Third annual art exhibition to take place in Eastpointe

Roseville residents invited to participate for first time

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published September 20, 2019

 Works such as Sherie Charron’s photography will be featured at the Eastpointe art exhibition Thursday, Oct. 17, to Sunday, Oct. 20.

Works such as Sherie Charron’s photography will be featured at the Eastpointe art exhibition Thursday, Oct. 17, to Sunday, Oct. 20.

Photo provided by Sherie Charron

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EASTPOINTE — Artists from Roseville are now invited to join those from Eastpointe to take part in the third annual Eastpointe Arts and Cultural Diversity Commission Art Exhibition.

The exhibition showcases pieces created by local artists and gives both artists and non-artists the chance to interact.

“The art exhibition started two years ago as a way to showcase artwork done by residents and employees of Eastpointe,” said Alysa Diebolt, the Eastpointe Arts and Cultural Diversity Commission chair. “The first one in 2017 coincided with the Patriot Building at Spindler Park reopening, so we showcase local talent there as a way to show off what our city has to offer.”

The exhibition will take place from Thursday, Oct. 17, to Sunday, Oct. 20, at the Patriot Building in Spindler Park, 19400 Stephens Road. The display will be open to the public from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m.  Friday, and from 12 to 4 p.m.  Saturday and Sunday. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Oct. 2, and artists may sign up at City Hall at 23200 Gratiot Ave., online at www.cityofeastpointe.net or by emailing mvanhaaren@eastpointecity.org.

Sherie Charron, a photographic artist who was featured in the 2018 exhibition, will be returning with more pieces this year.

“It’s a great way to see and meet people in the city and show off what we have in these two cities,” said Charron. “It’s really a compliment when someone likes your work enough to buy it, and that is really a great part of it. There’s an opening event, and that’s a great way to meet and interact with the other artists. There’s a great social aspect in addition to the artistic aspect.”

A variety of artistic styles and mediums will be on display.

“There’s photography, which I and my husband both do,” said Charron. “There’s watercolors, oil paintings, ceramics, sculptures and almost any facet of art you could expect.”

The choice to expand the event to include those who live and work in Roseville was made because of the close relationship between the two cities.

“The two cities partner with each other on a lot of projects; not only on structural things, but also on fun things like this. This includes things like the recreation authority and chamber of commerce,” explained Diebolt. “After two awesome years featuring Eastpointe artists, we were ready to grow the exhibition, and this seemed like a natural expansion.”

A reception will be hosted on the first night of the exhibition and will include a chance to meet the artists and to mingle with other members of the Eastpointe and Roseville community.

“It’s a very positive experience. I felt privileged to be involved,” said Charron. “In addition to meeting the other artists and seeing the abundance of talent in our city, it’s a thrill to see my own work on display. It’s easy to submit, and I encourage people to attend.”

The exhibition is open to both residents and employees of Eastpointe and Roseville ages 18 and older. All mediums are accepted except video, computer-generated works and installation pieces. They must be completed works done in the last five years, and not have been displayed at a previous exhibition. The size limit is 24 by 36 inches for 2D art, and 3D pieces must be able to be carried by a single person.

Diebolt believes the exhibition is a perfect way to fulfil the mission given to the commission by the Eastpointe City Council when the commission was created in 2017.

“When we were created, the City Council gave us bullet points on what were were tasked with doing,” she said. “One of them was showing off talent in the community, and this is a way to do that and let others see it.”

She added that people will be very pleased with the results of their efforts and the work of the many participating local artists.

“This is a nice community day. You can see what your neighbors are doing. It’s nice to bask in that creative energy. … We really believe that everybody has creative talent, but there isn’t a lot of ways to showcase that — especially when you’re an adult,” remarked Diebolt. “This is an opportunity for anyone who has great talent to share it in a non-intimidating atmosphere.”

Call Staff Writer Brendan Losinski at (586) 498-1068.

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