“Allegory of Hope,” by Allesandro Turchi, hangs at Baffin Brewing Company, 25113 Jefferson Ave.

“Allegory of Hope,” by Allesandro Turchi, hangs at Baffin Brewing Company, 25113 Jefferson Ave.

Photo by Kristyne E. Demske


Museum quality artwork comes to St. Clair Shores

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published July 17, 2020

 The piece installed at the St. Clair Shores Public Library is “A Woman,” by Amedeo Modigliani.

The piece installed at the St. Clair Shores Public Library is “A Woman,” by Amedeo Modigliani.

Photo by Kristyne E. Demske

 Ten reproduction paintings are hung throughout St. Clair Shores as part of the Detroit Institute of Art’s Inside|Out Program.

Ten reproduction paintings are hung throughout St. Clair Shores as part of the Detroit Institute of Art’s Inside|Out Program.

Map by Jason Clancy

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — Although museums, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, are reopening their doors to visitors, St. Clair Shores residents don’t have to travel far from home to see several pieces right in their neighborhood.

The city is taking part in the DIA’s Inside|Out program, which provides high-quality reproductions of artwork outdoors throughout the city for residents and visitors to experience. This is the 11th year for the program, with reproductions on view in 25 communities through October.

Ten paintings were installed throughout St. Clair Shores the first week of July. They are located at: Champine Park, St. Clair Shores Public Library, Wahby Park, Blossom Heath Park, Brys Park and Civic Arena, as well as at Jamex Brewing Company, Baffin Brewing Company, Copper Top Brewing and Dragon’s Landing.

Parks and Recreation Director Henry Bowman said they are working to develop activities to expose residents to the artwork, including a selfie contest and a bike tour.

“Sunday, Aug. 23, we are going to be doing a bike tour,” he said. “We’re anticipating starting behind City Hall and it will go through most of the artwork and finish up at the Farmer’s Market.”

The event is being held in conjunction with the Cool City Committee, Lac Ste. Claire Kiwanis Club and Tim’s Bike Shop.

Tim Focht, of Tim’s Bike Shop, 33601 Jefferson Ave., said the store helped organize bicycle tours of the artwork when St. Clair Shores was a part of Inside|Out in 2014 and 2017.

“Right now, it’s probably the best way to go around,” he said. “I think it’s a good way of getting out in public” safely.

Bicycling is becoming more popular this summer as people try to get outdoors and find ways to socially distance while recreating.

“It’s a nice way to see the art,” he said.

Online registration for the tour is coming soon and there is no cost for the event.

The goal, Bowman said, is to get “people moving around the city.”

“People are just anxious to go out and have a little bit of fun,” he said. “You get out there and you see these masterpieces that they’re putting up. They look like the exact thing, you can’t even tell it’s not from the museum.”

He said they’re hoping to have a docent participate in the tour, the size of which will depend on social distancing regulations at the time.

He said the department is also encouraging the city’s breweries to develop some sort of tour to expose residents to the artwork along with their specialty brews.

Bowman said the selfie contest will allow residents and visitors to the artwork to upload a photo of themselves near the artwork to the social media pages of the St. Clair Shores Parks and Recreation Department or Cool City Committee for a chance to win prizes.

“We’re going to put down sidewalk graphics and it will give you the information” on how to participate, he said. “We just want people to get out there and act goofy.”

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