By BOB PALMER
Local residents and art lovers from across the region will get their first official view of three new sculptures created by the Artists in Residence Program.
Richard Collins, president and founder of Collins Academy, working with the City of Jefferson created an Artists-in-Residence program.
The purpose is to build on their vision to transform the future of the city’s quality of life by offering an active and rich cultural program in conjunction with the “Art on the River” initiative. Art on the River is bringing world-class
art to the Park on historic Big Cypress Bayou.
The premiere is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at a tent adjacent to McGarity’s Saloon No. 61 on Dallas Street. There will be a ceremony at the tent a short walk from the art installation.
Collins, local dignitaries, internationally renowned art consultant for Art on the River Lucy Buchanan, and nationally renowned artists Sherry Owens and Art Shirer will make brief presentations before leading the groups of people down a picturesque path to the art in the park.
Three separate works of art are being premiered:
• “above and beyond” is the first installation encountered and intersects the boardwalk of the Port Jefferson Nature Center, creating an elevated sightline in two directions using 900 pounds of river rocks.
• “the forest echoes with laughter” is a suspended construction incorporating miles of wire and thousands of glass bits that will travel through the woods visually connecting two locations on the boardwalk. The sunlight will play on the surface of the glass as it shimmers through
• “oodles of doodles” will be an installation of objects produced during a creative workshop with local children.
Collins, whose ties to Jefferson begin with his roots: his mother, Calvert K. Collins, was from nearby Marshall. He bought The House of the Seasons in 1973 and spent three years fully restoring it to its original form – built in 1872. His love of The House of the Seasons has expanded to adding a Victorian sculpture garden and the ongoing restoration of the Union Missionary Baptist Church, one of the oldest African American structures in Texas. Now, he is leading and underwriting the effort to bring artists and sculptures to Jefferson.
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