Public art displays to appear in Story City next month

Ronna LawlessAmes
Tribune staff writer
Public art displays to appear in Story City next month

Anonymous public art will soon be gracing the front windows of Main Street businesses in Story City. The art initiative, sponsored by the Story City Greater Chamber Connection, is called 2x2xWho.

“I love public art and like to see people experience the world through art,” said Abby Huff, executive director of Story City GCC.

For $10, people can pick up a blank 2-foot by 2-foot canvas and paint or decorate it any way they want.

“They can paint, draw, use photographs, do 3D art — whatever inspires them,” Huff said.

Completed canvases must be returned by Aug. 12 to be included in the public art display and competition. First-, second- and third-place prizes will be awarded. Votes can be cast by anyone visiting downtown.

Votes will also be encouraged during a progressive supper that will be Aug. 17. Last year, more than 300 people were in attendance for the annual event, which is going on its 12th consecutive year.

This year’s theme will be Pass the Torch, in honor of the Olympics this summer and will feature foods from around the world. Tasting-size portions will be served at 10 to 15 businesses that participate in the progressive meal. Tickets for the meal are $10 for adults, $5 for kids 11 to 18 and free for children 10 and under when accompanied by an adult.

The event will also feature games, like corn hole and giant Jenga.

“It’s a really fun night for people in the community to get together and enjoy our beautiful downtown here on Broad Street,” Huff said.

The public art competition is a fundraiser that will help the GCC pay for beautification of downtown.

“It will help pay for things like streetscapes, flowers, business flags and Norsemen flags,” Huff said.

Upper Story Studio will conduct a camp from Aug. 1 to 5, and 2x2xWho is one of the projects. The “Art on Display” camp will be for kids ages 7 to 12, and the cost is $85.

“We’ll participate in the Story City GCC’s 2x2xWho fundraiser, where everyone will get a 2-foot square canvas to paint and decorate however they wish,” said Molly Nagel, owner and operator of the studio. “Their art will be publicly displayed in downtown Story City throughout August and September.”

The 2x2xWho exhibit will be in place until the end of September, when the art pieces will be returned to the artists.