2017-09-11 / News

Imlay City’s Art in Action Initiative hosts meet and greet mixer


Imlay City Downtown Development Authority Director Dana Walker, Mayor Walt Bargen and City Manager Tom Youatt mingled with the artists during Thursday evening’s Meet and Greet reception. Imlay City Downtown Development Authority Director Dana Walker, Mayor Walt Bargen and City Manager Tom Youatt mingled with the artists during Thursday evening’s Meet and Greet reception. IMLAY CITY — The Imlay City Downtown Development Authority’s Art in Action Initiative wrapped up its season of creativity with an Artist Meet and Greet Mixer on Thursday.

Members of the public and city officials gathered at the Imlay City Senior Center for an evening of art appreciation, getting a sneak peek at the 20 art pieces that will soon be hanging for all to see around downtown Imlay City. The 20 pieces will join the 14 created by last year’s Art in Action artists Randy Hughes and Hunter Pope.

The six artists spent four weeks putting paint to canvas at 150 Bancroft Street — a DDA-owned building that will now become @150POP, a small business incubator that will allow entrepreneurs to test out business plans and practices rent-free for a month.


Allyson, Joey and Cale Adams, with mom Koleen Adams and artist Sarah Opperman’s son Wyatt admire Opperman’s Salvador Dali-inspired painting, complete with curly mustache. 
Photos by Nicholas Pugliese Allyson, Joey and Cale Adams, with mom Koleen Adams and artist Sarah Opperman’s son Wyatt admire Opperman’s Salvador Dali-inspired painting, complete with curly mustache. Photos by Nicholas Pugliese — Nicholas Pugliese



Artist Emma Auger explains to Imlay City manager Tom Youatt some of the inspiration behind one of her pieces. Artist Emma Auger explains to Imlay City manager Tom Youatt some of the inspiration behind one of her pieces.

The Second Annual Art in Action Initiative’s six artists — (from left) Sarah Opperman, Eryn Gartley, Jacquie Piechowski, Emma Augur, Chafin McKeehan and Hailey Campbell — produced 20 works of art that will be displayed in the downtown Imlay City area. The Second Annual Art in Action Initiative’s six artists — (from left) Sarah Opperman, Eryn Gartley, Jacquie Piechowski, Emma Augur, Chafin McKeehan and Hailey Campbell — produced 20 works of art that will be displayed in the downtown Imlay City area.

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