Saturday saw beautiful weather for the City of Vandalia’s ceremony for the opening of a new and exciting exhibit at the Vandalia Art Park.
Sculptor Todd Frahm showcased his skill for sculpting to a gathered crowd through his intricate limestone benches located in the park. Frahm was a featured artist in Vandalia’s “Chiseled” Limestone Symposium back in 2010, and he hopes that his art will help the youth in the Vandalia community get an earlier exposure to the arts.
“Art is a non-essential part of life,” Frahm said, “but I hope that that everyone is fortunate enough to experience the ways in which it enriches lives.”
The Vandalia community will be experiencing more of Frahm’s work in the coming months as he will be adding up to six more benches to the Art Park.
The new exhibit features two new limestone benches, skillfully chiseled with images symbolic of fables. The Fable benches exemplify the artistic and creative atmosphere of the park, as well as adding more detail to the ever-growing park.
“(The Art Park) has really been built from the ground up,” said City Council member Candice Farst. “It is a continuous project and additional pieces will be added each year.”
In collaboration with the Rotary Club, Farst confirmed that they have committed to the installation of a mini-amphitheater on park grounds in the coming years.
Among the crowd of onlookers was Mayor Setzer, who explained the significance of the Rotary Club to the entire operation, as well as to the city itself. The Rotary Club made helpful contributions to the footbridge that adjoins the Historical Society to the Art Park. Mayor Setzer expressed her excitement that the park and Historical Society are becoming a larger destination point for the community.
The new exhibit features two new limestone benches which are skillfully chiseled with images symbolic of fables. The Fable benches exemplify the artistic and creative atmosphere of the park, as well as adding more detail to the ever-growing park.
The Art Park and Historical society is located on East Alkaline Springs Road across from Butler High School. The park is open to the community from dawn to dusk.
Alyssa Burley is a junior at Butler High School. Reach her at (937) 684-8983.