I love Michigan, it has always been my home, and unless I move to Hawaii (sometimes the snow and long periods of no sun gets me down!), it will always be! There are a million and one things to do each season, and winter is certainly no exception. Each year Robin and I enjoy visiting the Detroit Institute of Arts (the DIA), located in downtown Detroit, in the winter time because the crowds are smaller and we can spend more one on one time with the exhibits and pieces!
Some people, especially those from out of state, tend to have a lot of misconceptions about the Motor City. While it is true that there are parts of town that aren’t the safest (just like any major city), and that the city has struggled financially, the people there are some of the most incredible in the world. Nowhere else do I receive so many smiles, compliments, or have complete strangers strike up a conversation with me. There is so much to see and do in the city, and there are major sporting events, performances, and new restaurants popping up almost nightly. Eminem is even from Detroit, along with numerous artists, designers, singers, actors, and more! The city has an incredible collection of art including sculptures, antiques, furniture, paintings, photographs, and so much more. Detroit’s DIA even owns many works by Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh, and Gilbert Stuart, which I will show you in just a moment!
Next time you’re in Michigan, add the DIA to your must visit list! It’s free to residents of Wayne & Oakland county, plus it’s free to the public every Saturday!
I love the soft, pastel colors of these paintings! The artists managed to capture so much beauty using nothing but a canvas, paint, and a brush, which is truly incredible when you think about how much talent these people had!
An entire Monet exhibit will be coming to the DIA in 2017!
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