opinion Neal Rubin The Detroit News Published 12:23 p.m. UTC Jul 10, 2018 As seems to happen with every painter from Michelangelo to the guy touching up your kitchen, Dennis Orlowski is running behind. What’s already on the walls at the Hamtramck Historical Museum, though, makes the key point in vivid colors. Across more than a century, from the French to the Germans to the Poles to the African-Americans to today’s Yemenis and Bangladeshis, the makeup of Hamtramck has changed. It will keep changing. And the occasional fevered commentator who yelps about “Hamtramistan” doesn’t know his Conant from his Caniff. Orlowski, 74, has been commissioned to paint a 175-foot-long, 6 ½-foot-tall mural along the high upper walls of the main floor of the museum. The theme is “Coming to Hamtramck,” and gawking will be understandable — or perhaps even mandatory — when the parts that are finished are formally presented to the community at a free 6-8 p.m. gathering July 19. Bankrolled by a $15,000 grant from the Michigan Humanities Council, the mural is supposed to make clear what Hamtramck native Greg Kowalski, 67, tells everybody who walks through the building. “We’ve had every ethnic group here, starting with the… Read full this story
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