Outdoor masterworks bring DIA to downtown Bellaire | ETC

BELLAIRE — Autumn and art draw a compelling invitation to explore the streets of downtown Bellaire. The town partnered with Detroit Institute of Arts to exhibit eight reproductions of the museum’s master works.

The collection on display through October features images that span antiquity to modern day. Works reflect different cultures, mediums and artistic styles.

Don Hoyt of the Bellaire Downtown Development Authority serves as the unofficial local curator for the DIA Inside/Out project.

“In Antrim County there are not the opportunities for art and culture as in bigger communities,” Hoyt said. “Seeing the works and renowned paintings – you don’t get opportunities in northern Michigan to do that.”

Hoyt collaborated with the DIA on the walking tour’s site selection. He said the family-friendly, accessible setting sparks a natural learning experience and prompts discussions across generations.

The weather-proof, quality reproductions hang in high traffic areas as well as unexpected locations

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