Art in the ‘hood #Wordless Wednesday  #Chalk Your Walk #Detroit Institute of Arts Inside/Outside 2022  #Graffiti at the Park

Wordless Wednesday – allow your photo(s) to tell the story.

About Linda Schaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, so this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for four decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, though I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too. - Linda Schaub
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67 Responses to Art in the ‘hood #Wordless Wednesday  #Chalk Your Walk #Detroit Institute of Arts Inside/Outside 2022  #Graffiti at the Park

  1. peggy says:

    Chaulk on the sidewalk is art to be seen – then rain washes it away. As for grafetti painted on structures without permission is not so wonderful – at least to me.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I really get a kick out of chalk art as well Peggy. This chalk art was at Council Point Park as was the graffiti. My friend Ann Marie carries chalk with her and when she sees chalk art, she will add her own chalk art to what is there already.

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      • peggy says:

        Well how neat for Ann Marie to add to the chalk art. Bet it makes her feel like a kid again. I use to draw with chalk as a kid and did it with my granddaughter when she was young. It’s fun.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Yes, I think that is part of it, plus Ann Marie used to be an elementary teacher, a job she really loved. She had just retired from that career when I first met her at Council Point Park. I was looking at the size of the colored furry rings on a Woolly Bear Caterpillar and taking pictures of it for my blog. I told Ann Marie about the “Old Farmer’s Almanac” and folklore about that caterpillar’s ring and predicting the weather for the upcoming Winter.

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      • peggy says:

        A lot of people think the Farmer’s Almanac is silly, but I think a lot of the ways they used to predicted weather truly worked.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I don’t think so – they have tried-and-true methods for lots of things in that book. I haven’t bought on in a while – they raised the price for it and I used to get an e-mail from them daily. That was at work I believe and our computer system crashed, so they stopped sending them. I think the weather folks today rely too much on the “models” and don’t predict the old-fashioned way. Half the time they are wrong – the same day as the prediction!

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      • peggy says:

        I truly don’t have faith in the predictions that our weathermen make here.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        No, me neither … they are often totally wrong and they’ll say in in the first newcast I hear of the day – a beautiful day and I go out and it is sprinkling.

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  2. Anne says:

    This is an interesting post.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thank you Anne – it’s not my usual type of post but in my travels on foot when my car was in the shop, I was able to collect these different images. The Detroit Institute of Arts placed multiple replicas of famous masterpieces in nine various parks and cities in the county where I live. They do this every year for exhibiting artwork.

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  3. I always enjoy the chalk art you find.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I thought of you when I saw this chalk art at the Council Point Park playscape Anne. It was very vibrant chalk art. I think the kids are out of school next week, so I imagine I will be finding a lot more chalk art in my foot travels.

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      • That’s great. I’ll look forward to chalk art. Logan has been out of school for a couple of weeks. Southern schools always ended earlier than Northern ones.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Well we have had a lot of gulleywashers lately so I think kids wait until there might be two days in a row and their creativity is not washed away. I’m on the lookout though. I’m guessing they are done with school early due to the heat? We didn’t have A/C in our classrooms, just big windows when I was Logan’s age. Now some of the more modern schools have A/C and in Detroit, when it gets above 80 degrees, the kids are let out early.

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      • I wonder what I would have chosen in grade school — AC or being let out early??? What would you choose?

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        You know back then, I’d probably have chosen being let out early. We never got central air until 1975. We just had an A/C unit in the den and used fans. We had big windows that pulled open in our classes, but in 9th grade I remember we had a very warm Spring and by virtue of my name and a seating chart, I sat right near the windows and it was really hot! No fans in classrooms in those days. I think some classes have big fans now, but I wouldn’t think they would help the class much (more like just the teacher).

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      • We never had fans, either. I don’t think heat affects children quite as much as adults.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I agree with you as we played outside all Summer long, in the heat, in the direct sun and didn’t complain. My mom told me growing up in Toronto, there was one old metal fan and everyone clustered around it. I may have told you before that the neighborhood men took a pillow and blanket down to Sunnyside Park at Lake Ontario during the heat wave of 1936. It stretched for days and my grandmother and mom slept out on the porch every night as it was like an oven in the house.

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  4. Ally Bean says:

    What an eclectic mix of images! I’m always taken by chalk art.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Ally, it’s hard to believe all these images were found within one mile in the City. This was very vibrant chalk art next to the playscape at Council Point Park. I like chalk art too and will be looking for more of it once the kids are out of school next week.

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  5. What a fun post, the balloon almost looks 3D.

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  6. Laurie says:

    I always loved to see the chalk art on the bike path I often run on. It inspired me to keep on going and often had a positive message. Love your chalk art too!

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  7. Prior... says:

    Oh the title gave us just enough to get more from
    The post!
    Nice variety Linda!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thanks Yvette – all types of art within a one-mile square area. Glad you liked it!

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      • Prior... says:

        Yes – and I still
        Have that swirl of a takeaway – in a way that art trickles
        – something about chalk art that always cheers
        And then the professional collection pieces (with a bit of info on the signs) and then the other from around the area –

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        The painting of the postmaster by Van Gogh is placed at the City’s Historical Museum which was a former post office. It is a very old building, that closed some time ago when they built the more modern post office. I took a photo of the sign that marks it as a historical building, but at the last minute left it out as it really didn’t signify art. This is a nice annual event by the Detroit Institute of Arts. I might try to get to Willow Park to see what they put there – it’s a nice Metropark which has lost a lot of its ambianc since the pond where people rented rowboats or paddleboats shaped like animals, had a drain issue and the entire pond is gone. That happened two years ago. It HAD been a scenic place to visit and photograph.

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      • Prior... says:

        Too bad about the loss of the pond
        But I imagine that was serious money to maintain let alone fix!

        /and the Detroit art around town copies reminds that buffalo NY placed copies of their museum masterpieces at the airport !
        All over from walkways to restrooms –
        And what a way to share classic art while also reminding us the museum is there with so many gems!
        /

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        It happened in the Spring of 2021 and the State is supposed to help defray the cost to repair the pipe. This is a small Metropark and that pond was the main attraction there. It is now just a gravel pit and signs with warnings to beware of the quicksand left where the pond was.

        Now that is a good idea to spread the joy of the museum masterpiece replicas at an airport where there is so many people to see them. They should do this everywhere more often as not everyone is able to get to an art museum – so many became virtual during the pandemic.

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      • Prior... says:

        😊☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️😊

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  8. Joni says:

    What a wonderful idea to display the art from the DIA – I didn’t know they had the original of the postman VanGoth? Or I wonder if it will be one of the ones on loan for the VanGoth exhibit in Oct-Jan2023 which was rescheduled due to the pandemic.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Joni, yes -this is a fun thing the DIA does every May through November at different venues. They had a press release in Winter what cities would receive the paintings and in what counties, so I looked what was near me and there were five in our City. The other two are at the other side of town and I photographed these while walking with no car. A councilman in our City goes around the City visiting parks, businesses and events and has someone take his picture and he says “Where is Councilman Higgins?” So he posed with one of the other paintings and the other one he didn’t mention. I wavered whether to include the one of him but since I didn’t take the photo, I didn’t include it. This is an original painting at the DIA and they put it on the lawn outside of the Lincoln Park Historical Museum which actually is a former post office and a historical building itself. I took a picture of the sign in front of the old post office, but omitted it as it was not about painting per se. Is that exhibit in October that got rescheduled the Immersive Show? I know they had two immersive exhibits, each at different venues, i.e. neither were at the DIA as far as I know.

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      • Joni says:

        Yes that is the VanGoth exhibit that got rescheduled from the first year of the pandemic, but as it is from Oct to Jan I think Covid may be on the upswing again by then. How are your Covid stats now? Are they better? I can’t tell here, as they are not publishing the stats anymore due to most people doing their own PCR tests at home. I talked to someone who went to the immersive exhibit if you mean the one where the paintings are projected on big walls, and he said it wasn’t that good, but he wasn’t an artsy person. He said it was a waste of $40 – he saw it in Toronto last winter. I think it will be in London at some point as they were taking a waiting list of names. All mask mandates will end here on the weekend, except for nursing homes, but I expect most hospitals and doctors offices will continue with masks. I know I will.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Yes that immersive exhibit is when you walk through it and it projected on the walls. A fellow blogger and her kids went to it and she took some pictures. She showed afterward how they had commercialized it and you could buy everything you could imagine with the famous images on it – even a teddy bear, plus pretty pricey. If I remember correctly, you had to stand in certain places as well to view it or it didn’t display properly.

        They said the other day our COVID stats were going down, as to death, but we now have a lot of flu cases right now. I got my flu shot in early September – next year I’ll wait until late September/early October as you did. I always thought flu season waned by April. Not so apparently. I went to the dentist for a check-up/teeth cleaning this morning and I was still nervous going and staff and patients were all unmasked – not me, but that’s fine, I’m not changing my ways. A bus buddy of mine e-mailed me today to say she got COVID. She’s been working from home for two years and went back to on-site work in April. She was double vaxxed, but not boosted and said she got a prescription for an antibiotic from her doctor and felt weak and congested, but otherwise okay, but has to see the doc tomorrow. She is hoping she can have a few more days to recuperate before returning to work. She tested positive last Sunday.

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      • Joni says:

        Yikes! That would worry me. I expect most health care places would continue to mask up as they wouldn’t want their staff to catch it. Did you mean the dental technician/hygienist who worked on you didn’t have a mask on, or just the office staff? Mine always wore a mask even pre-pandemic, as they see so many people with colds etc.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        No just the office staff had no masks and patients all maskless as well. The three visits before this one since the pandemic they took your temperature but that doesn’t happen anymore either.

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  9. trumstravels says:

    Chalk Art is fun to see and as one of your friends said, it washes away so no harm done like some Graffiti that is forever.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Yes, that is true Susan and a few years ago, there was a teen a few blocks from me who did some fabulous chalk art using spray chalk. It withstands rain, watering lawns/flowers for several weeks before it begins to eventually fade. I’d never seen anything like it.

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  10. bekitschig says:

    Love, love! I’m so happy I didn’t miss this. Maybe not the greatest art in the history of people but how lovely and colorful does street art make our world?

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I was going to send this post to you if you didn’t see it Jeanine – I know you’re often behind in Reader like I am. Finally I had some street art from here to share with you! Yes, it is on a smaller scale than the street art you feature on your blog, but just as interesting. I put the image with the spray can to lead into the rest of the images. This graffiti is found inside an inline skating rink at the other side of Council Point Park. I originally planned it as a Monday post, but wasn’t sure I had enough to write about, so turned it into a Wordless Wednesday post. So glad you love it!!!

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  11. Sweet shots, Linda! 😁
    They use calcium carbonate (which is what chalk consists of) to add calcium to Almond Milk and Soy Milk. Yum!

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  12. I always loved chalk art even if it’s temporary, Linda! Sacramento used to have a big event “Chalk it Up Sacramento” years ago–truly masterpieces! My little neighbors have been chalking up our street lately. We only have two residents on our street, so they can go crazy!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Me too Terri. This chalk art was at the Park next to the playscape and was so large I had to stand back to try to capture the entire drawing. I think the kids are done with school now, so I expect to see more sidewalk drawings. The “Chalk it Up Sacramento” event sounds fun. We have an Ann Arbor chalk artist who does 3D chalk drawings which is amazing. David Zinn used to appear at local street fairs and the Botanical Gardens and put his creations all over each event venue, but he’s not doing the events right now due to COVID.

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  13. Eilene Lyon says:

    I got tickled by the poultry picture and the description of them acting “almost human.” As if that is the pinnacle of natural behavior! Not.

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  14. So many kinds of artists and their creations. The Detroit Institute of Arts sounds like a great place to visit. I love the van Gogh portrait of the mailman, especially the way the lines of his beard flow into the lines on his collar…

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Yes, a smorgasbord of talent from kids to young adults and real artists. There were two more paintings exhibited in the City but I was on foot during this time so I just visited these three. The Van Gogh portrait is in front of our Historical Museum which used to be the old Post Office. I took a picture of the sign signifying the building’s historical significance, but left it out when I turned this into a Wordless Wednesday post instead of a Monday post as I originally intended. It is an old building which had become obsolete when they built a more modern post office about twenty years ago.

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      • How inspired to use the historic portrait of a mailman in front of a history museum that used to be a post office!

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I should have included the pic of the historical marker. It is a very old building and they have a bell outside (next to this artwork) that they ring for Memorial Day every year and beneath where the bell (which looks a little like the Liberty Bell) is, they have a time capsule buried. They have buried it twice already, the most recent time for Y2K. (Do you realize kids growing up these days would not know what we were talking about with Y2K? Makes me feel old Barbara.)

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      • Me, too. I barely remember Y2K myself! Life was so different just 22 years ago…

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Yes, a lot of hullabaloo which didn’t happen thankfully. Many experts were proven wrong as to digital devices, even clocks!

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  15. Nice shots of the Van Gogh portrait and the poultry yard and the descriptions. I wonder what the experience would’ve been like to be a portrait model. The mailman had no idea that he would be famous through Van Gogh one day. Nice to help out his artist friend!

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  16. I love chalk street art too, from simple drawings that kids do to the more elaborate art of professionals. At the beginning of the pandemic, I saw a lot of kids (probably home from school) creating some wonderfully bright and cheerful street art.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I like seeing it too Janis – this one was by a playscape and filled the entire sidewalk leading up to the playscape. Our City’s schoolchildren just finished school on Friday, so I suspect I’ll be seeing much more chalk art in the ‘hood.

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  17. Thanks for sharing. Chalk art is for everyone, not just kiddos. My kids loved to draw for hours and then take the hose to their creations to make streams of color. Somehow they knew it was temporary and couldn’t wait to draw more the next day. You picked such fun photos to share!!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Glad you liked these photos Shelley! Chalk art was not a “thing” when I was young – besides, we had a gravel driveway. I got more chalk art yesterday – something fun I’ll share next Wednesday. I got the post ready this morning. It made me laugh when I saw it – funny thing was I left the camera at home purposely because it was very humid as we’d had rain in the early morning hours. I decided there was nothing I’d be taking pics of – the geese/goslings are gone and just did a post on them. Got to the Park – saw new chalk art – cursed myself for no camera. Walked home a different way for a change and spotted a whole driveway full of chalk art. Great chalk art – vibrant. Cursed myself again for not having the camera. So, decided to go home and get it and drive back. Nope, I should walk – so another three mile round trip to do that as it was right by the Park. As I neared the house, someone drove up the driveway, hopped out and went into the house – covered up the chalk art. Returned to the Park and took pics of that chalk art (squirrels begging again). Walked home that way – car still parked and we’ve had rain 2X so it’s gone, unless the car was still parked. Yes, never leave home without the camera … you’d think I’d learn. I’ve gone home to get i 3 or 4 times now.

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  18. J P says:

    I enjoy sidewalk art, there is always a certain joy and exuberance about it.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Me too JP – that header image was especially fun. I discovered some more chalk art at Council Point Park this week and that will be my next Wordless Wednesday post. You will get a smile from it. We didn’t do chalk art when we were kids, but we used to draw like that a long time ago. I have a school paper about my dog that my mom saved … I was a stick figure, the dog an oblong circle and four circles for legs. 🙂

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