ST. CHARLES – A reception to celebrate the opening of the eighth annual Sculpture in the Park art exhibit is set for 5 to 7 p.m. June 14 in Mount St. Mary Park. It will include complimentary wine and snacks.
The park is just south of Prairie Street in downtown St. Charles along the west bank of the Fox River.
Sculpture in the Park began as a way to showcase artwork in the St. Charles area. This year, it boasts 10 pieces, including several permanent installations.
This year’s pieces are as follows: My Rescue by Martha Cares of Sawyer, Mich.; Starts on the Wind by Richard Taylor of Milwaukee; Mr. Eggwards by Kimber Fiebeger of Minneapolis; Padre Pio by Titus Tomescu of Chicago; Leo and Sympatico (Chelsea & Kaitlyn), both by Pokey Park of Tucson, Ariz. Pieces from artists of the St. Charles community are Lissome by Guy Bellaver; Bomb Pop by Howard Russo; Suess’s Needle by Todd Willing; and Solitude by Douglas Eageny.
The sculptures are along the walking path in Mount St. Mary Park.
The six-month exhibit drew more than 8,000 visitors to the park last year, according to the St. Charles Park District.
Sculpture in the Park is made possible by the combined efforts of St. Charles Park District, the St. Charles Park Foundation and the Downtown St. Charles Partnership.
Diana Brown, director of the St. Charles Public Library and a Sculpture Committee member, said in a news release that she would like to see increased awareness and funding for the exhibit.
“It is extremely important that the committee get support in the form of donations and grants,” she said in the release. “People are enjoying the exhibit, but they are not funding it.”
All sculptures are for sale. Those interested in purchasing a sculpture should call 630-513-4316. For information about the exhibit, visit www.stcparks.org.