Freeport artists offer ‘cornucopia’ of colorful benches

If you have had occasion to visit downtown Freeport recently, you may have noticed the cornucopia of colorful benches throughout the area. These benches are part of a new local effort to raise funds and awareness for the Freeport Arts Center. They are a must see.

Pat Kubly is excited about the concept and sees it as a great way for local sponsors to encourage local artists—it’s an idea that needs to catch on in other communities.

Pat’s son, Travis, is Art Bench Project coordinator and owns Frame-N-Art Gallery. He is wowed by the interest and the results as the artists brought new dimensions to outdoor seating beyond his wildest expectations.

A total of 20 benches will be on display July through September. Sponsors will decide whether they will keep their bench or donate it to be sold to raise additional money for the Arts Center. What a wonderful way for the public to see artistic talent!

If you like what you see, you might stop by Frame-N-Art or one of the area sponsors to thank them for investing in and sponsoring these local artists.

Sponsors include the following: Snow, Hunter, Whiton & Fishbourn Ltd.; Freeport Health Network; MetLife; Jim Lee and Dave Edler; Frame-N-Art Gallery; State Bank; Morse Group; Freeport Catholic Schools; Freeport Journal Standard; Big Radio—WFRL and WFPS; McPherson Law Offices; Martha Furst; Walker Mortuary; Midwest Bank; Anna Belle Nimmo; Dr. Taylor Rockwell; Jim Winter Estate; Security First Title Company; and Monroe Clinic.

Artists include the following: Linda Auman, Peggy Badgett, Antoni Barbosa, Ellie Bartels, Molly Carlson, Bonnie Curran, Laura Diemer and kids, Dave Edler, Freeport Alternative High School, Martha Furst, Michael Gallager, Dr. Roger Goodspeed, Star Hauki, Jim Lee, Carolyn Mastroianni, Kim McGath, MetLife Employees, Linda Vietmeyer, Dave Washburn and Ronald Wolfe.

From the July 19-25, 2006, issue

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