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A communitywide effort

The Carbondale Public Arts Commission would like to thank all the folks in Carbondale for helping us kick off our first annual Art aRound Town (ART) event.

We have been commissioned by the town trustees to bring public visual art to the streets of Carbondale, for the enhancement of the community and the enjoyment of residents and visitors alike. With our first event we are beginning to fulfill that mission.

The sculptures we installed and unveiled to the public during the Potato Days parade will be in place for one year. All of the art will be for sale, with 25 percent of the commission going to the Arts Commission in order to help fund future projects.

The public is asked to vote on a “People’s Choice” Award at any time throughout the year. It is our goal to raise enough money through community contributions and our fund-raising efforts to purchase the winner as a permanent sculpture for town. Next year we will bring in new pieces to be enjoyed all over again.

The ART project could not have happened without the hard work and support of so many.

First and foremost, our sincere thanks goes to Larry Ballenger and his crew at public works: James Bershenyl, Ken Beck, Les Cerise and Smiley Wise. They built pedestals and installed the sculptures.

Charlie Chacos donated The Village Smithy for our Friday night Artists Reception; and so many restaurants – Woody Creek Tavern, Pour House, The Kitchen, Mi Casita, Mambo Italiano, Sezen, Zocolito, Peppinos, and White House – contributed tasty hors d’oeuvres.

Catherine’s Store and Main Street Spirits provided the wine and Doc Phillip brought his wonderful dandelion beer. Floral Boutique and Heavenly Scent provided flowers for the tables.

Carbondale Public Arts Commission is, and always will be, as successful and productive as its members, and we have to say every member is the best, always coming up with creative projects and continually volunteering to carry them out.

Thank you, Belinda Leve and Steve Knetz, for working with the sculptors, and public works for making sure everything was installed properly. Kudos to Frank Norwood for a wonderful job producing our applications, reception invitations and brochure/sculpture maps, and to Vicki Browne for organizing such a successful reception for everyone.

And a big thank you to Chris Chacos who was behind all of us and pushing us forward. Enthusiasm and talent abounds at CPAC!

Since the reception and unveiling, many people have commented on how wonderful the sculptures are, bringing such joy and beauty to our streets. This has been truly a communitywide effort for a communitywide event. We thank all of you for making our first project such a great success.

And stay posted – there’s more to come.

Jody Ensign and Ro Mead

Carbondale Public Arts Commission

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