Coloring the street

Grab a paint brush and reserve a spot on Seneca Street for the Sixth Annual Arts R Alive Sculpture and Street Painting Event.

Businesses, individuals, and other organizations can purchase an 18 by 18 foot square on Seneca Street to paint and help support West Twin Parks and the Arts R Alive Webster City organization.

Individuals can begin painting their squares on Friday at 10 a.m. and can paint through Sunday.

“It’s a very fun event,” said Sherry Adams. “People should try to partake in something fun like this.”

Participants must bring their own materials and supplies. Adams encouraged participants to scout around for paint that people around town no longer need . Paint must be washable latex.

According to Adams, 14 spots have already been sold.

One square costs $50. To reserve a square call Adams at (515) 297-1540. Checks can be made out to Arts R Alive. Squares can be reserved through Friday.

The Sculpture Event will be Aug. 3 and 4 in West Twin park located at the corner of Bank and Seneca Streets. Fifteen sculptures were submitted for consideration. Eight were selected to be displayed at the park through the National Call for Artists and jury process.

Bryce Janey from Cedar Rapids will provide music on Wednesday evening August 3rd beginning at 5 p.m. At 6 p.m. “Artist Talk” will feature the artists giving comments about their piece and answering questions. Janey will perform again at 6:30.

The Jive for Five brass ensemble, a group of area band instructors, will provide music beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday evening. Also on Thursday evening Dan Perry from the University of Northern Iowa Art department will make comments about the sculptures and Public Art at 6 p.m. Jive for Five will resume at 6:30 p.m.

These events are sponsored by the Arts R Alive in Webster City committee with funding coming from the Hotel Motel tax, Enhance Hamilton County Foundation, Teresa Stearns Foundation, and several individuals and businesses.

Refreshments including wine and cheese and locally prepared hors d’oeuvres will be provided each evening.

All are invited to this free event. Bring your lawn chair for comfortable seating. For Sculpture Event information contact Janet Adams at 832-4547.