2017 was the year the Sculpture Garden finally took shape after years of thinking about it. This welded woman has been dancing atop the hill for a few years, all alone, marking the vision.
Last April, I received a grant award letter from the Southeast Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC) announcing that I had been awarded an established artist grant of $5000 to construct 4 sculptures. Agri-sculpture was about to happen!!
My intent is for all the of the sculptures in this garden to have a connection to the environment - the prairie and the farm. A few more pieces are already in the works, but the snow came and the outdoor sculpting season had to end the year. Look for them next spring. As the sculpture garden grows, there will be works by other artists as well.
On October 31st, the public was invited for a formal artist reception to see all the finished sculptures. It turned out to be a very cold, drizzly day, so we tempted people with a bonfire, s'mores, and hot cider. A small but hardy group of art lovers turned out (thank you.) However, by my best estimates, over the course of the summer, about 1500 people visited the sculpture garden while I was working on the Prairie Woman and observed its progress. They seemed to enjoy seeing how she was being made. I can't wait for them to come back this spring and see her finished, dancing in a bed of flowers.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeast Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.