SHARON – Community Library of the Shenango Valley seeks students in grades 7 through 12 interested in developing model sculptures through a summer art class with Glen Sanders, director of fine arts at George Junior Republic, Pine Township.
Beginning next week, classes will meet from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays for four weeks in the library in Sharon. Students interested in the art class can register in person or call the library at 724-981-4360.
The Sharon sculpture project is a partnership between the city and George Junior, which recently coordinated a public sculpture project with Olde Town Grove City.
“The project not only brings public art to communities, but also engages youth in the creative design and fabrication process,” Sanders said. “In the spring, Sharon City School District students designed model sculptures in their art classes. By offering a summer sculpture design program at the library we hope to increase the number of students engaged in the process.”
At the end of the design class, city leaders will select the final model for fabrication at George Junior by students at its William H. Gladden Career and Technical Center. The completed sculpture will be placed on the corner of West State Street and South Water Avenue. George Junior Republic will fabricate and place public art sculptures in Sharon over the next three years.
“Key to the project’s success is our work with the community and we look forward to further engaging youth in the artistic beautification of our city,” City Manager Scott Andrejchak said.
George Junior Republic is actively fundraising to cover costs of the sculpture project. The city and Reyers are supporting the project, although more funds are needed in order to make the project a success.
Donations to support the fabrication and placement of the sculptures can be made online by visiting https://support.gjr.org and selecting Projects and Programs and Art 2.0 or by sending a check to: George Junior Republic, 233 George Junior Road, PO Box 1058, Grove City, PA 16127, Attn: Susan Boland, Director of Development.