Waynesville street art belongs to the public

To the Editor:

The enthusiasm was very evident!

The Waynesville Public Art Commission would like to thank everyone who came to the Friday, Sept. 6, dedication celebration for the art created by Grace Cathey for the downtown mini-park’s final piece “Wildflowers of the Smokies.” Cathey was very happy that so many were there to enjoy the unveiling of her beautiful wall panels. We would also like to note that Bee Balm and Butterfly Weed, two of the three plants depicted in the metal art, are growing in the mini-park as well as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The commission would also like to thank everyone who contributed financial support, as well as all the artists who helped our fundraising efforts to bring this striking addition to our downtown collection.

The mission of the Waynesville Public Art Commission is to engage the community and enrich public spaces through original public art that celebrates Waynesville’s unique, historic, cultural, natural and human resources. The mission statement has two words in particular — original and unique — that are the guiding force behind our decisions on the subject matter for each of our calls for artists. Without a doubt, with your help we have fulfilled our mission and look forward to future art endeavors with you.

All of our public art is entirely funded by public donations, so they truly do belong to you, the people of Waynesville. With this artwork we have wonderful visual images of the values we wish to celebrate and cherish. If you are interested in donating, volunteering or learning more about the WPAC, call the town at 828.452.2491.

Jan Griffin

former chairman,

Waynesville Public Art Commission

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