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May 19, 2009
Picturesque poodles, bedecked beagles and snazzy schnauzers will be making their way onto the Park City art scene this fall with help from the Park City Performing Arts Foundation, the Mountain Trails Foundation and Friends of Animals Utah.
The nonprofits are teaming up in a community campaign to put the "bark" in Park City. Patterned after 2003’s Moose on the Loose project, organizers plan to display 50 small, medium and large dog sculptures decorated by local artists at businesses and public places around town.
"I can’t wait for things to get underway," said Carol Potter, executive director of Mountain Trails. "It’s going to be fun. I am honored to be included in this."
The Dogs of Bark City project is in its beginning stages, and the organizers are seeking creative and innovative artists to, well, let the dogs out.
Maybe you want to immortalize your mischievous mutt, pay tribute to a late canine companion or create an homage to a famous furry friend? This is your chance.
"Dogs are a big part of our community for sure, so it’s very conducive to Park City," said Cathy King, executive director of Friends of Animals. "It was a natural fit."
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The fiberglass sculptures come in three sizes: large (46 inches), medium (30 inches) or small (17 inches). The sculptures are not breed specific, says Teri Orr, executive director the Park City Performing Arts Foundation. Interested artists may download an application at http://www.dogsofbarkcity.org and must submit their renderings by June 15. A jury will select up to 50 artists and sculptures will be delivered by the end of June.
Artists have until Sept. 15 to complete their work, but canine creations will be unveiled as they are completed, Orr says. Each pup will remain on display at a location chosen by its sponsor until Dec. 28, when the pieces will be auctioned off at a gala. Proceeds from the auction will be split equally between the Park City Performing Arts Foundation, Mountain Trails and Friends of Animals.
Artists will receive a stipend of $200 or 20 percent of the net auction price (their choice), as well as recognition in the Dogs of Bark City guidebook and on the dog’s display plaque, tickets to the kickoff event and the auction gala, and participation in a community exhibition at the Kimball Art Center.
Those without an artistic flair may also get involved in the project by sponsoring a dog. Businesses or individuals may choose the size dog they want and where it will be displayed. Basic sponsorship is $3,000 and includes recognition on the dog’s display plaque, in the Dogs of Park City guide and on maps, and tickets to special events.
There are also options for a community sponsor ($5,000), an education sponsor ($10,000) and a headline sponsor ($25,000), although Orr says the organizers are in talks to fill these positions.
For more details about the project, sponsorship information, artist profiles and more, visit http://www.dogsofbarkcity.org .