New sculptures, live performances, and a Capitol Campaign Kick-off are all on tap during Suwanee’s “Big Artsy” event on June 15. Beginning at 6 p.m. and continuing through 10 p.m. in Suwanee’s Town Center Park, visitors will have ample opportunity to both enjoy and support area arts.
Food trucks open at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m., performances begin on the Town Center Stage with violinist Daniel Butman. Crowds can enjoy the Aurora Theatre from 8 to 10 p.m. as it presents a full cast and orchestra offering the hit show “Newsies.”
The main focus of the evening, however, is the official unveiling of Suwanee’s 6th SculpTour. Since 2011, this award-winning event has brought 79 sculptures to a walkable one-mile area of Suwanee.
Eleven new sculptures will be formally presented at Big Artsy. They will join two sculptures that are being kept by the city. Complementing this presentation, Suwanee will kick off the public phase of its Capitol Campaign for Public Art. The effort has already been enhanced by a generous donation from Quantum Bank.
Cheri Heringer, president of the North Gwinnett Arts Association, said, “I believe this is the most eclectic of all the SculpTour collections so far. We have pieces from the Mellow Mushroom Collection and a fantastic new piece by Phil Proctor.”
Heringer notes that once the sculptures are chosen, that isn’t the end of the process. Visitors interact with sculptures and appreciate them best when care is given to exactly how they are presented. She said, “Placement of the sculptures is very important. A lot of care is put into placement and how each piece is positioned on its pedestal.”
Installations of the new sculptures began two weeks ago. “There’s a couple more to do by June 15,” Heringer said.
One of the most prominent sculptures on display is “Friends” by Nnamdi Okonkwo. This six-foot-tall piece is staged beside City Hall and depicts three women sitting on a bench chatting. Okonkwo, originally from Nigeria, is known for his three-dimensional pieces depicting the female figure.
Another favorite artist is Phil Proctor, whose work has been in several SculpTour exhibitions. His piece titled “The Herd” was voted a People’s Favorite two years ago. His new piece, “Metaphysica,” is placed in front of City Hall.
Later in the evening, Aurora’s “Newsies” will thrill the crowds. The high energy musical will appeal to the whole family. Another performance also promises to generate that feel-good vibe. Violinist Daniel Butman performs, offering classical, pop and jazz music.
“Daniel is one of those guys who will make you say ‘I knew him when …,’” Heringer said. “He’s fun to listen to and also fun to watch. He brings the electricity into electronic violin with his presence alone. You don’t want to miss him.”
For more information about the Big Artsy event, visit www.suwanee.com.