Friday, May 17, 2013
Arts in the Park festival returns Saturday, and SculpTour 2013 also debuts.
Suwanee will get a double dose of arts Saturday (May 18). The Arts in the Park festival returns to Town Center Park for its 2013 run. And as in past years, that will coincide with the official rollout of the SculpTour exhibits. As noted in a city news release, "Art Splash" is the theme for the 2013 festival, which is organized by the North Gwinnett Arts Association (NGAA) and co-sponsored by the city. The festival will run 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Some 60 artists will exhibit, sell, and demonstrate their art; several performance artists will entertain; and attendees will be invited to create their own art pieces through a chalk art competition and community art program. Also, attendees this year can view the Berlin Wall exhibit that is temporarily …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The third run of the outdoor art exhibit officially rolls out May 18.
The official debut date is May 18, to coordinate with Arts In The Park 2013. However, some exhibits for SculpTour 2013, the walkable, outdoor art exhibit in Suwanee, already are on display in the Town Center area. One is in the park area, and another is on display near the Town Center merchants (see the attached photos). The 2013 edition of SculpTour -- the third such exhibit -- will be a 22-month run, concluding in March 2015. As before, exhibits will be situated around the Town Center area, with an eventual "people's choice" voting winner to be purchased for permanent display. Already, several SculpTour pieces have been purchased either by the city or by private patrons. "Sunset" was purchased and donated to the city by the Rohloff …
Friday, April 5, 2013
The 2012 run has ended. The newest SculpTour will roll out in May.
Updated 2:51 p.m. Suwanee officials have closed the books on the second edition of the SculpTour outdoor art program. And two of the pieces will be bound for another city park. According to city documents, "Weathervane" and "Audubon Watcher" will be purchased by the city, and are proposed to be relocated to Sims Lake Park. "Weathervane," by Al Garnto, was the "people's choice" winner in voting on the city website. Sims Lake Part thus is becoming a sort of second exhibit site for SculpTour. Last year, "Sunset" -- one of the original SculpTour works -- was purchased by the Rohloff family and donated to the city. It has been put on display at Sims Lake Park. -- What's your reaction to these two works being displayed at Sims Lake Park? Share …
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Be sure to add these apps to help make life a little easier while you're on the go around town.
Did you get a smartphone for Christmas? Receiving a smartphone is a bit like buying a pet: The fun parts also come with some work and some adjustments. Downloading apps that make life easier and incorporate local information is like training a puppy. It results in less hassle and more fun. The major difference between a smartphone and your computer is that it’s tough to see the whole Internet on that little screen. Apps are simply ways of displaying something you usually do on your computer’s web browser, but in a simpler and more elegant way that makes sense on a little screen. Each app is represented by a small square icon that you touch once to launch its features and functions, whether it be GPS navigation, local business listings, …
Friday, December 21, 2012
The walkable outdoor art exhibit is ramping up for a third run.
Suwanee will tweak its popular SculpTour program for 2013 by giving it a longer life -- two years. According to a news release, city officials have issued another Request For Proposals for the third run of the walkable, outdoor art exhibit. And when SculpTour 2013 debuts in May, plans call for it to be in place for 22 months. "SculpTour has received an enthusiastic, positive response from visitors and the community," Economic and Community Development Director Denise Brinson said in the release. "The current exhibit has been so popular that we'll be sorry to see it go in March after only 10 months. So, for that reason, as well as to make more efficient use of private funding resources, we've decided to extend SculpTour to a 22-month …
Friday, November 16, 2012
A Statesboro artist will develop a display for Remembrance, which will be placed in Town Center Park.
Suwanee officials have selected a Georgia Southern art teacher to develop a display for their 9/11 artifact, and they want it placed in Town Center Park near Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road. City Council members were briefed Thursday (November 15) at a work session on the developments. Marc Moulton of Statesboro, who already has two pieces in the current SculpTour exhibit, made a slide presentation of his concept for permanent display of the 1,600-pound steel remnant from the destroyed World Trade Center towers. -- What do you think of Suwanee's plan for the 9/11 artifact? What about the location? Tell us in the comments below. The artifact has been in storage since early 2012; it was unveiled in a ceremony at City Hall in September 2011. It is…
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Recapping some top recent news stories in Suwanee and Gwinnett.
Click on the links for more information. SUWANEE WOMAN NEEDS LIVE KIDNEY DONOR: The Wilkes family has been in the meat-market business since before World War II. But one of their own -- Jennifer -- is facing a life-challenging situation, and a plea for help is out. PUBLIC ART AS FAMILY MEMORIAL: Cathy Rohloff wanted a memorial for her late sister -- and raised the money with her husband. The art memorial now overlooks a picturesque lake in a Suwanee park. -- What were your favorite news stories from the past week? Tell us in the comments below. WEST NILE VIRUS FATALITY: The West Nile Virus, borne by mosquitos, reportedly claims a life in Gwinnett. COUNCIL DELAYS REZONING: Despite a thumbs-up from its own City Hall staff, City Council …
Monday, September 24, 2012
A Suwanee woman's late sister now has a SculpTour piece at a park in her honor.
A family memorial in Suwanee also marks a couple of firsts for the city. The Rohloff family's effort to purchase and donate a SculpTour 2011 piece as a memorial for Cathy Rohloff's late sister now is reality. The piece, "Sunset," was mounted and put on display Saturday (Sept. 22) at Sims Lake Park. Also, it marks the first time that a piece of public art has been displayed in Sims Lake Park, and it is believed to be the first SculpTour piece that has been sold through private fund-raising efforts. What are your thoughts of SculpTour? Do you have memories of Laura Sanders-Neidlinger? Tell us in the comments below. Cathy Rohloff and husband Rob began fund-raising efforts for the SculpTour piece in March, shortly after Cathy's sister, Laura …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
A digital guided tour of the walkable outdoor display is available for smartphone use.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Again putting a digital touch on their well-known arts program, Suwanee city officials have developed an app for the SculpTour 2012 public art display. According to a city news release, City Hall is the starting point of the 2012 Suwanee SculpTour guided audio tour/podcast. It provides walking directions to and information about each of the 15 sculptures included in the exhibit, as well as insights from the 11 participating artists. As they did on the app for the SculpTour 2011, Annette Phelps, City Hall receptionist, and Council Member Dick Goodman (also chairman of the Public Arts Commission) lead the tour. The hosts offer clear walking directions, information about each piece, and gentle humor. Each year, SculpTour is organized the …
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Several SculpTour pieces have been sold to businesses or individuals.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
The City Of Suwanee includes public art in its economic development strategy, and there are several recent instances that demonstrate that this is working. Several exhibits from the first two SculpTour displays have been purchased either by the city or by local businesses and individuals. -- What is your favorite SculpTour piece? Tell us in the comments below. Most notable is the People's Choice winner from SculpTour 2011. "Mother & Child" by Eluisa Altman of New Jersey was purchased by the city and now is displayed in front of City Hall. Also: "Public art is catching momentum," said Denise Brinson, the city's economic development director. "We've achieved a sufficient mass of public art pieces. ... (Public art is) a differentiating factor…