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Art Sculptures Refresh Downtown Fenton this Spring


April 3, 2014

Contact: Michael Burns, City of Fenton Downtown Development Authority,

Art Sculptures Refresh Downtown Fenton this Spring

FENTON, MI – New and innovative sculptures will be on display throughout downtown Fenton from May through April 2015. The Fenton Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is working with the Midwest Sculpture Initiative (MSI) to revitalize the heart of the City with Visual Arts for a 2nd annual exhibit to enhance the quality of downtown life and increase economic development.

Fenton is one of many locations in in the Tri-state area hosting sculptures from artists across the nation, as part of the Midwest Sculpture Initiative. Look for these amazing sculptures by widely acclaimed artists in Downtown Fenton:


“Wintermoon” by Ray Katz-
Valued at $32,000

Wintermoon” is made of brushed aluminum, standing 11 feet high by 10 feet wide by 6 feet deep. Ray Katz has worked in many mediums, but metal remains his passion because of its strength, malleability and inherent beauty. He combines geometric and organic elements to create compositions that convey the implied energy found in his work. His sculptures have been showcased in exhibits across the country in Michigan, Illinois, Tennessee, New Jersey, Indiana, and Georgia, Ohio, Florida, Texas, and even as far as overseas in Japan!


“Promise to Flower” by Ric Leichliter-
Valued at $16,750

“Promise to Flower” is made of painted steel, and stands over 9 feet high. Leichliter has a background in Blacksmith work and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Siena Heights College in Adrian Michigan. He works in Sugar Grove Ohio, with his art shown in Ohio, Tennessee, Indiana, Michigan, Texas, and Virginia.

“Calamari II” by Dave Vande Vusse-
Valued at $8,500

“Calamari II” is made of quarter inch painted steel and stands 8 feet high by 13 feet wide by 9 feet deep. Vande Vusse has been making mobiles and stabiles since the 1960’s, ever since he saw his first Calder mobile in the Des Moines Art Museum, a pivotal inspiration in his life. Having sold pieces worldwide, he believes good sculpture will make you smile when you first look at it and should not need explanation.

“Stainless Steel Butterfly” by James Havens-
Valued at $17,500

“Stainless Steel Butterfly” is made of welded stainless steel, with blue ink stain and stands 9 ½ feet high by just over 9 feet wide by 5 ½ feet deep. Havens studied in both Ohio and India, and uses his ironworker experience and the best materials to create enduring sculptures that speak to the highest aspirations of the human spirit.

“Big Wheel Watcher” by Jim Collins-
Valued at $5,000

“Big Wheel Watcher” is made of mixed metals with a powder-coated finish, stands 5 feet high by 5 feet wide by 2 feet deep, and weighs 100 pounds. Jim Collins is primarily a Public Art sculptor working in a figurative manner, best exemplified by his long running series the WATCHER. His sculpture style has been characterized by the use of silhouettes of people and animals constructed of stainless steel, aluminum and other metals. Collins was a Professor of Art at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga from 1966 until 1983. He continues to participate in various art shows and exhibits across the country.


“Through” by Todd Kime-
Valued at $11,000

“Through” is made of welded steel and fused glass and stands 8 feet high by 6 ½ feet wide
by 1 ½ feet deep, and weighs 700 pounds. Kime holds a Bachelor of Science in architecture from Ohio State University and in 2006 he founded Kime design to showcase his artwork. He notes “a sense of whimsy is always prevalent in my work.”

For more information on the sculptures and artists, please visit www.fentonbecloser.com

and look under Arts & Culture.


Art Sculptures Refresh Downtown Fenton this Spring
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