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Iowa Sculpture Festival events set for this weekend

Published: Thursday, June 13, 2013 11:35 a.m. CST • Updated: Thursday, June 13, 2013 11:36 a.m. CST

For the 11th year in a row, the Iowa Sculpture Festival is set for this weekend in Newton with various events, featuring a “Meet the Artists” reception and self-guided art tour, planned throughout the weekend.

Art is an adventure — a visual medium that thrills the eye andstimulates the senses. Art takes people to places they neverthought they’d go. Let this free, self-guided art and sculpture tour take you somewhere you’ve never been.

Walk, bike or drive through this charming town filled with spectacular art that appeals to every style and sensibility.

Come be inspired. Your adventure awaits! Explore this eclectic collection of both private and public art. There’s something for everyone with more than 70 installations of one-, two-, and three-dimensional artwork that includes sculpture, bas relief and painted murals.

According to iowasculpturefestival.org: “the purpose and goal of the Iowa Sculpture Festival is to celebrate the development and growth of sculpture as an ultimate art form and to feature artists who create it.

“In pursuit of this objective, the Iowa Sculpture Festival established the Centre for Arts and Artists in Newton which offers many year around educational programs. Through community partnerships, the annual festival has been located in the climate-controlled venue on the Newton DMACC Campus located at 600 N. Second Ave. W.”

In addition to the sculpture tour, visitors are invited to a “Meet the Artists” cocktail reception and pre-sale on Friday evening. This is an opportunity to preview the artists’ work, meet each personally and develop relationships for the future.

Enjoy an evening with food, beverages and like-minded people who come to this event annually. Stroll, linger, talk, eat and listen to music as you engage the sights, sounds and smells of the festival. This is an opportunity to win prizes and purchase pieces of art before the festival opens to the public.

Help continue this tradition in welcoming artists from around the country to the Iowa Sculpture Festival.

Tickets and additional information are available by contacting Terri Ayres at (641) 792-4330 or Diane Martinson at (641) 792-9193