As spring emerges in the Fox Valley, the landscape of Mt. St. Mary Park in St. Charles will present – for the ninth consecutive year – a striking and engaging sculpture exhibition against the backdrop of nature’s seasonal beauty.
The Sculpture in the Park event will begin the week of April 14 with installation of 13 unique works of art.
This year’s exhibit includes works of art from twelve sculptors all over the nation. On display are Whirlwind by Douglas Eageny of St. Charles; Maple Leaf Bench by Joe Krajkiewcz of Grandville, Mich.; Suzi’s Garden and Celestial Trio by Bruce Niemi of Kenosha, Wis.; Bear by Pokey Park of Tucson, Ariz.; My Rescue Kitty by Martha Cares of Sawyer, Mich.; Hawk & Dove by Margot McMahon of Oak Park; Pablo Sings The Blues by Fred Klingelhofer of Des Plaines; Here by Ruth Aizuss Migdal of Chicago; Sunflower by Fritz Olsen of Sawyer, Mich.; Ballerina by Patricia Brutchin by Lake in the Hill; Prairie Drifter II by David Orth of Marengo; and Truth by Jane L. Davidson of St. Charles.
“We’re honored to have the opportunity to share the original works of these very talented artists, and a highlight of the event is seeing how much the public enjoys it,” said Holly Cabel, Executive Director of the St. Charles Park District. “As guests have commented in the past, the sculptures are each so vastly different, visitors will be able to experience a range of style and expression, all in a beautiful, natural setting.”
In addition to this year’s sculptures, Mt. St. Mary Park features six permanent installations, bringing the total number of sculptures available for viewing through September to 17.
The 5/8 mile walking path offers perfect views for photographing unique works of art. And visitors are encouraged to spread out a picnic blanket below a favorite piece for a relaxing day in the park.
Last year’s six-month exhibit drew more than 8,000 visitors to the park.
Sculpture in the Park is made possible by the combined efforts of St. Charles Park District, the St. Charles Park Foundation, and the Downtown St. Charles Partnership. This event is also made successful by the support of several sponsors including Minuteman Press in St. Charles, N. Henry & Son in Chicago, Fifth Third Bank in St. Charles, the St. Charles Township, River Corridor Foundation, Examiner Publications, and the Kane County Chronicle.
The public is welcome and encouraged to visit Mt St. Mary Park during the installation to enjoy the long-anticipated ‘first look’ at this year’s exquisite sculptures, all of which are for sale.
A celebratory public reception will be held on Friday, June 13 from 5-7 p.m.
For more information about Sculpture in the Park, visit www.stcparks.org.
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