City Commissioner Patricia (Pat) Paruch is the current City Commission representative on the Royal Oak Commission for the Arts. Commissioner Paruch was first elected to the City Commission in 1979 and served until 1989. She was elected Mayor in 1989 and was reelected in 1991, serving until her term ended in 1993. Commissioner Paruch served on the Royal Oak Planning Commission for fourteen years from 1979 to 1993. She was reappointed to the City Commission in 2014 to fill a vacancy and was reelected in 2015 and 2019. Commissioner Paruch earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Detroit Mercy in 1972 and a law degree from Wayne State University School of Law in 1992. She and her husband have two adult daughters and three grandchildren living with their families in the area. Commissioner Paruch is a Board member and the Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Royal Oak Symphony Orchestra, even though she can’t play a note on any instrument. She and her husband are long-time season ticket holders of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Her artistic badge of honor: she still has a scar on her left index finger from an improperly held Exacto knife that slipped while she was working on a linoleum block print in high school art class.
1. Why did you get involved with the art commission, why do you stay, how do you want to see it grow in the future?
The City of Royal Oak is home to so many creative people, both amateur and professional. I love working with the Commission for the Arts to provide opportunities for those artists to share their creations with the greater Royal Oak community and for the community to experience art in its various forms. I think at his point in its history, the CFA has just barely scratched the surface of the ways it can explore, exhibit, and promote all of the artistic endeavors that are possible in our community. I look forward to helping that effort in any way I can.
2. What is your favorite art?
My favorite forms of art, in no particular order, are clay pottery (both vessels and other forms), fiber art (especially unique quilts), and classical music.
3.Why is art important to you and needed in the city of Royal Oak?
Artistic expression is part of the soul of a community. Royal Oak has a long history of recognizing and supporting all kinds of artistic endeavors, both amateur and professional. Making sure that art is accessible to all members of the community is essential to continuing Royal Oak’s status as a great place to live, grow, and thrive.