This fall, Saline residents can look forward to seeing brand-new works of art by local artists around the historic downtown area. In 2017, the Saline Arts & Culture Committee, in conjunction with Saline Main Street, initiated “Art Around Saline”, an outdoor art exhibit featuring works by local artists on building walls. The reproductions added a pop of color to the downtown area, and offered an opportunity for artists in the Saline area to share their work in a new and visible way.
The project began last year with the installation of four works placed in early summer, and an additional five pieces hung in the fall, with additional support from the Saline Area Chamber of Commerce. “The response to the artwork has been overwhelmingly positive,”notes Marci Cameron of the Art Around Saline Taskforce. This next round of installations will include six new pieces to be installed fall of 2018, funded by the City of Saline, Saline Main Street and the Rotary Club.
The process of the Art Around Saline project comes in many stages, with volunteers involved in the initial call for artists to the selection of the final pieces, to the building of frames and the installation of the works.
The Arts & Culture Committee has established that Art Around Saline will now become an annual project, with a once a year cycle that will occur each fall. Additionally, a walking map identifying the location of the pieces will be available for Saline citizens and visitors to Saline.
The new works of art to be installed later this year are:
Lynne Schaffer, “Water Lilies,” colored pencil
Jan Fleming, “Flower of Sun,” colored pencil
Sandra S. Difazio, “Cedar Creek,” oil
Stacey Harper, “I Give You the World,” hand-dyed, painted quilt
Carmin Olson, “Safe Haven,” colored pencil
Kathe Suddendorf, “Hattitude,” watercolor
For more information, and for upcoming projects, visit the Saline Arts & Culture page on the City of Saline’s website, or the Saline Arts & Culture Facebook page.