"Art On The Bench" - Local Artists Bring Color To Hickory NC - Part 1

Early in 2008, the City of Hickory's Public Art Commission began the search for local artists to participate in a new program called "Art On The Bench". Artists submitted designs for the benches and the PAC made 21 colorful choices.  The benches are now complete and placed at various locations around Hickory.

Here are the first 4 benches located in beautiful downtown Hickory on Union Square.  I will be sharing the other benches in Part 2 and Part 3 since I am still trying to locate them all..Hickory NC Artist Bench Floral

 

Vickie Jo Franks created this folk

art sun and floral design. It's hard to

see in my photo but it reads  "Please Do Not Litter" on the bottom of the bench.

 

 

 

Hickory NC Art Bench Blues Music

 

Matthew Ninemire painted this bench with musical symbols and overlapping concentric circles.

 

 

 

  Hickory NC Art Bench Dogs Catawba Humane

 

This is probably one of my favorite benches since I love dogs.. 

The artist is Tom Perkins and he reminds us to Adopt from  The Catawba County Animal Shelter. 

 

 

 

Hickory NC Art Bench Fire Hydrant

 

This bench was designed and painted by Jeff Morgan. It portrays a downtown sidewalk with cracks and a fire hydrant.

 

 

 

 

Hickory Public Art Commission Chairman David Zagaroli said  "it was such a success that we are planning to have a Phase 2 of "Art on the Bench.  That's great to know, maybe I will enter the next one and STAGE my bench..

Enjoy and come back for the rest of the benches...

See Part 2 of Art on the Bench" Hickory NC  

 

"Art On The Bench Program" Hickory NC photos by C. Gilliam

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Hi Jon, Thanks for stopping by.. I too, like these much better than the advertising ones.. God bless,
Aug 23, 2008 10:39 AM #2
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How fun is that?  Instant local culture - do they put a finish on to protect them from the elements.  A fun one might be done by an elementary classroom - kids say the darndest things.

Aug 23, 2008 10:54 AM #3
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Karen Faucette
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The dog bench is my favorite.  Thanks for sharing.

Aug 23, 2008 02:26 PM #4
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Margaret Mitchell
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I love these benches.  Toss up between the dog benches and the one with the hydrant.

Aug 24, 2008 01:56 AM #5
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Cheryl Winn
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Great art!  Thanks for sharing with everyone.  By the way, I received your invite to the Cheryl's Group.  I joined today.  Thanks

Aug 24, 2008 03:07 PM #6
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  • Hi Virgina, They do have some type of finish to protect them.. That would be really cool to have kids do that.. Thanks
  • Karen, Another dog lover !!
  • Hey Margaret, be sure and catch the next installment..Thanks,
  • Hey Cheryl W, Thanks and so happy to have you join the Cheryls - now post an intro..
  • God bless you all..
Aug 25, 2008 02:31 AM #7
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Hey Cheryl W, Thanks so much for the featured post, I wonder if we have to get to so many members or posts or something for the feature to count on this group?? Anyway, I appreciate it.. God bless,

Aug 26, 2008 03:20 AM #8
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What a great idea.  It must be fun to take a walk and check out all the different benches.  So much better than advertising.

Aug 26, 2008 05:08 AM #9
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Hi Sharon, I love anything artistic and I almost entered the preliminary judging on this but got too busy but hopefully I can make the next one.. I am still trying to get to the other ones to do photos.. God bless,
Aug 26, 2008 05:26 AM #10
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Sharon, Those Benches are great.  Usable Art!  We do similar things here, but haven't done the Benches yet.  I'll have to forward your post to our Arts Commission.

P.S. Thanks for your comments on my post and letting me know about Karen George. 

Aug 26, 2008 05:48 PM #11
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Hi Pam, THanks so much for coming by. Yes, please pass this along.. BTW, I am CHERYL - hear me roar.. That's ok, I have been called worse and since you are commenting on a ton of blogs to thank those that commented on your blog post http://activerain.com/blogsview/660912/Paying-it-Forward-in AR - no problem..
Aug 27, 2008 05:58 AM #12
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Cheryl, I absolutely love these painted benches! What a way for a town to add some artistic flavor and kudos to your City of Hickory's Public Art Commission for making this happen. Thanks for posting this.

Aug 27, 2008 10:32 PM #13
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Hi Cynthia, We do have a great Art Commission in Hickory.. Years ago, we had very large painted chairs around town - since we are a "furniture" town.. God bless,
Aug 28, 2008 02:32 AM #14
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Yes I'm jealous Cheryl, I've traveled up to NC for some furniture deals. Luckily for me it wasn't too far! We have an artsy town here in Buford GA also, it makes it fun doesn't it?

Aug 28, 2008 02:44 AM #15
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Cynthia, Next time you come up this way - let me know.. I would love to see the art community in Buford sometime.. God bless,
Aug 28, 2008 03:50 AM #16
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awesome!

Sep 16, 2008 04:51 AM #17
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I was very happy to read all the positive feedback to our Art on the Bench program.  We are now planning Phase 2 which will add up to 20 more benches.  Those of us on the commission have had a great time working together and many thanks go to Donna Cullum for her dedicated service. 

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Hi Dave, How kind of you to come by and comment. I love the benches and hope to participate in Phase 2. Donna has done a wonderful job. Thanks so much and God bless,
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Cheryl, I missed this post earlier.  I love the benches!!!   Thanks for sharing them with us -- can't wait to see the rest of them.  Wish I were there to see them in person!   :)   Talk to you soon.

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Hi Judi, I am so sorry I forgot to pass this along to you.. I think that you really deserve a short little trip to Hickory, we can do lunch ! Lord willing, I am off to Beech Mtn shortly for my Bday - check out my post.. God bless,
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