Beauty of Bronze

Your donation will help us cast next year’s fifth grader’s sculptures into bronze. Thanks for your support!

Lewis & Clark students gently investigate Kevin Pettelle’s sculpture, “Single Point,” at the Wenatchee Center.

The Beauty of Bronze is Art on the Avenues’ annual arts education program which gives area fifth graders the opportunity to discover and reflect on the sculpture in their community while working with a professional artist to create and exhibit their own small bronze sculptures.

Field Day

Each fall through the Beauty of Bronze program, approximately 600 local fifth-graders get the opportunity to:

  • Tour the Art on the Avenues Sculpture Garden with community volunteer docents
  • Learn about specific sculptures from professional sculptor and artist-in-residence, Kevin Pettelle
  • Tour backstage at the Performing Arts Center
  • Sketch and study individual sculpture pieces in the collection
  • Work collaboratively to create temporary environmental sculpture from natural materials in the Andy Goldsworthy Challenge
  • Create a wax sculpture which will be sent to a foundry and cast in bronze
  • Attend a public artists’ reception held in their honor featuring their bronzes in conjunction with the community’s First Friday program.2016 Andy Goldsworthy

Art on the Avenues’ 2019 Beauty of Bronze program was made possible by support from the Wenatchee School District, a Wenatchee Arts Education Consortium grant from the Washington State Arts Commission, the Woods Family Music & Arts Grant, the NCW Foundation for Youth, the Confluence Rotary Foundation, the Friends of the Lower Grand Coulee, parents of Valley Academy of Learning and The River Academy, and the PTSAs of Abraham Lincoln, Columbia, John Newbery, Mission View, Sunnyslope and Washington elementary schools, the Numerica Performing Arts Center, the Wenatchee Valley Museum and community contributions.

Thanks also to our many parent and community volunteers and helpers. We could not have done it without you!

Art on the Avenues’ mission through the Beauty of Bronze program is to promote in our local children appreciation, understanding, and a sense of ownership in their community’s sculpture exhibit and instill the knowledge that art in its many forms is for everyone and that each person has the capacity to create.