You’re invited: Sculpture Trail will open May 18

The City of Park Rapids and Park Rapids Arts and Culture Advisory Commission invite the public to the opening and a short program about this year’s Park Rapids Sculpture Trail at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 18.

The event will start at Red Bridge Park, located at 175-199 Beach Road (east of US Hwy. 71/Park Avenue North, about a block north of the stoplights at the junction of Hwy. 71 and state Hwy. 34). Afterward all are invited to the Giiwedinong Museum to celebrate the installation of “Not Afraid to Look,” a replica of a sculpture erected at the Sacred Stone Camp on the Missouri River during the Standing Rock resistance gathering. Events from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the museum on 2nd Street West will include a traditional drum group honor song, booths displaying Native American artisans and more.

“Not Afraid to Look” is one of 12 new sculptures being installed this spring that will remain in place for a year. The artists whose works are selected have been invited to provide information on their works as part of the program at Red Bridge Park.

Artists whose works were accepted for this year’s Sculpture Trail are Paul Albright, Akeley; Barb Christiansen, Ponsford; Jon Kamrath, Mahtomedi; James Pedersen, Walker and Ryan Pedersen, North Mankato; Michael Pettit, Dent; Keith Raivo, Brook Park; Charles Rencountre, Santa Fe, NM; Craig Snyder, Plymouth, and artists of the Hubbard County Developmental Achievement Center (DAC).

This year’s sponsors are Good Life, Heartland Arts, Hubbard County DAC, Klein Insurance, Northview Bank, Northwoods Bank, Park Rapids Downtown Business Association, Park Rapids Rotary Club, Russel Skoe Family Trust, Sanford Health, Thielen Motors and anonymous donors.

Information about the artists, their entries and more will be available soon at https://www.heartlandarts.org/pages/sculpture-trail/sculpture-trail.php.