2017-08-09 / Community View

Six local artists begin work for this year’s Art in Action Initiative

BY NICHOLAS PUGLIESE
810-452-2601 • npugliese@mihomepaper.com


Imlay City Downtown Development Authority’s Art in Action Initiative is underway. The annual event features local artists maintaining a studio at 150 Bancroft Street in the downtown area, creating art that will be installed around downtown Imlay City. Visitors are welcome Aug. 7- Sept. 1. 
Photos by Nicholas Pugliese Imlay City Downtown Development Authority’s Art in Action Initiative is underway. The annual event features local artists maintaining a studio at 150 Bancroft Street in the downtown area, creating art that will be installed around downtown Imlay City. Visitors are welcome Aug. 7- Sept. 1. Photos by Nicholas Pugliese IMLAY CITY — The Art in Action Initiative is underway, and the artists chosen for this year’s iteration of the annual project are already digging paint out of their fingernails as they create the art pieces that will be displayed in the downtown Imlay City area for years to come.

The Imlay City Downtown Development Authority (DDA)’s Downtown Art in Action Initiative’s goal is to bring local artists together to create works of art that will be installed in and around downtown businesses to bring color and culture to the area. While last year featured the talents of a pair of artists, this year will include six local artists that will be providing their talents to the Imlay City DDA. Sarah Opperman, Jacqueline Piechowski, Emma Auger, Eryn Gartley, Chafin Mckeehan and Hailey Campbell will be creating art at 150 Bancroft Street during the month-long project. The six artists comprise a wide variety of styles and experiences, from up-and-coming high school students in Mckeehan and Campbell to founding member and current president of the Lapeer Art Association Jacquie Piechowski.


Imlay City’s Hailey Campbell is already hard at work creating her first piece of art that will be installed near the Imlay City Fire Dept. Imlay City’s Hailey Campbell is already hard at work creating her first piece of art that will be installed near the Imlay City Fire Dept. “It’s very exciting to have six very different artists this year,” said Imlay City DDA Director Dana Walker. “They each have their own style so I think we will have a wide variety of themes and interests shown through the final work.”


Imlay City High School grad Eryn Gartley prepares several canvasses that by the end of the project on Sept. 1 will be fully-realized works of art to be installed around the downtown Imlay City area. Imlay City High School grad Eryn Gartley prepares several canvasses that by the end of the project on Sept. 1 will be fully-realized works of art to be installed around the downtown Imlay City area. While last year’s artists Hunter Pope and Randy Hughes created seven works of art each that can be found around the downtown area today, Walker said the DDA isn’t setting specific goals for the amount of work they expect to be produced during the project. “We want the artists to work at a pace that is comfortable for them,” she said.

Despite being only a few days into the fourweek project, the artists are already making strides in creating their first pieces. Opperman, a K-12 visual arts teacher, has put paint to canvas creating what she said will eventually be a “bright blue pig” that will likely be hanged near the Mulefoot Gastropub, and recent Imlay City High School grad Campbell is crafting what will be a pin-up girl she said will hopefully be installed near the Imlay City Fire Dept. The artists will create their unique works of art at the DDA-owned 150 Bancroft building from Aug. 7- Sept. 1, during which time visitors are always welcome. A reception will be planned to celebrate the artistic accomplishments of the artists later this month.

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