The works of two Lawrence sculptors are among those chosen for this year's Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition.
Christmas was three months ago, right? Don't tell that to sculptors Jim Patti and Myles Schachter, who Saturday morning seemed like little boys eagerly awaiting for Santa Claus' arrival.
The men, standing watch in a city warehouse on East 11th Street, had visions of artwork dancing in their heads -- five sculptures that eventually would be installed in downtown Lawrence as part of the Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition.
Six sculptures had already arrived safely, with two of those making quiet debuts last week. ``The Mighty Steel Wedge,'' a limestone and steel work by Jason Lumetta of Kansas City, Mo., sits north of the Douglas County Courthouse. ``Here, Here ... and Here,'' a trio of cast aluminum pieces by Marshall Hoyt of Kansas City, Mo., stands in the 800 block of Massachusetts Street.
``We have a lot of variety this year -- concrete, stone, metal,'' Schachter said.
The sculptures also are larger, with one granite piece weighing up to 4,500 pounds and Lumetta's work tipping the scales at 1,200 pounds.
``There's not much space for ground mountings -- city hall, the courthouse and the arts center,'' Patti said. ``So we've extended it to the library this year.''
Schachter said the Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, sponsored by the Lawrence Arts Commission, drew 35 submissions, up 15 from two years ago when the last exhibition was held. The project was put on hold in 1997 so money typically allocated for it could be used to bring the Artrain to town.
Saralyn Reece Hardy, director of the Salina Art Center and juror for the exhibition, narrowed the entries to 15, and then a committee of arts commission members and city officials culled three for safety reasons.
Other artists selected for the outdoor show are Ron Hinton and Dave Vertacnik, both of Lawrence; John Richardson, Milwaukee, Wis.; Daniel Kainz, Allentown, Pa.; John Vinklarek, San Angelo, Tex.; Leslie Bruning, Omaha, Neb.; Susana Jones, Lanagan, Mo.; Michael Maxson, Lexington, Ky.; and Bob Clore, Manhattan.
The exhibition, which also receives support from the Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Kansas Sculptors Assn., will be fully installed in a couple of weeks and run through next winter.
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