An Enchanted Arboretum
Project Co-Chair and Participating Professional Artist
Unveiled in late April 2013, An Enchanted Arboretum consists of 71 stylized tree sculptures designed by professional artists, including myself, and Nebraska City students. The 6-foot professional trees are placed outdoor in public spaces throughout Nebraska City. The 4-foot student trees are can be found around town inside or outside businesses, city offices, and in private homes.
An Enchanted Arboretum was the pilot project of Nebraska City’s Arbor City Initiative, a grass-roots community effort dedicated to promoting the town as “Arbor Day’s Hometown—Where Great Ideas Grow.”
The project featured professional artists from all over the region including many from Lincoln and Omaha as well as others from outlying areas such as Friend, Firth, Martell, and Gretna. Artist designs include glass mosaic, Native American fables, the changing seasons, flowers, wildlife, biblical stories, and more. My tree (pictured upper left) is entitled A Natural Tapestry.
A commemorative coffee-table book featuring all 71 sculptures as well as photographs taken throughout the project is can be purchased online or at several businesses in Nebraska City.
LNC Class #6 Mural
Creative Director and Mural Designer
Like many leadership programs throughout the country, Leadership Nebraska City is designed to educate and train community leaders in Nebraska City. I was a member of the Class #6, to date the only all women group, who chose as their class project to undertake the creation of a piece of public art.
In May 2011, the leadership class received approval from the Nebraska City City Council to create and install the six-foot by four-foot mural of painted ceramic tile depicting the tenets of the Nebraska City community – culture, heritage, agriculture, education, business, and industry. Class members collaborated with local high school students on the artwork’s final design, with several community volunteers assisting with painting the clay tiles that make up the design.
The project was completed with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment; student artists Nhi Phan and Katie Teten; Leadership Nebraska City; Nebraska City Fine Arts Committee; Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts; Mike Little and the Nebraska City Middle School; Mead Lumber; Cargill Value Added Meats; Warner Construction; and Midwest Machine, Inc.