The identity of the artists will be kept secret until just before this year’s Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit and Gala event on Sept. 11, said Carolyn Bellevant of the City of Montrose.
But it’s not too late to buy one of last year’s sculptures, which will be taken down by the end of August, Bellevant said. Anyone interested in purchasing one of last year’s sculptures can call Bellevant at 240-1420. The 19 current sculptures and their locations can be viewed on the city’s web site at www.montrosecity.org/art.
Another chance to acquire high quality art is the raffling off of a watercolor titled “Black Canyon” by Montrose artist Kurt Isgreen. The painting is currently on display at Coffee Trader, where raffle tickets are on sale. Raffle tickets can also be bought at city hall or the Montrose Chamber of Commerce, Bellevant said. Raffle tickets sell for $4 each or three for $10.
The gala event will be at 5 p.m. when people can take a walking tour of the newly installed sculptures. At 6 p.m. the public is invited to watch local artists complete original works at Centennial Plaza in the Quickdraw Fundraiser event.
The artists will have an hour to complete, frame and mat their works, which will then be auctioned off at 7:30 p.m. by auctioneer Ralph Walchle.
“It will be a real live auction,” said PAX chair Caitlin Switzer.
During the Quickdraw Fundraiser, Ginger Magnolia will furnish “heavy” appetizers that can make a meal, Switzer said, and live music will be performed by Yvonne Meek of the Montrose Chamber.
“We’ve had a lot of chamber involvement and a lot of city involvement,” Switzer said.
For more information, contact the Montrose Chamber of Commerce at 249-5000, or visit the PAX web site at www.cityofmontrose.org/art to view the PAX brochure and sculpture location map.
The Montrose Public Art eXperience is a partnership between the PAX steering committee, the Montrose Chamber of Commerce, the City of Montrose, local business sponsors, and the public.