'Wildflowers of the Smokies' dedication held Sept. 6A Public Art Project of the Waynesville Public Art Commission
Local artist Grace Cathey was selected in March by the Waynesville Public Art Commission to create a colorful piece of artwork for the Town of Waynesville Mini-Park, located at the corner of Depot and Main Streets. The piece is nearly complete, and a dedication celebration will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6.
Join the Public Art Commission and artist Grace Cathey on Sept. 6 for music by Lorraine Conard and Ray Chesna, refreshments, and friends to admire and celebrate the latest piece of community art. Grace’s piece is the final public art installation for the downtown Mini-Park, and through its colorful depiction of three different native wildflowers, will draw locals and visitors into the park.
The intersection of Main and Depot Streets was once the location of a large arched sign indicating the direction of travel, down Depot Street, to the eastern entrance of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
In recognition of this connection between Waynesville and the National Park, the Public Art Commission has overseen the creation and installation of two additional pieces in the Mini-Park: a gateway arch to commemorate the original sign, and the 2010 artistic railing by Ben Kastner and Richard Coley which contains layered mountains, handcrafted trees, a recognizable Waynesville church steeple, and in honor of the designation of the Great Smoky Mountains as the "Salamander Capital of the World," three salamanders.
All of the funds for “Wildflowers of the Smokies” were raised from donations from private individuals and area businesses over the past year, including those received at the intimate fundraiser held June 27th at HART Theater.
A dedicated group of volunteers, the Public Art Commission, has worked tirelessly to raise funds and coordinate the installation of four major public art pieces for the citizens of Waynesville.
Old Time Music, at the corner of Main and Miller Streets, and Celebrating Folkmoot, in front of the Police Station and Development Office, and Art Connects the Parks form the core of the Town’s growing public art collection. Future projects are planned for areas outside of downtown, including Hazelwood and Frog Level.
All monies for the artworks come from private donations. Fundraising is continuing, and all donations, large and small, are welcome, as well as volunteers.
For more information about the Sept. 6 dedication or to learn how you can be involved with public art, call 452-2491.