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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 23, 2014

‘Wheels Gears & Pedals’ installed

Jun 25, 2013
PHOTO SUBMITTED Lou Bolster installs the “1940s Radio Show” sculpture in a garden node on the Fairfield square. His artwork is just one of more than a dozen submitted for the Fairfield Art Association’s summer art installation of “Wheels Gears & Pedals.”

The Fairfield Art Association’s summer art installation of “Wheels Gears & Pedals” is continuing to grow, with all of the exhibit to be up by the 1st Fridays Art Walk July 5. Additional artists are participating in creating sculptures for the poles in the downtown garden nodes, as they were inspired by the first six to go up last month. Now a full dozen bicycle-related art pieces will be on display for the community and visitors to view throughout the summer.

A silent auction of all the artworks will begin July 5. Bidding sheets will be placed in the gallery lobby area of the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center for making bids to purchase the individual pieces. Pictures and descriptions of each sculpture will be provided there, and all instructions for the auction process.

Artists will receive 50 percent of the final selling price and the art association will receive the other 50 percent.

On the date of RAGBRAI’s overnight stay, July 26, all the pieces that have bids over the minimum asked will be accepted. The highest bidder by 8 p.m. July 26 will be the winner. Winning bidders should plan on paying for their artwork that night.

The winning bidders will have the option of taking their piece that night or leaving the work on display until the September art walk. Arrangements for removal/takedown can be individually made with the art association.

Any remaining “Wheels” art pieces not reaching a minimum bid by the RAGBRAI night deadline, will continue to be on silent auction until the September art walk.

Current participating artists include: Kathy Tollenaere, “Mrs. Mantis preys before each meal”; Fairfield Beautification Commission, “Pedals of a Different Kind”; Lou Bolster for Fairfield Area Community Theater, “1940s Radio Show”; Fairfield High School student Fallyn Garrison “Untitled”; Hannes family for Josie Hannes Design/Flair Vintage Decor “Manical Merry-Go-Round”; Mike Pech, “The Penny Farthing Model”; Chuck and Terri Drobny, “RAGBRAI — A Whirlwind Tour Across Iowa”; Suzan Bates Kessel, “Flock of Bikers”; Joe Sanner, “Stag”; and a second from Lou Bolster Intuitive Engineering, “It’s not a race. Really.”

The art association is still awaiting the title and creation by Yummy’s Jill Dahlstrom and Cris Soth and also Brahm Willers.

The association also could see another interesting entry by Josie Hannes and family, which would make 13 entries.

Creating the downtown art pieces was a bit more challenging this year — being mechanical and requiring welding or special construction methods that a lot of artists do not normally use, said Suzan Bates Kessel, volunteer director of Fairfield Art Association.

The works are predominately made out of bicycle parts, hardware, wood, paint, recycled materials and a lot of imagination, she added.

All entries soon will be posted on the art association’s website www.fairfieldartassociation.org

This year’s project is sponsored in part by the Fairfield Iowa Convention and Visitors Bureau. Area artists are invited to participate each year around a new theme. Ideas are already being discussed for 2014 and interested artists can contact the association throughout the year.

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