Public invited to watch artist paint massive Cobo Center Fresca

- Cobo Art and the Detroit Regional Convention is inviting the public to watch renowned Detroit artist Hubert Massey paint a permanent fresco masterpiece at the Riverside Entrance of the Grand Riverview Ballroom within Cobo Center. 

The fresco, titled "Detroit: Crossroad of Innovation," is a 30' x 30' legacy piece that visually and vibrantly depicts the city in a timeline of fascinating heritage. 

The painting should be finished in June or July according to Hubert, but the public is invited to view Sunday, April 8, 10 am- 2 pm. Later viewing dates are Sunday May 27 & Monday, May 28 - 10 am - 2 pm. 

"The voice of the Detroit community has been a part of this project from the very beginning and it is important to embrace their voice and spirit with continued involvement as we move into the next phase," said Massey. "The Arts are at the heart of everything Detroit, and it's great to have Cobo Center make it an even bigger part for visitors from all over the world to see." 

An advisory committee, which included professionals representing various communities and a local high school art student, was established to help Massey identify key themes from Detroit's history and culture to be featured within the fresco. 

“They represent Motown and they also represent three different industries, architects, engineers, teachers, lawyers, and teachers. I just thought it would be fitting to use the three like in the Supremes as a part of the Motown connection,” Massey said.

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