New SculpTour Exhibit Enhances Suwanee”s Arts Community

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At a recent luncheon for nearly 100 Suwanee businesspeople, educators, and art enthusiasts, the City of Suwanee unveiled the pieces and artists to be featured in the 2011 Suwanee SculpTour, an outdoor exhibit in and near Town Center. Keynote speaker Joe Bankoff, president and CEO of the Woodruff Arts Center, evangelized on the benefits – and necessity – of public art in his presentation, “Art and the Bottom Line.”#

Bankoff told his Suwanee audience that art is not just about culture or playing a key role in revitalization, “it is about the fact that we can use art as the glue, the magnet, the anchor”# that brings a community together. In today”s world, art equates to good jobs, a creative workforce, and an attractive environment. “It”s not just about building the arts,”# he said. “It”s about building the community.”#

Bankoff encouraged those in the audience to celebrate, nurture, and pass along the arts to “those who dismiss it as ornamental and nice to have.”# He added, “Art is essential to our future now and to that of our children and grandchildren.”#

As part of its public art efforts, the City of Suwanee is launching its inaugural Suwanee SculpTour, which will feature 15 sculptures created by a dozen artists from an array of materials, including steel, aluminum, glass, bronze, brick, stone, concrete, fiberglass, vinyl, plastic, light bulbs, car bumpers, a telephone booth, and a solar panel. The sculptures, essentially on loan to the City by the artists who were awarded a small stipend, will be installed by the end of May and will remain on exhibit through March 2012.

More than 30 art pieces were submitted for consideration by Suwanee”s Public Arts Commission (PAC). In selecting the pieces, said PAC member Linnea Miller, the Commission considered quality of workmanship, originality, structural soundness, ease of installation, and general community appeal:

”   #Amne and Dreams of Flying by Harry Zmijewski (Buford, GA)

”   #Arachnid by Damon Lusky (Dawsonville, GA)

”   #Bright Idea by Lori Sturgess (Roswell, GA)

”   #Catching the Wind by Gregory Johnson (Cumming, GA)

”   #Deconstructed Bolt by Andrew T. Crawford (Atlanta, GA)

”   #Free Spirit and Ribbon Dance by Jennifer Freeman (Johns Creek, GA)

”   #Intrusion by Harry McDaniel (Asheville, NC)

”   #Magic Rain and Sunset by Gus and Lina Ocamposilva (Clearwater, FL)

”   #Mother & Child by Elusia Altman (Bogota, NJ)

”   #Prayer Booth by Dylan Mortimer (Kansas City, MO)

”   #Sticks 7 by Dennis Primm (Buford, GA)

”   #Sunbeam II by Sydney Atkinson (Woodstock, GA)

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