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Dan Taylor on the fine arts scene.

Cloverdale dedicates an outdoor sculpture

Santa Rosa sculptor Boback Emad likes to do things in a big way, and Monday, Oct. 25, is a big day for him. The City of Cloverdale will dedicate Emad’s large steel sculpture, “Shadows of Eternity,” at a celebration running from 4 to 6 p.m. at Thyme Square, 301 S. Cloverdale Blvd. Denizens of downtown Santa Rosa are already familiar with Emad’s work. His “Whole Some” stands at College and Mendocino Avenues in downtown Santa Rosa. The new Cloverdale sculpture… Read More »

Santa Rosa celebrates ‘Cyclisk’ sculpture

Some people love it, and some don’t, but nobody ignores ‘Cyclisk,’ the 60-foot-high obelisk made of recycled bicycles and installed last August on Santa Rosa Avenue, at South A Street. The City of Santa Rosa’s Art in Public Places Committee plans a dedication ceremony, and celebration honoring the artists, Mark Grieve and Ilana Spector, at the site from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10. Santa Rosa Mayor Susan Gorin will attend the event. Refreshments and entertainment will follow.

Art or not? Hot or what?

Stayed tuned for details of a contest in which there are no prizes, just a great chance to vent. But first, this message: Not all art hangs on a wall.  Some gets right in your face. Every day. The beauty of  public art is it reaches everybody. The drawback is that people see it whether they want to or not. “Everybody’s got an opinion. It’s so subjective,” Sonoma Mountain sculptor Robert Ellison said recently. That’s his “Donut Diorama” shown above.… Read More »