The Eastpointe Arts and Cultural Diversity Commission will be accepting submissions for its art exhibition until Thursday, Sept. 27.

The Eastpointe Arts and Cultural Diversity Commission will be accepting submissions for its art exhibition until Thursday, Sept. 27.

Photo provided by Mary Van Haaren


Eastpointe searching for artists for second annual art exhibition

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published September 11, 2018

 Works such as Alysa Diebolt’s fused glass creations will be featured at the Eastpointe art exhibition Thursday, Oct. 25, to Sunday, Nov. 4.

Works such as Alysa Diebolt’s fused glass creations will be featured at the Eastpointe art exhibition Thursday, Oct. 25, to Sunday, Nov. 4.

Photo provided by Mary Van Haaren

 Works such as Alysa Diebolt’s fused glass creations will be featured at the Eastpointe art exhibition Thursday, Oct. 25, to Sunday, Nov. 4.

Works such as Alysa Diebolt’s fused glass creations will be featured at the Eastpointe art exhibition Thursday, Oct. 25, to Sunday, Nov. 4.

Photo provided by Mary Van Haaren

EASTPOINTE — The city of Eastpointe is bringing back its local art exhibition, which will take place inside the Patriot Building at Spindler Park, 19400 Stephens Road, beginning in late October.

This is the second year the city has hosted the exhibition. It will consist of art created by Eastpointe residents and city employees. There are still two weeks for artists to apply to be part of the exhibition.

The exhibition will kick off with a reception.

“The reception is open to the public. There is no charge. It will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 25. We should have hors d’oeuvres, wine, cider and doughnuts,” said Mary Van Haaren, the Eastpointe building official and city liaison to the Arts and Cultural Diversity Commission. “The art will be displayed a total of six days starting with Oct. 25, with our reception, and it will be on display over the course of the next 10 days at different times.”

The event is being overseen by the Eastpointe Arts and Cultural Diversity Commission, a new body that was formed partially as a result of the popularity of the first art exhibition last year.

“The commission is new for the community. We haven’t focused on art so much in the past, but the exhibition was so popular last year, so it seemed natural to create a commission to promote art in the community,” said Van Haaren. “We will be looking for opportunities to bring art and culture to different events, or looking for projects like painting murals on buildings.”

The Arts and Cultural Diversity Commission is still accepting applicants who wish to have their work displayed at the exhibition.

“There’s an application on the city website, and they are accepting submissions through Sept. 27, and we also can accept applications at City Hall,” Van Haaren said. “They are asked to submit photographs of their art. It will be a juried art show, so in advance, the arts commission will review the art and select what will be included in the show.”

The application is available through the “News & Announcements” tab at www.cityofeastpointe.net.

Alysa Diebolt is the chairperson for the Arts and Cultural Diversity Commission and was among the artists featured at the first exhibition. She said the commission will be judging the new pieces, and she hopes they will be able to showcase all the submissions.

“Last year, we had 16 artists submit 39 pieces of artwork, and the types of artwork and sizes (present) let us display all of them,” she said. “We might not be able to accept all of them going forward. … We can’t display anything too big, and it needs to be able to be moved by one person. They also have to be a piece that wasn’t featured last year. Otherwise, it is a public, family-friendly venue, so we need to factor that in. We don’t do video or installation pieces, because it wouldn’t work for the display space.”

A variety of art styles will be accepted and displayed at the exhibition. This includes paintings, drawings, sculptures and photographs. Diebolt herself works mainly with glass art.

“What I do is called fused glass, which is fusing glass in a kiln. I make a lot of bowls and vases. I’ve been doing it for 15 years,” she said. “I think every city and township has a lot of naysayers out there, but everything the Arts and Cultural Diversity Commission will be doing will be something positive for people in the community.”

The exact nature of the exhibition will be flexible and liable to change based on what kinds of submissions are turned in.

“We are planning the event based on what kind of submissions we receive. We aren’t limiting it to any type of art, and it is open to everyone who lives in Eastpointe or who works in the city,” Van Haaren said. “I think it’s a good way for a new artist to have art displayed in a professional exhibition and invite friends and family to see their work. We had a variety of experience levels at last year’s exhibition, and there’s definitely some satisfaction that comes from displaying your art and allowing the public to enjoy it.”

Organizers of the exhibition said they are happy to see more culture being brought to the Eastpointe community, and they hope this will allow local artists the chance to show off their talent.

“I think there’s nothing worse than getting rejected, but there’s nothing better than getting accepted,” Diebolt remarked. “It’s great exposure, and I think we need to kind of reconnect with that feeling from when you were a kid of getting recognized for something you did.”