You are invited to the Beauty of Bronze artist exhibit:
Dec. 6, 2019 to Jan. 4, 2020
Please attend the exhibit reception
Friday, Jan. 3, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center
Share some cookies and check out the bronze sculptures made by the 5th graders from:
Abraham Lincoln – Columbia – John Newbery – Lewis & Clark – Mission View – The River Academy – Sunnyslope – Soap Lake Elementary, Washington –Valley Academy of Learning.
AOTA is honored to be awarded one of only 25 Regional Impact Grants from the Community Foundation of NCW. Give NCW will help us to continue the Beauty of Bronze and more as we make some exciting and necessary changes within our organization. Adele Wolford, founder and current president, will be passing the torch to the next generation of staff in this new phase of our organization. Your donation will help support general operations, programming and education to ensure that art remains on our avenues to be enjoyed by residents and tourists for years to come. Please consider donating – we appreciate your support! Continue reading →
WENATCHEE – Not often do you get a chance to purchase a public sculpture and Art on the Avenues is making that opportunity possible.
“We are excited to have five new pieces in our collection,” said Adele Wolford, Art on the Avenues Board president. “These pieces are a wonderful addition to the public art in the Wenatchee Valley. These five pieces, along with 13 others are available for purchase.” To see the pieces available, visit http://artontheavenues.org/exhibit/#available-for-purchase.
The five new pieces include:
Loving Embrace by Leo Osborne ($7,000)
Resurrection by Steve Love ($18,700 – pictured)
Big Bite by Ray Houston (SOLD)
Go Figure by Tom McCelland ($1,200)
Life’s a Ball by Joy Beckner ($10,800)
Anyone interested in purchasing a sculpture, either for their own personal collection or to dedicate it and have it maintained in a public location, can contact Art on the Avenues at email@example.com.
Every two years, Art on the Avenues rotates into the collection visiting art pieces from renowned sculptors from around the U.S. and the northwest in particular. In all, there are 88 total sculptures around the greater Wenatchee area that have been added since 1995. Many have been purchased – the City of Wenatchee has purchased 27 pieces, Art on the Avenues has purchased another 27 and six pieces are privately owned and available for viewing at one of the many public spaces dedicated to the sculpture installations. This is the last year that new sculptures will be rotating into the collection.
So, you might be wondering…why is a children’s art program so expensive?
One of the main reasons is the same thing that makes the program so unique: bronze.
Many elementary art programs give students the opportunity to make sculptures but very few are cast in bronze. Those that do are almost exclusively only for those children whose parents can pay or a special one-time-only
sponsored project. Art on the Avenues is committed to providing this unique experience for all fifth graders in the Wenatchee school district and beyond, year after year. It is our dream to expand to other local school districts as well.
We are thankful to have a relationship with a foundry in Oregon which offers us the expensive ancient lost wax casting process at a reduced cost. Even so, with the growing number of students who participate each year the casting cost alone is significant. However, on an individual scale, is it easy to see how even small donations can help.
A $60 donation could cover the cost of one child’s entire Beauty of Bronze experience.
Please help us give this great opportunity to each of our local fifth graders. Thank you!
Here is a video of one of the more dramatic steps in the bronzing process:
Student bronze images and video courtesy of Todd Pettelle, Northwest Artworks, Inc.
2020’s Beauty of Bronze (BOB) program is not yet funded and we need your help. We are so proud to be able to provide such a unique and special opportunity to Wenatchee’s fifth graders at no cost to them. As a 501C3 non-profit we receive no tax dollars and are not funded by the city. We fund all our programs through grants and donations. We are hoping that the community will step up to help support BoB. There are many expenses involved in bringing this opportunity to the local children such as bronze casting at the foundry; wax, Sculpy and other supplies for each student; space rental; the professional artist in residence; and administrative costs for the enormous amount of work required to bring this experience to life, to name a few. The Beauty of Bronze started small with one class in one school and over the years has continued to grow to over 600 students. Click the link above to donate to our cause. Let’s see what the community can do to help keep this rare art tradition going for another year. Thank you!