2016-2017 Scultpure Tour Eau Claire
Posted: May 6, 2016
Sculpture Tour Eau Claire celebrated the start of the 2016-17 season this week, marking the sixth season of the annual event. Thirty-four sculptures were installed this past Wednesday and will be part of this season's sculpture tour. 32 artists are participating. They come from Canada and 17 states, including California, Wyoming, Montana, Iowa, Arizona and Connecticut.
"Eau Claire is fabulous for artists. I live in the Twin Cities area and there's nothing that compares to what Eau Claire has brought and does for artists," said 2015-16 People's Choice winner Dale Lewis. Lewis is returning this year with a sculpture called, "Sasquatch".
Sculptures will be on public display for 11 months on South Barstow, North Barstow, Water Street and the Mayo campus. Community businesses, city Business Improvement Boards and philanthropists sponsor sculpture sites, donate products and provide additional financial volunteer support to Sculpture Tour, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Sculptures are on loan by the artist and available for sale. Sculptures are priced by the artists. Prices vary and range from $1,850 to $66,000.
"This year's selection reflects our community's vibrancy and diversity. Sculpture Tour is a distinct public arts collaboration. Local business owners, culture and city partners, volunteers and families all bring very unique talents and resources to support our participating artists and elevate the arts within our community," said Sculpture Tour Executive Director Michelle Koehn.
Anyone who works downtown like I do often see visitors walking up and down South Barstow Street to view the various sculpture tour sites. I will be looking forward to seeing this year's allotment.
RANDOM THOUGHT: This past week's Eau Claire Marathon appeared to be another winner for the Eau Claire area. Not only is the event growing in popularity among local runners, but it has become a big draw for participants all across the country. In fact, out of the top 24 finishers in last year's Eau Claire Marathon, only five live in western Wisconsin, with the rest coming from across the state, plus runners from Minnesota, Illinois and Ohio.
This year's Eau Claire Marathon attracted 3,800 runners, a record number of participants. Linda John, executive director of Visit Eau Claire, said last year's race led to 700 hotel stays and generated $200,000 in economic impact for the Chippewa Valley, with visitors also spending money at restaurants and retail stores.