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Palestine Art Tracks announces 6th annual trail through downtown Palestine

PALESTINE, OCTOBER 10, 2017  – Palestine Main Street is taking applications for the sixth annual Palestine Art Tracks Sculpture Trail to take place in downtown Palestine.

Artists are invited to send their applications with photos for jury selection . All artists selected will receive a $500 stipend for expenses. No entry fee is required and $2,000 in donated prize money will be awarded later in the year.

“A few short months are left to take advantage of walking or driving by the current sculptures,” Jean Mollard with Palestine Tomorrow said. “The artists who loaned their art would be delighted to know how many people are taking photos and pondering their work.  Of course, all the art is for sale.”

Art call is for outdoor sculptures 3 ft and taller, and taller sculptures up to 10 feet or more are encouraged.  All locations are on city right of ways or property and can be viewed from streets and sidewalks. Although Palestine is steeped in the rich history of the railroad, art submissions do not have to be railroad themed.

“We want the tourists and visitors who are at our Visitor Center Railroad Depot and the Texas State Railroad live steam trains to enjoy the multitude of sculpture designs,” Mollard said.” We will work with you on the best place to show your particular art and we welcome a variety of styles.”

Palestine Main Street is supported in the trail by Palestine Tomorrow. The group is in its sixth year of the Art Tracks trail. The idea for the trail began in 2010 after sculpture artist Dale Montagne visited Palestine. He offiered Mollard, Jackson Hanks and others a vision of sculpture art as a downtown attraction. The idea, Montagne told them, was train motifs or railroad history in Palestine’s public spaces.

The group then formed Palestine Tomorrow, a group working with The Texas Area Fund, a 501C3 non profit. The group is dedicated to providing and encouraging parks and the arts in Palestine. In 2012, the group, along with Palestine Main Street, hosted its first Art Tracks Trail.  Since the first show, 72  sculptures have enhanced Main Street.

Each artist loans the work for up to a year, some standing on bases provided by Texas State Railroad and students at Westwood High School.  The group is also developing a sculpture and rail history entrance park near the Palestine Visitors Center.

The 2017-18 trail will have a total of $2000 in prizes for the artists provided by  private individuals and businesses.  Many other in-kind services and printing is provided by other individuals and businesses. 

 The project is also supported by funds from the H.O.T. funds managed by the Palestine Tourism Committee. 

“It is truly a public – private, joint venture between all participants,” Mollard said. “it provides a different outlook for many of the visitors and residents.  Available anytime to view, from the early morning joggers to the driveby autos and trucks, the sculptures are the subject of many photos. It expands the tourism opportunities by offering an interesting walking tour. 

Greg Laudadio, Palestine Main Street Director, said the partnership with Palestine Tomorrow has been benefical to everyone.

“Having these pieces in our downtown is amazing because it brings added culture and interest to the Main Street District,” Laudadio said. “Including these creative and often abstract pieces to a landscape dominated by historic architecture creates some profound contrasts. We are very happy to have these pieces around town. The Art Tracks program has experienced success and continues to grow.”

Entries for this year’s Art Tracks Sculptures are available online at cityofpalestinetx.com. Entries can be mailed or delivered to the Palestine Visitor Center, 825 W. Spring St.Palestine, Tx 75801, or via email at trademart1999@sbcglobal.net.

For more information on this year’s Art Tracks Trail, contact show organizer Terry Jones at 903-480-4887 or trademart1999@sbcglobal.net, or by calling Mollard at 903-391-1002.

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