Join the ECAC for the third-annual Art Harvest to be held in Downtown Elgin. This event has several components that include things like a community yarn-bomb spider web, inside-out haunted house, paint-your-own-pumpkin, arts and crafts, and more, all of which can be found at “Art Central” aka DuPage Court.
You can swing by there, grab your Art Treasure Hunt map and head out to find the public art in downtown Elgin. At each piece of public art we will have a local artist there. Talk with them, collect your stickers, and head back to Art Central to redeem your completed map for prizes. New to the Art Treasure Hunt this year will be the two new pieces of public art.
Be sure to be in costume while you are out and about on your hunt as several of the downtown businesses will be open for trick-or-treating. Head back to Art Central for the costume contest at 3pm! All of the events of the day are free, family-friendly, and open to the public.
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Spotlight on the winning artists for the 2018 public art:
Mural: Pamela Seatter
After catching the art fever in first grade, Pamela Seatter never looked back. She got her BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois and has been a working artist ever since; active is several local artist groups and showcasing her work in various galleries and exhibitions. In addition to the artistic works she has created, Pam is also a children’s book art designer. In describing her work, she says “My work is colorful, warm and makes people smile. I am inspired by nature, animals, the human body, and vintage photographs from the 50’s and 60’s. I am fascinated with painting the patterns, bubble, and fluidity of water.” She got her start in painting large scale murals with the Flat Iron Artist Association with a piece titled “Now You See It, Now You Don’t.”
Pam’s work, “Stronger Together!” is currently being installed on the north facing wall of the Centre of Elgin’s parking deck. The wall of women’s faces, all unique in personality, set in colorful rectangular shapes and patters, form a sea of women stitched together, symbolizing a solid front.
Check out more of Pam’s artwork by visiting: https://pamseatter.myportfolio.com/art
Sculpture: Ben Pierce
With his artwork being installed all over the country in the past seven years, Ben Pierce adds Elgin to the list of locations where his work will be on display. His work has explored many topics, but he is most often inspired by the resilience and beauty of life. In speaking about his work Ben says, “This slight vagueness in the forms I create, challenge the audience to draw their own conclusions to the answer, ‘what is it?’ Drawing from their own experience/memory connects the audience more with the art because they see themselves in the work.”
“The shape of happiness,” is a collection of circles, each different from the others in size, shape, and material -though they are all created out of stainless steel- in this way, it is a celebration of the diversity of Elgin. The circles also represent the past and the future as it has no end and no beginning. The new sculpture will be installed in Foundry Park this fall.
You can view some of Ben’s other works by visiting his website benpiercesculpture.com.