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June 19, 2013

Artists to discuss bicentennial art Friday

NEW ALBANY —

Artists Lee and Betty Benson of Jackson, Tenn., will present two free public programs at the Carnegie Center for Art and History, 201 East Spring St., from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 21.

 The Bensons created the artwork titled “The Stage That New Albany Built,” located on the lawn at Riverview Towers in downtown New Albany as part of the New Albany Public Art Project: Bicentennial Series.  

The Bensons will also be participating in the New Albany Public Art Walk the next day on Saturday June 22.

Participants of the Art Walk can visit “The Stage That New Albany Built” and speak with the Bensons about their installation, which interprets the public art project theme of Performing Arts & Entertainment.  

Details for each program are as follows:

•  The Designing Sculptures family workshop will be from 4 to 5 p.m. and does require registration by calling 812-944-7336. The event is from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday, June 21, at the Carnegie Center.

Join the Bensons for a hands-on family workshop and experience these artists’ creative process up close.  This fun and relaxed workshop will encourage participants to do hands-on brainstorming with small-scale building materials. Lee and Betty will show images of a variety of their wooden 2-by-4 sculptures and share their process for designing their large sculptures. During the workshop, participants will get to borrow sets of the wooden blocks that Lee and Betty use in designing their own artworks to build structures and small-scale models, working in teams of two people. The artists will help participants develop their creative ideas, then share them with the other teams.  Free, registration required 812-944-7336. The event is limited to 20 participants (working in teams of two people), recommended for ages 10 and up. Parents, please plan to stay with your children for the program.

• From 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, learn about Lee and Betty Benson’s experiences developing sculptural installations. The pair, which has produced work from the Dakotas to Australia, created the 2013 New Albany Public Art Project installation “The Stage that New Albany Built” at Riverview Towers at the corner of Scribner and Elm streets in New Albany.  

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