ORONO, Maine — The public is invited to the Dirigo Pines Inn at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, to attend a presentation given by Jesse Salisbury, art director for the Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium. Salisbury will present a discussion and slide show as an introduction to the sculpture symposium, which will take place July 22-Aug. 30 on the banks of the Stillwater River.
The symposium will feature eight sculptors representing Maine, New Zealand, the Netherlands, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan. The artists will work at the University of Maine Steam Plant parking lot to create large-scale sculptures from Maine stone. Each artist has been matched with one of the eight local sponsoring communities that are helping support the program. Each of these communities will receive a sculpture to install as a permanent piece of public art.
The artist selected to craft a piece for the town of Orono is Teng Shan Chi of Taiwan. His sculpture will be installed on the plaza in front of what will be the new University Credit Union building at the intersection of Main Street and Bennoch Road in downtown Orono.
Dirigo Pines will contribute to the support of the symposium by hosting the introductory gathering on June 13 and a community auction of Things Money Cannot Buy on Friday, July 27. Dirigo Pines also has invited the sculptors to dine with residents each week during the symposium.
There will be opportunities for the public to volunteer at and to support the symposium.
For information about the lecture on June 13, call Steve Bowler at 866-3400.