Bill Noland Wins 2010 PAX People’s Choice Award
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JUMP UP – Bill Noland's PAX award-winning sculpture <i>Sonrise</i>, inspired by pheasant hunting in the artist's Montrose youth. (Courtesy photo)
JUMP UP – Bill Noland's PAX award-winning sculpture Sonrise, inspired by pheasant hunting in the artist's Montrose youth. (Courtesy photo)
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MONTROSE – For the third year in a row, a Ridgway sculptor has taken top honors by receiving the most votes for the Public Art eXperience (PAX) People’s Choice Award. Lifelong local Bill Noland has won the 2010 PAX People’s Choice Award with his bronze sculpture, Sonrise, which has been located in front of Montrose City Hall throughout the 2009/2010 PAX exhibition.

“The award took me by surprise,” said Noland. “I really appreciate it, and I am glad that people like this piece.”

The sculpture depicts pheasants taking flight, and was inspired by Noland’s experiences as a youth growing up in Montrose.

“I used to hunt pheasants, and when a bunch of roosters jumps up like that it kind of scares you, but that’s just the beauty of pheasants,” he said.

In addition to the award, Noland will receive a $500 cash prize. Past winners of the PAX People’s Choice Award have included Pokey Park’s Poco A Poco Se Va Lejos and Leo the lion cub (2009); Michael McCullough’s Red Fox (2008); and father/daughter team Dave Webb and Jeremie Amos’s Daddy’s Favorite Fishing Hole (2007).

PAX, which will hold its Fifth Annual Gala Event and Quickdraw in Centennial Plaza from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 27, is a subcommittee of the Montrose Association of Commerce and Tourism in partnership with the City of Montrose, contributing $35,600 worth of sculptures to the city’s permanent sculpture collection to date. All works of sculpture on loan through PAX are offered for sale to the public.

PAX Patrons for 2010/2011 include the City of Montrose, Four Seasons Investment Advisors, Montrose Association of Commerce and Tourism, and Around the Corner Art Gallery. Sponsors include Montrose Arts Council, Montrose Daily Press and Mountain Valley Fish and Oyster, Inc.

PAX is a subcommittee of the Montrose Association of Commerce and Tourism in partnership with the City of Montrose. In addition to Four Seasons Investment Advisors, PAX Patrons for 20010/2011 include the City of Montrose, Around the Corner Art Gallery and Montrose Association of Commerce and Tourism. PAX Sponsors include Montrose Daily Press, Mountain Valley Fish and Oyster, Inc., Megapixel Digital Imaging and Montrose Arts Council. For more information contact PAX Chair Carolyn Bellavance at 970/240-1420, or visit the web site at
www.cityofmontrose.org/art.
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