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Most of the time, when art is visible in a community, it instantly becomes a public art project. It doesn’t matter if the art is murals, paintings, or large art installations; it is still works of art made by artists showing their creative side while completing that artwork. When we refer to public art, we talk about using fiberglass animals or sculptures as a canvas that anyone can paint; it does not have to be …

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At Evergreen Home Cemetery in Beatrice, a few yards away from U.S. Highway 136, there are a group of graves marking the final resting place for local infants and babies. The only thing noting this area’s importance is a plot marker, and instead of a number a sign reads “Babyland.” Robin Butler said she noticed the marker in 2019 while she was teaching her grandson to drive. She made him stop so she could get …

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We have been selected to enter for a small business grant through FedEx and we are asking for your help to vote for Icon Poly. The FedEx Small Business Grant Contest is a grant program by FedEx to award twelve U.S.-based small businesses with grants up to $50,000 and up to $7,500 in FedEx Office® print and business services. Businesses rely on votes to get noticed by the judges. The 700 entrants receiving the highest number of votes …

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Turning a negative into a positive. I wish it weren’t true, but unfortunately, there are idiots among us, and sometimes those idiots do things that most of us will never understand. When we put art on display for the public to enjoy, unfortunately, we have to accept the fact that not all will appreciate and respect it or the artists who put many hours of their time into creating it. Some may even go as …

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What is a Public Art Project? A lot of art can be labeled as public art projects. In fact, any artwork which is created and displayed for the public to enjoy is a public art project. At Icon Poly, when we refer to public art projects, we are referring to public art projects where paintable fiberglass animals and sculptures are used as 3D canvases for local artists to design and embellish, which are put on …

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The public is invited to view the PAWS 4 PAWS PAINTED DOGS and pieces of original art created by dozens of area artists. The PAWS 4 PAWS painted dogs will tour various Scottsbluff locations from Tues., May 7 to Sun., May 13: Gering sites from Tues., May 14 to Sat. May 18, and subsequently, events in Alliance, Bridgeport, and Sidney. Produced by Skipper’s Cupboard, PAWS 4 PAWS is a multiple-month/city/venue to raise funds to feed …

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COZAD — The Cozad Development Corporation has put out a call for five more artists who want to decorate one of their 20 Giant Art Palettes. Working with a sponsor, artists can create whatever design they choose, the palettes will be displayed throughout high traffic areas in Cozad in 2019. “This is a project I have been working on since I started at the CDC,” said Executive Director Jennifer McKeone, “That was a year and …

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Chapel Hill, NC, November 27, 2017— As you travel around downtown Chapel Hill, take the time to come say hello to Rainbow Ram. Rainbow Ram, located at the Chapel Hill/Orange County’s Visitors Center, 501 W. Franklin Street (Corner of Roberson) is a colorful, 4-foot tall expression of the love that Tar Heel fans have for their beloved mascot, Rameses. Rainbow Ram will be on display for the approximately 12,000 annual visitors who stop by the …

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YORK – It is official: the much-anticipated Towers of York tour is now open and going strong. Late last week all 15 of the large water tower replicas were installed at York locations where everyone – residents and visitors alike – can easily find and enjoy them. To best way accomplish the latter – obtain full enjoyment and appreciation – folks are advised to stroll up for a close look. Those who do so will …

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ELKO – Elko will be seeing a few more cowboy boots than usual ahead of the city’s centennial celebration. The Arts and Culture Advisory Board is working to bring about 20 cowboy boots statues that will be painted by local artists. The painted cowboy boot statues were sponsored by local businesses and some individual donors. The boots that were sponsored by businesses will be placed in front of those businesses, while others will be located …

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COXSACKIE – Catskill has its cats, Cairo has bears, and Ravena had trains. Now, it’s Coxsackie’s turn. A volunteer committee has been working for several months to get a new project off the ground – Hoot of the Owl, a public art exhibit that will bring sculptures of creatively decorated owls to the community. Owls have long been the symbol of Coxsackie; indeed, some translations of the name “Coxsackie” – said to be of Native …

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Lighten Up Spartanburg! is a large scale public art project that bolsters the cultural vitality of downtown Spartanburg, expands the local economy through tourism, provides opportunities to local and regional artists, and fosters connections between local businesses and the arts.The project is comprised of 28 six foot tall fiberglass light bulbs painted, sculpted, and otherwise altered by 28 local and regional artists, sponsored by 28 local businesses, and installed in 28 public spaces in and …

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