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January 22, 2014

DIA, PCCA team up for Gallery to Gallery tour

By Mary Beth Almond
C & G Staff Writer

ROCHESTER — Area residents will get a unique opportunity to tour the Paint Creek Center for the Arts and the Detroit Institute of Arts this month during a special Gallery to Gallery event.

A community partnership between regional art galleries, art centers and the DIA, Gallery to Gallery gives participants the opportunity to tour art galleries or art centers in their community and then take a complimentary shuttle bus to the DIA, where they will enjoy a light reception and a gallery talk.

Services are provided complimentary as a result of the tri-county millage.

“The tri-county millage has helped them to be able to pursue more community outreach events like this, and they are taking it very seriously. … This is a way of saying thank you for supporting us with the millage in the tri-county area,” said PCCA Exhibitions Director Mary Fortuna.

The Rochester-based event, which is open to adults older than 18 years old, will take place Feb. 7. Participation is limited to the first 50 visitors who RSVP by calling (313) 833-7971 by Jan. 31.

“It’s a really nice opportunity to get together with a couple of friends — if you have a free Friday in February — to enjoy two galleries and get out to do something that they wouldn’t normally do,” Fortuna said.

The day will begin with a 10 a.m. complimentary gallery tour and informal talk about the two exhibitions that are currently on display at the PCCA, “Surface/Space” and “Alexander Buzzalini: Print.” Fortuna said “Surface/Space” — which includes work by Lynn Bennett-Carpenter, Matthew Hunt and Keri Mortimer — explores the way space is addressed in drawings, paintings and even sculptures, while “Alexander Buzzalini: Print” includes hand-pulled prints.

At 11 a.m., visitors will take a complimentary shuttle bus ride from the PCCA to the DIA in Detroit, where they will enjoy a light reception and gallery talk presented by a DIA gallery guide.

“It’s a really nice opportunity for a serious in-depth talk,” Fortuna said. “They’ll also allow a little bit of free time to visit the gift shop and things like that, so its not going to be structured every minute down there.”

DIA Community Relations Coordinator Syretta Lee said the DIA is definitely a great museum in Detroit.

“This is a wonderful place to visit. We have all different types of art and all different artists — Van Gogh, Monet — so if you are an art lover and you love the art center that is in your community, you will definitely love the art here at the DIA. We have some of the worlds’ best art,” she said.

The shuttle bus will depart from the DIA at 1:30 p.m. and return to the PCCA in Rochester.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Mary Beth Almond at malmond@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1060.