Annual sculpture walk set June 30 and July 21

Public Works summer employee Jacob Lorenz, 21, of Effingham trims ground cover around "Miss Praxiteles," which is one of the sculptures in place around downtown Effingham as a part of Sculpture on the Avenues. The sculpture was created by Gary Mitchell of St. Louis. He describes the art as a torso, in which an effort was made to reflect the beauty of proportion that the Greek sculptor achieved. It is made of raw aluminum with remnants of paint and stands 75 inches tall. It is one of 30 sculptures around downtown. Dawn Schabbing photo

EFFINGHAM — Thirty sculptures are in place around downtown Effingham and self-guided or guided walking tours are available to learn more about each one. The event is hosted by the Effingham public library and Effingham Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Register now to attend a guided walking tour, for the seventh annual "Sculpture Walk" through Downtown Effingham. The sculpture walks will take place at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 30; and Saturday, July 21.

This is the 20th year for Sculpture on the Avenues. A "Guide to Culture in Effingham" brochure available at City Hall, at 201 East Jefferson Ave., will give a description of the art and who the artist is, for those who elect to do a self-guided tour.

Alyssa Long, Effingham Convention and Visitors Bureau Marketing Assistant, will lead the tours. These tours will allow visitors to hear about and get an up-close view of the newly placed 2018 sculpture pieces. The tour takes approximately an hour and will begin at the West Entrance of the library, closest to the butterfly sculpture on North Third Street.

Local artists with work in the display include: Roger Butts, Edgewood; Nik Alwerdt, Altamont; Lorelei Sims, Charleston; Tim Frye, Shumway; Earl Moeller, Effingham.

Registration is required. All ages are welcome.

For more information, contact the library, at 217-342-2464, ext.1; or email; or go online at .

Contact Dawn Schabbing at or 217-347-7151, ext. 138

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