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Reception to open Wake Forest Temporary Sculpture Exhibit & Spotlight on Wake Forest Artists Exhibit set for July 28

Town of Wake Forest News

The Wake Forest Public Art Commission (PAC) will host a special reception to formally open its Temporary Sculpture Exhibit and Spotlight on Wake Forest Artists Exhibit on Saturday, July 28. The event is scheduled from 9 a.m.-noon at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts Annex, 407 S. Brooks St. Light refreshments will be provided.

The reception will have an informal, open house-style format, so area residents are invited to drop in anytime between 9 a.m. and noon. PAC members and several of the featured artists will be on hand to answer questions and share information about the selected works of art.

Free, illustrated maps highlighting the locations of the works on view for each exhibit will be available during the reception. Area residents who are unable to attend the reception but wish to take the self-guided tour may also pick up a brochure at the Renaissance Centre and Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

Wake Forest Guild Artists and artists residing in Wake Forest were invited to submit one piece of original art to the “Spotlight on Wake Forest Artists Contest.” An Artist Selection Committee comprised of arts professionals and representatives of the Town of Wake Forest, the PAC and Wake Forest Downtown, along with professional artists who do not reside within Wake Forest selected the following four works:

  • NC Spring Road, by Delphine Peller

  • St. Tropez Doorway, by Sharon Parker

  • Line Dancing, by Susan Hetzel

  • My Poppies, by Denise Langlois

To view the works of art in the Spotlight on Wake Forest Artists Exhibit, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/spotlight-on-wake-forest-artists.aspx.

Each of the four selected art works will be scanned into an electronic image and reproduced in brick vinyl. The vinyl will then be applied to the facade of select buildings in downtown Wake Forest. A plaque with information about the artist will be located near the art panel.

Each of the four artists will receive a $100 stipend and their artwork will remain on display for one year.

The Wake Forest Temporary Sculpture Exhibit will feature seven three-dimensional sculptural works of art by a variety of artists in publicly accessible outdoor spaces throughout Wake Forest, including the Wake Forest Town Hall campus, the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, Miller Park, Holding Park, Smith Creek Soccer Center and the Depot Parking Lot.

Experienced artists and artist teams across North Carolina and beyond were invited to apply. An Artist Selection Committee comprised of arts professionals and representatives of the Town of Wake Forest, the PAC and Wake Forest Downtown selected the following seven works for the show (the display location for each sculpture is shown in parenthesis):

  • Geometer’s Gate, by Charles Pilkey (Miller Park, 401 Elm Ave.)

  • Circular Motion, by Hanna Jubran (Holding Park, 133 W. Owen Ave.)

  • Geometric Construction Table, by Ray Zatz (Depot Parking Lot, 110 S. White St.)

  • Red Bud, by David Boyajian (Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.)

  • Cloud, by Hanna Jubran (Smith Creek Soccer Center, 690 Heritage Lake Road)

  • Immigrant Gate, by Jim Gallucci (Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.)

  • Excelerator, by Ray Katz (Corner of Elm Avenue and South Taylor Street)

To view the sculptures in the outdoor sculpture exhibition, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/temporary-sculpture-exhibit.aspx.

Selections were based on artistic excellence and the goal of exhibiting a variety of styles and media in appropriate sites.

Each of the seven artists will receive a $2,000 stipend.

For more information, contact Renaissance Centre Specialist Debra Horton at 919-435-9566 or dhorton@wakeforestnc.gov.  

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