Final touches are put on the concrete as it is smoothed and leveled before it dries.
Final touches are put on the concrete as it is smoothed and leveled before it dries.
After 15 long years of negotiation, a sculpture was finally approved by the Walter E. Olson Library Foundation in July of 2019. 

The bronze sculpture, “Far Away Places,” by Gary Lee Price, was purchased by Artarama and will be gifted to the Walter E. Olson Memorial Library. The statue will be erected in front of the library for patrons to see on their way in. 

“A 15-year dream is finally taking its first steps toward fruition,” said Artarama Committee Member Karen Kubacki. 

The site preparation — including excavation, concrete pad and landscaping — is being arranged and completely donated by Artarama. The entire installation of the sculpture will be done by Artarama as part of the donation. Benches also will be donated after the installation is complete. 

“It will become a peaceful and beautiful enclave connected to the existing perennial garden,” Kubacki said. “Artarama remains dedicated to the beautification of our community and we believe this sculpture will further enhance the facade of the library.”

Artarama began in 1972 when a group of five individuals created a committee to bring culture and creativity to the North Woods area as well as generate funds to be returned to the community as charitable donations.

From that core group of people has grown one of the Midwest’s most prestigious art and craft shows.

The event, usually slated for the third Saturday in July, will not be held this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.