Soiree celebrates community garden art

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Cloudy weather didn’t dampen the atmosphere as about 50 people gathered for the art soiree at the Englewood Community Garden.

The event celebrated the placement of three sculptures by artist Bill Gian in the community garden located at the corner of West Dartmouth Avenue and South Fox Street.

“I’m not a gardener, but I love to come here and sit on the bench to read,” Englewood resident Sandra McPherson said. “I love the sculptures. They just make a very nice garden experience even nicer for me.”

The Englewood Cultural Arts Commission commissioned the artist to create the sculptures. The works were paid for with money from the city-established cultural arts fund which is dollars set aside by developers for art works.

There are three sculptures inside the garden. One is near the middle of the fence on the west side and the other two are placed inside the fence on the north side of the garden.

“I talked with the committee about sculptures and we decided the works should be bright and colorful,” the artist said. “I drew on primitive cultures as a separate theme for each of the sculptures. I feel this was a collaborative effort that resulted in sculptures that are perfect for the garden.”

He said he did the work, made a business trip and came back to town June 5 for the soiree.

“When I installed the sculptures, nothing was growing or blooming so I was amazed at what I saw when I came to the garden this week,” Gain said. “The rose bushes along the fence behind the sculptures were in bloom and you couldn’t ask for a better background for the art. I feel the sculptures complement the garden and the garden complements the sculptures.”

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