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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 25, 2014

Bidding begins Friday for ‘Obelisks’

Jul 30, 2014
PHOTO SUBMITTED Mike Pech’s Artful Obelisks entry, “A Light on Fairfield’s History,” is one of the 13 creations being auctioned off to the highest bidder during a silent auction running Friday through Sept. 5. Community members also can vote for their favorite obelisk.

The Fairfield Art Association’s summer art installation, “Artful Obelisks,” in downtown Fairfield can be enjoyed for another month while hopeful bidders make silent offers to take home the works of art to their own gardens, and viewers vote for their favorite.

A silent auction of all the obelisks will begin Friday. The bidding will continue through the Sept. 5 Fairifeld 1st Fridays Art Walk, when the highest bidders will be announced.

Bid forms are in the Fairfield Art Association’s Main Gallery Lobby at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center.

Thirteen different creations by 16 artists are displayed throughout downtown in the garden nodes. Several of the pieces have themes that tie into Fairfield’s 175th birthday or Fairfield Area Community Theater’s 25th anniversary.

Materials used to created the obelisks include, wood, copper, stained glass, wire, egg basket, funnel, glass jar, tomato cage, bed springs, screen wire, routed wood, solar light and more.

The artists participating are Holly and Bob Moore; Chuck and Terri Drobny with granddaughters; Mike Pech; Dori Lewman; Suzan Bates Kessel; Fairfield High School exchange student Akmaral Abduraimova; Melinda Arndt; Grace White; Nan Adam and Josh Hurtado; Ingrid Saterstrom; Lou Bolster and FACT cast members; and two entries by Elaine Duncan and Victoria Gautherat.

Community members are invited to vote for their favorite obelisk. Voting can be done in the Main Gallery. Each person is asked to vote only once.

Pictures of each creation will be displayed to help voters identify their choices.

The winner will be announced after the September art walk. The winner will receive two tickets to the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center’s Artist Series show “Recycled Percussion” from NBC’s America’s Got Talent set for Sept. 27.

The “Artful Obelisk” project is supported in part by a grant from the Fairfield Iowa Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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