Beauty of Bronze
Art on the Avenues' Beauty of Bronze program is an annual, grant-funded program provided in partnership with the Wenatchee School District, Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center and the Performing Arts Center of Wenatchee to give fifth graders the opportunity to discover and reflect on the sculpture in their community while working with a real artist and creating their own small bronze sculptures. This fall, about 600 students, teachers and parent volunteers spent the day with artist Kevin Pettelle, learning about how he became an artist, how he creates his own art, touring and critiquing sculptures in our sculpture garden, working collaboratively to make a large sculpture from natural materials in the Andy Goldsworthy Challenge and then creating their own small wax sculptures which are cast into bronze.
During the last week of September and the first two weeks of October 2013, 573 fifth-graders from all of Wenatchee’s elementary schools and Rock Island Elementary School:
- Spent the day with artist Kevin Pettelle, learning how he made sculptures as a child, and how he makes them today.
- Toured and sketched sculptures in Art on the Avenues’ Sculpture Garden in Riverfront Park
- Worked in groups of four to make a large sculpture from pine cones, drift wood, sheep fleece, seed pods, bleached bones, rocks and other natural materials in the Andy Goldsworthy Challenge
- Created a sculpture out of wax that was cast in bronze
- Will be displaying their sculptures at the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center Nov. 23 through Dec. 7, 2013. An artist reception is set for Friday, Dec. 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. The reception is open to the public, and cookies and punch will be served. This is a great opportunity to see the Beauty of Bronze sculptures and tour the museum’s many other fine exhibits.
The 2013 Beauty of Bronze program was made possible by support from:
- The Washington State Arts Commission through a grant to the Wenatchee Art Education Consortium
- The City of Wenatchee Arts Commission
- The Woods Family Music & Arts Fund
- North Central Washington Foundation for Youth
- Puget Sound Energy
- Crunch Pak
- The PTSAs of Abraham Lincoln, John Newbery, Lewis & Clark, Mission View, Rock Island, Sunnyslope and Washington elementary schools
- Columbia Colstor (especially Neal Lammi and Leo Milner)
- Ridgeline Graphics
- The Performing Arts Center of Wenatchee
- Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center
- Wenatchee School District and the WSD Enrichment Program.
Thanks also to our wonderful volunteers and helpers who helped set up and take down our Andy Goldsworthy Challenge and run our seven field days: Corbin Bertram, Shannon Cline, Anne Gibbons, Ethan Grennes, Alisa Guerrero, Joy Jasinek, Billie Holt, Steve Lachowicz, Pete Lind, Rozanne Lind, Charles Marshall, Sophie Marshall, Theo Marshall, Katelyn Mingo, Laurelie Mingo, Bob Otis, Kevin Pettelle, Max Pettelle, Alessandra Piro, Lisa Robinson, Mary Saltsman, Julie Anna Schubert, Steven B. Smith, Barbara Visser, Vikki Williams, Adele Wolford and Wilfred & Kathy Woods.
(Photos by: Jeanette Marantos)