Roswell Arts Fund purchases sculpture: Sentience here to stay in downtown Roswell

Roswell Arts Fund purchases sculpture: Sentience here to stay in downtown Roswell

ROSWELL, Ga. — One of the 10 temporary works of public art in this year’s sculpture tour will remain a permanent fixture. The Roswell Arts Fund recently purchased Sentience, a sculpture located in the Heart of Roswell Park on Canton Street, with the help of local donations and the Roswell Downtown Development Authority.

Earlier this year, the Downtown Development Authority issued a $10,000 grant for the Roswell Arts Fund’s “Keep the Art!” campaign and challenged residents to match the contributions. About two months later, they did.

“Sentience has activated the Heart of Roswell Park, which I see as a focal point of our community,” said Randy Schultz, chair of the Roswell Downtown Development Authority. “It has created a more dynamic environment where parents and their children are playing and engaging in the space that before had very little activity. Sentience encapsulates the charm and natural beauty of our city, and it’s truly an icon of our community and its future.”

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Roswell meets $10K challenge to keep sculpture

Roswell meets $10K challenge to keep sculpture

Art lovers in Roswell have met a $10,000 challenge to acquire “Sentience,” one of 10 pieces in the 2017 ArtAround Roswell sculpture tour, to add to the city’s permanent collection of public art.

The work, by Atlanta artist David Landis, will now remain in the Heart of Roswell Park on Canton Street, according to a Roswell Arts Fund announcement. The acquisition results from the group’s “Keep the Art!” campaign, to match a $10,000 challenge grant from the Roswell Downtown Development Authority.

 

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Roswell Residents Meet $10,000 Challenge to Keep Sentience

Roswell Residents Meet $10,000 Challenge to Keep Sentience

Roswell Arts Fund is pleased to announce the purchase of its first sculpture from the 2017 ArtAround Roswell sculpture tour. Sentience by Atlanta-based artist David Landis will remain a permanent work-of-art in the Heart of Roswell Park on Canton Street. 

 

ArtAround Roswell hosts benefit night

ArtAround Roswell hosts benefit night

ROSWELL, Ga. — Roswell’s art-loving community is rallying together to keep the art from this year’s sculpture tour.

Dozens showed up Oct. 5 to the pARTy Around Roswell to benefit the Roswell Arts Fund and its annual sculpture tour, which showcases works from artists around the nation. The sculptures, however, only crop up for a few months before disappearing forever — unless the city and community pitch in to buy the art.

This year, the group behind the tour is planning to buy four of the sculptures. The group estimates that it will need $60,000.

As part of the effort to raise the funds, the pARTy Around Roswell featured a live painting by local artist Ann Bailey capturing the spirit of the night. The painting sold for $1,100 during a live auction. The highest bidder, Bob Hagan, will have himself and his daughter, Brooke McGee, added to the center of the work to commemorate the evening.

The Roswell Arts Fund’s first priority is to purchase Sentience, which currently resides in the Heart of Roswell Park on Canton Street.

The sculpture is a reflective stainless steel model of a blooming bloodroot flower created by Atlanta-based artists David Landis.

The Downtown Development Authority has already donated $10,000 for these efforts and is challenging local businesses and organizations to match the funds.

According to the Downtown Development Authority Chairman Randy Schultz, the sculpture brings downtown Roswell alive with a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere.

“Sentience, as the focal point of the Heart of Roswell Park, mirrors the optimism, hospitality and charm of the city,” Schultz said. “We would like to see this work of art remain permanently in this location.”

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Group rallies to keep public art in Roswell: Downtown Development Authority donates $10K, issues matching challenge

Group rallies to keep public art in Roswell: Downtown Development Authority donates $10K, issues matching challenge

One of the temporary public art pieces currently in Roswell may become a permanent fixture for the city, as long as the community can raise $10,000.

The Roswell Downtown Development Authority recently donated $10,000 in funding toward keeping Sentience in the Heart of Roswell Park on Canton Street. It is one of 10 new sculptures featured in this year’s ArtRound Roswell Sculpture Tour.

The nine-month tour features 13 sculptures in each of Roswell’s parks, including two permanent sculptures which were bought last year – Smoke and Oak Leaf Triptych. The remaining pieces will disappear, unless someone opts to buy them.

The Roswell Arts Fund, which created ArtAround Roswell, has been raising funds to purchase some of the current sculptures through its Keep the Art! campaign. Now, the Downtown Development Authority has stepped up to the plate to aid in the effort.

Downtown Development Authority Chairman Randy Schultz said the donation is in part a way to create a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere for the downtown business district.

“We are committed to creating inviting gathering spaces and enriching social experiences,” Schultz said. “Sentience, as the focal point of the Heart of Roswell Park, mirrors the optimism, hospitality and charm of the city, and we would like to see this work of art remain permanently in this location.”

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Keep The Art!' Campaign Starts In Downtown Roswell

Keep The Art!' Campaign Starts In Downtown Roswell

ROSWELL, GA -- A campaign to keep a popular art sculpture in the Heart of Roswell Park has received a  notable boost from the city's Downtown Development Authority.

The DDA has offered to match funds raised by Roswell Arts Fund up to $10,000 with the goal of keeping Sentience by David Landis at the park on Canton Street. This artwork is one of 10 new sculptures featured in the 2017 ArtAround Roswell sculpture tour.

“In our efforts to promote the redevelopment and vibrancy of the downtown Roswell business district, we are committed to creating inviting gathering spaces and enriching social experiences,” said Roswell DDA Chairman Randy Schultz. “Sentience, as the focal point of the Heart of Roswell park, mirrors the optimism, hospitality, and charm of the city, and we would like to see this work of art remain permanently in this location.”

Sentience is by David Landis, an Atlanta artist who enjoys creating works of art that reflect and enhance their surroundings. The stainless sculpture features the bloodroot flower, a native wildflower known for its medicinal properties. Its center resembles exploding fireworks.

Through its Keep the Art! fundraising campaign, Roswell Arts Fund seeks donations from individuals, businesses, and organizations to keep ArtAround Roswell sculptures in the city permanently. The Fund hopes to raise at least $60,000 to add selected sculptures to the city’s permanent collection of public art. The first funds raised will match the challenge from Roswell DDA to purchase Sentience.

 

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Roswell DDA joins efforts to ‘Keep the Art!’ in the city with fundraiser contribution

Roswell DDA joins efforts to ‘Keep the Art!’ in the city with fundraiser contribution

Roswell Downtown Development Authority is collaborating with Roswell Arts Fund to challenge residents to “Keep the Art!” in the city.

The “Keep the Art!” campaign is an effort for all the ArtAround Roswell sculptures to become permanent fixtures rather than temporary exhibits.

The DDA has offered to match funds, up to $10,000, raised by Roswell Arts Fund in an effort of keeping “Sentience,” a piece by David Landis, in the Heart of Roswell Park on Canton Street.

 

David Landis is an Atlanta based artist who enjoys creating works of art that reflect and enhance their surroundings.

Landis’s “Sentience” is one of ten new sculptures featured in the 2017 ArtAround Roswell sculpture tour.

According to Landis, the stainless sculpture features the bloodroot flower, a native wildflower known for its medicinal properties. Its center resembles exploding fireworks.

This is the first time the DDA has collaborated on something of this sort.

According to DDA Chairman Randy Schultz, the reasoning behind the choice of “Sentience” is because the area where it currently resides, is one of two central locations within authority boundaries.

The second is the Roswell Square, where a sculpture already resides.

Schultz, who resides close by Canton Street, noticed an increase presence of residents in the park following the installation of the sculpture and efforts of the Historic Roswell Beautification Project to clean up the area.

He expressed that presence of “Sentience” is “increasing economic vitality and interaction in that area.”

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Keep the Art!  Roswell Downtown Development Authority Challenges Community to Match $10,000 Donation

Keep the Art!  Roswell Downtown Development Authority Challenges Community to Match $10,000 Donation

A campaign to Keep the Art! has received a tremendous boost, thanks to a generous challenge by the Roswell Downtown Development Authority. 

Roswell DDA has offered to match funds raised by Roswell Arts Fund up to $10,000 with the goal of keeping Sentience by David Landis in the Heart of Roswell Park on Canton Street. This artwork is one of ten new sculptures featured in the 2017 ArtAround Roswell sculpture tour.

GATE CITY BREWING COMPANY AND ARTAROUND ROSWELL 2017 TOUR

GATE CITY BREWING COMPANY AND ARTAROUND ROSWELL 2017 TOUR

Join Gate City Brewing Company and Roswell Arts Fund for an afternoon of local art, beer, and music.

On Sunday, July 23, a guided bus tour of selected ArtAround sculptures will depart from the parking lot at Gate City Brewing Company, 43 Magnolia Street, Roswell, GA 30075 at 1 p.m.; attendees should gather between 12:30 – 12:45 p.m. The bus will return to Gate City around 3 p.m.

Participants will enjoy an interpretive tour of the art, learn about each of the unique pieces and interact with the sculptures. Attendees are encouraged to take photos with the art and ask questions.

After the tour, attendees have the option to receive a 20% discount on the entry fee at Gate City Brewing Company. The entry fee includes a tour of the brewery and six tickets to sample delicious craft beer – select a pint for $15 or a tulip glass at $20.

 

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Gate City Brewing Company and ArtAround Roswell 2017 Tour

Gate City Brewing Company and ArtAround Roswell 2017 Tour

Join Gate City Brewing Company and Roswell Arts Fund for an afternoon of local art, beer, and music.

On Sunday, July 23, a guided tour of selected ArtAround sculptures will depart from the parking lot at Gate City Brewing Company, 43 Magnolia Street, Roswell, GA 30075 at 1 p.m.; attendees should gather between 12:30 – 12:45 p.m. The bus will return to Gate City around 3 p.m.

Participants will enjoy an interpretive tour of the art, learn about each of the unique pieces and interact with the sculptures. Attendees are encouraged to take photos with the art and ask questions.

After the tour, attendees will receive a 20% discount on the entry fee at Gate City Brewing Company. Select a pint for $15 or a tulip glass at $20; the entry fee includes a tour of the brewery and delicious craft beer. Each attendee receives six tickets to sample a variety of beer in 6 ounce pours.

 

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Gate City Brewing Company, ArtAround Roswell host 2017 tour

Gate City Brewing Company, ArtAround Roswell host 2017 tour

ROSWELL, Ga. — Gate City Brewing Company and Roswell Arts Fund invites the public for an afternoon of local art, beer and music July 23.

Participants can enjoy an interpretive tour of the art, learn about each of the unique pieces and interact with the sculptures. Attendees are encouraged to take photos with the art and ask questions.

A guided bus tour of selected ArtAround sculptures will depart from the parking lot at Gate City Brewing Company at 1 p.m. Attendees should gather between 12:30 p.m.-12:45 p.m. The bus will return to Gate City around 3 p.m.

 

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Gate City Brewing, ArtAround Roswell Team Up For Sculpture Tour

Gate City Brewing, ArtAround Roswell Team Up For Sculpture Tour

ROSWELL, GA -- If you're a fan of local art and local beer, then you don't want to miss an event organized by Gate City Brewing Company and the Roswell Arts Fund.

Residents are invited to join the organizations for an afternoon of brews, art and music during a guided bus tour of select ArtAround sculptures on Sunday, July 23.

The guided tour will depart from Gate City's parking lot at 43 Magnolia Street at 1 p.m.; attendees should gather between 12:30 p.m. and 12:45 p.m. The bus will return to Gate City around 3 p.m.

Participants will enjoy an interpretive tour of the art, learn about each of the unique pieces and interact with the sculptures. Attendees are encouraged to take photos with the art and ask questions.

 

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Roswell Arts Fund and Bike Roswell! gear up for inaugural ArtAround Bike Tour | Community

Roswell Arts Fund and Bike Roswell! have extended an invitation to art enthusiasts for a sculpture tour on wheels, bikes specifically.

On June 24 from 9 a.m. to noon, the first guided ArtAround Roswell bike tour is scheduled to occur.

The ride is intended to celebrate National Bike Month and the 2017 ArtAround Roswell sculptures.

When the first ArtAround Roswell sculptures were setup in 2016, Sears recollected several Bike Roswell! members going on their own rides to see the art the collection.

Routes were shared, but no formal guided tour was proposed.

Bike Roswell! board members recently toured the Atlanta Beltline with Bike Tours of Atlanta which included stops at sculptures and murals along the way.

Bike Roswell! Ride Director Nathan Sears and Rochelle Mucha of Roswell Arts Fund connected to collaborate on the project.

 

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ArtAround Roswell aims to strengthen appearance of public art in city

ArtAround Roswell aims to strengthen appearance of public art in city

With the increasing interest in public art throughout the city, Roswell Art Fund aims to continue its contribution with the second year of ArtAround Roswell.

According to Roswell Art Fund Chair Rochelle Mucha, ArtAround Roswell helps brand the city as evolving, seeking to reach out to our young professionals and millennials with our art, as well as appeal to our more traditional visitors and residents.

“Public Art is how you define your sense of place, tell people how you want to be known. We believe ArtAround Roswell expands and enlivens the city of Roswell and its brand,” Mucha said.

 A “Request for Proposal” goes out to the artist community through Americans for the Arts for established pieces of work, not commissioned pieces, according to Roswell Arts Fund Chair Rochelle Mucha.

Artists from around the country have the opportunity to submit established works of art for consideration for the city tour.

A Public Art Selection Panel, comprised of Roswell Arts Fund members, business leaders, elected officials, community representatives and artists is assembled.

The panel reviews, discusses and ranks submissions during a one day meeting until a consensus is achieved as to the selected artworks and where they will be installed.

“We narrow down the submissions to 10, then match each piece to one of our pre-determined sites,” she said.

The goal, according to Mucha, is to provide an eclectic tour that is both traditional and progressive, provocative and playful, while activating Roswell’s tagline of “Modern Spirit. Southern Soul.”

The tour includes traditional works such as “Reception” and playful works such as “BorBor 6.1.”

 

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ArtAround Roswell 2017 Kicks Off April 22

ArtAround Roswell 2017 Kicks Off April 22

ROSWELL, GA -- Ten new works of art will be installed for your viewing pleasure as part of the ArtAround Roswell for 2017.

The sculptures will be on display at selected Roswell area parks from April through December.

These 10 sculptures are in addition to the two sculptures that remain on the tour since last year and one unique gift from a Russian artist that's been added to this year's collection.

ArtAround Roswell is a partnership between the city and the Roswell Arts Fund. Since early 2016, ArtAround Roswell has been transforming the city’s parks into a museum without walls, introducing public art to residents and visitors of all ages.

 

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Roswell to unveil outdoor sculpture exhibit

Roswell to unveil outdoor sculpture exhibit

 Ten new works of art will join two sculptures from last year’s show and a unique gift newly arrived from Russia in ArtAround Roswell 2017, an outdoor exhibition of public art by the Roswell Arts Fund.

ArtAround kicks off with a free program with live performances, art demonstrations and (a limited supply of) free cotton candy 11:30 a.m. April 22 at Heart of Roswell Park, 925 Canton St.

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ArtAround Roswell Returns for 2017

ArtAround Roswell Returns for 2017

ROSWELL, Ga. — Sculptures are once again popping up all over Roswell in preparation for this year’s sculpture tour. After a successful 2016 season, ArtAround Roswell is making a triumphant return to add a touch of flair to the city’s parks.

“Public art by definition is public. It’s free. You don’t need any tickets,” said Roswell Arts Fund Board Chair Rochelle Mucha. “It’s aesthetically pleasing. It evokes curiosity. It makes people smile.”

This is the second year that the city will have a sculpture tour, and it is building off of the momentum of the first.

“It was a very big success,” Mucha said. “By all definitions, everybody involved was happy with it.

“The art had become iconic landmarks. People would say stuff like, ‘I’ll meet you at the Oak Leaf,’ or ‘I’ll meet you at Early Hatch,’”

There are a total of 13 sculptures this year, including two permanent sculptures bought from last year’s tour – Smoke and Oak Leaf Triptych – and a gift from Russian Artist Dima Alekseyev, Sky Maintenance, which will stay with the city for two years. Smoke and Oak Leaf Triptych were purchased using funds from the Roswell Wine Festival and Roswell Arts Fund, respectively. The other 10 works are sponsored this year by local businesses.

Mucha likened the tour to a “museum without walls.”

“It provides access to quality art to all people, not just to people who can afford to buy a ticket,” she said.

The sculpture tour, however, doesn’t just benefit everyday citizens. It can be an economic driver and destination spot for the city to attract tourism.

“ArtAround captures our city’s Modern Spirit and Southern Soul.  Art, in its many forms, drives economic and social vitality,” Mucha said. “It’s bringing people here. The people come, and they stay here, eat here. Businesses value that.”

 

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Roswell Sculpture Tour kicks off with a bang

Roswell Sculpture Tour kicks off with a bang

ROSWELL, Ga. — The 2017 Roswell Sculpture Tour is officially open and will soon be hosting monthly events centered around the art.

ArtAround Roswell kicked off its nine-month Sculpture Tour Saturday, April 22 with multiple performances by local groups. The three-hour celebration featured the talents of the Atlanta Taiko Project, Element Circus Artists, In Flight Gymnastics & Circus, and Ten Blocks Away.

Additionally, the first of the Makers in the Afternoon demonstration was held featuring Jennifer Freedman of Mosaic Odyssey.

This year, opening celebrations were held around the sculpture Sentience, created by David Landis, located at the Heart of Canton Street.

The sculpture is modeled after a bloodroot flower, because it has a “wonderful, dynamic quality, like a firework exploding,” Landis said. “I used stainless steel… Because it reflects clouds, sky, trees and people, bringing them into the work.”

There are a total of 13 sculptures this year, including two permanent sculptures bought from last year’s tour – Smoke and Oak Leaf Triptych – and a gift from Russian Artist Dima Alekseyev, Sky Maintenance, which will stay with the city for two years. The remaining 10 sculptures are all sponsored by local businesses.

 

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Enjoy art in outdoors in Roswell

Enjoy art in outdoors in Roswell

ArtAround Roswell is a constant work in progress, and up now are some come-as-you-are, enjoy-at-your-leisure outdoor exhibits. The second annual ArtAround Roswell Sculpture Tour features 13 works from local and international artists.

Ten sculptures are new to the tour, two are from last year, purchased as permanent gifts to the city, and then there’s “Sky Maintenance,” on the Don White Bridge at Ga. 400, a temporary gift to the city by the artist.

 

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ArtAround Roswell partners with Gate City Brewing Company for afternoon tour

ArtAround Roswell partners with Gate City Brewing Company for afternoon tour

Art and beer enthusiasts alike have the opportunity to partake in both with Gate City Brewing Company and Roswell Arts Fund.On July 23, attendees can take a guided bus tour of selected ArtAround sculptures, then return to Gate City and sample craft beers.

The bus will depart from the parking lot at Gate City Brewing Company at 1 and return at approximately 3 p.m.Attendees should gather between 12:30 and 12:45 p.m. The bus will return to Gate City around 3 p.m.

Participants can enjoy an interpretive tour of the art, learn about each of the unique pieces and interact with the sculptures.Attendees are encouraged to take photos with the art and ask questions.

After the tour, attendees have the option to receive a 20 percent discount on the entry fee at Gate City Brewing Company.

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