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by David Leone
WAKE FOREST — Town officials, Public Arts Commission members and art enthusiasts attended the ribbon cutting and dedication of the Leaf Shade Bench (at left) at Jones Plaza in downtown Wake Forest June 14 during Art After Hours.
Artist Robert Tulley designed the bench and the rain gate closer to the chamber of commerce, representing the town’s designation as a Tree City.
“We’re really excited about completing our first (public art) project and are looking forward to more to come,” said Public Arts Commission chair John Pelosi.
During the ceremony, winners were announced for the town’s Foundations-Renaissance Art Exhibit, in which artists were tasked to capture the spirit of the downtown Renaissance District.
First place went to Mary Benejam for her painting of historic South White Street. Second place was Tammy Sorrell’s street party, left, and third place was John Alley’s falcon. The art is on display at town hall.
Other artists’ works were on display and musicians performed during the monthly Art After Hours event, including the band Rockin’ the Suburbs, which rocked the brewery.