Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Mosaic of Ottawa 150 events forming

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Senior Writer | 5/21/2014

The pink tile from Italy arrived Monday.

The tile was one of the last pieces of the puzzle organizers were waiting on before work could begin to install a medallion of the town’s original seal and the Ottawa tribe’s bead work onto the base of the Buffalo Woman statue in front of the Franklin County Courthouse, 301 S. Main St., Ottawa, to commemorate Ottawa’s sesquicentennial this year.

The pink tile from Italy arrived Monday.

The tile was one of the last pieces of the puzzle organizers were waiting on before work could begin to install a medallion of the town’s original seal and the Ottawa tribe’s bead work onto the base of the Buffalo Woman statue in front of the Franklin County Courthouse, 301 S. Main St., Ottawa, to commemorate Ottawa’s sesquicentennial this year.

“We would like to leave a lasting piece of public art to commemorate this occasion and would like to enhance the statue with the addition of the Ottawa tribe’s bead work around the base of the Buffalo Woman statue,” Jeanny Sharp, Herald editor and publisher, said in a recent interview.

The Ottawa tribe used pastel colors in its bead work, Sharp said, and the pink tile needed to match the bead work was not readily available in the United States, so it had to be ordered from Italy.

Sharp, who is chairing a steering committee organizing the community celebration, showed the custom medallion and a commemorative coin to Ottawa city commissioners Monday at their study session.

Crooks Floor Covering, 636 N. Main St., Ottawa, plans to install the medallion and bead work on the statue in conjunction with the community’s inaugural Swan Arts Festival June 19-22 in downtown Ottawa. Scheduling the work during the festival is patterned after the annual practice of artists creating a giant sand sculpture during Salina’s Smoky Hill River Festival, Sharp said.

“The city has agreed to videotape [the Buffalo Statue work] so the installation can be shown in perpetuity,” Sharp said.

Crooks is donating the labor and materials for the project, Sharp said.

Hasty Awards, 1015 Enterprise St., Ottawa, developed the original town company’s seal medallion, using a design researched and created by The Herald’s Studio 104 staff, to be melded with the bead work art, she said.

Alan Cunningham, Ottawa musician and music teacher at Eugene Field Elementary School, 720 Tremont Ave., Ottawa, has agreed to write an Ottawa song, Sharp said.

A couple of Ottawa High School students also are planning to remake a 1966 video about Ottawa that will be shown at the Plaza Theater, 209 S. Main St., Ottawa.

The steering committee of community leaders also plans to schedule a downtown parade and community picnic, with a performance by the Ottawa City Band, for Sept. 6 at Forest Park, 320 N. Locust St., to celebrate Ottawa’s 150th birthday, Sharp said. The original Ottawa Town Company’s charter day was Sept. 6, 1864.

Organizers also are planning a car show to coincide with the Sept. 6 celebration, in addition to numerous other activities, Sharp said.

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