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Press Release


Contact:   Webster Groves Arts Commission

Commissioners:  Judith W. Mann, 314-655-5218

                              Melody Evans, 314-961-3301


September 1, 2007      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



Making Public Art Public


The Webster Groves Arts Commission is in the process of envisioning the future for the arts in the city of Webster Groves.  This process, titled “Webster 20/20: A Vision for the Arts,” includes two events this fall that involve Webster residents, seeking their input and ideas.

The first event will be the creation of a new piece of public art by two of Webster’s own award-winning artists—Bob Shay and Bill Vann. The creation of this new art piece will begin at a booth hosted by the Arts Commission during The Webster Groves Jazz Festival on September 15th.   A collage will be made from materials and found objects that the residents and businesses of Webster are invited to submit, based on the theme “A Vision for the Arts.” Webster residents are invited to contribute found objects (virtually anything having to do with Webster Groves) or pieces developed right at the booth at the Jazz Festival. Kim Harris, owner of Yucandu and a noted collage artist in her own right, suggests that good items to use would be old maps of WG, ledgers, architectural renderings, keys, and high school year books. The Arts Commission will also provide art materials at the booth for adult residents to make something or write out some ideas on the spot. Please note that creative control will rest with the artists, so contributors should be prepared to see their submissions altered as the artists cut, rip, paint, and glue as they create a new work of art made from materials the public provides.

The artists will develop the collage at the Arts Commission booth in front of US Bank on Lockwood from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. They will affix the materials to three old doors that have been donated by a Webster Groves citizen. The commissioners thought that the use of the doors would provide the ideal metaphor for the process:  “Opening doors to a new arts vision for our city.”

The second event, a public forum, will take place at City Hall from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, October 18, 2007, and will feature the formal unveiling of Shay and Vann’s completed collage. The public is invited to this exciting event that will solicit citizens’ input as the Arts Commission refines its vision for the arts in the city. Details will be on the Webster Groves city web site and published in The Webster Kirkwood Times calendar of events.

If anyone has materials to donate to the collage, please deliver them to city hall any time up to Sept. 15th and leave them at the front desk in the container provided, or bring them to the WG Art Commission booth at the Jazz Festival.  Remember, even if you have nothing to donate, you are welcome to create something on the spot at the Jazz Festival.