Sculpture event begins this week

Midwest artists share their work with Arts R Alive

Local residents mingled, enjoyed refreshments and took in the latest sculptures at the Arts R Alive event held in 2017 at West Twin Park. This year’s event is set for Wednesday and Thursday at the park. Street painters brought out their brushes over the weekend to create colorful designs on the Seneca Street as part of the upcoming event.

Artists from all over the midwest will have works on display this week as Webster City one again hosts the Arts R Alive sculpture event.

Arts R Alive Chairperson Janet Adams said artists from Minnesota, Missouri, Colorado, Wisconsin and Iowa will display their sculptures in Webster City’s West Twin Park for a juried sculpture event on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 1 and 2 in Twin Park from 6 to 8 p.m. Local businesses and individuals again participated in street painting on Seneca Street on Friday and Saturday from noon to dusk, creating whimsical and colorful paintings.

The events are sponsored by Arts R Alive Sculpture Committee, which promotes sculpture as a public art form highlighting local and regional artists. It is made possible by donations from local individuals and businesses.

Musical entertainment for the event include The Rowan McCartney & Friends Band, performing with a special Irish twist on Wednesday, and local area brass quintet Jive for Five will provide musical entertainment on Thursday.

University of Northern Iowa Art department instructor Dan Perry is the featured speaker on August 2 at 7 p.m. and will discuss the overall effect of public art in addition to comments about the specific sculptors and their pieces. Artists will also speak that evening.

Arts R Alive will provide wine, lemonade, and appetizers for those who attend each art and music-filled evening.