According to a press release from Cindy Zhe, Metal Trades instructor Olie Olson with the Charles G. May Center collaborated with art students from Avon Central High School directed by Elizabeth Wilson, and K-6 students from St. Agnes School directed by art teacher Morgan Hellquist to make the sculptures from metal donated by Klein Steel Direct and Blum Brothers Custom Welding and Machining.
“Blum and Scott have jointly purchased the old Agway building and have been successful and wanted to play it forward,” said Olson. “This is all about the students and what they bring to the project. The students give it their best work, which makes it tough to give them away.”
Nate Blum and Brian Scott of Blum Bothers are two former students of Olson.
The students at the May Center worked tirelessly for weeks to create over 41 beautiful sculptures, some which stand several feet high. The works include 17 garden-size bugs created from scrap metal and 24 angel sculptures that will be auctioned on June 6 at the Avon Inn, beginning at 6p.m. The proceeds will benefit the work of Avon Community Cares, an organization striving to nurture, assist and care for Avon residents in a sudden financial crisis.
This is the fifth consecutive year of the metal sculpting fundraising program. Over $135,000 has been raised to help support may area communities and projects.
The garden bugs are currently on display to the public at the Avon Free Library, 143 Genesee Street, Avon. The angels have been displayed at their “foster” homes at various locations in the Avon area. Visit the angels’ website to see photographs of all of the sculptures, get information about where the angels have been fostered and for more information about the auction.
Tickets are $5 each and are available at the Avon Village Office, Avon Village Restaurant, Avon Inn Avon Floral World, and St. Agnes School.
PHOTO CAPTION: (Photos/Cindy Zhe)
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