By MARY RAINWATER
Palestine Main Street will kick off its “Art Tracks Sculpture Show,” during an opening ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Palestine Visitor Information Center (yellow depot) on Spring Street.
The outdoor art exhibit will feature 13 works (including the permanent sculpture) that will be located in an area including the old county jail, Old Town, Spring Street, West Oak Street and the visitor’s depot.
“The pieces were chosen by a jury based on quality, workmanship and family-friendliness,” Main Street Director Laura Westgate said. “They will be on display for a year.”
Pieces include a life-sized red moose, a bird in flight and interactive works such as a pair of hands that viewers can sit on and a giant pinwheel that blows in the wind. Most of the pieces are available for sale.
“Each piece will also have a plaque that offers information about the piece and for online voting,” Westgate said. “Viewers can vote for their favorite piece, and in late December the winning artist will receive a ‘People’s Choice’ award.”
The purpose of the show, Westgate said, is not only to promote Palestine’s Main Street area, but to enhance the artistic appeal of Palestine.
“We want to give those people driving down the road to slow down, stop and take a look,” she said,” “and then, be pulled into Main Street.”
Artist and sculptures featured in the show include: “The Messenger” by Joe Barrington; “Little Bird” by Matt Hornecker; “Sitatunga” by Dan Pogue; Mr. Moose by Johnny Shipman; “Leap of Faith” by Dian Van Buren; “Sensory Device 2” by Kurt Dyrhaug; “Celestial Conversation” by Simon Saleh; “Reaching Up” by Johnny Shipman; “Pinwheel” by Lottie Minick; “Image #021” by Terry Jones; “Family Walk” by Delbert Beckham; “Bad Penny” by Dewane Hughes; and “Hands” by Laura Sturtz.
Palestine Tomorrow Inc.’s unveiling of the permanent statue “Forging History” will be held during a separate ceremony on Thursday.
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