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Arts Initiative announces Hydrant Theme

Posted: Friday, May 27, 2011

To show that visual art can be a part of everyday life and to increase foot traffic in the downtown area, the Huntington Arts Initiative, Inc., is once again sponsoring an outdoor art exhibit featuring fire hydrants.

Last year’s “Dog Days of Summer” featured the colorful canines that still grace the downtown Huntington area. They will be replaced by all kinds of aquatic life to represent this year’s theme “Down(town) By The Sea.”

The exhibit will open in August, but Arts Initiative founders Debbie Dyer, Rich Najuch and Ann Siegfried want to give artists adequate time to think of exactly what they want to paint.

“Last year’s theme was pretty obvious, paint the hydrant to resemble a dog,” said Siegfried. “But this year the artists will have the flexibility to paint anything that lives in or around any body of water.”

This year’s exhibit also has the potential to increase. “Last year artists from Huntington and the surrounding area painted 17 hydrants in the downtown area,” Dyer said. “Because more people are now familiar with the project, we are excited to anticipate even more participation this summer.” Najuch is excited about the event and sees it as a showcase for the downtown area. “Anyone who comes to see the hydrants on opening day, as did 350 people last year, will see the creativity in our community and also see the new businesses and all the positive changes occurring in our downtown,” said Najuch.

Opening day of “Down(town) By The Sea” will be August 21. You can contact the Huntington Arts Initiative by mail at PO Box 55, Huntington, IN 46750; phone at (260) 454-0449 or by our website at

Proceeds from the event go toward the renovation of The Studio, the buildings at the corner of Warren and Market Streets, which will become a gallery, a small professional theatre and arts-related classroom space. Go to or call Dyer, Najuch or Siegfried for further information.

Pictured at left are Arts Initiative founders from left, Ann Siegfried, Rich Najuch and Ann Siegfried announcing the 2011 outdoor art exhibit theme featuring fire hydrants, “Down(town) By The Sea.”