Rochester celebrates a month of art in September

Deck Art, Magical Mural Tour, Taste of Fall come to downtown Rochester

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published September 8, 2020

 Alex Rosin works on his mural, “Kobe Bryant.”

Alex Rosin works on his mural, “Kobe Bryant.”

Photo provided by the Rochester Downtown Development Authority

 Elizabeth Harness works on her Magical Mural Tour piece, “Heart’s Haven.”

Elizabeth Harness works on her Magical Mural Tour piece, “Heart’s Haven.”

Photo provided by the Rochester Downtown Development Authority

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ROCHESTER — This September, the community is invited to head to downtown Rochester to enjoy a variety of art.

“September is Art and Apples, but, unfortunately, that is not happening this year. We always want to try and find more ways to tie in and complement Art and Apples, so we are trying to focus on making September art month in downtown Rochester. We’re still going to proceed with that, and hopefully it will catch on this year so we can build on it in future years,” said Kristi Trevarrow, the executive director of the Rochester Downtown Development Authority.

Downtown Rochester will host its 10th annual Deck Art skateboard art competition and exhibition Sept. 10-11.

This year, close to 400 artists from all over metro Detroit will have their work displayed in 50 downtown Rochester businesses.

“Deck Art continues to grow and evolve year after year,” DDA Events Coordinator Jenna O’Dell said in a statement. “It’s expanded from an event that originally took place in just two downtown businesses, and we are honored that the previous owner of Deck Art, Linda Gallaher, has let the event continue with the Rochester PSD.”

Participating businesses will be open until 9 p.m. Sept. 10-11 for attendees to preview Deck Art and be able to shop, dine and stroll through downtown. A panel of judges from Paint a Miracle in Rochester will select one winner from the five Deck Art categories — elementary school, middle school, high school, college and adult. Winning decks will be identified with a special ribbon.

A list of participating businesses that will display artwork can be found at DowntownRochesterMI.com. All artists have the option to sell their skateboard art. Specific details will be listed next to each deck.

The fun continues through Sept. 30, when the public will be able to enjoy artwork displayed all over town, courtesy of the brand-new pop-up mural project, the Magical Mural Tour.

“We’re calling this a pop-up mural project because, if we were going to do a permanent mural project, we would want to do community outreach and get community input,” Trevarrow said.

The Magical Mural Tour asked artists, professional or hobbyists of all ages to submit designs, and a DDA design committee selected 15 murals, designed by both adults and children, for installation this month.

“We were overwhelmed by the creativity and talent of the artists that submitted proposals. We hope the community enjoys exploring downtown to find all the murals on the tour,” Trevarrow said.

All 15 murals will be entered into a People’s Choice Contest, with the winning mural artist receiving $500.

 “It’s a people’s choice vote, so people will like a mural on Facebook, and if you get the most likes by the cutoff date, then you get the prize. It’s a really cool opportunity for artists and for people who just enjoy seeing art around town,” said O’Dell.

Trevarrow said food is another artform, and as such, Downtown Rochester is inviting the community to enjoy a Taste of Fall.

Through Oct. 19, over 20 restaurants will have fall-inspired entrees, drinks and desserts on their menu for patrons to try. Pick up the Taste of Fall brochure at the Downtown Collaboration Studio or any of the participating businesses, which are also listed on downtownrochestermi.com.

Art Month is sponsored by Genisys Credit Union.

For more information, visit downtownrochestermi.com or call the DDA at (248) 656-0060.

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