Downtown Traverse City Art Bike Event

In May, the Detroit Institute of Arts took on an important initiative to contribute to the Northern Michigan art scene. The program, called Inside|Out, installed reproductions of famous portraits in Northern Michigan towns Alpena, Mackinac Island, and Traverse City. In a collaboration with the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority, twelve high-quality replicas were brought to various locations in downtown Traverse City, including American Legion Park, Crooked Tree Arts Center, and Clinch Park. Well-known paintings on display include “The Nut Gatherers” and “The Sinfonia.” You may have passed by these works while walking through the city. However, on July 17, you can get a closer look at every portrait with the Art Bike event.

The Art Bike tours are co-hosted by the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Downtown Traverse City Association. In a similar vein to the Downtown Art Walk held in May, Art Bike will take groups of cycling aesthetes to all twelve DIA replica locations. At each stop, participants will learn more about every piece and gain further appreciation for public art programs.

There will be four one-hour tours that run from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 17. Afterwards, tour-goers can enjoy a group outing at The Little Fleet, complete with quality food and beer. Every Art Bike attendant will also be entered for a chance to win a gift certificate from Downtown TC.

The replicas will remain in the city until October 31, but Art Bike is a one-time event.

Art Bike tours will take place Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., starting at American Legion Park. Learn more about the event here.


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