by: Sherrod Taylor
Beginning with a 9AM kaffeeklatsch that served up a plethora of delicious donuts, fresh java, and stimulating conversation, the Prairie Village Arts Council (PVAC) presented its Second Annual Art Walk on Saturday, April 9th. Led by PV Mayor Eric Mikkelson and PV City Council Member Bonnie Limbird, who also chairs the Arts Council, PVAC members joined art lovers assembled at Meadowbrook Park to view the proposed site for installation of the Park’s first piece of public art.
The massive sculpture being constructed, under the auspices of the Johnson County Parks and Recreation District (JCPRD), is the work of public artist Amie J. Jacobsen. She is a local-area sculptor and designer, who received her BA in Studio Art at Western State Colorado and an MFA in Illustration from the world-renowned Savannah School of Art and Design (SCAD), where she also taught from 2006-2015. From her studio, located at 1450 W. Lexington Avenue, in Independence, Missouri, she now enjoys a national reputation.
Called the “Gateway” arch, the sunflower-shaped structure consists of 24 “petals” that glow with night-lighting and shine brilliantly in daylight. It will stand almost 12-feet high. Scheduled to open in June, “Gateway” will become another one of the public art locations featured on PVAC’s Art Walk tour platform, which is found on Otocast (https://www.otocast.com). A rendering depicting this sculpture appears on this website.
Join all of Prairie Village for the ribbon-cutting of this new piece of public art here:
We'll see you there!