A group of local artists and art appreciators completed major sculpture donations to the City of Friendswood by having bronze plaques installed to commemorate and explain the sculptures. The sculptures and bronze plaques are valued at over $20,000.
The artists and community activists first came together in 2014 to create an art event to raise money for a positive cause in the community. The Chalk Walk event was a big success and continued to be an annual event since its inception.
Art Friends of Downtown Friendswood used its funds to donate two large public art sculptures that will become permanent landmarks at the entrance to Stevenson Park and on the lawn in front of the Friendswood Animal Control Center (FACC). The park sculpture is titled 4 People by Dale Rogers and the FACC sculpture is titled Dog & Cat also by Dale Rogers
Rogers has over 15 years of perfecting beautiful, large 3-D sculptures that are displayed throughout the country in over 160 public and private locations. The sculptures are constructed from Cor-Ten steel which requires little to no maintenance and can be treated occasionally if needed. Multiple Cor-Ten steel signs exist in Friendswood including the cutout Library sign over the entrance, the monument sign entrances to Eagle Lakes subdivision, and the various monument signs at West Ranch entries and in the interior subsections.
Art Friends of Downtown Friendswood recently had bronze plaques installed at the base of each sculpture explaining the donation. Local artist Betsy Miller shared “We are thrilled to have the plaques installed so that visitors can understand and appreciate that Friendswood is a community that supports the arts.”
Another thank you comes from Luis Briones of Friendswood Frame. “We appreciate the management company of Captains Corner, the businesses in our shopping area and the artists and community members who have supported our annual Chalk Walk event over the years.”
Past and present members of the art committee are: Luis Briones, Friendswood Frame & Gallery owner; Diane Fifer, Art Dwellers; Jan Nemitz , Friendswood High School art teacher, retired; McKenna Giamfortone, Friendswood ISD art teacher; Avril Forster, data base & graphics specialist; Betsy Miller, Colors of the Heart; Sally Durand, retired college administrator; Lynn Shigekawa, Non-profit organization consultant, retired; Robyn Drake, insurance agent; and DeNita Logan, sponsor supporter.