Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021

Hydrant painting public art exhibit to open

Posted: Friday, August 22, 2014

The Arts Initiative, Inc., is pleased to share final details of the hydrant painting public art exhibit, which opens from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 7.

Anyone who wants a sneak peak at the books that will be depicted on the hydrants can visit the Huntington City-Township Public Library. Library employee Amber Hudson used books, book covers and copies of book covers, along with stuffed animals featured in some of the books, to create a colorful display. Most of the books are also available for check out during regular library hours.

Library Director Beka Lemons sees this as an opportunity for the library to be involved in this community event. "Especially because it is a literary-themed event, it's perfect for us," she said. "It's a good partnership."

Everyone attending "Book Look ... and Listen" should first go to The New Huntington Theatre, where maps showing the locations of all the hydrants along with the books and hydrants, can be picked up. This is also the location to sign up for the random drawing in which one copy of each book will be given away at the end of the opening.

Readers will be stationed at each hydrant reading excerpts from the books. Anyone who is interested in reading for either part of the two-hour block or the entire time can contact Debbie Dyer at (260) 358-0055 or leave a comment on the Arts Initiative Facebook page.

Both The Party Shop and Brock's Cakery, two downtown businesses that are normally closed on Sunday, will be open for the event with an array of treats for purchase.

Sponsors for this public art exhibit include Miami Tool & Die, Inc.; Chris and Beth Hoke; Lake City Bank; Mark and Holly Sale; Trophy Center Plus; Wall Legal Services, Inc.; Midge Decker; Gary and Nancy Mickley; Dyer Health and Wellness; E & B Paving; Mike's Car Care; Mary and Marland Sell; Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters; Smith Furniture, Inc.; Evalyn Wohlford; Bippus State Bank; First Federal Savings Bank; Mann's, Inc.; Novae Corporation; City of Huntington; Richard and Judy Chalfant; Eric and Shirley Harman; Huntington Sheet Metal; Huntington County Community School Corporation and The New Huntington Theatre.

"Book Look ... and Listen" is a family friendly community event that will educate, enrich and entertain the audience. This year's theme highlights the importance of reading and helps everyone realize the rainbow of possibilities the written word provides.

Huntington City-Township Public Library Director Beka Lemons, left, and library employee Amber Hudson stand in front of the case at the library where the books from the hydrant painting public art exhibit “Book Look ... and Listen” are displayed. Most of the books are part of the library collection and are available to be checked.