By Agrippina Fadel
The third open-air art exhibition Inspiration Way is ready for the big reveal in Tamarac.
A “museum without walls,” Inspiration Way is a temporary exhibit of 12 sculptures located on both sides of Nob Hill Road between Commercial and McNab.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony is on Thursday, April 28, at 6 p.m., at the Tamarac Parks and Recreation at 6001 Nob Hill Road. Guests can enjoy light refreshments and a dance performance by Ashanti Cultural Art.
Gadson and Ravitz LLC., the art consultants to the city, proposed the project to Tamarac leaders in 2020. “We chose a place, built the concrete paths for the sculptures, and installed solar lighting,” said Beth Ravitz.
She explained that the city puts out a national call for artists to participate every year. They usually get around 75 art submissions; the committee then selects 12. The sculptures are exhibited for one year, after which the city, along with other interested parties, has an option to purchase a few pieces.
One of the recently acquired sculptures, “Superstar” by Hanna Jubran, caused a stir in the city last January due to its resemblance to the familiar coronavirus molecule. In another turn of a local art drama, a piece suggested for the latest exhibition, “Dancing Bliss” by Joni Younkins-Herzog, had to be replaced after it was deemed “inappropriate” by the city commission. Instead, the artist provided a different sculpture – “Dragon Flower.”
“We feel the city of Tamarac is lucky to have Inspiration Way on its streets because it gives the people from other cities as well as the residents a chance to see well-made art and a variety of sculptures from across the nation,” said Ravitz, adding that past and recent artworks included pieces by artists from California, Seattle, Washington, North Carolina, Dallas, Rhode Island, and Michigan.
Ravitz said the art committee is excited to have Hanna Jubran’s works in the exhibition for the third year. This time the artist is presented with two sculptures – colorful “Allegro” and sleek “Life Cycle.”
“I first met Hanna when I was a chair of the public art committee in Coral Springs several years ago,” said Ravitz. “He is from Grimes, North Carolina, and his work is exceptional. The lines of his brushed aluminum Life Cycle are so strong, and it is simply majestic.”
The ribbon-cutting promises to be a fabulous event and a chance to introduce residents to modern art once again, said Ravitz.
- Agrippina Fadel grew up in Siberia and received her master's in journalism from Tyumen State University. Agrippina is also a writer and editor at Draftsy.net. She has been a US resident for over ten years and speaks English and Russian.
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