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Art at the Center adds 4 new sculptures to display

Roy Leroux holds “Jete,” one of his two bronze sculptures on display on the third floor of the Civic Center. “Huntress” is visible through the glass case at left.<br>
Trib Photo/Sue Tone

Roy Leroux holds “Jete,” one of his two bronze sculptures on display on the third floor of the Civic Center. “Huntress” is visible through the glass case at left.<br> Trib Photo/Sue Tone

Prescott Valley's rotating sculptural art exhibit has four new pieces on display for the next year. Located on the Civic Center grounds and both in and outside of the PV Library, the Art at the Center public art program offers 34 sculptures for free public viewing. The four newest pieces, as are others in the non-permanent collection, are for sale.

Richard Field's "How Heavy Would an Egyptian Kite Be?" sculpture stands outside the library on the Civic Center side. It is a small metal pyramid opened on one side from which two kites emerge.

"The light plays very nicely on this," said Nancy Smith, Arts and Culture commissioner said at the May 16 artists reception.

Inside the library on the second floor children's section is "Complex Answer Looking for a Simple Question," a tall, stacked totem of fired earthenware by Sandra Leuhrsen, complete with teapot perched at the top.

To the south of the Civic Center, near the Three Warriors, is Lisa MacNamara's "Stages," is a shorter, carved sculpture of three white concrete pieces.

"With a Native American influence of seeing life in sections, the piece represents different stages in one's life and the world and how we collectively grow from those stages," MacNamara said.

Inside the Civic Center, in the window display on the third floor, are two cast bronze sculptures by Roy Leroux, Prescott artist, titled "Huntress" and "Jete."

"People ask what my philosophy of art is, and I say I love pretty girls," Leroux said.

The Arts and Culture Commission, along with the Town of Prescott Valley, work with both Arizona and international artists who loan their works for one year. Several artists extended their loan for another year, including "Iron Dragonfly" and "Titanium Dragonfly" by Gary Felix that stand on the north side of the library, and "Windswept" by Russell Marohnic near the entrance to the library.

Barbara Andress, artist of "Velocipede Rider" that stands at the intersection of Lakeshore Drive and Lake Valley Road, and Cindy De Cecco, creator of the copper sculpture "Coalescence" displayed inside the library, are requesting the Arts and Culture Commission to accept their artwork for addition to the town's permanent collection. For that to happen, the town council would need to approve a positive recommendation from the Commission, said Brian Witty, director of PV Parks and Recreation.

Currently, the town has 18 sculptures in its permanent collection.

To submit outdoor sculpture for the 2013 Art at the Center exhibit, call the Parks and Recreation office at 928-759-3090 or visit www.pvaz.net. The application process runs December through April of each year.

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