Live entertainment provided the backdrop for 18 area artists to display their works, which attracted crowds to the CityCenter Englewood Piazza Aug. 1 …
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Live entertainment provided the backdrop for 18 area artists to
display their works, which attracted crowds to the CityCenter
Englewood Piazza Aug. 1 for the annual Artabout Englewood
Creativity shined as artists each displayed his or her works.
There were sculptures large and small, paintings of various styles
as well as a number of other types of art work.
For example, former Englewood resident Zoe Williams put out her
display that included wallets made of soy milk and juice cartons
and magnets made of bottle caps.
“I guess I’ve had the urge to be creative since I was about 3
months old when I started visiting my Grandma Elda Williams’ house
here in Englewood and she began to teach me to sew and knit,”
Williams said. “I guess it’s all her fault. Now, I do this for fun
because I don’t want to just throw things away.”
She said, when she gets ready to throw something in the trash,
she takes it apart to see if there are ways to use it.
Williams said that was how she came up with the idea for the
wallets. She said, since the cartons were water proof and could be
folded, she tried several shapes until she came up with the present
Nearby, sculptor/painter Ken Stack was setting up his artwork
created using mixed materials including bronze, steel and
His displays were free-standing garden sculptures but he also
paints and builds garden fountains to order. Some sculptures
included kinetic elements that move in the wind and another was
designed so it could be used to hold potted plants.
“I do all my own work, including all my own casting, welding and
fabrication,” Stack said. “I have always been interested in ancient
architecture and art and, in my works, I try to blend ancient and
modern elements so they flow smoothly in my art work.”
He said he usually is working on several sculptures at the same
time but estimates it takes three to four weeks to complete each
You may not know his name but most people have seen the artwork
of Sean Doherty who designed and created the artwork in the
planters along South Broadway.
“I’ve always like to be creative. As a kid, I worked with paper
and, since I was working in tin for a heating and air conditioning
company, it was natural I began sculpting in metal,” he said.
He said creating the artworks for the Englewood Business
Improvement District-funded Broadway project was fun and every
sculpture has at least one recycled element. He currently is
working on the final artwork for the 34-sculpture project and plans
are to install it Aug. 24.
“I think it is great that the business improvement district
decided to introduce art a part of the amenities along Broadway,”
Doherty said. “The art is there to welcome and invite potential
customers to stop, browse and hopefully shop at the stores along
He said he was really enjoying the opportunity to be part of
Artabout Englewood because it allowed him the opportunity to be
introduced personally and as an artist to people who stopped
People also had the chance to try out their artistic ability as
Kate Delaney staffed a booth where adults and children could create
artwork from recycled plastic shopping bags. Dulaney, who teaches
art in Englewood elementary schools, melted the bags together and
cut them into strips for painting.
The strips could be used to create bracelets but Shannon Thill
decided they would make good name plates for the doors of her
“I just got off the light rail on my way home, saw all the
activity and decided to check it out,” the Englewood resident said.
“This is a great event and I’m glad I came. I’m having fun doing my
own creations and I wish my kids were here to enjoy it too.”
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