Art theme ties into RAGBRAIOriginal art created by artists and fine craftman will be placed in 23 garden nodes around the square and up Main Street, beginning June 7 and remain on display through the summer.
The Fairfield Art Association’s fifth annual summer art installation in downtown Fairfield will be “Wheels, Gears & Pedals,” tying into the overnight stay by RAGBRAI in July.
Original art created by artists and fine craftman will be placed in 23 garden nodes around the square and up Main Street, beginning June 7 and remain on display through the summer.
The artworks will be auctioned during the RAGBRAI overnight stay July 26, with proceeds divided between the artist and the Fairfield Art Association.
Individual artists and fine crafts persons ages 18 or above or creative groups and businesses are invited to participate.
General installations ideas will be approved by the art association’s project committee.
A limited variety of bicycles and parts will be available at the Fairfield Art Association Studio on a first-come basis beginning April 1. If anyone has parts to donate, like wheels, chains, gears, pedals and more, they can contact Suzan Bates Kessel, volunteer director of Fairfield Art Association, at Suzan1252@aol.com or 472-5374.
“With the theme based around bicycle components, an entire bike can be artistically modified, however, FAA is looking for entries created out of wheels, gears, pedals, other parts, or any material translated into our theme. Be creative – you have an artists’ license,” said Kessel.
Participants should request official guidelines and an entry form from the art association to let organizers know early intentions. Guidelines include specific design sizes and installation requirements, along with details, such as all materials must be weatherproof and construction sturdy.
Three methods of installation will be offered this year to help with odd shapes being attached to the steel poles.
Artwork must be completed and turned in to the Fairfield Art Association Studio between May 29 and June 5 to be installed prior to June 7. If the piece is large and awkward, it can be delivered to the installation site or installed by the participant.
This year’s project is sponsored in part by a Fairfield Iowa Convention and Visitors Bureau grant.
For the official guideline and entry form, see this article on The Fairfield Ledger’s website at www.ffledger.com.