By CRISTIN REECE
PALESTINE — Installation is complete and the second annual Art Tracks Sculpture exhibit is set to debut during this year's Hot Pepper Festival on Saturday.
Officials with the Palestine Main Street Program and Palestine Tomorrow Inc. report 13 new unique pieces of outdoor art have been installed throughout the Main Street District.
“Our art this year is more whimsical,” said Main Street Manager Laura Westgate. “Many
of the pieces are light and airy, which speaks to the artists' abilities since the materials
are sheet metal which is traditionally heavy and dense. We hope that there will be a
piece that everyone can identify with and enjoy.”
A driving map is available at the Palestine Visitor Center, or available for download at
Artists are chosen based on an application process and selected by a representative of Main Street and Palestine Tomorrow Inc. Applications were received from around the state, with 50 percent from returning artists.
Artists showcased in the 2013 exhibit include:
• Terry Jones, whose work is titled “Grow Old With Me.” It's located at 201 E. Spring St., at the United Country Wide parking lot. Jones was inspired by the foot pedals in 1970s classic muscle cars when making this towering homage to the stages of life. Terry Jones creates in his studio in Jewett.
• Dewane Hughes produced “Swarm,” located at 400 N. Mallard St., near the the historic jail. Hughes is an associate professor of Sculpture at the University of Texas at Tyler, and has a studio in Troup.
• Eva Hemmi's “Dionysus” is placed within the 300 block of West Oak, near the corner of John and West Oak streets. Her bronze interpretation of the Greek god of wine is seated on a plinth of steel. Hemmi is a Dallas-based artist.
• Dan Pogue named his entry “One Trick Pony.” It can be found at 400 N. Queen St., at the corner of West Oak and North Queen streets. Pogue was the 2012 Best in Show Winner. He and his wife create in their studio in Marble Falls.
• Laura Sturtz provided “Breaking Bonds,” the sculpture featured at 825 West Spring St., near the Palestine Visitor Center, which is an abstract interpretation of breaking free and expressing yourself rendered in copper. Sturtz is an adjunct professor of art at Texas State University.
A group effort was submitted by artists Lottie Minick, Gustavo Galvan and Staci Whitten, who routinely collaborate on projects together so that each artist’s talents can be utilized to the fullest. Five pieces in total were accepted into the show from the trio, with each one offering a whimsical and fun take on known objects. They are “Spin Golly” (813 West Spring St., at the Farmers Market); “Flying Mermaid” (302 East Crawford, in Old Town Palestine); “Kite Quartet” (190 West Spring St., at the corner of Magnolia and Spring seating area); “Fillmore Fish” (502 North Queen St., at the historic Carnegie Library); and “Garden Aquarium” (101 East Oak St., near the historic Federal Building).
This year's exhibit also includes three pieces from Delbert Beckham, artist from Center, Texas, All of his art is created using found objects. Each piece displays Beckham's sense of humor and whimsy.
His works include “Blackfort Daisy” at 115 West Oak, corner of West Oak and North
Magnolia streets; “Nine Forty-eight” at 261 East Spring St., at the United Country Wide parking lot; and “Eighteen Twenty-one” at 315 West Main St., in Redland’s parking lot, near the corner of Main and John streets.
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