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See Art Masterpieces Outside this Summer around Rochester - DIA's Inside|Out Program

Heather Raulerson

You might be surprised to be walking or biking on the Paint Creek Trail and around Rochester and come across framed art paintings and wonder what is going on. The Detroit Institute of Arts’ Inside|Out Program is back this summer. You can experience these masterpieces from a world-class museum in your own backyard. Look for paintings from the DIA’s collection across outdoor venues in Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne Counties. So get out there and start looking!

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Claude Monet Reproduction on Polly Ann TrailHeather Raulerson

What is the Inside|Out Program?

The Inside|Out program helps to engage and inspire the communities around us by taking the world-renowned art collection outside the walls of the museums to share with all of us directly in our communities. A total of twenty-four communities will have the artwork installed for the 2021 summer. The paintings displayed blend well with the natural environment, making it a great way to experience art outdoors.

Where can I find the Artwork around Rochester?

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DIA artwork on Paint Creek TrailHeather Raulerson

There are eight art masterpieces placed at sites along the Paint Creek Trail and the Polly Ann Trail. You can also find them at 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 Paint Creek. This new addition is part of the bicycling route of Michigan’s Iron Belle Trail network, which extends from the western tip of the Upper Peninsula to Belle Isle in Detroit.

There are four paintings reproductions on display on or near the Paint Creek Trail. You will find “The Trappers Return” by George Caleb Bingham, installed on the trail near Adams Road in Oakland Township. And as you continue to walk or bike toward Lake Orion, you will see “Summer” by Thomas Wilmer Dewing at the Kern Road connector path. The reproduction of “Boy with Plaid Scarf” by Robert Cozad Henri is at the Clarkston Road connector path and boardwalk with “Poultry Yard” by Melchior de Hondecoeter, at the Paint Creek Trail entrance at Newton Drive.

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“Lovers on a Balcony During Monsoon” on Polly Ann TrailHeather Raulerson

The paintings installed along the Polly Ann Trail are the “Lovers on a Balcony During Monsoon” by an unknown artist who can be seen on the connector bridge. You can also find “Nocturne in Black and Gold, the Falling Rocket” by James Abbott McNeill Whistler by the water depot crossing. You will even be able to see some incredibly famous artists, like Claude Monet’s “Rounded Flower Bed” by the Indianwood crossing and Vincent Van Gogh’s “Portrait of Postman Roulin” in the village of Oxford.

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Mexican Pueblo artwork from the DIA's Inside|Out ProgramHeather Raulerson

Several masterpieces are installed around Rochester Hills, including three at Innovation Hills Park, a few at the Village of Rochester Hills, and four paintings along Auburn Road. I found one by the Rochester Hills Splash Pad on Auburn Road. The colorful “Mexican Pueblo” by Jose Clemente Orozco is a beautiful sight right by the Splash Zone. What a perfect spot to naturally introduce kids and families to the wonderful world of art while they are enjoying the outside this summer.

Who knows, maybe the Detroit Institute of Art’s Inside|Out program will inspire new visitors to the DIA this fall. Or even better, maybe inspire a future budding artist that wants to see their artwork displayed outside for their family and friends to see. What a great community we live in!

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