Youngsville Borough's "Art Around Town" sculpture project is looking to the community for help to complete it.
A gift basket raffle with donated items is available for $1 tickets or 10 for $5 that will directly benefit the project and are available at the Youngsville Library until Nov. 16. Tickets are not available for anyone under the age of 21.
"Now we need community members to rally and show their support by stopping in at the library to donate toward the basket and the project. Our goal is to have the unveiling in the Spring of 2013 in honor of Youngsville's Bicentennial year," Regional Main Street Coordinator Kathy Reitinger said. "This is your chance to be part of art history that is designed to enhance and celebrate our Youngsville Area."
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The statue of a young boy selling the Youngsville Courier as part of the “Art Around Town” project is nearing completion. A gift basket raffle will be held until Nov. 16 to raise funds to help complete the project. Tickets are available at Youngsville Public Library.
The "Art Around Town" project began two years ago and combines the work of artist Dave Poulin of Jamestown, N.Y., with the history of Youngsville, the Youngsville Library, and Youngsville Elementary Middle School students to create a bronze statue placed in front of Youngsville Library.
The first statue will represent the Youngsville Courier and will be a young boy dressed in vintage 1930s clothing selling the newspaper. YEMS fifth-grade student Jacob Williams was selected to model for the statue.
Kindergarten through fifth-grade students at YEMS spent a week in April with Poulin on the first phase of the project. During the hands-on project students integrated mathematics, right-brained thinking, anatomy, the artistic process and were able to assist with the "laying of the clay," Youngsville Library Director Kristy Wallace said.
Now the project needs approximately $2,000 more to be finished, Reitinger said.
"It's something they can't learn in a book or even in a video, seeing it here in person," she said.
Funding for the clay sculpture was provided by the Community Foundation of Warren County, the DeFrees Foundation, the Youngsville American Legion, Betts Industries, and the Warren County "School to Work" program.
General donations by local organizations, businesses or individuals for the project can be sent to the Youngsville Public Library, 100 Broad St., or call the library at 563-7670 for questions.