Arts R Alive event begins

— Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Anne Blankenship Ann and Wayne Fuhlbrugge look over the new sculptures at West Twin Park Wednesday night,

West Twin Park and Mother Nature provided a perfect venue with perfect weather for the annual sculpture event, hosted by Arts R Alive in Webster City Wednesday night.

The first of two nights devoted to public art, Wednesday’s reception, featuring wine, lemonade and snacks, allowed area residents to stroll the park to examine the nine new pieces. Many brought along lawn chairs to sit in the shade and listen to Irish tunes performed by Rowan McCartney and Friends Band.

Janet Adams, Arts R Alive chairperson, said this year’s entries were created in a wide range of sizes and mediums.

“This is the most diverse group of sculptures we’ve had,” said Arts R Alive Chairperson Janet Adams. “There are lots of different kinds of materials used — from stones to steel to pottery.”

The artists who submitted their works hale from Wisconsin, Colorado, Ohio, Missouri and Iowa, according to Adams.

Thursday’s event will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. in the park. Adams said some of the artists will be on hand to talk about their work and the art pieces. Dan Perry, an instructor at the University of Northern Iowa, will discuss the overall effect of public art in addition to comments about the specific sculptors and their pieces.

The brass quintet, Jive for Five, will perform during the evening.