A competition has offered local artists a chance to add their brush strokes to the city's newest canvas - the Arts and Entertainment District in Broken Arrow.

Alisa Inglett, owner of Your Design at 211 S. Main St., proposed the idea to select local artists to beautify the city's eight square planters and four benches lining the district to the City Council.

The city council unanimously approved the contest May 3rd, 2011 at its regularly scheduled meeting.

"I was just thinking we need some type of public art for our new Arts and Entertainment District.  Then I asked myself “What would be the best way to get the community involved?”," Inglett said. "It encompasses every thing - brings in media coverage, helps artists pad their portfolios and helps change the perception of Main Street Broken Arrow. At the same time we create artwork in the middle of the Arts and Entertainment District!"

The votes have been cast and the artists have been chosen.  A panel of five judges, including representatives from the Main Street Merchants, Broken Arrow Arts & Humanities Council, the Downtown Advisory Board, the City Council and the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce has chosen the winners.

The winners are:  Erick Payne, Kristen Abbott, Luke Owens, Kara Lowry, Amy Ginn, Heather Miller, Adrienne Steinocher, Sarah Main, Celeste Hinds, and Ray Bryd.

They are collaborating and drawing inspiration from the local business that the planter is in front of. Artists will start painting the planters October 7th, 8th & 9th.

Inglett said the competition will be held every two years to maintain the artwork and offer new artists a chance to showcase their work.  If you are interested in participating in future contests, stop by Your Design on Main Street.  "This is to ensure the art isn't stagnant and existing artwork is cared for and updated," Inglett said.

Lori Hill - Tourism Director

Broken Arrow CVB



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