Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Art Inside Out in Rochester

Recently, the Detroit Institute of Art (DIA) launched it's 2nd year of a project called Inside|Out.  It's a program where they bring selections of their artwork to the Detroit Metro Area.  The art reproductions are printed on vinyl and displayed around town. lovely town was one of the lucky recipients of this project and I had a blast walking all around town finding and photographing all seven of our displays.  It made for some lovely walks.

In no particular order, here's what I found...

First stop was Talulah Belle Shop at 114 W. Third Street:

My 2nd stop was at Rojo Mexican Bistro at the corner of 4th and Main Street (Rochester Road):

On to my 3rd stop at Lytle Pharmacy at 340 Main Street:

My 4th stop was the lot where the weekly Rochester Farmers Market is held.  No specific sign was available for a photo, but it's near 3rd and Water Street.

My 5th stop was at Rochester Mills Brewery at 400 Water Street:

The 6th stop was at the Royal Park Hotel at 600 E. University:

And the 7th and final stop was at a little park in town called Rotary Park at Olde Towne and Water Street right off the Paint Creek Trail:

I've decided I liked "Reading the Story of Oenone" best, but I have felt a strong connection to young Princess Sophia.  This was likely the portrait painted to find her a husband and you can't help feel for this young innocent soul.

I loved this program and hope the DIA continues it for years to come.  It's is just lovely seeing great art around town.  Also note that this same event is happening in Howell, Novi, Romeo, New Baltimore, Sterling Heights, Manchester, St. Clair Shores, Livonia, Milan and Brooklyn.  If it shows up in your town, make sure you take a walk and visit them.  Might also be a good idea to visit the DIA soon as well.

Shame on the low-life who put a cigarette out in the middle of Princess Sophia's forehead. have no class.  (I was glad I able to re-touch my photo and restore her to her true beauty.)


  1. What a marvelous idea! Glad the DIA is keeping southestern MI cultured and classy. ;) I'd have to say my favorite would be the Merrymakers. I just love the pure joy and delight on their faces. How fitting of a painting for the farmers' market!

  2. I so miss the DIA I have not been in ages, it's time for a visit.

    Thanks for sharing the photos of the lovely art. I like the way the Artist back in those times used Oils as their mediums for painting.

    It takes special skills to paint with it..My dad who is now retired from painting tried it years ago and was amazed at how difficult it was.

  3. This was wonderful! Really enjoyed it. I'll be back to check out the farmers market finds.