West Bloomfield to host DIA’s Inside|Out exhibits

By: Cari DeLamielleure-Scott | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published April 6, 2015

 A reproduction of Winslow Homer’s “Girl and Laurel” is showcased outside Farmington City Hall in 2012.

A reproduction of Winslow Homer’s “Girl and Laurel” is showcased outside Farmington City Hall in 2012.

File photo by Deb Jacques

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WEST BLOOMFIELD — The West Bloomfield Township Parks and Recreation Commission announced April 1 that the township has been selected as a participant for the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Inside|Out program.


The program, which is sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, places high-quality reproductions of exhibits from the DIA’s collection in outdoor venues throughout metro Detroit. The DIA has installed more than 800 reproductions in over 100 communities over the past five years, according to a press release from the Parks and Recreation Commission.


Reproductions will be displayed at Marshbank Park, Drake Sports Park and throughout the Civic Center Complex — at the Recreation Activities Center, the West Bloomfield Township Public Library, Town Hall and the Police Department — April 10-July 16.


Township Supervisor Michele Economou Ureste said that the township currently does not have art publicly displayed, and it has been her objective to make that a priority.


“I do commend that the Parks and Recreation department championed this initiative to bring some art into the community, and the community should look forward to future initiatives,” Economou Ureste said, adding that in the future, the township may possibly seek donations for art in the community or even require an art component when site plans for new developments are submitted, as the city of Birmingham requires.


“Oftentimes you see donated pieces at a ribbon cutting ... where art is unveiled. That might be in the future here, as well, with some of the downtown overlay district revisions,” Economou Ureste said, referring to a zoning district on Orchard Lake Road, from 14 Mile Road to north of Maple Road.


Seven exhibits that will be installed in West Bloomfield are part of more than 90 Inside|Out reproductions being installed in 10 communities this spring, according to a press release from the DIA. Other municipalities receiving reproductions include Hines Park and Birmingham.


Exhibits installed in West Bloomfield include Robert Moskowitz’s “Hard Ball III,” Suzuki Kiitsu’s “Reeds and Cranes” and Edgar Degas’ “Violinist and Young Woman.”


Once installation is complete in all communities April 13, downloadable maps will be available at www.dia.org/insideout.


“We are really excited to be selected as one of the hosts for 2015,” Parks and Recreation Commission Superintendent Ted Davis said in a press release. “The Inside|Out program is great because it gets residents out exploring their communities while exposing them to reproductions of world-famous pieces of art.”


The commission will host a free Art in the Park Walk from 6-7 p.m. June 9. The walk will be led by naturalist Lauren Azoury and an art docent from the DIA. Registration is required and can be done by visiting www.westbloomfieldparks.org or by calling (248) 451-1900.

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