Fine art comes to Dodge Park this October

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published October 7, 2015

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A taste of the Detroit Institute of Arts may be sampled alongside the Dodge Park Farmers Market in Sterling Heights Oct. 8.

Market visitors will be invited to check out the DIA Away: Think Like an Artist interactive art program in a traveling trailer, which will be parked in the Dodge Park parking lot.

DIA Director of Community Relations Kathryn Dimond said DIA Away has previously made stops at schools and community events like Arts Beats & Eats in Royal Oak and the Warren Birthday Bash.

“The goal is really to take this experience out to community events and give people a little taste of thinking like an artist,” she said.

The exhibit will contain digital displays and hands-on stations that will educate guests about the artistic thought process as they create, Dimond said.

“They can tell a story through pictures that they put together, (or) digitally manipulate an image and email it to themselves,” she said.

Dimond said the exhibit will highlight depictions of several of the DIA’s less universally recognized art pieces, such as Helen Frankenthaler’s painting “The Bay.”

“We purposely chose works of art from the collection that were diverse and provided opportunities for people to think really broadly about art and creativity,” she said.

According to Bridget Doyle, Sterling Heights community relations director, the juxtaposition of the DIA exhibit and the farmers market was intentional as a way to maximize interest in those events. She said the effort to bring art to the community has the backing of city officials such as City Manager Mark Vanderpool.

“Public art and art awareness is definitely a priority for the city of Sterling Heights,” she said. “We recently renamed our Cultural Commission to the Arts Commission to draw more focus on the goal of that commission, which is to increase public art within our city.”

In a statement, Sterling Heights Mayor Michael Taylor said he hopes that people visit the exhibit as part of their farmers market experience.

“Supporting and celebrating art is so important to the city of Sterling Heights,” he said. “This is an excellent way for our community to take advantage of the DIA’s wonderful art opportunities without traveling far from home.”

The DIA Away: Think Like an Artist exhibit will be open 2-7 p.m. Oct. 8 at Dodge Park, 40620 Utica Road in Sterling Heights. Visitors may park at Dodge Park or the lots located by the 41-A District Court, the Sterling Heights Public Library and City Hall.

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