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Posted on: May 9, 2017

Sculpture Park Summer Celebration June 10

The 2017 Summer Celebration at the Stevens Point Sculpture Park is Saturday, June 10. Four new sculptures will be installed & cast iron sculptures will be created during an Iron Pour. The Summer Celebration will begin at 11:00 a.m.

The 4 new sculpture by Hannah Sawyer, Nicholas Gidal, John Turula, and Aaron Nicholson will debut in the 20-acre park at 900 North Second Street.

The Summer Celebration will include poetry readings, live music, yoga, children’s activities, and an artist meet and greet. Peace Flags made by area elementary school students will line the trails throughout the Park.

Summer Celebration Schedule of Events
11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Iron Pour with Keith Kaziak and guest artists near ‘It’s for the Birds’

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Poetry Reading with the Aspiring Poets of Stevens Point at ‘Extended Point’

12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Voyager Saxophone Quartet at ‘Extended Point’

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Poetry Reading with the Aspiring Poets of Stevens Point at ‘Sand County Bench’

1:00 p.m.
Discussion about Chimney Swifts, with John Munson, Audubon Society at ‘Rapunzel’s Tower’

1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Laugh, Stretch, and Breathe Among the Trees, with Judi Olson certified laughter leader,  near ‘It’s for the Birds’

The celebration will continue into the early evening, as numerous artists will be participating in an Iron Pour on the grounds, led by local artist Keith Kaziak. Guests artists include; Wayne Potratz, Aaron Leif Nicholson; Yousif Delvalle; Ben Jennings; and JinMan Jo. Prep will begin at the park prior to the celebration start at 10:00 a.m. with the burn-in occurring at 3:00 p.m.

The first tap will begin around 4:30 p.m. and pours will continue until all molds have been used. The pour will occur rain or shine, unless there is a torrential downpour or tornadic conditions.

The cast iron sculptures created will be installed permanently at various sites throughout Portage County. Once installed, these sculptures will create the first ever geocache Sculpture Park experience, engaging visitors with Portage County’s nature, landscape, and art.

This project will involve a collaboration between CREATE Portage County, the Stevens Point Sculpture Park, UW-Stevens Point College of Fine Art and Communication and Geographic Information Systems Center, Portage County CAN, Stevens Point Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Waupaca Foundry.

New work by artists debuting in the park this year are: Hannah Sawyer of Chicago, Illinois – ‘i dunno, i'm here. 45°22'56.7"N 92°42'35.5"W’; Nicholas Gidal of Stevens Point, Wisconsin – ‘A Testament of Tenacity’; and Aaron Nicholson of Muncie, Indiana – ‘Refuge or Refuse’.

Members of the Aspiring Authors of Stevens Point reading poetry in the park. Jon Gadbois, Poet Laureate - City of Stevens Point and advocate of poetry in all forms will also be in attendance.

The Voyageur Saxophone Quartet is: David Hastings (Soprano Saxophone), Jennifer Bellmer (Alto Saxophone), Jeff Erickson (Tenor Saxophone), and Clarke Crandell (Baritone Saxophone).

The Stevens Point Sculpture Park, a twenty-acre site featuring woodlands, wetlands, ponds and prairie, is located on North Second Street on the Green Circle. 

The Sculpture Park is an evolving living park. Art will be continually added each year through juried exhibitions, artist in residency programs, and other events.

The mission of the Stevens Point Sculpture Park is to provide a welcoming and accessible outdoor venue for environmental arts exhibitions, activities, and educational programs.
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