Art on the Avenues is a community non-profit (501c3) committed for the past 20 years to providing the Wenatchee Valley with accessible and relatable art, as stated in our mission to “provide our communities with sustainable, innovative, and educational programs through the exhibition and sale of sculpture.” We achieve this through two main programs: our public biannual rotating sculpture exhibit; and Beauty of Bronze, an educational art program for local fifth graders.
While AOTA began in 1995 with only 20 sculptures, there are now 88 pieces in the exhibit which are displayed from the Loop Trail throughout Wenatchee and beyond. 27 are owned by the city, 26 belong to AOTA, 6 are privately owned, and 29 are visiting as part of the two-year rotation and are for sale.
The Beauty of Bronze program began in 2003 with one fifth grade class from Columbia Elementary School. This year was the 12th year of the program and it included one private school and all public elementary schools in the Wenatchee School District, a total of nearly 600 students. Each year many community volunteers help with the two-week long Beauty of Bronze program. Students create temporary environmental art in the Andy Goldsworthy challenge, and resident artist Kevin Pettelle provides instruction which includes a tour and study of sculptures in the exhibit, culminating in each student creating a small sculpture to be cast in bronze. These pieces are displayed at the Wenatchee Museum and Cultural Center for two weeks in November followed by displays in the schools. The young artists receive each of their bronzes at Christmas to keep forever.