Chelsea Area Festivals & Events Announcing 2021 SculptureWalk

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2020 Sculpture Collage Photo courtesy of Crystal Scott, Visual Arts Coordinator

Chelsea, MI, Chelsea Areas Festivals & Events (CAFE) will be hosting a new exhibition of sculptures by sixteen regional artists. This is the largest exhibition in the 12-year history of SculptureWalk Chelsea. It will be on display from June 1, 2021, through May 31, 2022.

“Due to the quality of applications and overwhelming community support, we were able to add two new locations,” said Crystal Scott, CAFE’s Visual Arts Coordinator. This year's exhibit features an exciting variety of mediums used in innovative ways. New processes like woodworking, local fabrication, blacksmithing, functional art, and light production will be on display.

2021 Sculpture Collage Photo courtesy of Crystal Scott, Visual Arts Coordinator

The new 2021-22 SculptureWalk Chelsea exhibit features sixteen regional artists. The majority of them hail from Michigan. Seven of the Artists are returning from the previous year plus nine artists new to SculptureWalk. This year’s exceptional applications created a challenge for the jury to identify their choices. CAFE received a mini-grant from Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, administered by Creative Washtenaw, that will help with the expanded program.

As the new exhibit draws near, CAFE will be sharing more details about the artists and the sculptures. But before the current sculptures leave the neighborhood, treat yourself and take one last tour led by Crystal Scott on May 16 at 1 pm. The number of participants is limited to twenty, the tour is free and appropriate for all ages. To secure your space, please email visualarts@chelseafestivals.com. The sculptures are available for purchase, with most of the proceeds going to the Artist and a small commission reinvested into the program.

To learn more visit https://chelseafestivals.com/sculpturewalk/

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Chelsea Area Festivals & Events is a not-for-profit organization that enriches Chelsea, and the surrounding communities, by promoting the presentation of and participation in quality performing and visual arts throughout the year. CAFE hosts Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights, the Sounds & Sights Summer Festival, and SculptureWalk Chelsea. The festivals are funded through sponsorships and donations. Our events draw thousands of visitors each year, and would not be possible without the support of local businesses, non-profits, and many, many volunteers in the community. chelseafestivals.com

The mini-grant applications are reviewed by a panel of artists, residents, and organizational leaders from the region using criteria set by the MCACA. This ensures the taxpayers, who support this project through legislative appropriations, and all other visitors or residents in Michigan will have access to the highest quality arts and cultural experiences. The Arts & Cultural Projects mini-grants provide support for the production, presentation, and creation of excellent arts and culture programs that promote public engagement, diversity, lifelong learning, and help to enhance the livability of communities. creativewashtenaw.org

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