Sculpture in the Hills this weekend

Leslie Silverman

Fourteen artists will show their talents in this year’s Sculpture in the Hills Art Show and Sale.
The event is a chance for artists from all over the region to display their crafts. The Hill City Arts Council, which puts on the event, reached out to artists early but found many were tentative about the event.
“Many were waiting for vaccines,” said Sherry Liddell, president of the Hill City Arts Council, who extended the normal registration deadline past April 15.
Another issue facing many artists was lack of inventory. Like many other industries, supply chain issues were a factor for many artists. Those who bronze their work had to delay projects while foundries sat shuttered.
According to the National Endowment of the Arts about five million Americans make their living in the arts and culture industry. Much of the relief given to artists was in the form of grants distributed by various federal, state and local agencies.
Knowing the importance of the event to the community the Hill City Arts Council decreased the fee for show registration. Even so it received slightly less than the average 15-18 artists the show usually draws.
The show is a staple of the summer season.
“It brings a lot of tourists in. It’s Important to Hill City because it brings a lot of culture to the area,” Liddell said.
Liddell also noted how appreciative the artists have been to have shows like this continue.
“It’s another expression that things are getting back to normal,” she said.
Liddell is pleased that the Hill City community has been so generous and supportive of the event. The weekend-long event is free to the public. Attendees get to vote for their favorite artist in a people’s choice award that will be announced June 20 at 3 p.m.
Best of show awards will also be chosen.

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