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April 5, 2013

Hazel Park hosts DIA art reproductions

Inside Out program brings art to outdoor spaces

By Andy Kozlowski
C & G Staff Writer

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Hazel Park hosts DIA art reproductions
“Portrait of Postman Roulin,” by Vincent Van Gogh, stands by the new patio at the Hazel Park Memorial Library, 123 E. Nine Mile. It is one of six framed reproductions, based on pieces from the collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts, erected around Hazel Park as part of the DIA’s Inside Out program.

HAZEL PARK — You may have noticed them popping up in recent weeks: Framed reproductions of famous art pieces from the collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts, erected in public spaces around Hazel Park, all part of the DIA’s Inside Out program.

Jessica Keyser, the former library director of the Hazel Park Memorial Library, filled out the grant applications for the program. When she left to become director of the Ferndale Public Library, the program was turned over to Shelley O’Brien, management assistant to the Hazel Park city manager. The six art pieces were installed mid-March.

“It serves to make art accessible, so it’s not as stiff and stuffy as a museum, where you have to be quiet and not touch anything,” O’Brien said. “I’m hoping people will be intrigued by having the paintings in their community, and be inspired to go to the DIA and see the originals.”

Hazel Park is not the only city hosting the pieces. Other host cities in the area include Fraser, Utica and Rochester Hills.

In all, 81 pieces across 13 communities will be featured for the spring session, from April through June. Eighty reproductions will be placed in 12 communities for the summer session, from July through September.

Six new reproductions were added this year: “The Window,” by Henri Matisse; “Boy with Plaid Scarf,” by Robert Henri; “Winter Landscape in Moonlight,” by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner; “Hard Ball III,” by Robert Moskowitz; “Mother and Child,” by an unknown Yoruban artist from Africa; and “Ellen’s Isle, Loch Katrine,” by Robert S. Duncanson.

That last piece, “Ellen’s Isle, Loch Katrine,” is at one of the Hazel Park locations. The reproductions are currently on display at the following locations in Hazel Park:

• “Chevy,” by Edwin Henry Landseer, is at Green Acres Park, just off Lenox by the play structure near Mapledale.

• “Dancers in a Green Room,” by Edgar Begas, is by the pavilion in Scout Park.

• “Ellen’s Isle, Loch Katrine,” by Robert S. Duncanson, is on the north exterior wall of Continental Bikes.

• “Sir William Brereton, 1579,” by an unknown English painter, is on the south exterior wall of Dairy Park, near the Art Garden.

• “Portrait of Postman Roulin,” by Vincent Van Gogh, stands in front of the new patio at the Hazel Park Memorial Library.

• “Savoy Ballroom,” by Reginald Marsh, stands by the steps of Hazel Park City Hall.

Since residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties approved a DIA millage last year and now get free admission, the museum is offering new benefits for this year’s crop of Inside Out cities.

On April 27-28, Hazel Park residents will receive a 10 percent discount at the DIA gift shop and café, $1 off Detroit Film Theatre tickets, and complimentary admission to DFT 101 film series screenings.

“The DIA’s program is a great program,” said Hazel Park City Councilman Andy LeCureaux, who is also a member of the city’s Arts Council. “It’s part of what’s called place-making. People are going to be excited to come around.

“Someone told me today they were walking their dog and came across the one at Green Acres Park,” he said. “We want to create a place where people want to walk. It’s appreciated — it’s really cool.

“I’m also excited to see what our community does, in terms of programs, to help get the rest of the residents to know the pictures are there, whether it’s a senior bus tour or picnic, or a bike tour to the six places for a nice little trip, and so on,” LeCureaux said. “I think it’s great to get residents involved in the arts and to build awareness for them.”

C & G Staff Writer K. Michelle Moran contributed to this story.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Andy Kozlowski at akozlowski@candgnews.com or at (586)279-1104.