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Inside/Out art now on display in Warren

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published April 20, 2016

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WARREN — If you live in Warren, you won’t have to go far to see what a masterpiece painting looks like up close.

Reproductions of classic works of art are on display now at 11 locations in Warren, as part of the 2016 Detroit Institute of Arts Inside/Out exhibit.

Parks and Recreation Director Henry Bowman told members of the City Council last month that eight businesses and three public buildings were selected to host weather-proof reproductions of priceless works through July 16.

The selections include “Head of a Woman,” by an unknown Egyptian artist, currently on display at the Kuhnhenn Brewing Co. at Chicago and Mound; “Cotopaxi,” by Frederic Edwin Church, at Global Realty on Mound; “View of the Tiber in Rome,” by Bernardo Bellotto, at the Warren Community Center on Arden; and “Portrait of Postman Roulin,” by Vincent van Gogh, at Andiamo Warren on 14 Mile Road.

“I’m very honored. I think it’s phenomenal to bring a touch of the DIA to the city. It’s like bringing in a little extra class,” Mayor Jim Fouts said. “We can only gain from it.”

Bowman said his department will organize tours by bus and bike to see the various reproductions of famous works.

Hamilton Chevrolet, Jimmy’s Tavern, the Warren Civic Center, St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, First Chiropractic Life Center, Macomb Bike and Fitness, and the Owen Jax Recreation Center will also host Inside/Out reproductions through July 16.

Bowman told council members he’s also working on a “selfie” contest for anyone interested in grabbing a quick photo with the reproduced work of a master painter.

According to the DIA, Inside/Out has been featured in more than 100 metro Detroit communities over the last six years. Warren was among 17 cities selected to participate in two sessions running from April to July and from August to October. 

“Inside/Out has become a key component of the DIA’s community engaging efforts,” DIA Director Salvador Salort-Pons said in a media release.

Salort-Pons added that the program is part of an expanded partnership with suburban communities, made possible through the support of the Knight Foundation.

To learn more information about the foundation, visit www.knightfoundation.org.

For more about the DIA’s Inside/Out exhibit, visit www.dia.org.

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