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Neighbors Growing Together | May 22, 2017

Summer art theme ties into ‘Tune into Our Vibe’

Mar 02, 2017
PHOTO SUBMITTED Fairfield Art Association is inviting artists and fine-craftsmen to create an entry for its 2017 summer art installation: “SEE THE MUSIC — Tune into Our Vibe.”

Fairfield Art Association announces its 2017 summer art installation theme and invites artists and fine-craftmen to participate.

“SEE THE MUSIC – Tune into Our Vibe” is the theme selected by the art association board members, and it ties into the Fairfield Iowa Convention and Visitors Bureau’s new tagline “Fairfield ­– Tune Into Our Vibe” promoting local tourism.

“The board discussed how we could take the new tagline and make it a visual statement with art. We played with words, considering the ways they could be interpreted and then decided on ‘See the Music.’ Seeing, rather than hearing the music should be a fun and creative way to work with materials” said Suzan Kessel, Fairfield Art Association volunteer director.

The association is looking for musical instruments in any condition, parts and in whole, that could be donated for the project. They can be left at the Fairfield Art Association’s studio in the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center.

This is the association’s ninth annual outdoor art installation to be placed in the downtown garden nodes, with creations by local and area artists and craftsmen.

Twenty-three spaces are available for art, so anyone interested in participating should contact the art association as soon as possible to reserve a spot. Emailing suzan1252@aol.com or stop in the studio between 1-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays to give your name, contact information and media you work in.

The guidelines for participating include:

• Open to adult individuals, creative groups, or businesses or company.

• The theme must be followed and incorporate some part of a musical instrument. Entries can be in sculptural form or combined with painting or collage format. The use of recycled items is encouraged. All materials and finished artwork must be weatherproof and construction sturdy.

• The completed work must be designed to work with the association’s installation plans. The group will provide a 12-inch square plywood base to permanently build/create on. This base will later be attached to the standardized metal plate on a pole and be 4 feet above the ground. Size requirements and more details will be giving to participants when they sign up.

Completed artwork is due to the art association between May 23 -31, and will be installed for the June 2 First Fridays art walk.

A $25 stipend will be given to each entry at the conclusion of the project. The entries become the property of the art association.

Artworks will be publicly voted on for “Most Totally Tuned In Art,” and a silent auction of the works will take place August through September, with proceeds divided between participant and the Fairfield Art Association.

This project is sponsored in part by a Fairfield Iowa Convention and Visitors Bureau Grant.

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