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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

‘Downtown Doors’ public art exhibit kicks off in Orillia with 37 stunning pieces

(News Release)

ORILLIA, ON – A unique, outdoor public art project that features 37 beautiful Door sculptures will be unveiled on June 20 in Downtown Orillia.

‘Downtown Doors’ is the 7th public art exhibit by Streets Alive, a program that displays large scale, one of a kind art works along the Downtown streets each summer.

The June 20, kick-off event will allow the public to view the finished Door sculptures for the first time. 

Three main blocks of downtown Orillia will be closed to traffic and the artists will be set up beside their pieces to chat with the public about their Doors and the inspiration behind their designs.

In addition to the art on display there will be mini-door painting workshops for kids and live musical entertainment provided.

Cash prizes of $10,000 / $5,000 / $2,500 will be awarded to the top three Door artists, based on public voting throughout the summer. Voting starts at the June 20 kick-off event.

‘Downtown Doors’ will find homes as free standing sculptures on cement bases, along the 5 blocks of Orillia’s main street to create an art walk for locals, visitors and cottagers.
Each of the 37 Doors was sourced-out (or hand made) by their artist. The artwork on the door features paintings, mosaic, carvings, metal work as well as a host of found treasures and embellishments.

A souvenir Guidebook featuring the 37 artists and Door sculptures will be available at the June 20th kick off event as well as in downtown Orillia shops throughout the course of the project.

Top prize winners will be announced during ‘Starry Night’ gallery and studio tour on August 22, 2015 in Downtown Orillia.

The ‘Downtown Doors’ exhibit will be on display until Thanksgiving weekend.

Web: www.orilliastreetsalive.ca

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