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Proud of public art

Dear Editor:

On Sept. 21, the Carbondale Public Arts Commission unveiled 12 new sculptures by local and regional artists that will be on display along Carbondale’s Main Street for the coming year. They will join nine sculptures, which were invited by popular demand, to remain for another year. It is part of the annual program titled Art aRound Town (ART).

All of the participating artists were honored with a townwide reception held at the Village Smithy, where the People’s Choice Award for the past year was announced. This year the honor and $1,000 award went to Michael Lindsay for his Tall Bouquet, which is now gracing the corner garden at Main and Eighth streets.

The fifth year for Art aRound Town is off to a very successful start, with many people to thank. First, the town of Carbondale Public Works, Tony Coia, Smiley Wise and their crew have proven once again to be invaluable to this program. Without their hard work and sage advice, we could not install the work. Secondly, thank you to all the sculptors who applied for the program. Your strong interest and participation is very reassuring. And, thirdly, to all the folks in Carbondale who have supported the commission’s efforts ” our town trustees, businesses and individuals who contributed to our artists’ reception and to all the individuals who have voiced their support and enthusiasm for the art over the past years.

The commission would like to invite everyone in the Roaring Fork Valley to come to Carbondale and stroll along Main Street to see the sculptures. A picture map showing each piece, its location and listing the artist is available at Main Street Gallery, CCAH, Gordon Cooper Library and the Chamber of Commerce.

As a nonprofit group, the Carbondale Public Arts Commission would like to remind everyone that the program of bringing public art to Carbondale for the enjoyment of all is completely dependent upon contributions and grants. And, most importantly, all of the sculptures are for sale! A small percentage from each sale is contributed to the commission and will help ensure the continuation of this program. Not only do these sculptures add interest and fun to Carbondale’s streets, but Carbondale provides an invaluable venue for the artists. For information on how you can help or participate, call Jody Ensign at 963-0641.

And everyone, please join us along Main Street, Carbondale, to view, discuss, admire and just have fun with our fabulous public art.

Ro Mead and Jody Ensign

Carbondale Public Arts Commission