By Bill Tiedje
This month's Moonwalk event, put on by the Ridgway Creative District, is a tour of public art in Ridgway, including the Alley Poems and Alley Art collections, created by Michael McCullough of Firehouse Sculpture, and public sculptures commissioned by the Public Art Ridgway Colorado committee. Attendees will also have a chance to meet many of the artists behind these pieces.
The event will be held on Nov. 17 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., with receptions at Firehouse Sculpture, located at 185 N. Lena St., and Resource Art, located at 540 Sherman St., where attendees will be able to talk with artists, enjoy refreshments and pick up a map guiding them to each piece of public art, poem or sculpture.
McCullough, founder of Alley Poems and Alley Art as well as the PARC committee, said that the first pieces of Alley Art were placed in 2011 in an effort to increase Ridgway's artistic assets as the town moved closer to achieving designation as a creative district.
Alley Poems and Alley Art collections feature pieces from well-known Ridgway artists including Anne Dettmer, Meredith Nemirov and Dennis Conrad.
"What I am doing is taking poetry and making it into sculpture form," said McCullough.
"They are a social sculpture, I'm still sculpting with it," explained McCullough, adding that the people who gave permission to place the art on their properties were also an important element of the project.
A special award ceremony will take place at 4:00 p.m. at the Old Firehouse.
Ridgway resident Bill Noland of Bill Noland Wildlife Art is one of the sculptors, commissioned by the PARC, who will attend the Moonwalk event.
Noland's works of art are on display in public places from downtown Montrose to Sioux Falls, S.D. and he is also the creator of "Stepping Out," the fawn sculpture located in Hartwell Park.
"All of the board members of PARC are really excited to have the opportunity to work with the Creative District on a Moonwalk event," commented PARC President Pam Kraft.
For more information, visit Ridgway Creative District's website at www.ridgwaycreativedistrict.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ridgwaymoonwalks.