exhibition. The exhibition will showcase work which has been painted between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm on Saturday, August 26, 2017. There is no entry fee for this exhibition.

    Saturday, August 26th, 2017  
    8 am – Noon: Check-in – Participating artists have the back of their canvasses stamped at the SC. Artists may have 2 canvasses (no larger than 16’'x20") stamped. One painting from each artist will be accepted for inclusion in the exhibition.

    8 am - 4 pm: Artist paint en plein air at locations of their choice in and around Detroit.

    4 pm deadline: Paintings returned to SC and installed in lounge. Tags will be available when work is returned to the gallery.

    6-11 pm: Reception-The reception for the exhibition will be held in the SC lounge, concurrently with Feather J. Chiaverini’s pop-up installation, Camouflaged, in the SC garden.

    Participation is open to all artists over 18 years of age. The SC Plein Air Challenge has a theme of landscapes and cityscapes painted in and around Detroit.

    There is no charge for participation in the SC Plein Air Challenge

    Contact Treena Flannery Ericson at:

    • 7 Aug 2017
    • 11:59 PM
    • 25 Sep 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • The Scarab Club

    Scarab Club Member Exhibition
    DEADLINE: Sunday, September 24, 2017/Midnight

    Exhibition: November 15, 2017-January 6, 2018
    Results: Saturday, September 30
    Intake: Sunday, November 12, noon-5 pm
    Reception: Friday, November 17, 5-8 pm
    Gallery Talk: Thursday, November 30, 6 pm

    The Scarab Club invites submissions for its annual Gold Medal Exhibition, an annual unthemed, all-media exhibition, open to all SC members in good standing. The entry fee of $35 covers both the cost of submission for the exhibition one SC Annual book. Books will be shipped to artists in December, after publication.

    Dennis Nawrocki has been a faculty member at CCS, Wayne State University, and School of the Art Institute of Chicago from the mid-1970s until the present, in both full-time and adjunct capacities. He has held museum positions at the Detroit Institute of Arts, University of Michigan Museum of Art, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. He directed Center Galleries at CCS for a number of years in the 1980s. Author of Art in Detroit Public Places (1999) and a freelance critic, Nawrocki has reviewed national and international exhibitions for Art in America, New Art Examiner (Chicago), and Metro Times (Detroit). 

    Please contact Treena Flannery Ericson at:

    • 23 Aug 2017
    • 7 Sep 2017
    • 3 sessions
    • The Scarab Club

    Iyawo Afro-Cuban Dance Class Wednesdays August 23, 30, and September 6
    7:00 - 9:30pm
    Free to the first 20 Scarab Club members who sign up! 

    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.

    • 21 Sep 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

    Detroit Research, Salon De’troit and the Scarab Club PRESENT
    The Regular’s Table: a series of intimate, informal conversations.

    September 21, 6:30 – 9PM
    6:30 PM Doors open
    7-8PM Olayami Dabls & Julia Solis in conversation on the mystical nature of objects
    8-9 PM Conversation continues across the table

    The German word Stammtisch can be translated into English as “regular’s table.” It is an invitation to friends—to gather round a table and talk, philosophize, dream, rant, play cards. The regular’s table is a symbol of community and conversation.

    Curated by Stefany Anne Golberg in collaboration with Detroit Research, Salon De’troit, and the Scarab Club, the Regular’s Table pairs Detroit artists, thinkers, and dabblers and asks them to talk to each other about subjects close to their hearts. It is a conversation between strangers on the way to becoming friends

    • 28 Sep 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Scarab Club

    Speaker: Randall Griffey

    Thursday, September 28, 2017
    6 pm | Cocktails
    7 pm | Dinner
    8 pm | Lecture

    Marsden Hartley’s name appears in textbooks of modern art due to abstract paintings he made in Berlin in 1914-15, a body of work that drew from Cubism and German Expressionism.  But, when Hartley died in 1943, he would never have imagined that his so-called German Officer series would be the primary reason he would be remembered.  Rather, he believed his legacy would rest on his images of his home state of Maine.  Tied to an exhibition that was featured at The Met Breuer from March to June 2017 and now on view until November 12 at The Colby College Museum of Art, this presentation addresses this surprising and complex inconsistency in Hartley’s place in the canon of modern art.

    Dinner Menu
    Wedge salad
    Standard entree: short ribs, mashed potatoes, green beans
    Vegetarian: zucchini boat with potatoes, corn, peppers
    Apple crisp

    • 29 Sep 2017
    • 7:30 PM - 11:00 PM
    • The Scarab Club

    celebrating 110 years
    of creative excellence
    & artistic expression

    join us september 29, 2017
    7:30 -11:00 pm

    pop-up robert hopkin exhibition

    photo booth & live portrait sketches 

    music from our live at the scarab club house band

    open bar and strolling dinner

    $35 members | $40 general admission


    • 1 Oct 2017
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • The Scarab Club

    John Sinclair with the Planet D Nonet: Thelonious Monk at 100.
    Sunday, October 1

    Thelonious Monk was born Oct 10, 1917 and we will celebrate that legacy as the Planet D Nonet performs his songs as John Sinclair recites corresponding poems and text.

    Early bird tickets (through September 1): $20 general admission // $15 students and seniors
    After September 1: $25 general admission // $20 students and seniors

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

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

    • 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.

    Early bird tickets (through September 1): $20 general admission // $15 students and seniors
    After September 1: $25 general admission // $20 students and seniors

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

Past events

23 Jul 2017 Blue Gold: The Alchemy of Indigo
20 Jul 2017 Members' Wine Tasting in the Garden
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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