Conway Alliance for the Arts and the Downtown Partnership will host a Day of Art Wednesday, July 3.
The event starts at 6 p.m. at Michelangelo’s with the unveiling of a collection of small bronze sculptures created by Randolf Rose.
The sculptures will be unveiled in celebration of Conway’s education presence, the future, and the role children will play, said Kim Williams, Arts chairperson.
"These bronzes will be placed throughout downtown to add an unexpected glimpse of art," she said.
After the sculpture unveiling, the event will move to the Conway community mural dedication at 6:45 p.m. at the corner of Oak and Chestnut streets, the mural site.
Lead artist Jordan Karpe, with community volunteers, designed and executed the project, the city’s second public mural. The mural is on the east side of the old Grand Theater.
"The dedication ceremony, which will include speeches by the artist and city officials, live music and patriotic refreshments, will serve as a community celebration of the arts in Conway as well as a thank you to the people of Conway who contributed to this dynamic mural project," said Dr. Gayle Seymour, professor of art and associate dean of the University of Central Arkansas College of Fine Arts and Communication
By the time the mural is completed, more than 200 people will have participated in the project in some way, Seymour said.
Conway Alliance for the Arts is the sponsoring organization for the dedication, which is timed so that those attending the July 3 Conway Community Band Concert in Simon Park at 7:30 p.m. can come early and celebrate with the artist and volunteers at 6:45 p.m.
Karpe is a 2012 summa cum laude graduate of UCA with a bachelor’s degree in studio art. "It is my hope that the mural at Chestnut will be welcomed alongside the other murals on display in Conway, firmly establishing this city as a place that values community input and artistic expression," he said. Karpe designed and execute the mural, facilitated community dialogue and the design-approval process, did historical research and provided guidance for a voluntary design team that assisted him. The process included community meetings, design workshops and the painting phase, which is still ongoing.
The mural is about connections, according to the artist, and "the ties that bind Conway residents to each other, as well as to the past, the present and future."
"The passage of time is organized from left to right with each era being connected by a system of transportation roundabouts.
For more information on the project, contact Seymour at 501-450-3295 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Williams at 501-548-9950 or email@example.com.