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May 14, 2014

DIA art goes ‘Inside|Out’ in Center Line

By Brian Louwers
C & G Staff Writer

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DIA art goes ‘Inside|Out’ in Center Line
Residents can see a replica of Frederic Edwin Church’s “Cotopaxi” at Center Line’s City Hall on 10 Mile Road west of Van Dyke. The display is part of the Inside|Out program at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

CENTER LINE — It’s a chance to see a masterpiece up close, even if it’s a reproduction designed to be displayed outdoors.

This spring, seven locations in Center Line are hosting replica versions of works of art held at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Residents can see them at familiar places, including City Hall, where a reproduction of Frederic Edwin Church’s “Cotopaxi” adorns the outside wall on the east side of the building; at Kramer Homes, where a reproduction of the “Portrait of a Collagist,” by Benny Andrews hangs facing north at the Kramer Center; and at the Center Line Parks and Recreation building, which is hosting a reproduction of Robert Moskowitz’s “Hard Ball III.”

Other reproductions on display include Francis Davis Millet’s “Reading the Story of Oenone,” at the Center Line Public Library on Weingartz; Mary Cassalt’s “In the Garden,” at the Center Line Park Towers; Edwin Henry Landseer’s “Chevy,” at the Center Line Public Schools property on Arsenal; and Edgar Degas’ “Violinist and Young Woman,” at the St. Mary, Our Lady Queen of Families Parish.

“It’s a good program. You and I both know that the DIA wants to keep as much support as they possibly can from us out here,” Center Line Mayor David Hanselman said.

City Manager John Michrina credited Center Line Library and Parks and Recreation Director Heather Hames for bringing the program to the city.

“We love it. It’s sort of fun to see in different areas of the city,” Michrina said. “If it inspires people to take advantage of the DIA, so much the better.”

According to a release by the DIA, the Inside|Out program is now in its fifth year of bringing “high-quality reproductions of masterpieces from the DIA’s collection to outdoor venues throughout the area.”

Reproductions were installed previously in more than 700 locations spread across 98 communities. Eight cities, including Center Line, are participating for the first time this year.

The images will remain on display at their current locations through the end of July. They are spaced within walking or riding distance in host cities, according to the DIA’s release.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Brian Louwers at brianlouwers@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1089.