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Eastpointe to host photography show highlighting community

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published March 6, 2020

 The Eastpointe Arts and Cultural Diversity Commission will host a photography exhibit at Spindler Park this summer consisting of photos showing off different aspects of the Eastpointe community. In this photo, people view a past exhibit.

The Eastpointe Arts and Cultural Diversity Commission will host a photography exhibit at Spindler Park this summer consisting of photos showing off different aspects of the Eastpointe community. In this photo, people view a past exhibit.

Photo provided by Alysa Diebolt

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EASTPOINTE — The city of Eastpointe is calling photographers both amateur and professional to join it for a new exhibit that will highlight the city through photos.

The Eastpointe Arts and Cultural Diversity Commission will host an exhibit of photos showing different aspects of the city from Saturday, June 27, through Saturday, Aug. 8.

“Through our ACDC, we are putting out a call for artists and photographers,” said Mary Van Haaren, the city’s administrative liaison to the Arts and Cultural Diversity Commission. “It’s going to be held in the Patriot Building in Spindler Park, and it will focus on photographs taken within Eastpointe. It’s open to anybody, but the photos have to be from Eastpointe. We will print them out and display them in the same format as part of an art show.”

Those interested can submit photos through May 14. The pieces will be chosen by the commission members out of all those submitted. Photos can be submitted online at tiny.cc/Lens2020.

Jurors will select a “Best in Show” winner. The winner will receive a pair of Bluetooth speakers valued at more than $100.

“You don’t need to live in Eastpointe, and we encourage anyone to send in their photos,” said Arts and Cultural Diversity Commission Chair Alysa Diebolt. “It has to be a JPEG or PNG, and the file size can’t exceed 3 MB. For the best presentation, the resolution must be at least 180 dpi. The application is a Google form, so it’s super user friendly and just includes things such as name, email address, a title of the image, a short description of where it was taken and approving us to reproduce the image.”

Van Haaren said they are looking for a variety of subjects, styles and content. The common thread is that it has to revolve around Eastpointe.

“Show us what inspires you about Eastpointe,” she said. “It has to be family friendly and the photographers have to be 16 years old. Otherwise, anything can be submitted by anyone. … We want to show off different sights and highlights from Eastpointe. The ACDC wanted to do a photography exhibit and also wanted to do something that would be open to those outside of the city to expand the scope, unlike previous programs, in order to foster wider participation.”

Following the conclusion of the exhibit, the photographers will get to take home the blown-up prints of their photos.

“The owners will be given their work after the show,” Van Haaren said. “It costs $10 to submit each photo. They only have to pay if the piece is chosen to be displayed in the show. The city will print the photos; people just have to submit them digitally. There will be a jury — to select which ones will be shown in the show — made up of the art commission members.”

Diebolt said they do not expect every photo to be professional quality; they just want people around Eastpointe to get creative.

“I just hope people do it. We expect some of the photos will be taken with professional equipment, and some will be taken on their phones,” she said. “We want that and everything in between. If all you have is a camera phone, we want you to send those photos in.”

Diebolt said the program will be on display for several weeks so as much of the community as possible has a chance to see it.

“The exhibition will open up June 27 and run through Aug. 8, so on the opening day we will do an opening event for the public (at 2 p.m.),” she said. “We are keeping it up for a long time so people have the chance to come down in the summer and check out all of these different perspectives of Eastpointe.”

The organizers hope the people of Eastpointe will jump at the chance to highlight both their own skills and the city they live in.

“I am really excited about this exhibition because I think what it will show is that all of the people who live, work or visit Eastpointe do so with a different perspective, and I want to highlight that,” remarked Diebolt. “They may come to show off a restaurant here they like, so they might photograph a plate of food. They might like the architecture of a certain building, so they might take a photo of a particular church.”

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