Thanks to everyone who came out and supported Art on the Ave., along with the great vendors, muscians, and volunteers who helped make the event a huge success! We estimated about 600 people moved through the event throughout the day. The new Dragonflies sculpture was unveiled at 911 9th Ave SE.
Get out and take a walk and enjoy the growing collection of public art, this being the 5th boulevard sculpture in a series of sculputures created by Cheryl Fitzgerald of Rochester. Next year’s event will be held on the 900 block of 5th Ave SE!
Sculpture Locations: In order of installation-newest first
911 9th Ave SE (Dragon Flies)
1051 8th Ave SE (Whimsical Flowers)
912 8th Ave SE (Flower Head Man)
922 6th Ave SE (Tulip)
920 6th Ave SE (Twine Globe)
Art on the Ave. ‘Art’: Everyone’s favorite neighbor, is an art market returning by popular demand, which last year pulled in 300-400 people the first year of the market. The market is part of Slatterly’s 4th Annual Saturdays at Slatterly Bloom Day which is being held Saturday May 21 from 10:00am – 4:00pm on the 900 block of 9th Ave SE (one block west of Slatterly Park). These events are being put on by the Slatterly Park Neighborhood Association.
The market will showcase 25 local artisans, with a mix of painters, glass blowers, metal workers, and jewelers, and will be much like the Thursdays on First market downtown on a smaller scale, with a goal to showcase local artwork, and refine that each year with this annual event. There will also be folk artists who will perform from 10:30 – 4:00pm, along with the huge chalk street mural, which encourages participation. Food will also be available for purchase in conjunction with Bloom Day which will have a Bloom Café.
Each year Art on the Ave & Bloom Day moves from one block to another within the Slatterly Park neighborhood, and promotes boulevard gardens and art in our downtown neighborhood. The event features planting demonstrations, along with a plant sale at the Bloom Shop. The highlight for the host of the event each year, is that they receive a five foot plus permanent metal sculpture that gets integrated into the boulevard garden. This public art project is developing a series of sculptures throughout the neighborhood that enhances the curb appeal of this downtown neighborhood.
This year’s demonstrations include:
1. Cement Leaf Sculpture Demo
2. Boulevard Garden Planting Demo
3. Question & Answer with Master Gardner’s
4. Boulevard Tree Planting Demo