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May 13, 2013

Fraser hosting art show May 18

By Nico Rubello
C & G Staff Writer

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Fraser hosting art show May 18
Jason Gumbrecht, of LaVanway Sign Company, installs a screen-printed replica of John Everett Millais’ 1864 painting “Leisure Hours” outside of Fraser City Hall. The Detroit Institute of Arts contracted LaVanway to install paintings at public locations in 13 metro Detroit communities. The paintings will be left up through June as part of the DIA’s Inside|Out program.

FRASER — The City of Fraser is inviting locals to come out this weekend for a family-friendly art festival at Steffens Park.

The Art in the Park event will run from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at the park, located near 14 Mile and Garfield roads next to Fraser City Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Fraser Parks and Recreation Director Christina Woods hopes that this is the first of many years for the art show.

There will be student art from the Arts Academy in the Woods, a public performing and fine arts high school located in Fraser. A concert of the Arts Academy in the Woods band, beginning at 12:30 p.m., will be followed by a performance from a local student rock band.

There will be a bounce house and concessions on hand, and, at an art station hosted by the Detroit Institute of Arts, children will be able to create their own cup-and-ball folk toys, aided by three working artists.

Fraser’s Art in the Park is being put on in partnership with the DIA’s Inside|Out program, which in March installed three replica screen-printings of DIA paintings in the city, three of which will be in the vicinity of the event: John Everett Millais’ 1864 painting “Leisure Hours” at Fraser City Hall; Francis Wheatley’s 1770s painting “The Wilkinson Family” at the ball field; and Vincent van Gogh’s 1887 painting “Self-Portrait” at Fort Fraser.

The other two — Gari Melchers’ 1900 painting “The Communicant” and Rachel Ruysch’s 1704 painting “Flowers in a Glass Vase” — are viewable at the Fraser Public Library and the Baumgartner House, respectively, through next month as part of Inside|Out.

DIA Community Outreach Manager Kathryn Dimond said collaborating with communities helps “break down the walls of the museum and take the art out into the community.”

“We’re really excited by the fact that communities have taken Inside|Out and made it their own and really used the works of art in their community to create programs and engage their community,” she said.

Also, as part of Inside|Out, the DIA is hosting “community weekends” for participating communities. Fraser’s is on Saturday, June 1, and Sunday, June 2. That weekend, Fraser residents also can receive a 10 percent discount to the Café DIA and museum shop, $1 off Detroit Film Theatre tickets and free admission to showings of the Detroit Film Theatre 101 film series, according to the DIA.

For more information about Inside|Out, visit www.dia.org/insideout.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Nico Rubello at nrubello@candgnews.com or at (586)279-1118.