Thursday, March 15, 2007
Art Walks On Water-A Canalway Project for Ports & Waterfronts
A group of Brockport, NY, canal enthusiasts envision the canalway becoming the world's longest art gallery, and are seeking partners across the canal system to make it happen. Art Walks On Water came about as a result of the installation of "Howdeee," an 18-foot tall sculpture by nationally recognized artist, Bill Stewart. It was presented to the Village in October, 2005, by the Art & Aesthetics Committee of the Walk!Bike! Brockport Action Group - a volunteer organization. The New York State Canal Corporation is currently reaching out to towns and villages, encouraging them to enhance the canal's role as a community asset and tourism destination. This project could do just that! It is ambitious and inclusive, with statewide potential. If you are excited about the concept of a 524-mile art gallery that can engage residents and visitors alike, get on board!
Some communities already have art installations near the canal and on waterfronts. We want to know what is out there. Please tell us what you think about this concept and if you want to participate.
Art Walks On Water News and Updates
****I have created an album that you can reach through my blog. When you click on Picasa Albums, go to "524 Mile Gallery." Photos have already been sent and I will continue to add more as soon as you can get them to me. Let's see how much art is already out there along the canal AND in your communities.
****PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO SEND PHOTOS AND INFORMATION TO THE BLOG. Include Title, Artist and Location. If there is a gallery or museum, send a photo of that too. Thanks!
****6/21/07**** On June 14th "Winston's Dream" was dedicated in Lyons, New York, where I had the pleasure speaking. The event was attended by over 250 people, there to support the Dobbins family and the debut of MURAL MANIA. Carmella Mantello, of the Canal Corporation spoke along with Frank Dean, of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. Numerous letters were read from Governor Spitzer and others. An excellent example of public art along the New York State Canal System.
****9/20**** When the Lois McClure stopped in Brockport, the community really turned out. Almost 2400 people toured in two days. The crew was great and I was able to get to know many of them. We delivered fresh vegetables and lots of organic garlic (that we grow on our farm) to enhance their diets. They were kind enough to carry a poster my students made (Main St. USA - Brockport, NY) to Rome, as a gift to Mayor James Brown. He also got a bag of garlic. Hannah Blake, of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, was there for 3 days, and we had many hours to discuss the future of Art Walks On Water. She is a great supporter and has quite a vision for the future. Good things are about to happen,please stay tuned.
****1/14/2008**** I'm Back!!!! and still working toward a roundtable for late spring or early summer with Hannah Blake. Happy to announce that Clarkson, New York
will be installing a kiosk along the canal at Sansocie Park in the next month or so.
It will promote Art Walks On Water and their town. This ambitious community got the specs for the kiosk from the Canal Corporation and jumped through all the hoops (permission etc.) to make it happen. Ordinarily the state has been charging $15,000 to construct them, and they did it for $2,500 in supplies and inkind service to have it installed. If they can do it, other communities can too. A print of the Clarkson School House will be displayed along with a bio for artist Helen Smagorinsky.