Detroit Institute of Art comes to Lake County
LAKE COUNTY — Lake County just became more steeped in enrichment and culture. On Monday, a crew from the Detroit Institute of Arts, along with Mary Trucks, executive director of FiveCAP, installed reproductions of famous paintings displayed at the DIA throughout the county.
From Luther to Chase, and Idlewild to Baldwin, 15 art pieces will be installed outside of places such as the Idlewild Historic Cultural Center, Lake-Osceola State Bank, Shrine of the Pines, Chase Township Public Library and other places through November.
“This is a statewide program we do every summer to encourage art in public places,” said Jillian Reese, community project manager for the DIA. “We started out installing pieces around metro Detroit, but two years ago we received a grant to install art around the state.”
The DIA chooses a community partner who picks out the art pieces and places to display them. This year they chose FiveCAP and Idlewild Historic Cultural Center.
“This year we chose Lake County and Gaylord. Idlewild was an easy choice because it is important and historically significant to Detroit and U.S. history. Our beloved musicians from Detroit performed there and a lot of residents have connections to Idlewild,” Reese said.
Trucks had the opportunity to select 15 reproductions including pieces such as “The Nut Gatherers,” by William-Adolphe Bouguereau; “A Self Portrait of Vincent VanGogh;” “Portrait of a Collagist,” by Benny Andrews; and “Winter Landscape in Moonlight,” by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, among others.
“I had 150 paintings to chose from,” Trucks said. “I selected pieces which I felt spoke to Lake County. It is important to have such a sought-over project to share with the community. From Chase to Luther to all parts in between, we encourage visitors and residents to come enjoy the art pieces. It is so fortunate we came upon Julian’s radar.
“I want to express gratitude to Julian and her crew. In Lake County what do you do for family entertainment? What is more fun and educational than for families to get excited about art? Some of my own fondest memories as a child were visiting the DIA. It is a state treasure.”
Visitors are encouraged to visit and take selfies with all 15 art pieces. They are asked to send the selfies to 5cap.org to receive a prize.
There will be art maps placed throughout the community in motels and businesses so people will be able to locate the pieces.