News Release
The DIA and Gayle’s Chocolates Partner for the Holiday Season


The Chocolate Encounter
What is synonymous with love?  Chocolate, of course.  In conjunction with the love-struck exhibition Camille Claudel and Rodin: Fateful Encounter currently presented at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), Gayle’s Chocolates of Royal Oak is producing a one-of-a-kind chocolate bar for this holiday season. Each 5 oz. milk chocolate bar is elegantly wrapped with an image of Camille Claudel’s enchanting sculpture The Waltz and costs $7.

Who’s got the Golden Ticket?
The DIA is placing a golden ticket into 10 Fateful Encounter chocolate bars at Gayle’s Chocolates locations in Royal Oak and two sites in Detroit Metro Airport.  Those who get the golden ticket will receive two VIP exhibition tickets, a Gayle’s Chocolate gift certificate, the book “Camille Claudel: A Life,” a $20 CaféDIA gift certificate and free one-time valet parking at the DIA. Stay tuned to find out who’s got the golden ticket!

The chocolate bars will be sold at three locations: Gayle’s Chocolates in Royal Oak, Gayles Chocolate’s at the Detroit Metro Airport McNamara Terminal in Romulus and at the DIA. 

The golden tickets are only available at the Gayle’s Chocolate’s in Royal Oak and at the Detroit Metro Airport locations. 

The chocolate bars go on sale Friday, Nov. 18. 

The DIA is the only U.S. venue for this stunning exhibition that brings two great artists together for the first time in America. Camille Claudel and Rodin: Fateful Encounter provides the first side-by-side comparison of Camille Claudel and Auguste Rodin, whose work helped shape the extraordinary legacy of turn-of-the-century Paris. Fateful Encounter showcases sculptures by Rodin, and Claudel, and select works by their contemporaries. Rare photographs, drawings, and letters on view help reveal how Claudel’s and Rodin’s artistic and personal lives were intimately entwined.

The exhibition was organized by the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, in Quebec City, with Musée Rodin in Paris. In Detroit, the exhibition has been made possible by a generous grant from the DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund. Additional support provided by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the City of Detroit.

Hours and Admission
Museum hours are 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is a donation. We recommend $6 for adults and $3 for children. DIA members are admitted free. For membership information call 313-833-7971.

Programs are made possible with support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the City of Detroit.

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The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), one of the premier art museums in the United States, is home to more than 60,000 works that comprise a multicultural survey of human creativity from ancient times through the 21st century. From the first van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum (Self Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera's world-renowned Detroit Industry murals (1932–33), the DIA's collection is known for its quality, range and depth.

The DIA is currently undergoing a major renovation, scheduled for completion in late 2007. The museum remains open with a dynamic schedule of programs and activities for all ages. Visitors can enjoy some of the DIA’s “greatest hits” while the museum prepares for an entirely new installation when renovations are completed.

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