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‘Squares Around the Square’ creations ready for display

May 30, 2018
PHOTO SUBMITTED Jacqueline Kumer’s creation for the “Squares Around the Square” summer art installation is in progress.

Fairfield Art Association’s “Squares Around the Square” summer art installation creations are scheduled to be on display in time for the Fairfield First Fridays event this week.

The 15 original square art sculptures created by over 18 artisits will be placed on poles in the garden nodes around the Fairfield square and up Main Street to the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center.

The participating artists include David Pattison, Jacqueline Kumer, Jan Bork, Kella Tschopp, Nancy Huebner, Mary Arnold, Rhonda Hammes, Kathy Tollenaere, Pam Lander, Cheryl Myers, Carnegie Museum Group, Paul Siemsen, Carol Olicker & Dana Brekke, Ann Porter, Bob Glocke, and Suzan Kessel.

Most of the participants opted to use the art association’s prebuilt 14- by 14-inch wooden boxes built by Fairfield High School students, making them individually different in whatever way they choose, while six artists are totally making their own square creations which will be a surprise to everyone.

Many of the artists have participated in the summer art installation in previous years, but there are nine new ones this year.

“It’s always fun and exciting when the entries start being delivered,” said Suzan Kessel, Fairfield Art Association volunteer director. “The FAA board is continually amazed by the creations and talents shared in this annual project. The first year we provided mannequins for artists to embellish and turn into works of art. We had no idea it would be so successful and become an annual tradition. The FAA eventually invested in 24 heavy duty metal poles, bases and underground concrete bollards in the garden nodes to hold the weighty poles and art pieces.”

The “Squares Around the Square” exhibit will remain in place throughout the summer until Sept. 7 for the public and community visitors to enjoy. In July, a public vote for “Favorite Square” will take place with a prize to the winning creators. A silent auction of all the entries will begin on Aug. 3 and conclude on Sept. 7, with proceeds being divided between the artist and the Fairfield Art Association.

This is the association’s 10th year of providing summer art installations in downtown Fairfield.

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