Inside|Out program brings art to Paint Creek Trail

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published May 12, 2021

 “Rounded Flower Bed,” by Claude Monet, is displayed in public during a past Inside|Out exhibition by the Detroit Institute of Arts.

“Rounded Flower Bed,” by Claude Monet, is displayed in public during a past Inside|Out exhibition by the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Photo provided by the DIA


ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS/OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — The Detroit Institute of Arts’ 2021 Inside|Out program will once again bring art to the Rochester area this summer.

Amanda Harrison, the DIA’s community engagement manager for Oakland County, said the art museum launched the project in 2010.

“This is a wonderful project that was inspired from our director at the time, who took a trip to Europe and noticed these works of art from the museums there out in the community. It’s an unexpected way to experience these masterpieces from a world-class museum in your own space,” she said.

Today, the program delivers and installs reproductions from the DIA’s collection to outdoor venues in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties.

“Inside|Out helps us engage and inspire the communities around us. We are excited to bring our world-renowned collection of art beyond the museum walls and directly into the community,” DIA Director Salvador Salort-Pons said in a statement.

This year, 24 communities and organizations were selected for the program’s 2021 season.

Locally, eight reproductions will be placed at sites along the Paint Creek Trail and the Polly Ann Trail, as well as along the new Clarkston Road connector trail in Orion Township. The Paint Creek and Polly Ann trails were recently connected via a 3-mile long path and bridge over the Paint Creek. The Polly Ann and Paint Creek trails are part of the bicycling route of Michigan’s Iron Belle Trail network, which extends from the far western tip of the Upper Peninsula to Belle Isle in Detroit.

Paint Creek Trail Manager Melissa Ford said four art reproductions will be on display on or near the Paint Creek Trail.

“We are very excited to have the DIA on the trail. It’s a program that is well established and always gets a wonderful response in whatever community, park or trail it’s in,” Ford said.

“The Trappers’ Return,” by George Caleb Bingham, will be installed on the trail near Adams Road in Oakland Township. As trail users continue toward Lake Orion, they can view “Summer,” by Thomas Wilmer Dewing, at the Kern Road connector path; “Boy with Plaid Scarf,” by Robert Cozad Henri, at the Clarkston Road connector path and boardwalk; and “Poultry Yard,” by Melchior de Hondecoeter, at the Paint Creek Trail entrance, near Newton Drive.

“The pieces the DIA picked out are really going to blend wonderfully with the natural environment, so this will be a really unique way to experience art in nature,” Ford said.

Along the Polly Ann Trail, trail users can enjoy: “Lovers on a Balcony During Monsoon,” by an unknown artist, on the connector bridge; “Nocturne in Black and Gold, the Falling Rocket,” by James Abbott McNeill Whistler, near the water depot crossing; “Rounded Flower Bed,” by Claude Monet, near the Indianwood crossing; and “Portrait of Postman Roulin,” by Vincent van Gogh, in the village of Oxford.  

Harrison said Rochester Hills will also feature a number of Inside|Out reproductions this year, including a few in the Village of Rochester Hills, three at Innovations Hills Park, and four pieces along the new Auburn Road corridor.

“We really wanted to be in parks and along trails this year especially, because it seems people are more hesitant to be in the downtown areas,” Harrison said. “We’re trying to put them in spaces that people will utilize naturally but won’t gather around tightly.”

The local Inside|Out installations, Harrison said, are scheduled for the end of May.

“It could trickle into June, so it’s still tentative, but our goal is to have installation at the end of May and the pieces will be up through October,” she said.

For more information, visit the DIA’s website,